Broken Arrow in Motion: January 2019

Broken Arrow in Motion: January 2019


Happy New Year folks! I’m City Manager Michael Spurgeon. Thanks for joining us for the January 2019
edition of Broken Arrow in Motion. Here’s what’s moving in BA: Quick update on the retention wall at Tiger
Hill: We are in the process of selling the land
to a developer for a new project at the southwest corner of Kenosha and 9th Street, also known
as Lynn Lane. The project calls for the elevation of the
land to be lowered before construction starts on the building. In order to accomplish this grading, a second
retaining wall will be built. We will keep the community updated on the
construction. Also, street crews are continuing work on
the Poplar Street Bridge, in the Wedgewood subdivision. Last year, the bridge was severely damaged
during heavy rains, and has been closed off to traffic. The team has installed reinforced concrete
boxes, which will be the foundation for the new bridge. In Parks and Recreation — The Bever Memorial Garden is nearly complete. Crews are finishing laying down sod, as weather
allows. We will let the community know when the memorial
garden opens. Special thanks to all our volunteers for helping
turn this site of tragedy into a place of healing. Here’s an update on our proposed creative
arts center in the Rose District. Our Engineering and Construction Department
is finalizing negotiations with an Architect to design the new building. Funding for The Creative Arts Center was first
approved by voters in 2008, as a community gathering place where residents could create
and display their art. This will be a 4 million dollar project. Likewise, The Regional Arts Alliance of Broken
Arrow, the organization raising funds for management and operations of the facility,
has raised nearly three million dollars to pay for day-to-day operations over a ten year
period. With regard to Parks and Recreation Department
operations: Last month, long-time Director Scott Esmond retired. Scott was with the City of Broken Arrow for
20 years, and we wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors. We are now in the process of searching for
a new Parks and Rec director – I will hopefully announce the new director later this year. In Economic Development Administration– Quick update on the Milestone project in downtown
Broken Arrow! Construction has begun on this 25 million
dollar investment in our downtown. This will be a multi-story retail and office
building with three floors of luxury apartments. This is a game-changer for the north end of
downtown, and we can’t wait until it’s open. We’ll also expand Streetscapes up Main Street
to Elgin – this work will start once Milestone begins wrapping up construction on their project. In public safety — I would like to introduce the newest members
of our police department! Chaos and Loki, our two newest K9 units, joined
the team earlier this month. Chaos will be partnered with Officer Eric
Keech, and Loki will be partnered with Officer Josh Zoller. Congratulations pups! In Community Events — Congratulations to Donna Gradel, who has been
named as one of the four finalist for America’s Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Gradel is the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of
the Year, and has been at Broken Arrow High School for 23 years. She teaches biology and environmental science,
and is also a member of the Broken Arrow Monarch Movement, and working on the City-School ecology
partnership. Congratulations again Mrs. Gradel! And finally, an update on our curbside recycling
pilots! The pilots started last week in two separate
parts of BA. One pilot has two carts, one for recycling
and one for trash… and the other has only a recycling cart. The pilot will continue until June, at which
point we will examine feedback from customers who participated in
the programs to determine next steps. That’s it for this edition of Broken Arrow
in Motion. I look forward to updating you on more great
things in next month’s segment. Thanks for watching, and I hope to see you
around town.

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