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									                                                                                                                                                                                                     City Connection
City Hall
111 N. Main
Owasso, OK 74055                                                                                                                                        Summer, 2009              Owasso Kicks Off Neighborhood Initiative
Phone: 918-376-1500
Emergencies: 911                                                                                                                                    Storm Sirens                  In August 2008, Owasso           building relationship s
                                                                                                                                                    Storm sirens are strategi-    voters passed an increase        between citizens, busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                  in the Hotel tax to provide      nesses and local govern-         Thursday - June 4th
                                                                                                                                                    cally located throughout                                                                        Discovery Bible Fellowship 116th ST
                                                                                                                                                    our community to provide      funding for the Owasso           ment.                            N & N Garnett
                                                                                                                                                    the best coverage for         Strong Neighborhood Initia-      Neighborhood kick-off
                                                                                                                                                    storm alerts. However, a      tive.                                                             Monday – June 8th
                                                                                                                                                    common misconception is                                                                         Owasso High School (new com-
                                                                                                                                                    that sirens should be audi-                                                                     mons area) 12901 E 86 ST N
                                                                                                                                                                                  The first component in the
                                                                                                                                                    ble within homes and busi-
                                                                                                                                                    nesses. Storm sirens may
                                                                                                                                                                                  Initiative was to hire a                                          Monday – June 15th
                                                                                                                                                    not be heard inside struc-    Neighborhood Coordinator.                                         Bailey Education Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                  The City of Owasso                                                10502 N 110th
                                                                                                                                                    tures, therefore, citizens
                                                                                                                                                    are encouraged to stay        announced in April that                                           Thursday – June 18th
                                                                                                                                                    tuned to news and             Jerry Fowler had been hired                                       O w a s s o 6 t h G r a d e C en t er
                                                                                                                                                    weather in the event of       as the Neighborhood Coordi-                                       (commons area) 8101 N 129 E Ave
                                                                                                                                                    severe weather, or to pur-    nator. Jerry and his family
                                                                                                                                                    chase a weather radio for                                                                       Monday – June 22nd
                                                                                                                                                                                  moved to Owasso 14 years                                          Old Central (bldg behind City Hall)
                                                                                                                                                    homes and businesses.         ago. He looks forward to the                                      109 N Birch
                                                                                                                                                                                  opportunity to build relation-
                                                                                                                                                    Owasso 13th Annual Block      ships with other residents
                                                                                                                                                    Parties, September 12th,      and area stakeholders.           events are being planned in      Please plan to attend a
                                                                                                                                                    2009. Block parties aren’t                                     various locations to provide     meeting near you. If you
Visit Us On The Web                                     Follow us on Twitter                    “Your Course” Bailey Ranch Golf Club
www.cityofowasso.com                                   www.twitter.com/owassocity                               www.baileyranchgolf.com             as common today as they       The fundamental and              information about the            cannot make that meeting,
                                                                                                                                                    once were. In some            foundational component of        Neighborhood Initiative and      you are welcome to attend
                                                                                                                                                    neighborhoods today,          a healthy and dynamic com-       to provide an opportunity for    any other meeting. Visit
                                                                                                                                                    neighbors may not even                                                                          www.cityofowasso.com or
                                                                                                                                                                                  munity is “strong neighbor-      citizens to meet Jerry
                                                                                                                                                    know each other! Hosting                                                                        contact Jerry Fowler at
                                                                                                                                                    a block party is one way      hoods.” In order to maintain     Fowler, City staff, and City
 Calendar of Upcoming Events March 2009 - May 2009                                                                                                                                the strength of our              Councilors. All meetings will    376-1500 for more informa-
                                                                                                                                                    for neighbors to socialize.
 Regular Council Meetings    Board of Adjustment       Neighborhood Initiative       Neighborhood Initiative                                        Owasso prides itself on its   community, the key is            begin at 6:30 PM.                tion.
 109 N. Birch - 6:30 p.m.    June 23, 2009             Kickoff Meetings              Kickoff Meetings                                               community involvement
 June 2, 2009                July 28, 2009             June 4th 6:30 p.m.            June 18th 6:30 p.m.                                            and quality small town
 June 16, 2009               August 25, 2009           Discovery Bible Fellowship    Owasso 6th Grade Center                                        celebrations. For ideas on    Owasso Sales Tax Watchdog Committee
 July 7, 2009                                          116th ST N & N Garnett        (commons area)                                                 planning a block party,
 July 21, 2009               Annexation Committee                                    8101 N 129 E Ave                                                                             GUARDING HOW YOUR                approved by the voters.          funds provided by the “third
 August 4, 2009              June 24, 2009             June 8th 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                    p l e a s e       v i s i t   SALES TAX DOLLARS ARE            Interest groups represented,     penny” sales tax. The com-
 August 18, 2009             July 22, 2009             Owasso High School (new       June 22nd 6:30 p.m.                                            www.cityofowasso.com/         SPENT                            and the number of those          mittee is charged to
                             August 26, 2009           commons area)                 Old Central                                                    block_party/index.html
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   representatives, on the          report to the public All Capi-
 Planning Commission                                   12901 E 86 ST N               (bldg behind City Hall)                                        Or call 376-1541.             The Sales Tax Watchdog
 June 8, 2009                Annual Red, White, Boom                                 109 N Birch                                                                                                                   Sales Tax Watchdog Com-          tal Improvement Projects
                                                                                                                                                                                  Committee     –     originally
 July 13, 2009               Fireworks Display         June 15th 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                         mittee include News Media        are proposed by the Capital
                                                                                                                City Council Meetings are open                                    created as part of the 1988
 August 10, 2009             July 2, 2009              Bailey Education Foundation                              to the public. Regular meetings     Inside this issue:                                             (1), Retail Business (2), Ser-   Improvements Committee,
                             High School Stadium       10502 N 110th                                                                                                              sales tax extension – was
                                                                                                                are held the 1st and 3rd                                                                           vice Business (2), Education     approved and adopted by
                                                                                                                Tuesday of each month at 109                                      formed to provide a body of
                                                                                                                                                    City Manager’s Note 2                                          (1), Recreation (1), Building    the City Council, and re-
 CITIZEN INPUT SURVEY RESULTS                                                                                   N. Birch, in the Old Central                                      representatives from vari-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Industry (1), Senior Citizen     viewed by the Watchdog
                                                                                                                building east of City Hall.
                                                                                                                                                       Block Party       2        ous interest groups within
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (1), Financial (1), and Mem-     Committee.
 Citizens were recently asked to complete a survey on the city’s website. Thank you to the 464                                                                                    our community to monitor
                                                                                                                Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.            Information                                                 bers at Large (4).
 participants. Below are the survey questions and results.                                                                                                                        the use of the designated                                         The Sales Tax Watchdog
 As the City looks for ways to reduce non-essential operating costs, we are evaluating existing programs.       A list of meetings and agendas       Councilor Corner    2        “third penny” of local sales     It is the duty of the Owasso     Committee meets a mini-
 For the past several years, the City has funded an Independence Day celebration that included a                can be viewed on the City                                         tax. In October of 2004, the     Sales      Tax      Watchdog     mum of two times per year
                                                                                                                website, or if you prefer, can be    Employee Profile    3        voters of Owasso approved        Committee to provide over-       and meeting agendas of the
 fireworks display at a cost of $15,000. We are requesting citizen input as to whether the City should          emailed to you. Please contact
 continue to fund this event.                                                                                   Julie        Stevens           at                                 a ballot measure that, in        sight and to ensure that         committee are posted on
                                                                                                                                                     Project Updates     3
 1.   Do you think the City should continue to fund this event?                                                 jstevens@cityofowasso.com,                                        effect, made the “third          funds from the “third penny”     the City of Owasso website,
           Yes:     317       68.3%                                                                             or 376-1577.
                                                                                                                                                     Department News     3        penny” sales tax an on-          are spent in a manner            www.cityofowasso.com, as
           No:      147       31.7%                                                                                                                                               going tax and the Sales Tax      consistent with that which       are       all    public
 2.   Are you an Owasso Resident?                                                                                                                   Calendar of Events 4          Watchdog Committee was           the voters approved. Addi-       meetings, such as the
            Yes:      389    83.8%                                                                                                                                                reestablished at that time       tionally, the committee is-      Capital Improvements
            No:       75     16.2%                                                                                                                                                as part of the proposition       sues reports on the use of       Committee and City Council.
                                 City Connection                                                                             Page 2                                             Volume 1 Issue 3                                                                                                            Page 3
Yard Waste Collection
Yard waste must be
separated from regular        CITY MANAGER’S NOTE -                                                                                                                          DEPARTMENT NEWS                                                                                                ADOPT A PET
household refuse and                                                                                                                                                         COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT found to be in violation of                          or reserve online and view
                              There has been some talk          City built the “Ranch Creek”      wise business decisions                                                                                                                                                                   The Owasso Animal Shelter
placed in a City red cart
                              recently about whether or         sewer line but did not use a      based on the belief that peo-                                                                             the code, the staff sends a                 video of our parks and shel-        would like to invite you to view
                                                                                                                                                                             The summertime growing
or bags purchased at
                              not the City should re-invest     “payback agreement”. Thirty       ple want to live and work                                                                                 letter to the owner of the                  ters.                               the adoptable pets offered at
                                                                                                                                                                             season is an exciting time for
City Hall or local QuikTrip
                              in an infrastructure project      years later, developers and       here because Owasso is pro-                                                                               property giving a date by                                                       the shelter.
