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  • Oklahoma City Council approves construction of first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Work will begin soon on the first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center. The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to begin construction, approving a $9.2 million contract to build the long-awaited center. The project is about two years behind schedule, largely a result...

  • Oklahoma City Council to vote on MAPS 3 senior center construction contract

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council will vote Tuesday on a $9.2 million construction contract for the first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center. The center will be built near NW 115 Street and Rockwell Avenue. The plan includes shifting $599,333 from contingency funds to finance upgrades intended to...

  • Oklahoma City residents assess neighborhood safety

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    In response to a question about neighborhood safety in Oklahoma City’s 2015 community survey, 7 percent of those who responded said it was unsafe to walk in their neighborhoods during the day. Twenty-eight percent said their neighborhoods were unsafe after dark. A total of 1,370...

  • Commissioners turn to business leaders to gauge support for new Oklahoma County jail

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Oklahoma County commissioners agreed Wednesday to ask business leaders for help in gauging public support for a sales tax increase to finance construction of a new county jail. Sheriff John Whetsel called the recommendation of a study committee to build a new jail and remodel the county’s...

  • Statues added to Oklahoma City's Centennial Land Run Monument

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Two statues have been added to Oklahoma City’s Centennial Land Run Monument, near the south end of the Bricktown Canal. Workers installed the statues last week, and trees in front of them will be trimmed so they are easier to see, said Jane Abraham, who oversees community affairs...

  • Cornett discusses healthy eating with mayors in Italy

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett joined other U.S. mayors and their Italian counterparts for a summit at Expo Milano 2015 on meeting the challenges of securing healthy and sustainable food sources for cities. The mayor’s chief of staff, Steve Hill, said Cornett gave a speech detailing how...

  • Oklahoma City mayor, council members file first disclosures under new state ethics rules

    William Crum | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    State rules taking effect this year require elected city officials to disclose some limited information about their finances. Oklahoma City’s mayor and council members also must disclose certain gifts under rules adopted by the council last year. Under the new state rules, elected...

  • Panel clears plan to close budget gap on senior center

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    An advisory committee has voted in favor of using $600,000 in contingency funds to close a gap in the construction budget for the first MAPS 3 senior wellness center. Because the center is two years behind schedule, construction bids exceeded estimates that were developed some time ago. The MAPS...

  • Cornett takes on leading role among nation's mayors   

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is officially vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cornett served as second vice president the past year and was among the leadership team voted on at the organization’s 83rd annual meeting last month in San Francisco. This year’s president,...

  • MAPS 3 modern streetcar moves ahead with maintenance barn design

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council has approved a preliminary report and authorized continued work on the MAPS 3 streetcar maintenance barn. Construction is currently estimated to cost $5.3 million. City Manager Jim Couch said in a memo to the council that the cost estimate is above the budgeted...

  • Issues dogging MAPS 3 senior wellness center will be worked out, nonprofit's representative says

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A representative of the nonprofit that will run the first MAPS 3 senior wellness center says he’s confident that it will open with the features needed to succeed. Members of an advisory committee debated last week how to close a $600,000 gap in the $9.2 million construction budget. Once that’s...

  • Bus station lawsuit costs add up

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Oklahoma City has been billed for $35,680.71 for the outside lawyers who are representing the Board of Adjustment in Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid’s lawsuit over historic Union Bus Station. Shadid has asked a judge to order a new review of a developer’s request to demolish the downtown...

  • Oklahoma City's Myriad Gardens recognized as an oasis in the city, features rank it with other top parks

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Downtown Oklahoma City's Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of six finalists for this year's urban open space award sponsored by the Urban Land Institute. The institute says Myriad Gardens has been transformed from an underused park in a state of disrepair to a "state-of-the-art destination."...

  • Oklahoma City Council committee to assess proposal for finishing American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Mayor Mick Cornett and three city council members are to assess the Legislature’s proposal to have Oklahoma City take over the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The four-member committee will monitor evaluations by city staff and outside...

  • Canton Lake stages a comeback

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Canton Lake has risen to within 5 feet of full, a sharp reversal from two years ago, when Oklahoma City drew down the reservoir to replenish the metro area’s water supply. On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Canton Lake’s “conservation pool” was at 63 percent of capacity. In...

  • Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 modern streetcar fare picture takes shape

    William Crum | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City transit leaders have begun discussions about whether to charge a fare to ride the MAPS 3 streetcar. The streetcar is to begin service in mid-2018, running through the central business district in a 4.6-mile loop from MidTown and Bricktown. Q: Will I have to pay to ride? A: It...

  • Oklahoma City municipal court director resigns

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Oklahoma city’s municipal court director, who was put on paid leave last month pending investigation of what the city termed a “personnel matter,” has resigned. Stacey Davis had worked for the city since June 1977 and became municipal court director September 1998. Davis’ assistant...

  • Team player makes history with Oklahoma City Fire Department

    William Crum | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Cathy Hayes knows how to hit, how to field, how steal a base. And how to be part of a team. Lessons she learned on the softball diamond have carried Hayes into the top echelon of leadership in the Oklahoma City Fire Department. Hayes, 45, became the department’s first female district chief this...

  • Oklahoma City's year-over-year sales tax collections are down, but fiscal year ends near budget goal

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Sales tax collections are off slightly in Oklahoma City compared to this time last year — but will finish near the goal set for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The June 2015 check received Monday is for $34.4 million. That’s down 0.3 percent from June 2014, when the city received $34.5...

  • Oklahoma City, other cities see authority diminished by pre-emptive legislative action

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Jane Abraham, community and government affairs manager in City Manager Jim Couch’s office, fielded some questions from The Oklahoman and NewsOK about the 2015 Legislature and how new laws will affect Oklahoma City. Here’s a look at how the conversation went. Questions and answers are...



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Reporter William Crum covers Oklahoma City Council meetings, city budgets and community affairs.


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