MAPS 4 citizens advisory board named
Teresa Rose Crook, executive director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, will lead the volunteer MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board.
Mayor David Holt announced his appointments to the 11-member board on Thursday. The city council votes Tuesday to affirm the choices.
Rose Crook said she would concentrate on fulfilling residents' intent as expressed in last December's election, when MAPS 4 passed with more than 70% of the vote.
The newest iteration of the 27-year-old Metropolitan Area Projects, she said, "is a different MAPS program."
"This one really does focus on a wide range and deep layers of people in our community," she said.
MAPS is a public capital investments program, financed by a 1-cent sales tax periodically renewed by voters since first being adopted in 1993.
Projects are built only after money has been collected and open debt-free. Signature MAPS 3 projects include senior health and wellness centers, the Oklahoma City streetcar, and the convention center set to be completed this fall.
Budgeted at $987 million, MAPS 4 comprises 16 projects ranging from a new Fairgrounds Coliseum, to an animal shelter, to development of affordable housing.
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Projects will be in design and under construction deep into this decade or longer.
Rose Crook said she was attracted to the idea of a long-term commitment to the betterment of the city.
Consistency in the chair's seat, she said, "creates stability and consistency in direction and purpose."
The Citizens Advisory Board will be advised by six subcommittees. Those seats likely will be filled in the fall or winter, the mayor said.
Altogether, MAPS 4 will be overseen by around 50 citizen volunteers, in a structure nearly identical to MAPS 3 oversight. Final decisions rest with the city council.
Holt said each of the eight council members made a recommendation for their ward's representative, and he took them all.
They are Russell Pace Jr., Ward 1; Allie Shinn, Ward 2; Harry Black, Ward 3; Shay Morris, Ward 4; Kevin Guarnera, Ward 5; Daisy Munoz, Ward 6; Monique Bruner, Ward 7; and Bob Nelon, Ward 8. Nelon, an attorney, holds the same seat on the MAPS 3 board.
Ward 8 Councilman Mark Stonecipher will be the council's representative. The other at-large appointment besides Rose Crook is Brenda Hernandez.
Rose Crook said the new MAPS 4 board could begin monthly meetings as soon as the first week in July.