A quick look at the week just ended and the week ahead in Oklahoma City civic affairs:
Former Mayor Kirk Humphreys is working on a deal to bring outdoor concerts to the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown. The city council gets a look Tuesday at a proposal to rezone a portion of the former Downtown Airpark for a temporary concert venue. The spot is south of the Oklahoma River off S Western Avenue, upstream from the Boathouse District. Humphreys said in a letter to city planners in February that The Humphreys Co. is manager of Humphreys Partners 2006, which owns the property.
It's a fact
Cost of the legal brief filed by Oklahoma City in the water dispute between Oklahoma and Texas: $88,000. Lawyers argued the case last week before the U.S. Supreme Court.
They said it
“Of course it's a runaway No. 1. Without public safety, all the other items fall down.” — City council member Larry McAtee, on Oklahoma City's need for more police officers.
All eight city council members and Mayor Mick Cornett attended Tuesday's city council meeting.
• The city council begins crafting the 2013-14 budget on Tuesday when City Manager James Couch and budget experts present their proposals. This next budget could exceed $1 billion.
• Also Tuesday, the council will consider a request to donate police officer Chad Peery's city-issued gun to Peery's father, Earl. Peery was paralyzed when he tried to break up a bar fight while off duty in 2011. He died this month after a traffic accident on Interstate 40.
William Crum, Staff Writer