                                                                                                                                                                             gardens and landscapes                                                     POLICE SERVICES
stores for curbside
                              that would extend sewer           home owners are attaching         gressive and does think to-                                                                               which the property must be
                                                                                                                                                                             around town, but as yards                                                  Reminder to the approaching
pickup. Yard Waste can
                              service to about 3,800 acres      to the sewer line without         ward the future.                                                                                          mowed.      If the deadline                                                     All of the animals up for adop-
                                                                                                                                                                             grow tall, it is important to                                              4th of July holiday. It is unlaw-   tion have been pre-screened
also be placed in clear
                              of land, some of which is         helping to pay the debt that                                                                                                                passes without the property
                                                                                                                                                                             remember lawn mainte-                                                      ful, unless otherwise permit-       for adoptability. Shelter ani-
bags for inspection pur-      already within our “city lim-     was entered into when the         Over and over, Owassons                                                                                   being mowed, the City of
                                                                                                                                                                             nance.     High grass and                                                  ted by ordinance, to ignite         mals often make the best pets
poses, and disposed of        its” and some that will even-     line was constructed.             have gone to the polls to                                                                                 Owasso holds a hearing
                                                                                                                                                                             weeds in Owasso are consid-                                                fireworks unless they are           as they are eager to please
at the Recycle Center,        tually be part of our city. The                                     fund projects and elect lead-                                                                             regarding the property. Once
                                                                                                                                                                             ered public nuisances once                                                 sparklers, fountains, pin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            their new owners. Adopting a
499 South Main. Hours         proposed E. 76th Street Sani-     Over the years, the Owasso        ers who have good decision                                                                                the hearing officer deter-                                                      shelter animal is a great way to
                                                                                                                                                                             they reach 12 inches in                                                    wheels and all such types of
of operation are Tuesday      tary Sewer Interceptor line is    community has made the            making skills, reasonable                                                                                 mines that the owner has                                                        offer homeless animals a new
                                                                                                                                                                             height on developed proper-                                                fireworks that are not explo-
through Friday, 10:00         simply a very good business       difficult decisions to improve    thought processes, and a                                                                                  not met the requirements of                                                     life. All dogs and cats up for
                                                                                                                                                                             ties. In order to protect the                                              sive or noise making in char-
am to 6:00 pm and             decision for the City and is a    the services available to         willingness to invest in the                                                                              the city code, and that a nui-                                                  adoption are examined by a
                                                                                                                                                                             public health, safety, and
Saturday 9:00 am to           product of lessons-learned        those who choose to make          future.    Those decisions                                                                                sance condition exists on the               acter and are stationary.           vet, vaccinated, and spayed/
                                                                                                                                                                             welfare, the City of Owasso                                                                                    neutered. The shelter is located
5:00 pm Questions?            over the course of the past       Owasso their home, and            have made Owasso a strong                                                                                 property, the City may take
                                                                                                                                                                             enforces the code and                                                      UTILITY DEPARTMENT                  at 500 S. Main.
Call 272-4959                 100 years of the city’s exis-     those same people have            and viable community.                                                                                     action to mow the property
                                                                                                                                                                             requires that grass be cut                                                 eGov online payments are
                              tence. The business compo-        subsequently chosen to con-                                                                                                                 and invoice the property
                                                                                                                                                                             once it becomes a nuisance.                                                now available. To register,
                              nent of the proposal is sim-      tinue to reinvest in their                                                                                                                  owner for the cost of the                                                       RED WHITE BOOM
                                                                                                                                                                             Once made aware of a lawn                                                  find your account number on
                              ple: we should make those         hometown. With each deci-                                                                                                                   mowing. If the invoice is not                                                   Owasso’s annual fireworks
  “A perfect summer                                                                                                                                                          that has reached a nuisance                                                a recent statement and visit
                              who will most benefit from        sion, there seems to be an                                                                                                                  paid, the City may file a lien                                                  display celebrating our nation’s
  day is when the sun                                                                                                                                                                                       against the property for the                the City website at
                              the line be responsible for       improvement in the process                                                                                                                                                              www.cityofowasso.com.
  is shining, the             paying for it. Existing cus-      and the costs are more fairly                                                                                                               mowing cost.
