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William Crum: A look at Oklahoma City civic affairs.
by William Crum Published: October 7, 2013

Time runs short

in tornado zone

Time and the city's patience are running short in the neighborhoods damaged by the May 20 tornado. While many homeowners are repairing damage or rebuilding, a number of homes remain untouched more than 120 days after the storm, said Jim Couch, the city manager. Homeowners need to contact the city if they hope to avoid a hefty bill for having their properties cleared by city crews. Last week, the city council took action that pushed a number of those homes closer to demolition. So far, Oklahoma City has issued 175 residential and six commercial building permits for those who are rebuilding in southwest-side neighborhoods hit by the tornado. Homeowners have sought and received 268 demolition permits.

Mayor rolls out

lists of supporters

Mayor Mick Cornett's re-election campaign said last week that Cornett had been endorsed by 664 residents from across the city who signed up for his “neighborhood steering committee.” The list includes Ward 6 City Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Councilmen Larry McAtee (Ward 3), David Greenwell (Ward 5) and Pat Ryan (Ward 8). Cornett is seeking his fourth term against challenger Ed Shadid, the first-term councilman from Ward 2. The election is March 4.

shelter gets grant

Oklahoma City's animal shelter will use a $74,000 grant to help pay for a part-time veterinarian and veterinary assistant to diagnose, treat and sterilize up to 1,000 shelter pets, preventing their euthanasia. The grant is from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Fire safety

is a priority

October is National Fire Prevention Month. The Oklahoma City Fire Department distributes hundreds of free smoke alarms every year and offers advice on residential fire safety. For more information, call the fire prevention office at 297-3318.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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