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CITY CONNECTION Summer 2010

CELEBRATING SUMMER

FUNTASTIC ISLAND MARKS ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY AND SHINES AS AN EXAMPLE OF VOLUNTEERISM

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NEIGHBORHOOD GRANT PROGRAM

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CARING FOR YOUR PETS

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QUALITY OF LIFE PROJECT UPDATE


Red White BOOM! Celebrate Our Nation’s Independence Annual Fireworks Display Friday, July 2, 2010 Owasso High Football Stadium Admission is free - Gates open at 7:00 pm - Fireworks at 9:45 pm


SUMMER 2010 ISSUE

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WORKING WITH CHARACTER

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CREATIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY

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NEIGHBORHOOD MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM

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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF FUN

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FUN IN THE SUN

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PROTECTING YOUR PETS

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PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT STATUS REPORT

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MAKING CENTS OF RATE INCREASES

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GETTING INTO THE SWING OF THINGS

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CREATING A VISION FOR OWASSO

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BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & COMMITTEES PARTICIPATING IN YOUR CITY GOVERNMENT

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WORKING WITH YOUTH OFFENDERS CREATING STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS

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WHAT ROLE R U PLAYING?

City Contact Information 111 North Main, Owasso, OK 74055 918.376.1500 Hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon - Fri http://www.cityofowasso.com Emergencies

Animal Shelter 500 S Main Street 272-4965 Hours 9:00 am to 5:00pm Mon - Sat Parks Office 918.371.7975

911

Non Emergency Police 918.272.2244 Fire 918.272.5253

Recycle Center 499 South Main 918.272.4991 Hours 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat

Utility Billing 918.376.1520 City Manager’s Office 918.376.1502 Community Development 918.376.1540 Community Center 918.272.3903 Human Resources 918.376.1530 Neighborhood Coordinator 918.376.1556 Economic Development 918.376.1518

Museum 26 South Main 918.272.4966 Hours 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sat

Public Works Department (Refuse, Streets, Water, Wastewater Operations) 918.272.4959 301 West 2nd Ave

Bailey Ranch Golf Course 10105 Larkin Bailey Blvd 918.274.4653 http://www.baileyranchgolf.com

City Council Douglas Bonebrake, Mayor, Ward 5 dbonebrake@cityofowasso.com Stephen Cataudella, Ward 2 scataudella@cityofowasso.com

John Sinex, Vice-Mayor, Ward 4 jsinex@cityofowasso.com Bryan Stovall, Ward 1 bstovall@cityofowasso.com

Wayne Guevara, Ward 3 wguevara@cityofowasso.com

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WORKING WITH CHARACTER

Chief Hurst personally invests time in developing members of the shift, especially in furthering the leadership ability of the Captains as they lead employees at each fire station. Chief Hurst also leads the SWAT Medic program, in which three firefighter/medics serve as SWAT team members. His commitment to ensuring the success of the SWAT Medic program helps ensure that long-standing relationships with the Police Department remain intact and even flourish.

David Hurst, Employee of the Quarter

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fter serving the City of Owasso for twelve years in the Fire Department, David Hurst was recently recognized as the City of Owasso Employee of the Quarter. Chief Hurst currently serves as Battalion Chief of B-Shift and exemplifies the best of public service providers through his daily dedication to the citizens of Owasso. Chief Hurst’s duties as Battalion Chief require substantial interaction with the public, with most of these occurring during emergency events when citizens are experiencing highly stressful situations. Nonetheless, Chief Hurst steadfastly demonstrates confidence and competence while comforting individuals and providing the assurance that the Fire Department is working to remediate the problem. Not only does he ensure the safety of the Citizens of Owasso in a professional, timely manner, but he is also responsible for managing the safety of his own B-Shift team. In addition to leading his team of firefighters, Chief Hurst demonstrates an inherent ability to work positively in all settings. Whether settling a dispute with neighboring fire departments, responding to frustrated citizens, or helping those who are unable to ask for assistance, Chief Hurst actively seeks ways to solve problems and think proactively.

