The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.
Scraggly yards are hot issue
The No. 1 complaint from Oklahoma City residents this month is about high grass and weeds. High grass is a violation when it reaches a height of 12 inches. Violations can be reported to the Action Center; go to www.okc.gov/action or call 297-2535. Be sure to provide the exact location of the violation. Code enforcement has worked more than 17,000 cases this year.
Streetcar details emerging
The $94.4 million downtown streetcar line is expected to start with six streetcars, including one spare. A basic streetcar runs about $3.5 million; hybrids that can run some distance on batteries — without needing overhead wires — cost about $4 million. In September, the city council will vote on a proposed 4.6-mile route linking MidTown and Bricktown. No word yet on whether the streetcars will have names; suggestions welcome.
Who is following whom
Mayor Mick Cornett had 4,012 Facebook ‘likes' and 7,807 Twitter followers on Friday. His challenger, Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, had 1,446 ‘likes' on Facebook and 1,837 Twitter followers. The election is March 4.
Wellness centers workshop set
The city council will have a workshop Sept. 17 to discuss where the city is headed with its MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers. Voters approved the idea in 2009; last month the council directed city staff to open negotiations with three potential operating partners. All three proposals were for centers in north Oklahoma City, prompting Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell, who represents portions of south Oklahoma City, to vote “no.” Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee said last week that — as he sees it — the original plan was for four or five wellness centers, with at least one in each quadrant of the city.