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.
From the OKC community survey …
City support for redevelopment of “cultural and commercial areas near where you live” got high marks from Oklahoma City residents this summer, with 73 percent saying they agreed or strongly agreed with the idea.
It's a fact
Sixty property owners who appealed their assessment to Oklahoma County's equalization board got adjustments this year; 154 appeals were denied.
They said it
“This is an opportunity for Oklahoma City to take the lead and again show the rest of the country the type of forward-looking, thoughtful city this is.”
— Devon Energy Executive Chairman Larry Nichols, laying out a vision for adapting technology to build a downtown Oklahoma City streetcar without the clutter of overhead electrical wires.
The city council is on its summer schedule and did not meet last Tuesday.
• The city council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave.
• The Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. It will consider the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation's plan to sell beer in the Boathouse District.
William Crum, Staff Writer