Tulsa County Commission District 1 is the largest district by area in Tulsa County. In addition to the northern portion of the City of Tulsa, which includes over 135,000 citizens, the District takes in parts of Broken Arrow and all of the towns of Collinsville, Owasso, Skiatook and Sperry. There are also over 13,000 citizens living in the unincorporated areas for whom Tulsa County is their first responder government for many services, projects and public safety. In total, over 187,000 citizens live in District 1.
POWER TO THE TEA PARTY: Rick Couri of radio station KRMG 740 AM talks to the LaFortune Park crowd of over 2,500 on April 15, also known as income tax day. Organizers say “TEA” is an acronym for “Taxed Enough Already.”
Recently randomly stacked around the shop floor of Claude Neon Federal Signs (CNF Signs), among the shiny painted metal boxes holding high-tech, state-of-the-art, computer driven electronic message center signs, were numerous very old, very large, handmade metal and porcelain letters in various stages of deterioration. Arranged correctly they spell “Meadow Gold” and they represent a Tulsa historic treasure.
Dr. Kara Gae Neal, members of the Tulsa Tech Board of Education and other Tulsa Tech leaders recently honored Harold Charney, second from left, for his service over the last 35 years as a member of the Tulsa Tech Board of Education.
The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Tulsa Women’s Foundation honored 2009 Pinnacle Award recipients at Gilcrease Museum March 10.
Downtown Tulsa Unlimited has announced Sister Hazel and Old 97’s as the headlining acts for the 37th Annual Tulsa International Mayfest as well as an expanded green effort at this year’s event. Tulsa International Mayfest will celebrate its 37th anniversary on May 14-17 in downtown Tulsa.
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has launched a Web site, www.ok.gov/recovery that aims to provide the citizens of Oklahoma access to clear and concise information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Web site provides national-level information on the multiple funding streams in eight areas of government: budget stabilization, business and employment, education and research, energy and environment, health and human services, housing, transportation, and public safety. It also addresses some Frequently Asked Questions about Oklahoma’s use of the stimulus package.
Editor’s note: Tulsa County is divided into three county commission districts, each represented by a Commissioner. This month we are highlighting District 3, which is represented by County Commissioner Fred Perry.
Where others see urban blight, John F. (Jack) Crowley sees possibilities and promise. Tracing Crowley’s carrier path provides evidence of why he was the solid choice to advise Mayor Taylor and city planners on the best way to move downtown Tulsa’s redevelopment efforts to the next level.
Last September, the United States Senate approved a major funding bill that includes millions of dollars for a number of Oklahoma projects. U.S. Sen. James Inhoff, R–Okla., voted to pass it. The bill passed by a 78-12 vote. Inhofe noted the provisions that increase funding for the military as well as those designed to increase energy production.
Mayor Kathy Taylor unveiled the City of Tulsa’s energy efficient vehicle fleet, the “Green Fleet,” during a news conference Jan. 30 at River West Festival Park.
News Around Tulsa County is plentiful. Officials have been busy building a new, more user friendly Web site, moving forward on river development and welcoming new leadership to Expo Square.
Mayor to Pursue Economic Stimulus Funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
(Tulsa, Oklahoma – GTRNews) Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor said today that Tulsa will pursue funding from
President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
Federal agencies and the State of Oklahoma will receive the funding and
distribute grants to cities, towns, counties and community action
programs based on formula allocations.
In addition to the formula-based funding, to be received by the State
of Oklahoma and specific state agencies, more than a dozen federal
agencies are authorized in the legislation to award competitive grants
to local, state and tribal governments.
Mayor Kathy Taylor said she is ready to make applications to the state
and federal agencies for the stimulus funding and will be extremely
aggressive in the pursuit of the economic stimulus money for a variety
of projects for the City of Tulsa including, but not limited to:
Justice grants for law enforcement, victim programs, youth mentoring,
hiring and technology
Community Oriented Policing (COPS) competitive grants for hiring
Fire Public Safety
Fire station construction
Fire Training Academy
Streets & Roadways
Widening and arterial street projects that have been designed, meet the
requirements of the recovery program and are ready for construction
Clean Water & Drinking Water Revolving Funds
Competitive grants and zero interest loans for Public Works water and
sewer projects through the Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality and
the Oklahoma Water Resources Board
Capital investments in Transit Buses and Equipment.
Public Housing Capital Investment
Capital for competitive and formula grants for building/repairing
Emergency Shelter Grants
Funding for cities and towns to establish emergency food and shelter
“The City of Tulsa has been cooperating with other regional agencies
to share information, and coordinate efforts to ensure we maximize the
funding flowing into the Tulsa region,” Taylor said.
Taylor said partner agencies include Tulsa Chamber, INCOG, all local
higher education institutions, Tulsa and Union Public Schools, Tulsa
City-County Health Department, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa
Port of Catoosa, Tulsa Airport Authority, RiverParks Authority, a
variety of health service providers, the State of Oklahoma, regional
cities, and Tulsa County.
(Tulsa, OK GTRNews) The residents of Tulsa County will soon enjoy a smoother drive thanks to a contract recently awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), according to Sen. Randy Brogdon and Rep. Eric Proctor.
Leadership Tulsa has announced the newest class members to Leadership Tulsa Class 41. Fifty-two Tulsans have been selected through a competitive application process and will participate in a nine-month program beginning Jan. 22.