People have been talking about the Gilcrease Expressway for decades. I’ve been honored to work on this project with an incredible team of stakeholders including Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge and several other legislators, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and many City of Tulsa officials, INCOG, the Tulsa Metro Chamber, the City of Sand Springs, Osage County, school district leaders, community leaders and transportation planners.
The 2010 Elected Officials Reception was held recently in Broken Arrow.
The event has become an important part of the Broken Arrow community since it was established. “We held our first reception about four years ago to honor our elected officials throughout the state of Oklahoma. It is a time to pause and say thank you to the men and women who serve the Broken Arrow community as elected officials,” says Broken Arrow Chamber President and Wes Smithwick. This year, there were more than 100 individuals in attendance, which welcomed everyone from the community.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced the appointment of former City Attorney David Pauling as interim City Attorney. Pauling returns to service at the City of Tulsa, where he previously served as City Attorney for eight years from 1992 until his retirement in 2000.
The unique and charming Swan Lake has become an area for entire families to enjoy. With a history that spans more than 100 years, the park is being celebrated for both what it is and what it was.
The City of Tulsa is responsible for clearing snow and ice from certain segments of the Tulsa expressway system and all arterial (main) streets. Other expressway segments in Tulsa are the responsibility of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Tulsa County maintains arterials outside of the corporate limits of Tulsa and neighboring cities.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced today that four City of Tulsa employees have been recognized for the exemplary service they have provided to their fellow colleagues and citizens through its Tulsa Blue employee recognition program.
The City of Tulsa will hold its surplus property auction on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m.
GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE: Gubernatorial candidates Mary Fallin, left, and Jari Askins responded to questions submitted by members of the Rotary Club of Tulsa Oct. 6.
One of the most important governing documents to the citizens of Tulsa is their City Charter. Yet at times it also seems to be the most misunderstood. In Oklahoma, cities over a certain population are permitted to establish self-governance by the adoption of a City Charter. Often referred as the “organic law” of the city, the charter is the voice of the voters on how they want their government run and by whom. It is also the conveyance of power from the people of the city to those chosen to govern the city. Those elected to office take an oath to uphold the powers and duties granted to them by the voters through the charter. We are not elected to expand powers not expressly provided by the citizens.
This is a letter to people who love Tulsa and want it to remain the best place in the world to live. It is obvious that our city government has become ineffective. We believe that our form of government is basically flawed and must be changed to have our Tulsa Government work again.
Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith and Colonel Michael J. Teague have signed a cost sharing agreement that will solidify the federal government’s involvement in the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan. Present for the signing ceremony were area mayors, Congressman John Sullivan and others involved in the project.
Tulsa Global Alliance hosted delegates from Tulsa’s eight sister cities in Sept. for “Savoring Sister Cities.” Photographed are members, city and county officials and visiting delegates.
More than $650,000 in Community Challenge Grants has been pledged by a number of Tulsa’s leading foundations and corporations in this year’s Tulsa Area United Way Campaign. These grants will challenge individuals, small businesses and foundations in greater Tulsa to give for the first time or at an increased level to help reach TAUW’s 2010 goal of $24,067,551.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, and the State Chamber of Oklahoma are working with the One Oklahoma Coalition to defeat SQ 744. In a very revealing move, Gov. Brad Henry is serving as honorary chairman of the Vote NO campaign. Furthermore, both gubernatorial candidates, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin ® and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D), have publicly opposed SQ 744.
Editor’s Note: This is the second 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.