Greater Tulsa Trash Situation is Changing
Editor’s note: Change is always hard, and judging from the current furor in Tulsa, altering trash collection service to meet today’s challenges is no exception. Because many of the communities of Greater Tulsa will eventually need to look at, or are in the process of looking at new ways to deal with all that trash, thought it might be helpful to look at the City Of Tulsa’s situation. When these types of changes happen, questions arise. How and why are we changing? Why is it costing more? How is it going to work? How did it get so confusing?
GOP Presidential Candidates Visit Tulsa
Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum visited Tulsa in February. They drew estimated crowds of 3,500 and 4,000 respectively in Town Hall events at the Mabee Center on the Oral Roberts University campus.
League of Women Voters Turns 92
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa () celebrated its 92nd birthday Feb. 16 by holding an informative and enjoyable event at the Sophian Plaza in Tulsa. President Heather Hope-Hernandez, left in the photo, introduced honored guest Sheryl Lovelady, right. Lovelady is the director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, located in the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. She gave an excellent talk about Oklahoma women in politics, the need for women to get involved, as well as the myriad of opportunities that exist for women in public office.
CEO Tulsa Opens
The Center for Employment Opportunities recently announced the opening of Tulsa, a new program that provides employment services to people returning home from prison to Tulsa County. The program helps formerly incarcerated people gain basic work skills to obtain full-time, private sector jobs.
Tulsa Chamber, Partners Announce Legislative Priorities
Early in 2012, we can see many areas of the economy picking up again. Tulsa’s unemployment level is going down. We have more businesses interested in relocating to the region, and our downtown shows unlimited promise, with as many as six cranes peppering the skyline. But while we could be content with this momentum, we must continue to work aggressively to ensure Tulsa can and will reach its full potential. And as with any great city, that work will never be finished.
Planning Continues for River Area
George Kaiser Family Foundation () is moving forward with its plans to build a new gathering space in the Riverside area of Tulsa.
Brady And Blue Dome Districts Coming Alive
Anyone still doubting downtown Tulsa’s revitalization need only take a drive or better yet a walk through the Brady and Blue Dome districts in downtown. In past issues Newspapers have published articles foretelling things to come. A tour of these two bustling districts shows that most of what was foretold is fast becoming reality.
Dr. Chris Kelley Runs for Owasso City Council
Dr. Chris Kelley has enjoyed being a part of the Owasso community and hopes to become even more involved soon. He recently announced that he will be running for the Owasso City Council, Ward 2.
City of Bixby Announces Municipal Warrant Amnesty Program
The City of Bixby announced that it will implement a Municipal Warrant Amnesty Program to allow defendants with delinquent obligations pending in Bixby’s Municipal Court an opportunity to clear their cases without being arrested or paying additional late fees and court costs. These delinquent obligations include: (1) unpaid citations which had a preset fine, (2) citations upon which the defendant failed to appear when it was “booked to court”, and (3) charges upon which the defendant has been found guilty, granted time to pay fines and costs, but are now past due.
Chambers Unify to Retain American Airlines
Tulsa area chambers joined regional and state partners Jan. 3 in announcing a unified effort to retain American Airlines’ operations in the Tulsa region. Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, City of Tulsa, Tulsa Metro Chamber, Tulsa County, area municipalities, Transport Workers Union of American #514, Oklahoma -, Oklahoma’s federal delegation and regional legislative delegation have pledged support to American Airlines -Tulsa as the reorganization progresses.
2011 Brought Snow, Government Efficiency to Tulsa
Without a doubt, 2011 will be seen as a year of great challenges and achievements for Tulsa. When we began 2011, we put forth our Vision 2020 that called upon all of Tulsa to be a part of Tulsa’s renaissance as we recaptured the community spirit that first made Tulsa a city known throughout our region for its culture, business, neighborhoods and citizenship.
Tulsan Roy Lewis Honored by Scottish Rite
Tulsan Roy Lewis joined the company of Senators Robert C. Byrd and Trent Lott, actors Ernest Borgnine and Norm Crosby, and Rear Admiral U.S. Navy (Retired) William G. Sizemore by receiving the 2011 Grand Cross of the Court of Honor decoration, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an Inspector General Honorary in the Southern Jurisdiction of The Scottish Rite. The honor was bestowed in October 2011.
Yale Widening Project Begins
Tulsa County, the City of Tulsa and Saint Francis recently broke ground on the Yale Avenue widening project on Jan. 10.
The project will widen Yale Avenue from 61st Street to 71st Street from four lanes to six lanes. The project cost is estimated at $3.5 million and will be split 50/50 between the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County. City funds have been used for engineering and materials; county funds will go toward manpower and equipment. The Tulsa County Highway Construction Division will perform the road construction.
The completion date is projected as July 2012.
Resolution Passed on Casino
Tulsa County Commissioners approved a resolution in opposition to the proposed Kialegee Tribal Town casino project in Broken Arrow. Individually, all three commissioners have previously expressed their opposition to the casino project. The resolution was brought forward in the Board of County Commissioners Management Conference.
Kathy Taylor Honored
Harvard’s Institute of Politics, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, announced the selection of an experienced group of individuals for Resident and Visiting Fellowships this spring.
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