Mayor Dewey Bartlett, joined by his wife, Victoria Bartlett, as well as non-profit organizations, higher education officials, and Hamilton lunch buddies and students will hold a news conference Thursday to announce the Tulsa County Mentoring Coalition.
Economic development and mass transit will merge Jan. 19 during a public event expected to draw hundreds of people from Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs and Owasso. The event, “Get smart about transit – and how it moves the economy” kicks off the region’s first-ever comprehensive transit system study and will include commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, express bus and conventional bus.
Attached is Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett’s response to Work and needs of the Tulsa City Council over the 2010 year
Tuls City Attorney David Pauling responds to Tulsa City Council action regarding Tulsa Community Foundation’s offer to reimburse the city for Mayor Dewy F. Bartlett’s travel expenses.
The following is a Dec. 28, 2010 letter from City Attorney David Pauling answering several questions from the Tulsa City Council and Mayor’s Office.
The letter is part of ongoing quarrels between the city offices. The Letter Follows:
As part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, Tulsa received a potential $75 million in Recovery Zone Tax Exempt Facility Bonds. The Tulsa City Council designated the entire city of Tulsa as a recovery zone eligible for use of the bonds. Private developers submitted project proposals to the Tulsa Industrial Authority.
Defendants who miss court appearances or payment dates in the City of Tulsa’s Municipal Court will now have to clear their bench warrants at the David L. Moss Justice Center, beginning Jan.1, 2011.
Broken Arrow Police Chief Todd Wuestewald is planning to retire effective July 7, 2011.
Wuestewald is a 29-year veteran of the department who was promoted through the ranks to Chief of Police, a position he has held since July 2003. He has held positions in patrol, K-9, special operations, training, detectives and administration. He also served as a Tulsa police officer prior to moving to Broken Arrow.
As we begin 2011, I want to tell you about a first of a kind important initiative we will be launching the latter part of December.
As mayor, I believe the two most important responsibilities of the office are first, to continuously ask the citizens we serve how we are doing at governing and how can we do it better and, secondly, to listen to what they have to say and then take deliberative action. To do this well, it has to be more than just questions and answers after speeches or making phone calls and sending emails. We need an across the city inventory of citizens from all walks of Tulsa.
FAMILY PARTICIPATION: The Oklahoma Center for Community Justice recently held the annual awards banquet at the Tulsa Convention Center. In attendance were Regina Tisdale, right, Reverend Weldon Tisdale and his daughter Whitney.
The City of Broken Arrow has launched live streaming of City Council meetings with solutions offered by San Francisco-based Granicus, Inc.
The new system, which will be showing the Dec. 7 council meeting, will improve citizen access to government meetings and aid in improving government transparency.
Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a multi-part series about the past, present and future growth of Greater Tulsa. In this series Newspapers will look back on the history, examine current developments and explore the possible future of various sectors of Tulsa and surrounding communities to give readers a better overall perspective of the many unique and vibrant parts that make up the whole of what we believe to be the greatest place in the world to live: Greater Tulsa.
The City of Owasso recently announced the inaugural Picture It! Owasso photo contest designed to inspire citizens throughout the Owasso area to grab their cameras, head out into the city, and capture what makes Owasso a great place to live, work and play. The contest is open to all residents in the Owasso area and submitted photos must be taken within Owasso city limits.
The Tulsa Area United Way celebrated the official end of its 2010 campaign Nov. 11 by projecting that it has raised $24,324,803, exceeding this year’s campaign goal of $24,067,551 by $257,252.
It was one year ago this December that I was honored to step into City Hall as your next Mayor. What I found was a city in financial and operational crisis from many months of falling revenues, which caused diminishing city services. With unemployment having increased to over 7 percent, in 2009 the city had turned off highway lights, grounded both police helicopters, suspended any new police or fire academies, reduced or eliminated much of our mowing and graffiti operations, and doubled the employee furlough days.