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Council meetings are held every other week at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. You can watch meetings live on Cox Channel 20 or through the City's YouTube stream.

OKC Council Meeting Notes: May 9, 2017

Post Date:05/09/2017 9:35 AM

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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Council convenes as Finance Committee

The Council convened Tuesday as the Finance Committee to continue consideration of the proposed City budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The proposed budget was introduced during last week's Council meeting. The Council will hold Finance Committee meetings every other week until the middle of June, when the budget is set for adoption. Tuesday's meeting started with a budget overview presentation from the Finance Department, followed by budget presentations for the Public Works, Public Transportation and Parking, and Development Services departments. The following Finance Committee meetings will feature presentations from other departments.

Half of Public Works budget devoted to streets, traffic and drainage

Half of the proposed $47 million Public Works budget is devoted to streets, traffic and drainage maintenance. Public Works Director Eric Wenger also told the Council his staff expects to manage $75 million in newly awarded 2007 bond issue project contracts in the next fiscal year, with planning for the 2017 Bond Election project list under way. The department is projected to repair 80,000 potholes, resurface 86 miles of streets, build 20 miles of residential sidewalks and conduct 35,000 inspections in the next fiscal year. 

Transportation and Parking budget highlights increased weeknight ridership

More people are taking advantage of the expanded weeknight EMBARK bus service, Public Transportation and Parking Director Jason Ferbrache told the Council. An all-time high of 9,308 used the service in March. The proposed FY 2018 budget for Public Transportation and Parking is about $36.9 million, about three-quarters of which is dedicated to bus transit.

Development Services budget highlights increased voluntary compliance

Proactive enforcement and voluntary violation resolution from residents are key to budget savings in the Development Services Department, and Director Bob Tener's presentation highlighted improvements in those areas. More than half of code violations are now resolved voluntarily, up from 39 percent two years ago. The proposed Development Services budget for FY 2018 is about $17.4 million and includes $4.1 million for Animal Welfare. 

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