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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 2, 2020

Parks vote Tuesday

Advocates say a dedicated sales tax would benefit neighborhood parks throughout Oklahoma City. A citizens' initiative proposing a one-eighth cent sales tax that would raise around $13 million annually for parks is on Tuesday's ballot. Parks Director Doug Kupper says the measure could fund high-quality programs — expanded sports leagues, after-school activities, classes convenient to neighborhoods — at low cost or for free. The Oklahoma City Zoo and police and fire departments benefit from voter-approved dedicated sales taxes.

Of note: Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon says revenue would fund services that "can improve our overall health and wellness."

Quote of the week

"We see diverse communities within our city thriving like never before."

— Mayor David Holt, in last week's State of the City address, his second since taking office in 2018. "There's been a real sea change in this city of late as communities that have felt ignored now feel included," he told the 1,600 guests at a luncheon sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

Tweet of the week

"Redistricting petition faces new legal challenges | @CarmenMForman #okpol"

— @TheOklahoman. Follow political and legislative coverage in The Oklahoman and at https://oklahoman.com/.

Bridge to 'go blue'

Oklahoma City's Skydance bridge will be illuminated blue Thursday for an American Cancer Society "go blue" observance of colorectal cancer awareness. The Cancer Society is urging individuals to wear blue and to use social media to promote regular medical screenings for early signs of colorectal cancer.

Present/absent

Mayor David Holt and the eight city council members attended the Feb. 18 meeting.

Briefly: Signs, judge

• The city council plans to meet behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss a settlement offer in a case filed by a resident who sued over being cited for sign code violations.

• The council will consider the appointment of Jason Glidewell as a municipal judge to fill an unexpired term, from May 26 to July 1.

• The city said 95 users logged into Facebook to watch the livestream of the mayor's State of the City address last week.

Pollution compromise set

The city council will vote Tuesday on an agreement with OG&E to address groundwater contamination on the site of the new convention center district parking garage. According to a memo from the city manager, tests showed remediation was necessary at the property, along the Oklahoma City Boulevard east of the new Omni hotel. The property formerly was the location of OG&E's "Gold Building" operations center. Oklahoma City's share of the cleanup is expected to be no more than $52,500. Construction is proceeding on the garage, which will serve the new MAPS 3 convention center and park, the Omni hotel and Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Of note: OG&E is to pay up to $522,342 for "base remediation actions."

Calendar

The Oklahoma City Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave.

• Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Oklahoma City voters are deciding on a proposed one-eighth cent sales tax dedicated to parks, in addition to the presidential primaries and whether to allow liquor stores to open on Sundays.

• Scissortail Park's "Daffodil Dash" costume parade and walk is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Learn more: https://scissortailpark.org.

Staff writer William Crum Twitter: @williamcrum wcrum@oklahoman.com

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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