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Oklahoma City area projects benefit from stimulus

BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: March 17, 2010 at 4:50 am •  Published: March 17, 2010

• Will Rogers World Airport security: $4,127,888. The city is looking for a consultant to develop a new closed-circuit television security system.

• Development of energy efficiency and conservation strategy: $250,000. The strategy was approved by members of the city council in December.

• Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants: $5,232,300. Grants have been made for retrofitting city buildings, downtown recycling facilities, bike sharing, homeowner energy upgrade loans and a compressed natural gas fill station for city vehicles.

• Energy efficient lighting upgrades for city buildings: $250,000. The city has put out a request for proposals on the project.

• Police Justice Assistance Grants: $2,134,382. The money is funding equipment purchases and part-time and overtime positions for the police ambassador program, sex offender registration, specialized traffic enforcement and gang enforcement. The city also is overseeing an $864,449 grant that will pay for equipment purchases in smaller communities within Oklahoma County.

• Community Oriented Policing Services grants: $1,372,371. Grants are paying for a community gang prevention program and a new truancy program approved earlier this month.

• Sewer and water main construction and replacement: $4 million. Contracts have been awarded on all projects.

• Street resurfacing work: $15,200,000. Contracts have been awarded on all projects.

• Public transportation: $10,021,473. The money is paying for the purchase of vans, city building improvements and other capital expenses.

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