The week in review, and what's ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.
Put storm debris at the curb
District 2 Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan is asking for patience as crews work to clear debris from the May 31 tornadoes and flooding. Residents have been asked to move their debris to the curb for pickup. There's a lot to move and it takes time for trucks to pick up debris, dump it and get back in the neighborhoods, Maughan said. He said his crews are assigned to a 25-square-mile area of Oklahoma City. “We're not giving up on it,” he said. “It's just going to take a long time.”
It's a fact
Eric Wenger, Oklahoma City's public works director, says contractors are hauling away an average of 5.4 million pounds of storm debris daily.
All eight city council members were present for last Tuesday's meeting. Mayor Mick Cornett was away, teaching an executive class on leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business in New York City.
The city council, which meets weekly at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays for most of the year, has begun its summer schedule. Between now and the end of September meetings will be held every other week — on July 2, 16 and 30; Aug. 13 and 27; and Sept. 10 and 24.
The streetcar subcommittee, studying potential routes for the MAPS 3-approved downtown streetcar, meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city office building at 420 W Main Street. The panel meets in the 10th floor conference room.
WILLIAM CRUM, STAFF WRITER
The Oklahoman's interns are reporting this summer from neighborhoods across Oklahoma City, developing a portrait of the city from residents' point of view. Their reports appear online throughout the summer and in print in August. Excerpts appear here as the project progresses. Find their reports at NewsOK.com and blog.newsok.com. Twitter: @OKCneighborhoods. Facebook and Instagram: OKC Neighborhoods.
Paseo gallery owner reminisces
The hot pink exterior of the stucco structure that sits at the edge of Paseo Drive reflects the personality of the art lover who has resided there for 23 years. Collin Rosebrook purchased the space in 1990, and after months of renovation opened Paseo Pottery. Growing up in Oklahoma City, Rosebrook said he was accustomed to the curved two-block street adorned with Spanish revival architecture and hippies. “I remember driving down the Paseo, just to look at the people,” he said. “Some of those people are still around and they are dressed the same … bell-bottoms and all that. It's kind of interesting that I am sort of one of those folks now.” Read more at http://bit.ly/173aLrM.
RACHAEL CERVENKA, STAFF WRITER