Oklahoma City plans to spend nearly $1.2 billion in the next five years on capital improvements related to public safety, public works and MAPS programs, according to presentations at Tuesday's city council meeting.
Tuesday's meeting featured the latest in a series of presentations on five-year capital improvement plans for the city government's departments. The state requires the city to update its five-year plan every two years, and the council is considering the plan based on information supplied by each department director. The city expects to spend about $2.5 billion on capital improvements in the next five years.
The majority of the police department's capital improvement spending plan is about $51 million for a new headquarters and municipal courts building. About $31 million of the rest is for equipment, such as the new black patrol cars beginning to go into service now.
A new $2.7 million briefing station in southwest Oklahoma City is the most expensive item in the rest of the plan.
Police Chief Bill Citty has said the new headquarters, which will replace the aging current building, will help police be more efficient.
“We're hoping to start that project in the summer,” Citty said.
The fire department plans about $32 million in capital improvement spending over the next five years, Fire Chief Keith Bryant told the council.
It's similar to the police budget except for the new headquarters and court building. Three new fire stations and new equipment, specifically new firefighting vehicles, make up the bulk of the department's spending plans.
Because aging facilities are a concern for the department going forward, officials are considering a formal study of the department's future needs for facilities for subsequent capital plans.
“We've done some of our own surveys ... on what we think might need to be done,” Bryant said.
The Public Works Department has about $382 million in planned capital improvement spending in the next five years, Public Works Director Eric Wenger said.
About $284 million of that is for street projects, addressing a need that is often near or at the top of Oklahoma City residents' list of complaints.
Bridges and traffic improvements, drainage projects and public buildings like libraries make up most of the rest of the budget.
The city expects to spend nearly $663 million on MAPS in the next five years. But not all of that will be on MAPS 3, as the city still has dollars left to spend from the MAPS for Kids program.
Construction projects will continue on several schools in the coming years, along with the new downtown elementary school and an administration building, MAPS program Director David Todd told the council.
At least some form of construction will take place for each of the MAPS 3 projects over the course of the current capital improvements plan.