Mike Corn recently announced he will seek re-election for his sixth term as Tahlequah street commissioner, Feb. 12, 2013.
Corn has worked for the street department for 41 years. He was street superintendent before being appointed as street commissioner in June 1991, to fulfill the unexpired term of retiring street commissioner Jim Woodard.
In April 2003, Corn retired from the Tahlequah Fire Department after 20 years of being a firefighter.
While serving as street commissioner, Corn has worked with all of the other entities in Cherokee County to complete various projects. He has also worked with the other city departments and with the city council, both past and present, and said he looks forward to continuing a good working relationship with them in the future.
“The responsibilities of the street department are something I know well and take very seriously,” he said. “I know the streets and alleyways of the city, and I am very aware of the drainage problems that Tahlequah faces.”
Some of the street department responsibilities include maintenance of paved streets, gravel roads, alleys and city rights-of-way; curbside brush removal; maintenance of equipment; drainage maintenance; sidewalk maintenance; street construction; clearing the streets of ice and snow in the winter; and mowing during spring and summer months.
“I feel it is important to work with the youth sports organizations on improvements that will allow the kids to have a safer and more enjoyable experience,” he said. “I am very proud of the work accomplished under my leadership as street commissioner on various projects, including the low water bridge at Pendleton and Vinita Streets, the widening of Pendleton near Tahlequah middle and high schools, the Oklahoma Avenue project near the NSU soccer/baseball fields, the widening and drainage project on Fourth Street, and the widening of Allen Road near the west bypass. I have also completed projects for the Senior Citizens Center, drainage on North Vinita, and taxiways and extension at the airport.”
Corn said he has worked with other departments and contractors on the brick sidewalk projects, preparation of the new solid waste site, and many street overlays and drainage issues. Numerous projects have been completed or are ongoing, including 24 drainage projects, 12 street/overlay projects, 21 curb, guttering and/or sidewalk projects, work on the new solid waste facility, and the signal light at West Fourth Street and State Highway 51 bypass.
“I realize this office and department belong to the people, and I have always tried, and will continue to try, to serve the people to the best of my ability,” he said.
Corn was born and raised in Tahlequah. He and his wife of 38 years, Deb, have raised two sons, Michael and Frank, who are also lifelong residents. They also have two daughters-in-law, Heather and Ashley; and four grandchildren, Mikayla, Jenna, Blake and Taylor.