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Ted Wright -- last update 11/5/2009 (ChamberNov5Smaligo.html)
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Chamber Officers |
VP: Jin Dolton
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: (TBA)
County Better Than Most At Keeping Citizens Informed
providing status on two specific Collinsville projects, Tulsa County Commissioner
John Smaligo discussed a few of the lesser known county services at the Collinsville
Chamber luncheon meeting Thursday.
S-Curve Re-Alignment / 4-Laning:
The project has been delayed somewhat by ODOT re-prioritization dealing with many
federal stimulus dollar driven projects with short timelines. Tulsa County engineers
and workers will build the Collinsville project but have just received ODOT design
work and are still waiting on ODOT utility relocation plans and a schedule. Smaligo
could not give a specific schedule for bids and construction pending more ODOT
Asphalt Overlays (relating
to City Sales Tax Increase for Improvements): Tulsa County will provide the
equipment and labor for ~54 blocks of improvements in Collinsville ... after completion
of county work at 186 St. N and then 101st & Memorial ... and then with workable
in part by:
are an active part of the communities we serve because they are the places we
call home. The members we serve live, work and play in the lush rolling hills
of northeastern Oklahoma.
in Collinsville, Oklahoma, VVEC is a distribution electric cooperative. We provide
electric service to residential, commercial and industrial consumers through more
than 32,000 meters and more than 4,500 miles of electric line in portions of Nowata,
Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties.
the 26 electric cooperatives operating in Oklahoma, VVEC is the third largest
based on the number of meters served by the co-op. Ninety-two employees cover
the Cooperatives more than 3,200-square mile service territory daily maintaining
the electric system and providing consumer-oriented service.
Known Tulsa County Services:
Services Emergency Shelter ... tries to keep family together ,,, as long as they
are seeking work
burials/cremations ... ~65-80 per year
medications -- nationally recognized program has recycled over $5 million in medications
for indigent use at no/low cost to users and only $1400 cost to county.
Services Division -- the county works with district judges to keep some non-violent
prisoners out of prison via alternative sentencing ,,, lowering tax payer expense
... using ankle monitors and alcohol detection devices (via phone lines).
I meant to follow-up with Commissioner Smaligo today but forgot during the question
session. He mentioned the S-Curve work going past CHS. I hope that means that
extra funding has been secured for that extension (beyond the original nursing
home end)? I had never heard that funding committed ... just everyone hoping it
would be possible. -- Ted Wright|
Polk: We have been working on the extra funding, but have been told that they
weren't sure if we would get it. Maybe since the costs of materials and labor
have come down they are going to be able to go farther. We have not been given
anything in writing however as official word. We certainly hope that is the case.
We have worked hard to extend the improvements past the high school. (11/5/2009)|
Smaligo also spoke with obvious pride about the Tulsa County A+ rating for transparencey
in government from the National Sunshine Review Organization. (see the links above
left). Tulsa County (mostly via info on the Tulsa County web site) has the only
County A+ rating in Oklahoma and there are only a few nationally.
answer to a question on County impact due to the downturn in sales tax collections,
Smaligo indicated Tulsa County is OK in the short term (with cost cutting by the
Sheriff's office and jail operations) but would be more impacted if the downturn