Tulsa, OK – A new proposal has surfaced to fund --in part-- city government. Outgoing Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is urging future leaders to lobby the state legislature to allow municipalities to create Fire Protection Districts.
This plan would allow the cities to get property tax dollars for the operation of fire departments. Currently, Tulsa finances most all city services via sales taxes. Tulsa gets three cents on each dollar that is spent. A similar fire district proposal failed during the 2007 legislative session.
Tulsa, OK – This week at City Hall, Doctor Jack Crowley is packing up. His job in Tulsa is finished. He will soon be headed back to the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design. He has been on loan if you will to the City of Tulsa for the last year and a half working on the City's downtown master plan.
Oklahoma City, OK – Tulsa Zoo sea lions to move to Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two sea lions from the Tulsa Zoo soon will be moved to Oklahoma City.
The sea lions, a 16-year-old male named Dorsey and a 23-year-old female named Briney, will stay at the Oklahoma City Zoo for about two years as work is done on a $5 million update to the Tulsa Zoo's sea lion habitat.
Tulsa, OK – A misfire on the 23rd Street Bridge, over the Arkansas River, caused the Freedom Fest 2009 fireworks display to be cut short. About 15 minutes into the show an aerial display exploded as it was leaving the launch tube. That caused a fire which spread to a nearby platform. Tulsa Fire Fighters, on the scene, rushed to put out the blaze. But it was deemed unsafe to continue the show. The remaining fireworks had to be dismantled and made safe. No one was injured.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Fire fighters pull an all-nighter as a chemical cloud drifts over the west side. It happened over night at the Envirosolve Company at 21st and Southwest Blvd. There was apparently a chemical reaction in a 55-gallon drum that cause the cloud.
The chemical was sodium based and used to clean Port-a-Potties and septic systems. No one was seriously injured, but paramedics did check out several people. The situation was brought under control shortly before 4a.m. Sunday morning.