BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD email@example.com • Modified: January 2, 2013 at 11:14 am • Published: January 2, 2013 Reporter Zeke Campfield live tweeted from the Oklahoma City Council meeting Wednesday morning. Read about discussions and agenda items below. @ZekeCampfield 9:08 a.m. I will be live tweeting council meetings like our previous city reporter, Michael Kimball did, but expect some bumps along the way! @ZekeCampfield 9:10 a.m. First council debate of the new year: bus stop benches. Discussion centered around contractors for bus bench advertisers. @ZekeCampfield 9:11 a.m. City's transit director, Rick Cain, says advertising should make 70-80 percent of bus benches generate revenue @ZekeCampfield 9:11 a.m. Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid skeptical that contractor needed for such benches; proposes advertising, etc., be done in-house instead. @ZekeCampfield 9:13 a.m. Agenda for this week's meeting: okc.gov/AgendaPub/mtgv… -- It's also streaming video online! @ZekeCampfield 9:18 a.m. Now the juicy stuff: MAPS 3 program coordinator unveiling new project requirements for transit streetcar plans @ZekeCampfield 9:19 a.m. Propulsion system, final route, track type -- streetcar issues which will be answering during coming investigation stage @ZekeCampfield 9:21 a.m. Prgm Coordinator Mike Mize: Subcommittee, city transit officials gave input in developing project requirements. @ZekeCampfield 9:21 a.m. Mike Mize: Should single contractor will design, implement, construct and operate streetcar? @ZekeCampfield 9:22 a.m. Mike Mize: Chances for federal assistance in first phases of streetcar "pretty slim" @ZekeCampfield 9:22 a.m. Mike Mize: Contractor in process of developing public meetings, agendas for streetcar project. Should happen in next couple of months. @ZekeCampfield 9:25 a.m. Shadid questioning process for setting route of new streetcar. Says subcommittee shouldn't have final say, but should set "starting point" @ZekeCampfield 9:25 a.m. Shadid: Route should consider both streetcar needs but also interfacing with other downtown projects, needs @ZekeCampfield 9:26 a.m. Shadid: We need the maximum amount of people looking at that route @ZekeCampfield 9:28 a.m. Shadid: Streetcar should be incorporated into Core to Shore, downtown park project @ZekeCampfield 9:29 a.m. Mike Mize: Those concerns have been expressed to streetcar development contractor. Contractor met with designers of convention center, park @ZekeCampfield 9:30 a.m. Mize: Contractor has hired subconsultant to look at economic impact of transit "and not just assume the route of the LPA is the final route" @ZekeCampfield 9:30 a.m. Mize: They are looking at the current preferred route as well as other routes @ZekeCampfield 9:32 a.m. Councilman David Greeenwell: I hope we have not determined at this point what the route is or will be. @ZekeCampfield 9:33 a.m. Councilman Pete White: Public input, meetings valuable to developing MAPS projects @ZekeCampfield 9:34 a.m. White: Public input, meetings process makes projects easier to swallow even for those who aren't satisfied with final result @ZekeCampfield 9:35 a.m. White: Is there funds to do a small streetcar loop downtown to tie park, convention center, memorial together? @ZekeCampfield 9:36 a.m. Gary Marrs: What study determined where route ought to go? I don't have a good answer for that @ZekeCampfield 9:39 a.m. Councilwoman Meg Salyer: Incorporate streetcar plans into all public transit plans for the city @ZekeCampfield 9:40 a.m. Councilman Skip Kelly: Was MAPS vote limited to strictly streetcar, or are we in position to define future transit programs? @ZekeCampfield 9:41 a.m. Mayor Mick Cornett: Intent was to build streetcar as circulation system for downtown, but MAPS dollars can be used for other transit prjcts @ZekeCampfield 9:42 a.m. Councilman Larry McAtee: We said 10 mill for hub, 120 mill for streetcar. Streetcar was to be designed within those limitations. @ZekeCampfield 9:44 a.m. Kelly: If you have lines that are already established that eliminates a major cost @ZekeCampfield 9:44 a.m. Kelly: Streetcar should connect to "Adventure District," i.e. zoo, science museum area @ZekeCampfield 9:45 a.m. Mize: Investigative standards phase will give contractor chance to "optimize the 130 million dollars" for streetcar @ZekeCampfield 9:46 a.m. Cornett: Propulsion, route will be discussed. We'll get it as right as we can. I have confidence in subcommittee. @ZekeCampfield 9:48 a.m. Transit conversation ends on Cornett's comments; now moving on to claims, other routine business. @ZekeCampfield 9:52 a.m. We're talking about a claim filed by a resident who broke her teeth on an icy sidewalk. City attny says claim was not filed on time. @ZekeCampfield 9:52 a.m. Fall was in December, 2010; claim was filed in November, 2012. Claim was designed, but woman claims she did not know extent of damage. @ZekeCampfield 9:54 a.m. Kelly: We can't exceed limitations established by state, despite empathy we can't approve a claim that is barred by law. @ZekeCampfield 9:58 a.m. Claims over, now councilors to make their comments @ZekeCampfield 9:59 a.m. Shadid: EK Gaylord, Santa Fe station not maneuverable by pedestrians @ZekeCampfield 10:00 a.m. Shadid: Public transportation director advocating to take 35 feet of right of way on EK Gaylord and give to pedestrians -- "that is heaven" @ZekeCampfield 10:03 a.m. Shadid: Three peds, one biker hit by cars on EK Gaylor corridor last year @ZekeCampfield 10:03 a.m. RT @BenAllenKOSU: I can unlock my lips, finally. @KOSURadio is expanding, with a studio in downtown OKC!!!!!! bit.ly/10OdXD4 @ZekeCampfield 10:04 a.m. Pete White: OKC lost a true leader with death of former councilor, mayor Patience Latting @ZekeCampfield 10:05 a.m. Here's the NewsOK story on former Mayor Latting's death at age 94 okne.ws/Ve3paw @ZekeCampfield 10:05 a.m. Councilman Greenwell: Latting showed a lot of courage in running for office. Council "not as pleasant" then as it is today. @ZekeCampfield 10:06 a.m. Also note: Latting will lie in repose at city hall on Thursday; flags to fly at half-mast @ZekeCampfield 10:06 a.m. Councilwoman Salyer: Latting not only a tremendous role model, but a fabulous neighbor @ZekeCampfield 10:08 a.m. Councilman Kelly: Thank you mayor, council for naming NW library after Latting last year @ZekeCampfield 10:09 a.m. Public Works Director Eric Winger to discuss intelligent transportation system implementation now @ZekeCampfield 10:10 a.m. Winger: 2007 funding authorized study of 18 corridors - now want to expand to all intersections in the city @ZekeCampfield 10:11 a.m. Winger: $12.3 million budget; will reduce travel time, emissions, gas consumption @ZekeCampfield 10:13 a.m. Winger: System allows for city to monitor traffic signals wirelessly @ZekeCampfield 10:15 a.m. Winger: Ready to implement final corridors, as outlined in 2007 bond issue; project should be complete by 2014 @ZekeCampfield 10:15 a.m. Winger: System allows for monitoring and managing 700-plus intersections remotely @ZekeCampfield 10:16 a.m. Shadid: How can you interface wireless system with proposed transit system projects? @ZekeCampfield 10:18 a.m. Winger: Still capable of detecting cars on cross-streets waiting for red lights @ZekeCampfield 10:19 a.m. City Manager Jim Couch: Sales taxes 6.7 percent over target in November @ZekeCampfield 10:26 a.m. First @mkimball011 and now @MeganRolland -- The Oklahoman is losing some of its most reliable, hard-working reporters. @ZekeCampfield 10:31 a.m. Council meeting comes to anti-climactic end. Thanks for bearing with me through my first live tweet session.