Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 6, 2014
Tulsa County Update
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Copyright 2014 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Next Chamber Luncheon Meeting is March. 6th
John Smaligo 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
Commissioner Smaligo discussed the following 5 main topics:
Tulsa State Fair --
* 1.1 million visitors attended in 11 days (2013) -- twice as many as attend BOK in full year
* Award winning fair has netted a profit for past 6 years (after mostly losses in 6 years prior to that)
* Profits help maintain facilities
Cherokee Nation Road Project Partnerships --
* Chart showed many projects back to 2007 and Broadway Bridge for example
* Partnership doubles the amount of asphalt possible
* Work on 156st St. N. is planned
Macys (Distribution Center) Project --
* Local incentives lured Macys to Owasso (over 150 potential sites in 4 states)
* ~1000 equivalent jobs promised (many part time & seasonal)
* ~75 trucks per day to 76th St. N. & Sheridan (by Cherokee Industrial Park) from Highway 75
* Tulsa Chamber estimates $800 million economic impact (over a decade)
County Swimming Pools --
* Yearly repairs & operation expensive
* Low usage might lead to closure(s) ... considering splash pad alternatives
* LaFortune (most used), Chander Park, O'Brien Park, Park near Glenpool
Tulsa County Jails --
* Over crowded for years
* Tulsa County voters will decide April 1st on new juvenile center and jail expansion
* .067 (less than a penny) sales tax increase ... partial replace expiring 4-fix-county tax
* Smaligo not in favor of tax increase but agreed to let voters decide
John Smaligo
Tulsa County Commissioner
* Local government agencies have provided incentives to bring Macy (jobs) here
-- Over a Million $'s from state
-- Half million each from City of Owasso, Cherokee Nation, and ODOT
* And pending property tax abatements
(Note the facility is not in the Collinsville School district so we won't lose school taxes directly (like Owasso) but at the county level instead)
* Public No-Show at $8.7 Million Property Tax Incentive Meet -- Tulsa World Feb. 4, 2014
* The current Tulsa County jail was completed in 1999
* Many factors drive Tulsa County jail occupancy over limits (including federal non-enforcement of immigration laws, mental health patients not handled elsewhere, ... for example)
* "boat-like" temporary beds are used when they run out of fixed beds
* Tulsa County jail vote called Tulsa World Jan. 30, 2014
Tulsa County jail vote called Tulsa World Jan. 30, 2014