The potholes are coming to OKC. Here's what to do about it.
After last week's freezing weather, potholes are inevitable. The city relies on residents' reports to stay ahead of street and pothole repairs. Here's how to report deteriorating neighborhood street conditions (be sure to have an address): Click the "Report it" button at okc.gov and follow the prompts; email email@example.com; text 405-252-1053; or call the Action Center at 405-297-2535.
Of note: The Public Works Department normally repairs 80,000 potholes per year, with a goal of filling them within three days of receiving a report. The city council authorizes payment of thousands of dollars in drivers' claims each year for damage resulting from potholes.
Former Utilities director dies
Marsha Slaughter, who was Oklahoma City's Utilities director for about 15 years before retiring in 2016, died Tuesday. Slaughter managed the water system through the drought of 2011 and 2012, and oversaw planning for acquisition of additional water resources from southeast Oklahoma. She served under former City Manager Jim Couch, who now chairs the Water Utilities Trust. Couch said Slaughter was a great friend and "a very, very good engineer." They sat next to each other at Thunder games, he said. Slaughter was 70.
Quote of the week
— Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice at last week's city council meeting, after asking Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell to explain his remark about "fried foods" during a discussion of taxpayer assistance for the nonprofit Restore Food, which plans to open a market and cafe serving residents of northeast Oklahoma City's food desert. Greenwell later issued a statement acknowledging the remark was insensitive and apologized.
Facts and figures
• The city council approved $300,000 in taxpayer-funded job creation incentives for pump-maker Corken Inc. The company committed to creating 120 jobs over five years at its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in northeast Oklahoma City. Incentives are performance-based and paid from voter-approved bonds.
• The council authorized $28,400 to replace 16 sycamore trees in the upper MAPS 3 park and $200,000 to replace newly planted trees on the Oklahoma City Boulevard through downtown. The trees were damaged in the late-October ice storm.
• Contractors picked up about 125,000 tons of residential debris from the October ice storm, about 25% more than was initially projected.
• The council approved an $11.7 million construction contract with W.L. McNatt & Co. to build the MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center No. 3 in northeast Oklahoma City.
The city council will meet virtually at 8:30 a.m. March 2. Find the agenda and instructions for dialing in under the “Government” tab at okc.gov.
The mayor and seven city council members attended last week’s meeting, the first virtual meeting since November. Ward 1 Councilman James Greiner was absent.
Staff writer William Crum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter:@williamcrum. For civic news and more, subscribe at oklahoman.com.