Chief David Hurst’s application of character in the workplace is truly commendable. His commitment to improving the Owasso Fire Department, his excitement when encountering our citizens, and his leadership style in his duties are a model for the development of future leaders.

In addition to dedicating himself to the City of Owasso and the Owasso Fire Department while onduty, Chief Hurst has gone above and beyond the call of duty by offering his personal time and skills in order to ensure that the City can make the most of its limited resources. Prior to the preparation of the FY 2010 Budget Proposal, Chief Hurst was asked to obtain a quote for remodeling the sleeping quarters at Fire Station #1. When the quote was obtained, Chief Hurst determined the work could be done in house for far less money. Over a three week period, Chief Hurst performed the renovation, under budget and above expectation; then returned unused supplies for credit prior to calling the project complete.

Chief Hurst shows character in:

In another instance of selfless dedication while offduty, one of Chief Hurst’s peers (A-Shift Battalion Chief Mike Sole) recently sent an email thanking Chief Hurst for his efforts in assisting A-Shift on a motor vehicle collision. According to Chief Sole, while off-duty Chief Hurst “happened by a van versus power pole collision with a van full of kids and an unconscious father. With a broken power pole and power lines hanging over the van, David got all of the kids out and into his personal car, and then helped crews extricate a large male patient to Medic-1. David then took three of the kids by his personal vehicle to St. John Owasso with Medic-1.”

Discernment—Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen.

As each of these examples clearly display, Chief Hurst exemplifies character on a daily basis and never hesitates to go the extra mile for his fellow employees, the City, and the public at large. Even when seemingly overloaded with projects and responsibilities, Chief Hurst always displays a positive attitude and continues to work to develop his leadership skills as Battalion Chief with the Fire Department. Congratulations to Chief David Hurst for his dedication to the residents of Owasso as he exemplifies that Owasso is truly a City of Character.■

Availability—Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve. Boldness—Confidence that what I say or do is true, right, and just. Dependability—Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unintended sacrifice.

Gentleness—Showing consideration and personal concern for others. Initiative—Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it. Joyfulness—Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions. Justice—Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true. Loyalty—Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve. Sincerity—Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.■


CREATIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY

Finding a Jewel in the City’s Crown at the Owasso Community Center With the word literally at the center of its name, the community truly is the heart of the Owasso Community Center. Since its inception in 1977, the Owasso Community Center has been a place for residents to come and participate in programs, club meetings, special occasions, or educational opportunities. For 33 years, people of all ages have participated in events at the Center that have helped enrich their lives. Luckily, many more opportunities will be available for years to come. While the Community Center’s office hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, there’s a lot going on after hours. Anyone in the community can rent the facility for special occasions such as parties and receptions. This past year, a few weddings were even held in the Rams Room, the larger of the two rooms available for rent. Numerous area clubs, churches, and organizations have made the Center their regular meeting spot and many groups are open for the community to join them anytime. For music enthusiasts, the Owasso Steel Guitars group meets on the third Sunday of the month from noon until 9 pm and the Green Country Bluegrass Association meets on the last Friday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm Even if you don’t play an instrument, you are

welcome to come listen to some great music by these local groups. In addition to community groups such as these, several programs are offered throughout the year for people of all ages. Art classes have been a hit with young and old with a children’s art class offered each summer and adult classes ongoing throughout the year. An organic gardening class was a new event added just this spring and was so popular an advance class may be added to

home away from home. Senior activities include Seniorsize, Bible Study, Sign Language, Quilting, Knitting, Genealogy, Computers, Writer’s Club, pool and cards/games. The seniors are served a nutritional meal Monday-Thursday and

on Friday, there is a potluck luncheon, which is one of the most popular activities of the week.■ the calendar in the future. Cheri Murray, instructor of the organic gardening class, said “The room with the arrangement of the tables was ideal. I feel the location was perfect for a lot of people. The Center is a nice facility with a pleasant atmosphere. I honestly enjoyed giving the classes at the center.” With a large variety of senior citizens activities, many area seniors have made the center their

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Owasso senior citizen Reba Duncan has been coming to the community center for 25 years; “It’s just a nice place to come” she said, “It’s clean and the people are friendly and there’s plenty to do.”■

Visit the Center’s website at: www.cityofowasso.com/ community_center. Or call 918.272.3903 Information on facility rentals is available in the “Services to the Community” section of the site. Owasso Golden Agers information is available by visiting the “Senior Services” section of the Center’s site.


