“I think there’s a disconnect between, ‘Yeah the economy is supposedly really, really good’ and ‘But what does that do for me, how does that affect me and my family in my neighborhood?’” Cornett said.
He said the economy is enabling the city to add to the police force, build new fire stations, and “put more money in streets than we ever have before.”
“I decided in this campaign that was one of the things we needed to make sure people understood,” Cornett said.
“A lot of the things that we all want to happen are not going to happen unless the economy’s good,” he said. “And the fact that the economy is good is something we should all take pride in and try to keep that going as long as we can, ’cause it allows us to take care of a lot of the needs of the city.”
Looking ahead, Cornett said the city must keep its sights squarely on providing the basic services residents expect: police and fire protection, clean drinking water, trash and recycling pickup.
Beyond that, he said, the city has “a large menu of MAPS 3 projects to continue to work on,” including breaking ground on the Oklahoma River whitewater course and State Fair Park’s expo center this year.
And more immediately: “I was out driving the streets today,” Cornett said, “and there’s no question that the ice storms we’ve had recently have taken a toll on our streets. And we have a significant pothole problem coming up in the near future.”