Yukon franchise election postponed, new rules in place

Gov. Stitt's emergency order could affect Yukon rules

Yukon's councilman Jeff Wootton, at-large, center, looks to City Manager Jim Crosby at a Tuesday city council meeting in Yukon. (Photo by Robert Medley)

The Yukon City Council on Tuesday night canceled an election date of April 7 that would have let voters decide a franchise agreement with Oklahoma Natural Gas.

The council did not reset a date for the election due to the pandemic.

The COVID-19 cases in Canadian County have risen to five people, the Oklahoma Department of Health reported Wednesday. The total statewide is 164 cases. There are 55 cases in Oklahoma County and 27 cases in Cleveland County Wednesday. Five deaths have been reported.

Also, the council Tuesday night approved possible fines for any violators of the emergency orders that are in place until April 13. Councilman Jeff Wootton, at-large, and Councilwoman Shelli Selby, Ward 2 voted against it.

Yukon has required bars, hair and nail salons and barber shops to practice safe distancing by leaving a table, chair or station open between people. However, the rules could be affected by Gov. Stitt’s order to close non-essential businesses in counties affected.

The new rules in Yukon for businesses will give owners warnings before a fine is issued. The fines could be up to $700 for repeat offenders.

“Gov Stitt has put out a new order that will be going into effect tonight that will have a direct affect on everything that we’ve had and put out so far,” McEachern said.

He said the council will review all rules and situations ahead.