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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 structural repairs.

"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 too."

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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 identification card.
  • 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 and culture.

  • Read the full Quality of Life Report    here
  • Read the summary here
  • 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.

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: rivervision@tulsacouncil.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

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