A quick look at the week just ended and the week ahead in Oklahoma City civic affairs:
Water conservation triggers have taken effect in Oklahoma City. If reservoir levels drop this summer because of the drought, residents will be required to observe progressively stricter outdoor watering restrictions. Neighborhood organizations and associations can arrange a workshop on conserving water presented by the Oklahoma State University Extension Service, Horticulture and Landscaping Architecture Department. Call 744-5729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, go to www.okc.gov/watering/.
It's a fact
Oklahoma City has been billed $28,621.10 by the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector's office for an audit that criticized the city's $850,000 stockpile of police radios. Spokeswoman Kristy Yager said the city expects at least one more invoice; the city council authorized spending up to $100,000, which was the state auditor's estimate.
They said it
“Regardless of what course the city could have taken in this particular case, it is imperative that processes must exist to prevent similar losses in the future.”
— State Auditor Gary Jones, in his report on Oklahoma City's unused police radios
Ward 4 Council Member Pete White missed Tuesday's City Council meeting. He is recovering from injuries including a broken arm that he suffered in a fall as he was stepping off a curb.
The Water Utilities Trust is to consider a proposal to relocate a sport shooting range that encountered opposition from neighbors, but it likely won't happen as scheduled on Tuesday afternoon. A staff memo says Quail Ridge Sporting Clays owner Dave Martin did not agree to a requirement that his clients use steel shot — a nonstarter for shotgun shooting enthusiasts. A settlement likely is the next step with Martin, who originally had a 10-year lease on public land in the West Elm Creek Reservation in southeast Oklahoma City. Last month, Martin said he couldn't afford to run his business if lead shot was banned. “The shooters won't come,” he said.
William Crum, Staff Writer