It has been a challenging two weeks. The loss of two friends reminds me that what I do as a person to forge and maintain relationships is vitally important, and in the end, that’s all you have. When it is your turn, in that box, in front of the church, it’s what people remember about you as a person, not how many toys, money, or anything else you may have collected. I have been blessed to work with a good council over this last year and we have accomplished a lot. We are just a few steps away from tying up the loose ends on the Warren Theater Project. Next council meeting, March 28, we will have our final public hearing on the TIF (tax increment financing) and pass the ordinance that will allow that project to proceed.
We passed a change to the sign ordinance that allows way finding signage to businesses that are affected by large road construction projects such as what is going on down SE 15th. Please remember there are businesses along that construction project and patronize them. Collectively as a council, we are committed to do everything we can to keep our local businesses open and viable.
We are continually looking at improvements we can do with our ball parks and recreation centers. There will be a lot more to come on that front. Tax revenue collections continue to be flat. Please remember to shop in Midwest City so we can continue the progress we have begun. Remember sales tax revenue, use tax and fines are the only source of revenue we have as a municipality to keep our great city running.
Lastly, we need your participation in your neighborhoods. We live in a very safe city and our crime stats prove that. However, we need your eyes to keep that trend going. If you have a neighborhood watch association, go to the meetings and participate. We have 34 active associations but the participation is nominal at best in some. If you do not have an association, please contact Neighborhood Services at 739-1005 on how to start one.
Remember to SHOP MIDWEST CITY!