MIDWEST CITY — Midwest City Mayor Jack Fry delivered his third annual state of the city address Wednesday, addressing such issues as the city's economy, health, education and police force.
“Working with our city council, our overarching goal has been and will continue to be simply good government,” Fry said.
Fry said several new franchise businesses opened their doors in Midwest City in 2012, including Dick's Sporting Goods, Schlotzsky's and Cinnabon.
City officials were able to refinance some bonds, which saved taxpayers thousands of dollars, Fry said. An internal audit of the city's financial statements found no weakness or deficiencies.
“The state of our city is strong even in a time of struggle for most American cities,” he said.
Fry said city officials are involved in job expansion at Tinker Air Force Base.
“We are in the process of supporting our base and nation with some acquisition of support jobs on Tinker.”
Fry said the city must continue its support of the base to accomplish economic growth and domestic security.
“While Washington, D.C., has us on the brink of fiscal chaos, we must and shall remain faithful to our beliefs in the republic. We shall stand with our men and women serving our great nation in uniform to the best of our ability. If we can accomplish supporting the base with support jobs, then those dollars can move to support the mission of the defenders of freedom,” Fry said.
Fry said Midwest City-Del City schools are undergoing construction to accommodate student growth and improve learning environments.
“Mid-Del schools are well under way with the new construction at the Eastside and Soldier Creek campus site locations,” Fry said.
Fry said the police department is one of 13 agencies statewide to hold and maintain state accreditation through the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police.
In October, the police department passed an audit by the FBI and the state that ensured the department is compliant with all Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and FBI policies and procedures.
To the delight of Midwest City dog lovers, 2012 saw the construction of the Fred Quinn Happy Trails Dog Park, a project that was 10 years in the making.
“I can't drive by it without it seemingly being packed,” Fry said.
Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, street department and public safety, successfully executed the first Midwest City Veterans Day Parade to honor the city's strong military presence and military men and women across the nation.
“Thanks to everyone for participating in such a great event and for your attendance in honoring our veterans. I would like to report that the Veterans Memorial in the Joe B. Barnes Park is well on its way to being a reality,” Fry said.
Groundbreaking for the Veterans Memorial took place Friday.
Fry said he and his wife, Gail, are proud to call Midwest City home.
“Gail and I feel Midwest City is still a great place to live, to have raised our family, to work, to play and enjoy life,” Fry said.
To the audience of business owners, community organizers and city workers, Fry said, “I implore you to keep pushing, keep giving, keep building, to keep on dreaming. We are still the model city and we must keep living to make tomorrow better than today. With your help and God's grace, we can achieve what we are all striving to accomplish.”