Matt Trotter http://publicradiotulsa.org en City Councilors Seek Details on Available B.C. Franklin Funding http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/city-councilors-seek-details-available-bc-franklin-funding <p>Tulsa city councilors asked for more details today about funding for projects at B.C. Franklin Park.</p><p>After a community meeting, it was rumored up to $2.5 million should be available. Parks Director Lucy Dolman said that's not the case.</p><p>"Well, we had $470,000, plus we ended up getting $330,000 from the Graham Trust for a total of $800,000," Dolman said.</p><p>The $470,000 comes from sales tax revenue going back to 2001. The money was allocated for projects that were never completed.</p><p>Community members aren't satisfied with what's available, though.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:55:10 +0000 Matt Trotter 63773 at http://publicradiotulsa.org City Councilors Seek Details on Available B.C. Franklin Funding Trash Board Proposes to Keep Burning Green Waste http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/trash-board-proposes-keep-burning-green-waste <p>A new plan would take Tulsans’ green waste to the incinerator.</p><p>The TARE board will vote Aug. 5 to solicit bids for curbside pickup and hauling to the incinerator.&nbsp;Vice Chairman Paul White said the new plan meets all the board’s criteria.</p><p>"We have to implement a plan that is cost-effective, operationally feasible, customer-friendly and environmentally responsible," White said.</p><p>If the plan goes forward, White said as few changes will be made as possible, so customers would likely continue putting green waste in clear plastic bags next to their trash carts.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:51:20 +0000 Matt Trotter 63694 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Trash Board Proposes to Keep Burning Green Waste Tulsa No. 4 in U.S. for Rate of DUI Fatalities http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-no-4-us-rate-dui-fatalities <p>Tulsa comes in at number four on a list of cities with high rates of fatal DUI accidents.</p><p>John Kuo, an analyst for the financial website NerdWallet&nbsp;said Tulsa had 74 deadly crashes from 2010 to 2012 — as many as some much larger cities.</p><p>"Tulsa actually has as many alcohol-related fatal crashes as Oklahoma City, which is a city that has almost 200,000 more residents than Tulsa," Kuo said.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Matt Trotter 63620 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Tulsa No. 4 in U.S. for Rate of DUI Fatalities School Board Approves Overcrowding, Sixth-Grade Proposals http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/school-board-approves-overcrowding-sixth-grade-proposals <p>The Tulsa school board approves reopening the former site of Mayo Demonstration School.</p><p>TPS chief of staff Amy Polonchek said population growth in east Tulsa means more classroom space is needed there, and it will be enough to accommodate up to eighth grade.</p><p>"We will renovate and expand, and make available to that neighborhood for children K–8," Polonchek said. "With the sixth-graders that we put back into the elementaries, we have seen some great results, so we look forward to a K–8 model in that building."</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:01:26 +0000 Matt Trotter 63563 at http://publicradiotulsa.org School Board Approves Overcrowding, Sixth-Grade Proposals Officials Break Ground on County Law Enforcement Training Center http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/officials-break-ground-county-law-enforcement-training-center <p>The first work — the ceremonial tossing of shovelfuls of dirt — has been done for a 26,000 square foot county law enforcement training center.</p><p>Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin said agencies from the local to the federal level will be welcome to send officers there.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Matt Trotter 63433 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Officials Break Ground on County Law Enforcement Training Center Task Force Thinking Trust for Dam Funding http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/task-force-thinking-trust-dam-funding <p>A task force continues to figure out how to pay for dams that would put water in the Arkansas River.</p><p>Members support a trust funded by sales or property taxes. Tulsa City Councilor Phil Lakin said operating and maintaining low-water dams needs consistent funding.</p><p>"It's tons easier to contribute $100,000 a year for 30 years rather than trying to find $3 million in a budget 30 years from now to replace the gates or paint or replace parts of the dam or do anything else," Lakin said.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:26:09 +0000 Matt Trotter 63354 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Task Force Thinking Trust for Dam Funding No Post-Construction Plan Yet for Apartments to Be Demolished for A Gathering Place http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/no-post-construction-plan-yet-apartments-be-demolished-gathering-place <p>Two apartment complexes near the future site of A Gathering Place for Tulsa will be mostly demolished early next year.</p><p>Project Manager Jeff Stava said contractor needs were behind the decision.</p><p>"They came to us after three or four weeks and said that we really needed to consider trying to identify a laydown yard and an area to do our soil amendments that's close to the site," Stava said. "And so that's why we chose to use the apartment complexes."</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:11:23 +0000 Matt Trotter 63243 at http://publicradiotulsa.org No Post-Construction Plan Yet for Apartments to Be Demolished for A Gathering Place Tulsa Chamber Workforce Analysis Produces Recommendations http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-chamber-workforce-analysis-produces-recommendations <p>The Tulsa Chamber has a comprehensive plan to transform the region’s economy after getting a list of recommendations from its six-month Workforce Analysis Project.</p><p>A consulting group gave several recommendations to be completed within two years. Sarah Miller with the&nbsp;Council for Adult and Experiential Learning said a career-awareness campaign they suggested is the low-hanging fruit here.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Matt Trotter 63174 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Tulsa Chamber Workforce Analysis Produces Recommendations 9-1-1 Center Working to Improve Performance, Retention http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/9-1-1-center-working-improve-performance-retention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tulsa 9-1-1 call takers aren’t meeting standards so far this year.</span></p><p>The national standard is for 90 percent of calls to be answered within 10 seconds. In January, 87 percent of Tulsa 9-1-1 calls were answered within 10 seconds. Last month, 74 percent were.</p><p>Director Terry O’Malley told city councilors more people are calling the 9-1-1 center.</p><p>"We've gone from 52,000 in 2002 to 92,000," O'Malley said. "And you know how many calls we took in June?"</p><p>Call takers answered 118,718 calls in June.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:37:02 +0000 Matt Trotter 63016 at http://publicradiotulsa.org 9-1-1 Center Working to Improve Performance, Retention Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/dorman-unveils-classrooms-first-education-proposal <p>Gov. Mary Fallin’s Democratic challenger wants to boost per-pupil spending on education by $50 by using the state’s franchise tax as a funding source.</p><p>"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding," state Rep. Joe Dorman said Thursday at a news conference. "This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential."</p><p>There was a moratorium on franchise tax collections from 2010 to 2013.&nbsp;​</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:17:46 +0000 Matt Trotter 62939 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal