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OKC Council Meeting Notes: Feb. 14, 2017

Post Date:02/14/2017 1:00 PM

The Oklahoma City Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. Live broadcasts are available on Cox Channel 20 and YouTube. A recording of each meeting is then added to the City's YouTube channel. Check out the meeting calendar for agendas and schedules.

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Event permits

The Council approved permits Tuesday for:

  • McNellies Group's "McNellie's St. Patrick's Day Block Party," March 17.
  • Oklahoma Hall of Fame's "Oklahoma Hall of Fame Land Run," March 25.
  • Redbud Foundation's Rebud Classic, April 8-9.

View all permitted public events on the special event calendar.

City annexes small tract of land abutting Yukon

The Council voted Tuesday to annex a small piece of land in the west metro abutting Yukon. The land, west of N Frisco Road half a mile north of NW 23rd Street in Canadian County, is near a sports complex and is annexed into Oklahoma City as part of an agreement related to potential private development on it. 

Economic Development Agreement approved for redevelopment of blighted Lantana Apartments

The Council approved an economic development agreement with Hartford at 10th LLC to redevelop the site of the blighted Lantana Apartments. The property has about $300,000 of current and pending liens stemming from fires and other problems at its abandoned buildings before they were demolished. The new developer proposes a capital investment of about $3.1 million to redevelop the property. It will pay $180,500 for the current and pending liens, converting the balance of $109,537.52 into a loan from the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust. The loan may be forgiven if the developer completes redevelopment of 102 apartment units by Sept. 1, 2018, and can demonstrate that 25 percent of them are occupied.

Ordinance introduce for permanent adoption of bi-weekly meeting schedule

The Council will meet every-other-week on a permanent basis if an ordinance change introduced Tuesday is approved. The first Council meeting of every calendar year would be held on the first Tuesday in January (except on New Year's Day). Council meetings would follow every other Tuesday for the rest of the year, except in May and June when the Council meets weekly as it prepares to adopt the City budget. The ordinance change is set for a public hearing Feb. 28 and adoption March 14.

Premium parking, other parking changes approved for WRWA

Will Rogers World Airport travelers will soon have the option to make a parking reservation in advance and park in a premium space close to the terminal. The Council voted Tuesday to approve parking changes recommended by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust, including the addition of premium parking in the former rental car spots on the ground floor of the airport parking garage. Travelers can reserve the space with a $5 reservation made in advance online, and the premium parking rate will be $18 per day or $4 per hour for the first three hours. The Council also approved other small changes to the airport parking fees.

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CVB report highlights successes amid slight dip in tax collections

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) President Mike Carrier told the Council many of the CVB's metrics are improving despite a 5.5 percent dip this year in hotel tax collections. Carrier made his quarterly report to the Council on Tuesday, highlighting an increase of 11 percent in booked tour groups and a 39 percent increase in rooms booked for conventions.

Council Priority update: safe and thriving neighborhoods

Police Chief Bill Citty and Fire Chief Keith Bryant led a presentation Tuesday on one of the Council Priorities: Promoting safe, secure and thriving neighborhoods. Citty highlighted declining crime rates across most violent crime categories, along with clearance rates exceeding the national average. Bryant highlighted successes related to the integration of computer-aided dispatch systems, which helped reduce redundant responses to emergency calls.

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