Stillwater’s neighbor to the south has seen a lot of expansion the past few years and there’s no stopping it now. The city manager of Perkins, Bob Ernst, discusses the city, it’s people and some fun stuff to do around town.
1 What new additions have been added to the city?
The Oklahoma Territorial Plaza has recently added a Veteran’s Memorial Exhibit honoring the veterans from Perkins that have served our country, a rail car exhibit with a Canadian Pacific Business Coach, a new building that will house historic memorabilia from the 1920s, and don’t forget Pistol Pete’s house and the splash pad! The Police Department has added a police dog and the Fire Department has added a brush truck and medical squad with grant funds. Plus the addition of a new library building.
2 How does the new library addition differ from the current location?
The new building offers an additional 3,000 square feet for study rooms, a public meeting room, expanded collections and technology services. Currently other city departments such as the City Commission and the municipal court utilize the library building. The new location will alleviate the scheduling and security issues of shared space and will give other departments much needed room for growth and expansion. This is also an opportunity to restore a historical building in downtown Perkins.
3 Are there any major events coming up in the next few months?
Be sure to look for a fun event to benefit the animal shelter in the spring. Also in the spring we have the citywide garage sale and every summer we have Old Settlers’ Day in downtown Perkins and the Pistol Pete 5K run.
4 What is something you are proud of about the city?
The staff. We have assembled a wonderful team of people that truly care about the residents we serve. Because we are a small city, almost every city employee is wearing at least two hats and working extra to get the job done. I am blessed in that I don’t have to worry about people coming into work and doing their job I have to worry about them working too much because they always go the extra mile to serve the residents and visitors of Perkins.
5 Where do you see the city five years from now?
I see Perkins continuing to grow and prosper. Perkins is a community with heart, spirit, and a very bright future. The people of Perkins are the most generous, kind and giving people in the world and they stick together and jump in to help each other. It is really neat to be a part of a community with so many people that so deeply care.