Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sallisaw in Final Three for Veterans Center Relocation

Sallisaw is now one of only three eastern Oklahoma towns being considered for the relocation of a veterans center that was formerly located in Talihina.

In a meeting held in Okahoma City on Tuesday, the Oklahoma Veterans Commission narrowed the list from six to three. The three remaining towns include Sallisaw, Poteau, and Muskogee. Eliminated were Holdenville, Hugo and McAlester.

Keith Skelton, Sallisaw City Manager, along with other representatives from Sallisaw were in Oklahoma City Monday to present their proposal. "In leaving the meeting Monday with my team we felt like we had done well," stated Skelton. "We felt like we were leaving in good shape and we figured we would be in at least the top two."

"I can't say enough about our community partners for helping make our presentation possible," added Skelton. "We're going to work hard to bring it home."

The proposed building site for the veterans center is 90 acres on south Highway 59 that is currently privately owned. "We are working with the owner to secure the property in case we are selected for the site," Skelton said.

The Oklahoma Veterans Commission will now tour the remaining proposed sites and meet again on Oct. 26 to discuss their findings. The City of Sallisaw has not been officially notified regarding when the commission will conduct their visit.

KXMX News Staff

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