                                                                                                    Character traits for June - August                                                                                                                  Then click on the eGov link.
  breeze is blowing,          tomers should not be re-          allocated to those who bene-
                              quired to pay for new devel-      fit the greatest. Additionally,     Justice - Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true.                                 The City encourages resi-
  the birds are                                                                                                                                                                                                       dents to report a high grass      PUBLIC PROJECT
                              opment, nor should those          over the years, this method
                                                                                                    Gentleness - Showing consideration and p
                                                                                                                                           personal concern for others.                                               and/or weeds nuisance             UPDATES
  singing, and the            who will use the service          of reinvesting has proven its
                              twenty-five years from now        value. This City can have                                                                                                                             found on a property within        NORTH 129th ROADWAY
  lawn mower is                                                                                     Faith - Confidence that actions rooted in g
                                                                                                                                              good character will yield the best out-                                 the Owasso city limits. To
                              get a “free-ride” just be-        good schools, low crime, and                                                                                                                                                            IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
  broken.”                    cause the line was built out      a high level of new infra-          come, even when I cannot see how.                                                                                 find out more information,                                            independence will be held
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      please contact the Commu-         The street widening project         Thursday night, July 2, 2009, at
                              and the cost forgotten. That      structure all at the same                                                                    t
                                                                                                    To learn more about the Owasso Character initiative, visit the city website at www.cityofowasso.com, or contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was completed at the end            the Owasso High School Sta-
                              lesson was learned when the       time if we continue to make         the Character Coordinator, Michele Dempster at 376-153  35.                                                       nity Development Depart-
  James Dent                                                                                                                                                                                                          ment at 376-1545.                 of May. All lanes from 76th         dium.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        St. North to 96th St North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PARKS                             are now open to traffic.            The Owasso Community Choir
                              COUNCIL CORNER                                                                                                                                 level, the City’s code enforce-          Owasso has seven shelters                                             will pay tribute to the armed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cooperation from area resi-
                                                                                                                                                                             ment staff visits the property           in five area parks that can                                           forces.
                                                                Mayor Cataudella is married       the friendliest in the State of                                                                                                                       dents and Owasso schools
                                                                to Kenna and has two sons:        Oklahoma. It's an awesome                                                  to determine whether the                 be reserved for events and        was instrumental in helping         Gates will open at 7:00 p.m.
                                                                Austin and Brooks.       His      place to live."                                                            grass height constitutes a               parties for as little as $25.00   keep this project on                and admission for all is FREE.
                                                                hobbies include all that his                                                                                 nuisance. If the property is             for two hours. Call 371-7975      schedule.
                                                                family     is   involved          Mayor Cataudella became
                                                                with. Austin plays on the         interested in serving on the                                               EMPLOYEE PROFILE
Millinery in Owasso                                             drum line for the Pride of        Council because he wanted                                                                                           sion, for four years.             and assisting co-workers
(about 1901)                                                    Owasso and Brooks plays           to give back to his commu-                                                                                                                            with various home re-
                                                                competitive baseball for the      nity. He served previously                                                                            Juett constantly gives of                       pairs. Juett possesses many
Visit the Owasso                                                HOOKS.                            on a school board and un-                                                                             himself when he sees others                     character qualities such
Museum to learn               Mayor Steve Cataudella, an                                          derstands that it takes dedi-
more about Owasso’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in need. Through his willing-                   as availability, benevolence,
                              Owasso r esiden t for             Councilor Cataudella enjoys       cated       people       who                                                                          ness to help in every divi-                     compassion, dependability,
history.                      over eight years, serves as       working in his yard and re-       care about the citizens. He                                                                           sion, Juett demonstrates                        flexibility, and generos-
                              the representative for Ward       laxing with neighbors. He         states any city that works on                                                                         how department unity em-                        ity. When asked what he             Timmy and Cindy
26 South Main
Tu-Fri 12pm - 4pm             2 on the Owasso City              has served on the City Coun-      building character starting in                                                                        powers an organization to                       enjoys most about his work          At Candlewood Suites
Sat 10am - 4pm                Council.        Councilor         cil for six years. He chose to    the schools was somewhere                                                  Juett Webster, Employee of achieve and maintain a high                     with the City he humbly
                              Cataudella served in the          live in Owasso because            he wanted his family to                                                    the Quarter, has been em- level of customer service.                       states “The people; they are        For more information, or for a
272-4966                      US Air Force for 5.5 years,       of       the hometown life        live. “The people of our com-                                              ployed with the City of                                                    all really supportive and I         map of all Timmy and Cindy
                              and has been employed at          style. "The education sys-        munity is what makes                                                       Owasso Public Works De- During his off hours, Juett                        feel like I’m surrounded by         l o c a t i o n s ,    v i s i t
                              Hewlett-Packard for twenty        tem is second to none and         Owasso a special City and                                                                                                                                                                 www.cityofowasso.com and
                                                                                                                                                                             partment, Streets Divi- spends time with his family,                       greatness.”                         click on the Timmy & Cindy link.
                              four years in Oklahoma.           the people in Owasso are          why I love to be here.”

								
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