Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
March 6, 2014
"State of The City" Report
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Copyright 2014 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Next Chamber Luncheon Meeting is April 3rd
City Manager Addressed Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Meeting
2014 Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Officers:
President -- Teresa Brown (American Bank)
President-Elect -- Scott Reeves (Quik Trip)
Vice President -- Christa Lambert (Too Blonde Salon)
Secretery/Treasurer -- Cynthia Reed (Cyn-Pro Graphics)
2014 Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors:
Jim Dolton -- Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home
Don Hutchinson -- VVEC
Christine Wilson -- Hometown Insurance
Ron Evans -- Collinsville Education Foundation / Nifty50s
Jackie Stephens --Stephens Properties
James Roderick -- James Roderick & Associates
Stacy Brown -- CastleRock Financial Advisors
Sherry Campbell -- Custom Dental
Kent Smalygo -- Kent's Custom Cars & Trucks
President-appointed One Year Directors:
Jason Ervin -- St. John Owasso
Stacy Ryle -- American Bank of Oklahoma
Leigh Erickson -- Dividing Bread Ministries
Marilyn Hardacre -- Keller-Williams Real Estate
Beth Ann Langston -- Home Town Real Estate
2013 President -- DR. Susan Babbitt
City Manager -- Pam Polk
Cherokee Nation -- Cara Cowan Watts
County Commissioner -- John Smaligo, Jr.
Mayor -- Herb Weaver
School Superintendent -- Terry Due
State Representative -- Earl Sears
State Senator -- Rick Brinkley
City Manager Polk discussed the following sample topics:
* Partnerships
* New business buildings and new businesses
* New homes (83 permits in 2013)
* Sales tax revenue
* ISO rating improved (helps insurance rates)
* 1126 EMS answered calls in 2013 (710 transports)
* S-Curve Improvements
* Bridge rennovations
* Blackjack Creek water and sewer improvements
* Automated meters for water and electric (will be able to read from city hall)
* Water treatment ... new lagoons
* Additional acres at cemetery
* Caboose rehab (Josh McBlair)
* Depot Museum rehab (Chamber's Shelly Campbell assist)
* S-Curve / streetscape sidewalks (1 block unfinished for end-to-end sidewalks on Main) ... Baptist Church block
* Sidewalks to City Park from Main also planned in Phase III Streetscape ... willl be applying for project/grants
* Park improvements
* Tulsa Regional Trails proposal (link to Owasso)
* Water tower interior clean/painting last summer
* City electrical department journeyman program
* Veterans Building improvements / War Memorial
* Grants ... many projects ... past & future
* Safe Routes To Schools grant approved but not funded
* Upgrading city fleet of vehicles
* Challenges

Stan Sallee who provides economic development services to the city also spoke to the Chamber Thursday:
* Building up rooftop counts (housing/population) is critical to most retailers to consider locating in Collinsville
-- for example Braums wants at least 10,000 population
* Collinsville is currently leading Tulsa County in housing starts (permits) including larget communities
* Dollar General expansion (first commercial west of 19th St.)
* Expect announcements soon for additional (undisclosed) developments here
* Discussing potential industrial park
* Positive improvements (city & school) continue making city more attractive to potential commercial / retail investors
Pam Polk
Collinsville City Manager
Two of Collinsville's 2014 Individual State Wrestling Champions were quests at the March Chamber meeting: Christian Moody (left) and Will Steltzlen (right). The 3rd 2014 champion (Gary Wayne Harding) was a guest back in October 2013.
A sample of charts from Pam Polk's presentation
are shown below:
Just a few of the newer businesses in Downtown Collinsville
The low water bridge on south 11th has been upgraded. The 3 bridges above are still being discussed.
Potential improvements at the (now city owned) American Legion Building include a Veterans War Memorial on the grounds.
Since I have not had a sales tax report for the city in a few years wanted to include this chart which shows a continued increase in city sales tax revenue. -- Ted