The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs
‘Compass Rose’ has companion in Texas
Sculptor Owen Morrel has installed a sister piece to Oklahoma City’s “Compass Rose” on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Morrel reports “Astrolabe,” with its mirrored surfaces reminiscent of the Oklahoma City sculpture, “will pop out like a diamond against raw stone” in a landscaped, rotary seating area designed just for the piece. Morrel installed the “Compass Rose” last year in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District.
Hispanic Chamber to get new home
Oklahoma City’s leading Hispanic business organization has begun a $300,000 fundraising campaign to buy an office building. President David Castillo said the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plans to close July 31 on the Fleming’s tax service building at 3321 S Western Ave. Plans are to remodel the building into 10 offices and two conference rooms, and be ready for business Aug. 1 or Sept. 1, Castillo said. Learn more about the chamber online at www.okchispanicchamber.org.
Competition for the neighborhoods
Neighborhoods can compete for a share of $5,000 in cash by promoting energy conservation this summer. The awards are the work of a partnership among OG&E, the Neighborhood Alliance and the city of Oklahoma City. Learn more online at www.creategreatneighborhoods.org.
Railroad underpass insurance costly
Oklahoma City is paying $23,961 for insurance as part of the deal to open Bricktown Landing. The Union Pacific required the city to buy insurance before it would let people walk or bike under a railroad bridge between Bricktown Landing and the Boathouse District. The Landing opened last month, after months of delay while the city negotiated with the railroad. The Landing links the Bricktown Canal and Oklahoma River. Insurance for the River Cruisers that dock at the Landing went up $10,000 per year, to $70,000, said Michael Scroggins, spokesman for the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority.
Health statistics are online
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Wellness Now coalition, and Integris Health have started a website to give residents tools for comparing health statistics in Oklahoma County ZIP codes. The site includes easy-to-use, color-coded gauges. Find it online at www.healthyokc.org.
They said it
“Maybe we can put these in neighborhoods and schools and firehouses throughout the city.”
— Mayor Mick Cornett, on the idea of designing a more distinctive city flag.
Tweet of the week
“Vote Rupert. What name do you like best for the newborn rhino at the Oklahoma City Zoo?”
To vote, go online to okczoo.com or NewsOK.com/name-the-rhino.
The city council is on its summer schedule, and did not meet last week.
The city council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. A public hearing is set on a proposal to restore the city’s ban on backyard chickens.