OKC Civic Life Journal: COVID-19 relief dollars finding their way into Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City begins to see benefits of local and federal initiatives to blunt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. That and more in this week's OKC Civic Life Journal.
• A committee was appointed to disburse up to $5.5 million in small-business relief funding allocated by the Oklahoma City Council. The city and the Airport Trust received federal funds.
• The mayor intends to begin dialing back emergency orders, aligning with plans announced by the governor's office. "Gating criteria" issued by the White House provide the framework.
• Questions persist about the wisdom of "reopening" without adequate provisions for testing, contact tracing and quarantines.
• It could be two years before activity returns to pre-pandemic levels at Will Rogers World Airport. Capital projects are postponed and airlines have suspended service to prized destinations that airport leadership has worked hard to secure.
• The Riversport Foundation secures federal Paycheck Protection Program funds as it exhausts the $1.5 million allocated by the city council for managing the MAPS 3 whitewater park.
• The city manager orders deep budget cuts in anticipation of a sharp revenue decline. The 2020-21 budget must be balanced when it takes effect July 1..
• Charter committee dismisses idea of changing Oklahoma City's municipal elections schedule. Turnout vs. interest level are weighed.