NEIGHBORHOOD MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM Dollars For Neighborhood Improvements Owasso is committed to the preservation and renewal of neighborhoods. A key component of the Strong Neighborhood Initiative is a Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program, administered by the Owasso Community Foundation, Inc. (OCF), is designed to provide matching funds to neighborhood organizations in the City of Owasso. Neighborhood grants will fund a range of beautification projects by providing a dollar match to other resources generated by the neighborhood group through fund-raising and pledges, volunteer labor, donations in the form of materials and/or services. Projects give neighborhood organizations incentive to raise funds, build partnerships with businesses, and cultivate the spirit of volunteerism and community support needed to complete a project. The grant may be used for projects that will improve the neighborhood or strengthen the neighborhood organization. There is not a specific list of projects; however, examples include landscaping, entrance signs, traffic calming, educational programs, newsletters, neighborhood clean-ups, or neighborhood watch activities. The funds may not be used for general operating expenses of the neighborhood organization or projects to improve private property. All projects must benefit the neighborhood or community. Projects that require ongoing funding or staffing will not be considered for funding. Projects must be completed within six (6) months of approval. A Project Coordinator from the neighborhood must be identified to serve as the contact person with the City’s Neighborhood Coordinator during the planning, construction, and/or implementation of the project. The amount of matching grant funds allocated to neighborhoods is based on a project’s impact to the neighborhood or community and available funding. For questions regarding the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program or to obtain an Information and Application Packet, please contact Owasso’s Neighborhood Coordinator, Jerry Fowler, at 918.376.1556 or by emailing jfowler@cityofowasso.com.■

REINVIGORATING THROUGH RECYCLING

Improving Your Neighborhood with the Owasso Recycle Center Every day it seems as if the repercussions of our actions on the surrounding environment become more and more apparent. That’s why the City of Owasso is helping you and your family reduce, reuse, and recycle with the Owasso Recycle Center at 499 South Main. The Center accepts aluminum, plastics, newspaper, phonebooks, paper products, cardboard, glass, cooking oil, antifreeze, lead-acid batteries, and used motor oil. In addition to regularly accepting these materials, the Center holds special collections events for tires each year and participates in other programs with the M.E.T., such as the Household Pollutant Collection Event. Take an active role in ensuring Owasso remains a beautiful place to live by bringing recyclable goods on a regular basis. It only takes one person to make a difference! /5/


CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF FUN Funtastic Island and Service in the Community

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2010 marked the 5 th anniversary of a volunteer community built project that has benefited thousands of children in and near Owasso. Funtastic Island is the second most visited park in Owasso, next to its neighbor, the Owasso Sports Complex. Several families and busloads of children can be observed nearly every day enjoying the playground, one of the largest in the state. It is a wonderful example of a project that began as a vision shared by two residents. Funtastic Island was not originally planned by the City. It was the vision of two residents, Kenna Cataudella and Robin Thoendel. As residents share ideas and work to create a vision for Owasso’s future in the Quality of Life planning project, it is important to note that volunteer efforts can contribute significantly to the realization of an ideal community. Often the greatest impact can come from individuals and groups committed to making a difference. Just as two women with a vision came to realize their dream, so can an entire community. This effort shows that great vision paired with a commitment to produce results can provide significant opportunities in our city.■

Interested in finding your own neighborhood project? The City’s Strong Neighborhood Initiative will work with volunteer and service groups of all ages to find projects throughout Owasso, thus ensuring that your group can have the greatest impact, even with limited time and resources. For those interested in planning a large service project, you might consider organizing a group of volunteers for Owasso CARES Day on September 11, 2010. Owasso CARES Day aims to improve the quality of our neighborhoods and community by tapping into the expertise and talent of residents, and engaging the hearts, minds, and bodies of young and old in a day of service in honor of our country. The inaugural Owasso CARES day will also coincide with the City’s annual Block Party. Previous block parties have ranged from small gatherings to elaborate parties taking up multiple neighborhood streets. Check out the City’s website at www.cityofowasso.com for ideas on how you can organize a block party and how to register your event. You can also contact Jerry Fowler at 376.1556 or jfowler@cityofowasso.com

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OWASSO PARKS

Enjoy Fun In The Sun This Summer Funtastic Island 10320 E 116th St North Owasso’s Largest Playground Park Shelter

McCarty Park 8200 N 91st E Ave Baseball/Soccer Fields Rodeo Arena

Reserve a Park Shelter By visiting www.cityofowasso.com/ parks_dept/ Or calling 918.371.9294 Ator Park 303 W 18th Street Picnic Tables Playground

Skate Park 456 S Main Street Eleven skateboard features


Friendship Park 8400 Mingo Valley Expressway Gazebo Butterfly Garden

Sports Park Complex 13001 E 106th St North Baseball, Softball, Soccer Football Fields

Elm Creek 12501 E 77th St North Walking Trails Tennis Court, Playgrounds Shelter

Centennial Park 15301 E 86th St North Walking Trails Playgrounds Shelter

Rayola Park 8300 Mingo Valley Expressway Spray Pad Volleyball, Basketball Shelter


PROTECTING YOUR PETS

Making Summer Safe for Man’s Best Friend In nice weather, you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade, and even if all the windows are partially open. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car, and also result in fines or criminal charges.

NEVER LEAVE AN ANIMAL IN THE CAR DURING SUMMER

Dogs and cats can't perspire. They dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets who are left in hot cars, even for a brief moment, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die. Don't think because you'll be gone "just a minute" that your pet will be safe; even an airconditioned car with the motor off isn't healthy for your pet. To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, be sure to play it safe by leaving your pet cool and refreshed at home while you're on the road. And if you do happen to see a pet in a car alone during the hot summer months, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call animal control or the police department immediately at 918.272.2244.■

Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. If you are separated from your pet, an ID tag may very well be his or her ticket home. If your pet does get lost call the animal shelter immediately, you can also report it by email Animalshelter@cityofowasso.com.

CARING FOR YOUR PETS

Check with your veterinarian to see if your pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication. Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal in both dogs and cats. Another summertime threat is fleas and ticks. Use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some overthe-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to instructions. ■ Pets need exercise, even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws. Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips. Pets with light-colored noses or lightcolored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer.

IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT…

Your pet can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These conditions are very serious and could cause your pet to die. You should be aware of the signs of heat stress, which could include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue. If your pet does become overheated, you need to immediately lower his body temperature. Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over his body to gradually lower his core body temperature. Apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet's head, neck, and chest only. Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes. Most importantly, get him to a veterinarian immediately.■

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With people and dogs spending more time outside, dog bites are likely to increase in the summer months. Spaying or neutering your dog reduces the likelihood that he will bite and provides many other health benefits. Animal owners should also make sure their pet is current on Rabies vaccinations— keeping your dog current on its vaccinations can save money and aggravation if your animal does happen to bite someone. The Rabies vaccine is the only one required by state law.

STAY SAFE AND BITE-FREE

Do not pick up stray animals as they can be unpredictable and may bite even though you are trying to help. Never attempt to pick up an injured animal. Doing so will increase risk of being bitten. Play it safe and report any stray or injured animals to the police department or animal control. ■ Summer is often a time when people fertilize their lawns and work in their gardens. But beware: plant food, fertilizer, and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them. In addition, more than 700 plants can produce physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. To ensure the safety of your family’s pets, make sure to read all warnings and recommendations on any fertilizers and pesticides you use around the yard and garden.

