0 0 0 comments News Investments in parks, water supply, technology detailed at Oklahoma City Council meeting Reporter Michael Kimball live tweeted from the Oklahoma City Council meeting. Read updates from the meeting below. BY MICHAEL KIMBALL firstname.lastname@example.org • Modified: September 11, 2012 at 11:07 am • Published: September 11, 2012 Reporter Michael Kimball live tweeted from the Oklahoma City Council meeting Tuesday morning. Read updates from the meeting below. @OKC_Beat 8:32 a.m. Good morning everyone! It's time for today's #OKC Council meeting. It should be getting started in a few minutes. @OKC_Beat 8:37 a.m. They are just now under way. Missing Ed Shadid, Meg Salyer and Skip Kelly. @OKC_Beat 8:41 a.m. You can check out today's agenda and find a link for live video here: okc.gov/AgendaPub/meet… You can also watch on Cox channel 20. @OKC_Beat 8:41 a.m. RT @Tiffanyg89: . @OKC_Beat is at it again. Follow updates from the Oklahoma City Council meeting here: newsok.com/follow-live-up… @OKC_Beat 8:48 a.m. Indeed, Diane Lewis is being feted as we speak by Gary Marrs. Still a ways to go in the early, routine parts of meeting. @OKC_Beat 8:51 a.m. At the end of today's meeting we'll have presentations on part of the Capital Improvement Plan. Here's some background: newsok.com/oklahoma-city-… @OKC_Beat 8:51 a.m. Today's presentations on the CIP will be from the Parks, Utilities and IT departments. @OKC_Beat 8:57 a.m. We've also got a discussion coming up on a possible overhaul on business incentives related to garages and stuff. @OKC_Beat 9:02 a.m. Also, today is the public hearing on a new fee for off-site airport car rental companies. Background: newsok.com/oklahoma-city-… @OKC_Beat 9:03 a.m. Skip Kelly is here now. Only Shadid and Salyer are absent. @OKC_Beat 9:12 a.m. Only one person has signed up to speak. He represents Avis and Budget. They're in favor of the fee. @OKC_Beat 9:12 a.m. Airports Director Mark Kranenburg is speaking now. Larry McAtee wants to know why new rule applies to 10-mile radius. @OKC_Beat 9:13 a.m. Kranenburg: We discussed it with the rental car companies. Reasonable to think airport customer will rent within 10 miles. @OKC_Beat 9:13 a.m. (Background: This applies ONLY to airport customers. Companies within radius won't be charged for non-airport customers.) @OKC_Beat 9:14 a.m. And that's it, public hearing over. Apparently no one was against it. @OKC_Beat 9:15 a.m. I'm about to break pressbox decorum to tell you that this meeting is FLYING by so far. @OKC_Beat 9:15 a.m. There could have been a couple of more substantial items on today's agenda, but they waited until a meeting with better attendance. @OKC_Beat 9:16 a.m. As in, SOMEDAY they're going to have to decide what to do with the $1.5M in extra revenue for this fiscal year. Been punted for months. @OKC_Beat 9:17 a.m. Right now, the council is approving applications for events like the Plaza Festival and Oktoberfest at McNellie's. @OKC_Beat 9:18 a.m. Now it's time for the presentation on the proposed overhaul of economic development incentives. @stevelackmeyer will have more on it later. @OKC_Beat 9:18 a.m. Cathy O'Connor of the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City is speaking. @OKC_Beat 9:20 a.m. Basically, the city sold some bonds to create a "deal closing fund" to help bring jobs here. Must be at least 50 jobs, average local salary. @OKC_Beat 9:21 a.m. There's another part of the program that gives forgivable loans to tech start-ups. @OKC_Beat 9:24 a.m. There's also a parking program currently in the general fund that the Alliance wants to move to the incentive programs. @OKC_Beat 9:25 a.m. A proposed new program is to fund water, sewer, etc. for companies moving here. Similar to what happened with Paycom up on Memorial. @OKC_Beat 9:26 a.m. A land assemblage program would allow the city to buy or lease land to provide to companies creating jobs. @OKC_Beat 9:27 a.m. A new leverage fund program could provide low-interest or forgivable loans. The program would be performance based like the others. @OKC_Beat 9:28 a.m. O'Connor: This would help small businesses. We get criticized for helping only larger companies, so this would change that. @OKC_Beat 9:31 a.m. Skip Kelly: What about addressing parts of the city where development has left? O'Connor: This policy is related more to primary jobs. @OKC_Beat 9:32 a.m. (Primary jobs being a company that moves an operation here. Restaurant, retail jobs made possible by influx of that money.) @OKC_Beat 9:36 a.m. Pete White: I drive along I-240 and see all those jobs, but I wonder where those people live. @OKC_Beat 9:42 a.m. David Greenwell: It would be helpful someday