River Group Discusses Endowment to Fund Operations & Maintenance for Potential Low Water Dams
Viewed as a Groundbreaking Approach to Proper Care
of Public Investments
The Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force held discussions at
its most recent meeting on the establishment of an endowment that
would serve to permanently fund the operations and maintenance of
any low water dams approved by voters.
"To our knowledge, this approach to funding the permanent cost
of maintenance at the outset is a first in Tulsa and is very unique
nationwide," said Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force Chairman
G.T. Bynum. "All too often, you see governments do a good job
of building new things with no idea how they will properly maintain
them. Our task force members feel very strongly that not be the
case with any low water dam proposal."
The Task Force discussed funding such an endowment by including
the cost to capitalize it in any proposal put before voters to
construct low water dams.
The endowment would be designed to generate enough funds for two
main purposes: daily dam operations, and a long-term maintenance
fund that would cover both routine maintenance and larger
"Tulsa can set an example of good stewardship in
government," said Tulsa City Council Chairman Phil Lakin. "While
most units of government barely take care of today's needs, we
Tulsans will not only build the dams, but we will cover all future
costs as well, so future generations don't have to deal with our
debts or obligations. People expect this of other businesses and
nonprofits, and they should expect it of governments
Tulsa Transit Offering Discounted Fares to All Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans
The Tulsa City Council and Tulsa Transit are honored to announce
half and discounted fares on Fixed Route and Nightline buses for
all active duty military personnel and veterans who show a Tulsa
Transit Military Reduced Fare Photo ID Card.
Cardholders will pay $0.85 for the regular fare or $0.75 for the
one-way/one bus discounted fare. The reduced fare is offered when a
Tulsa Transit Military Reduced Fare Photo ID Card is shown to the
bus operator with fare payment.
Photo ID cards are available at the Denver Avenue Station (DAS),
319 S. Denver Ave. for just $1.00. DAS is open Monday through
Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To obtain a Tulsa Transit Military Reduced Fare Photo ID Card, the
following identification will be required:
- Active duty
military personnel must present a current federal issued military
- Veterans who
were honorably discharged from the United States armed forces must
present identification from a recognized veteran's organization or
a state-issued identification indicating veteran status.
If the identification presented does not include a photo, another
form of identification with a photo must be shown so Tulsa Transit
personnel can match the name on the identification with the
applicant. All Tulsa Transit Military Reduced Fare Photo ID Cards
expire after four years and must be renewed.
For additional information or for trip planning assistance
customers should call Tulsa Transit at (918) 582-2100.
Quality of Life Report
The City Council was presented with the annual Quality of Life
Report for Tulsa on Jan. 15.
The Quality of Life Report is an objective analysis of our
community, compared to 20 peer cities.
The report includes data on demographic trends, economic
vitality, public safety, neighborhood vitality, human investment,
citizen engagement, transportation, the environment, and recreation
- Read the full Quality of Life Report
- Watch the video presentation here
River Task Force Seeks Civic Group Feedback
The Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force has created an
email address to receive ideas on river development from civic
Groups such as Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, church groups, Boy
Scouts and Girl Scouts, young professionals, active seniors and
others are encouraged to provide their feedback on river
development by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals received will periodically be posted online for the
public to review.
Watch all the meetings of the Arkansa River Infrastructure Task
Force on demand at tgovonline.org