Tulsa, OK – 1.5 % Late Fee on City Utility Bills Takes Effect This Month
Beginning this month, January 2010, the City of Tulsa will assess a 1-1/2 % late fee on past-due balances on City utility bills for water, sewer, stormwater, refuse services and the Medical Service Program.
Customers can avoid late fees with timely payment of bills by the due date.
Although the new policy begins January 1, customers will not see it reflected until they receive bills for January service in February.
Neighboring cities charge late fees of up to 10 percent.
Tulsa, OK – In a news conference held today, Mayor Bartlett announced he has named Mike Bunney to be the city's new Economic Development Director. Bunney is a native of Nowata and a graduate of OU.
He began his business career in Tulsa at the McDonnell Douglas facility as director of finance. He was a site director for Boeing and for the past two years served as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the city of Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve arrests warrants on the chair of Arrow Trucking and her son. The warrants are not connected to the firm's sudden pre-Christmas demise, but related to a fatality accident in Cleveland County in 2006.
Their attorney says the warrants have been recalled.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Public Works Department is shifting dollars around to be sure it has plenty of salt to treat Tulsa's streets. The department has announced this morning it is taking $125,000 from a pot-hole patching fund to purchase an additional 3,000 tons of salt.
Public Works Director Charles Hardt says he is robbing Peter to pay Paul but he has no other options, short of asking citizens to come outside with a salt-shaker.
Tulsa, OK – The 4th floor meeting room is packed at Tulsa City Hall as members of the City Council get input on a proposal to reduce the number of upper and middle managers in the Police and Fire Departments.
Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer says the $3.4 million in proposed cuts would "gut" the Tulsa Police Department. He says the department would be at 1980 staffing levels while trying to fight 2010 crime rates. He called it "unacceptable".
Tulsa, OK – Murder trial of ex-Tulsa teacher again delayed
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The murder trial of a former Tulsa high school teacher in death of his wife is being delayed after he is changing attorneys for a fifth time.
John Kastner was to go on trial Monday for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Lori Kastner in June 2008. He says an intruder broke into his home and shot her as she slept then shot him in the hand as the two fought.