Oklahoma City civic life for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
RTA duties shift
Oklahoma City's transit board agreed to provide administrative services on an interim basis for the Regional Transportation Authority, while that fledgling organization gets on its feet. The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority — for all intents and purposes, the city of Oklahoma City — will take over business-related functions including marketing, financial management, technology support, legal services and records management. The RTA formally came into being a year ago with signing of the trust agreement and indenture, and selection of directors representing Edmond, Norman, Midwest City, Del City, Moore and Oklahoma City. Up to now, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments has provided administrative support. The new agreement takes effect Saturday.
4th Street makeover
The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board endorsed preliminary plans for a "4th Street Experience" — a pedestrian-friendly makeover of SW 4 Street between the new Omni hotel and the MAPS 3 convention center. Architects are proposing a corridor lined with geometric shade canopies to produce an inviting outdoor space for convention-related events, festivals and lingering as convention-goers and hotel guests move between the buildings. Plans are to have the outdoor work done by the time convention center construction wraps up in September. The budget is about $4.7 million.
Briefly: Museum subsidy, taxi ads
• The city council authorized negotiation of an agreement for $60,000 in taxpayer-funded economic development incentives for the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
• The council agreed to lift restrictions on advertising attached to taxis and other vehicles-for-hire.
Pedestrian bridge OK'd
Construction could begin this fall on a $3 million pedestrian and cyclists' bridge over Northwest Expressway at W Wilshire Boulevard. The structure is designed to provide a safer crossing for trails converging in that area.
Tweet of the week
"Interview: Michael J. Anderson (@Tativille_MJA) talks about becoming president and CEO of @OKCMOA"
— @BAMOK, Brandy McDonnell, Features/A&E writer at The Oklahoman. Read the interview with the museum's new director at oklahoman.com.
Mayor David Holt and the eight city council members attended last week's meeting.
The city council meets at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. Meetings are open to the public.
• Tuesday: The Native American Cultural and Educational Authority meets at 10 a.m. at the First Americans Museum, 659 American Indian Blvd. Meetings are open to the public.
• Wednesday: The Regional Transportation Authority board meets at 2:30 p.m. at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments offices, 4205 N Lincoln Blvd.
• Feb. 26: Mayor David Holt's second State of the City address will be delivered at a luncheon sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
Staff writer William Crum Twitter: @williamcrum email@example.com