Residents who dripped faucets to be rewarded
City water customers who dripped faucets during February’s cold snap are in line for a possible break on their March water bill. The city recommended letting faucets drip to prevent frozen and broken pipes as overnight temperatures dipped well below freezing. Many residents did so, sending usage soaring to levels normally seen in the summer. The city council votes Tuesday on a one-time measure to cap water bills so customers aren’t slapped with a penalty for doing the right thing. Overall estimated savings to water customers is $120,000.
Of note: City Manager Craig Freeman says in a memo to the council that “these actions likely prevented private home or business water line breaks that would have greatly increased the loss of water and pressure and decreased the water and pressure available for fire protection and public health and safety.”
$125 million due in OKC relief
The federal economic relief package has $124,950,000 for Oklahoma City — but details regarding when the city will see the money and how the money can be spent are yet to be determined. Budget Director Doug Dowler said Friday conversations among city administrators are just beginning. A key question is whether the federal funds can be used to make up for lost local tax revenue.
Worth noting: Oklahoma City depends on sales tax for daily operating expenses, such as police protection. Through the first eight months of the fiscal year, sales tax revenue was down 4.1% from the previous year.
Quote of the week
“We felt all four were very good candidates and would be good for law enforcement.”
— Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123 President John George, remarking on the FOP’s decision against issuing endorsements in the Ward 1 and Ward 3 city council runoffs. Ward residents who were registered by last Friday can vote in the April 6 election.
The city council will meet virtually at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Find the agenda and instructions for dialing in under the “Government” tab at okc.gov.
• Early in-person voting for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 city council runoffs will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 and 2, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3, at county election boards. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day, April 6.
The mayor and all eight city council members attended the March 2 virtual meeting.
• The council extended the city’s mask mandate through April 30.
Staff writer William Crum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter:@williamcrum. For civic news and more, subscribe at oklahoman.com.