Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-09-14 17:49:51 –
Oklahoma City (Free press) — On Tuesday morning, the Oklahoma City city council met to hear about the city’s financial future plans.
The council approved the initial plan for the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) Fund and also approved the initial plan for the implementation of the MAPS4 project.
The council also received a report on the latest resident satisfaction survey and set aside an incomplete plan for new public housing during the four and a half hour meeting.
Assistant City Manager Kenny’s Dollar gave a presentation on the initial plans for the Federal Relief Fund spending category coming to the city from the American Reconstruction Planning Act (ARPA).
Tsoodle said Assistant City Manager Aubrey McDermid said that the money of the CARES Act is like giving an apple to everyone, while ARPA is like planting an orchard.
Thereby, city leaders are responsible for using this money for the purposes of replenishing revenue and building resilience of the city, within the guidelines of the Treasury. That said, the Treasury has not issued very strict guidelines regarding the use of this money, even for the first payment in May.
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Tsoodle explained that the money had to be spent on the project and could not simply be added to general funding.
Tsoodle and his team have devised several categories for future use of these funds. Revenue replenishment is a very broad category, including resuming deadlocked street projects and improving sewerage. Sixth ward council member Jo Beth Hamon * asked Tsoodle about improvements in broadband, and Tsoodle said they could be under its umbrella.
Additional business support is part of some of the plans for this funding, with a particular focus on helping companies and nonprofits owned or disadvantaged by minorities.
Existing affordable homes have dilapidated infrastructure and may include some home allocations.
Some funding will be used for ongoing public health support and planning, including a sewage monitoring program that properly measures COVID variants in Oklahoma County.
Tsoodle and later Mayor Holt emphasized that the Treasury’s equation for granting these funds is complex. Oklahoma City, the 22nd largest city in the United States, received the 58th largest allocation. Holt reminds the public that he’s got far more money than our community when he sees a small city like Syracuse, NY doing an allotted transformation project. I did.
Eventually, the council approved the first plan, and only District 5 council member David Greenwell voted against it.
The council was given a presentation on the implementation schedule of 16 MAPS4 projects on Tuesday.
Implementation plans are fairly aggressive for a series of very expensive projects funded on a pay-as-you-go schedule.
Of course, the State Fair Coliseum is Slate’s first project. The shadow organization that runs the park has money for that trust. In addition to this, a $ 25 million upfront payment from MAPS allowed us to start designing and planning months in advance. The $ 25 million will be repaid to the city from the State Fair Park Trust.
Of the 16 projects planned for MAPS 4, 14 will begin in-depth planning, design and operational contracts by the end of 2022.
Of course, this plan will be tweaked over the next few months to years. After the plan is adopted, Mayor Holt will begin work to narrow down the appointments to the various subcommittees that oversee the project.
Last year, the council passed a resolution to have 7-9 members in the subcommittee. On Tuesday, District 7 Congressman Nikki Nice said she wanted to revisit it.
“I’m interested in who is already involved in what before making this plan,” Nice said.
The plan was finally adopted.
Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA) Ian Colgan gave a presentation on the development of a new public housing under construction. These sites are where OCHA currently has a series of duplexes that are as devastated as neighboring streets.
OCHA is proposing a whole new district called Creston Park. In the neighborhood, multi-family homes, senior homes, and livelihood support are all offered at HUD “affordable” rates, mixed-use homes, and mixed-use development.
Nice expressed serious concern about the difference between OCHA’s treatment of residents already living in the area and personal conversations with OCHA leaders.
Nice said he understands that new construction will begin first to move residents to new homes and save them from evacuation before existing homes are demolished.
This is not what happened. Instead, residents were offered other public housing options during the demolition. Nice reported hearings from residents who were already angry about the evacuation. Some of them said they didn’t want to go back after how they were treated.
Korgan seemed to be lost on his part, although he looked down on the topic somewhat, saying he had never heard of any concerns from the population.
Nice said.Kolgan, do you and I both know [residents] Because they are banished forever for fear of retaliation. “
Nice has moved to postpone the item.
Mayor Holt pointed out that the item on Tuesday’s agenda was simply to introduce the item.
Congressman Nice sharply explained to the mayor that he was reluctant to move any part of the project forward until the concerns were resolved.
The item was postponed by a 7-2 vote, and Holt was joined by Markstone Cipher, a member of the 8th ward assembly.
Another year has another positive response from the annual resident survey.
This year’s survey showed that respondents were overwhelmingly satisfied with city and customer service.
And, as always, the street was the biggest frustration of the people investigated.
The survey suggested that most residents believe that the city is heading in the right direction.
The top three areas to improve were roads, traffic flows and police.
The council will meet again on September 28th at 8:30 am
* Councilor Jo Beth Hamon is the reporter’s wife.
Last updated: September 14, 2021 16:49 Brett Dickerson – Editor
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