Tulsa, OK – I-44 remains closed at 161st E. Ave. junction
All lanes of east and westbound I-44 will remain closed at the 161st E. Ave. junction until further notice, and traffic is still detoured onto the access ramps at this location. Freezing temperatures this morning have slowed the curing of the concrete, and crews continue to closely monitor the progress. I-44 will not open at this junction until tests show the strength of the concrete is at a level that is safe for traffic to be restored.
Oklahoma City, OK – An investigative audit into purchasing practices at one Tulsa County school district revealed the school paid an average commission of $0.63 for every dollar spent on janitorial supplies.
Tulsa, OK – With City owned recreation centers closing because of the dollar shortage, some are suggesting the centers should be demolished. Not so---says Tulsa Councilor Jack Henderson. Henderson says the city will not always be in the current financial predicament and when times improve the centers will be needed.
Tulsa City Council Chairman Rick Westcott says this is actually an opportunity for Tulsa to partner with civic organizations and even Tulsa County to keep the facilities open.
Tulsa, OK – 35 laid-off Tulsa Police Officers are getting their badges back today. The officers were cut as part of the on-going city budget crisis. They are only a small portion of the over 120 officers laid-off earlier this month.
The city is using a federal grant to hire the officers for the next 17 months. The officers agreed accepted the city's employment offer and will return to the streets next week.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett is preparing an energy efficiency program for the City of Tulsa. It is being called the most comprehensive energy initiative the city has ever seen. The Mayor's Chief of staff Terry Simonson says it will be unveiled next week.
The dollars for the program are in the form of grants and can't be used for general fund expenses. The project will include energy retro-fits and audits.
Tulsa, OK – Today, City of Tulsa staff began contacting the 35 police officers who are eligible to be hired back to the Tulsa Police Department. The officers were informed of recall rights and asked to report to the TPD Academy Tuesday morning for further instructions.
Mayor Bartlett said his office was notified on Friday of federal authorization to use $3.2 million in Justice Assistance Grant funding to hire back 35 officers.