if we could see a chart of total return for these incentives. @OKC_Beat 9:43 a.m. Greenwell: There's risk in everything, but if we can see the return on the investment, it would be easier. @OKC_Beat 9:43 a.m. Larry McAtee: Remember, they only get the money if they live up to the standards. There's little risk. @OKC_Beat 9:48 a.m. We're through with items from council already. Now we've got an update on MAPS for Kids from David Todd, the city's MAPS program manager. @OKC_Beat 9:50 a.m. MAPS for Kids is still ongoing even though the collections stopped years ago. Construction, purchasing still happening. @OKC_Beat 9:51 a.m. Suburban school districts still have about $9M left to spend. Some have already spent their allotment. @OKC_Beat 9:51 a.m. (Any district with Oklahoma City residents as students was eligible for MAPS for Kids money. So Putnam City, Mid-Del, etc. etc.) @OKC_Beat 9:52 a.m. Things done: Bus fleet replacement, technology purchases. 24 schools still under construction. Two schools and an admin building remain. @OKC_Beat 9:55 a.m. Todd is showing the council photos of new construction at schools. It's pretty impressive. I've seen a few in person. @OKC_Beat 10:06 a.m. Now we've got a presentation on the Citizen Performance Report. City gets feedback on what people think about services, goals. @OKC_Beat 10:09 a.m. There's a pretty long into here before we get to the actual report. @OKC_Beat 10:10 a.m. So for example, one priority of the council is to preserve and grow citizen confidence. This report shows how well that effort is going. @OKC_Beat 10:12 a.m. One priority is infrastructure and street conditions, but the quality of streets has diminished slightly. Public transit getting better tho. @OKC_Beat 10:15 a.m. City is improving in responding efficiently to Action Center requests. 99 percent responded to within 10 days, up from 97 a few years ago. @OKC_Beat 10:20 a.m. Satisfaction with streets has risen from 18 percent to 25 percent in five years. Still a ways to go. @OKC_Beat 10:21 a.m. No citizens to be heard today. We're technically recessing the council now to convene the finance committee for those CIP presentations. @OKC_Beat 10:22 a.m. Parks and Rec Director Wendel Whisenhunt is going to present his department's Capital Improvement Plan for the next five years. @OKC_Beat 10:22 a.m. Here's the background on the CIP again: newsok.com/oklahoma-city-… @OKC_Beat 10:23 a.m. Parks have asked for $32M in park improvements, $40+ million in facility improvements and about $8M in trails improvements. @OKC_Beat 10:25 a.m. Looks like parks on the list for improvement are in lots of areas of the city. @OKC_Beat 10:28 a.m. Whisenhunt points out he's pleased to have CIP budget at all. Parks went decades without investment until recently. @OKC_Beat 10:29 a.m. Next up is the IT department. @OKC_Beat 10:29 a.m. RT @snoopdoug44: @OKC_Beat please ask them to improve and add mountain biking trails. The OKC support of them is poor. @OKC_Beat 10:30 a.m. This is technology for all city departments. $60M total in proposed capital investments. @OKC_Beat 10:31 a.m. $24.6M of it is unfunded public safety stuff. Mostly that radio system mentioned in the background story. @OKC_Beat 10:32 a.m. City has to spend $1M per year in ongoing technological needs. Stuff like servers, computers, CCTV security system. @OKC_Beat 10:33 a.m. City saved some money by going from rugged to "semi-rugged" laptops for car-mounted public safety computers. @OKC_Beat 10:35 a.m. $13M will be spent on new handheld radios. They're on a 7-10 year replacement cycle. @OKC_Beat 10:38 a.m. There are no cameras in OKC police cars. Police Chief Bill Citty said city would love to have them, but they're expensive to buy/maintain. @OKC_Beat 10:39 a.m. Citty: At some point, we'll have to move toward getting cameras. @OKC_Beat 10:39 a.m. Now it's time for the Utilities Department. They will have a huge slice of this, that's for sure. @OKC_Beat 10:41 a.m. The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust has its own part of Utilities' CIP plans. $488M. @OKC_Beat 10:41 a.m. Lots of investment plants, pipes and pumps. Raw water system upgrades as well. @OKC_Beat 10:48 a.m. That's it from today's city council meeting. They're going into executive session, but I don't expect any action items afterward. @OKC_Beat 10:49 a.m. Thanks for joining today. Next regular meeting is two weeks from today. 0 0 0 0 Submit Letter Hide Comments Mortgage Rates Hit 2.75% If you owe under $729k you may qualify for 3.05% APR Govt Refi Plans. www.SeeRefinanceRates.com The 8 Best Nat Gas Stocks The 8 Best Natural Gas Stocks. 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