FERTILIZERS AND DEADLY PLANTS

For more information on signs of poisoning or plants that could be potentially harmful to your animals, contact your local veterinarian. ■

Adopting Saves Lives Find Adoption Information at http://cityofowasso.com/ animal_shelter or Call 918.272.4965 / 10 /


AROUND TOWN

Owasso Public Works Department Projects Status Report

EAST 86TH STREET NORTH WIDENING (FROM MAIN TO NORTH MEMORIAL DRIVE) ■ Right-of-way negotiations and utility relocations are anticipated to be complete by November of this year. Construction on the roadway will begin early in 2011. ▬

EAST 106TH STREET NORTH AND GARNETT ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ■ Final design plan review is scheduled for completion by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) by July of this year. City staff anticipates right-of-way negotiations should be completed by September, 2010. Utility relocation should be completed by February, 2011, and construction is expected to begin in April, 2011. ▬

TULSA TECHNOLOGY ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT/TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ■ Construction of this project is completed and is now open. ▬

EAST 96TH STREET NORTH REGIONAL DETENTION (PASE II AND III ― DETENTION FACILITY/GARNETT STRUCTURE MODIFICATIONS) ■ Construction is 35% complete. This project is on schedule to be complete by November, 2010. ▬

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT AND 117TH STREET LIFT STATION UPGRADE ■ Construction is 17% complete. This project is on schedule to be complete by July, 2011. ▬

EAST 76TH STREET NORTH SANITARY SEWER INTERCEPTOR ■ Construction is 20% complete. This project is on schedule to be complete by July, 2011. ▬

EAST 86TH STREET NORTH AND NORTH GARNETT INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS ■ Construction of the turn lanes will begin in September, 2010, with final completion of the project scheduled to occur by November, 2010. ▬

SANTA FE LIFT STATION AND FORCE MAIN IMPROVEMENTS ■ Engineering design is scheduled to be complete by December, 2010. Construction is anticipated to begin in April, 2011, with final completion scheduled for December, 2011. ▬

MEADOWCREST RELIEF LINE IMPROVEMENTS ■ Engineering design and approval is scheduled to be complete by August, 2010. Construction is anticipated to begin in November, 2010, with final completion scheduled for March, 2011. ▬

RAYOLA PARK ENHANCEMENTS ■ Construction is anticipated to begin in July, 2010, with final completion scheduled for October, 2010. Additional Project information can be found at http://www.cityofowasso.com/public_works/engineering_projects.html

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MAKING CENTS OF RATE INCREASES How Proposed Changes Will Affect Your Bill

billed during the subsequent year. Winter averaging is used so that during the summer months when water usage increases primarily due to irrigation, customers will not be paying for water that is not entering the sewer system. For every dollar collected from water, sewer, and stormwater billing, the City of Owasso’s commitment to its citizens is to only charge what is needed to maintain the water, sewer, and stormwater systems and to provide quality water service in the future as we reinvest in these systems and expand the City’s ability to support greater water capacity as the community continues to grow and prosper.■

The City of Owasso annually reviews water and sewer rates to ensure it is generating adequate revenue to cover projected expenses for the coming fiscal year. While future economic trends cannot be predicted, the City must have the foresight to be prepared to support the more significant costs required to provide clean drinking water, and that sewer mains, pump stations and water towers will be properly maintained to provide the highest level of safety for customers. The City takes its fiduciary responsibility for retiring debt used to make improvements to water and sewer systems very serious. Other costs must be taken into consideration as revenue and expenses are reviewed, including personnel expense. The importance of having appropriate and qualified staff members within the Public Works Department is fundamental to the successful operation and customer service that citizens have come to expect. Consider that a citizen is most often met with a real person who genuinely cares about resolving the issue. There is also the dedicated employee who, regardless of conditions, is repairing water main breaks or wastewater systems. Of

course there are other ancillary costs to be considered, such as electricity to pump the water into the distribution system, or the vehicles and fuel required to address customer’s needs. Also important is the continuing need for Capital Improvements. These improvements are vital for renewing water systems, sewer mains, building pump stations and water towers for future generations. With that in mind, there will be occasions, like the current year, when water, sewer and stormwater fees must be evaluated and increased to meet continuing demands. The City of Owasso, like most municipalities, uses a demand rate structure for billing customers. This means that each customer is billed a fixed monthly fee for each meter in addition to a usage charge per 1,000 gallons. Residential customers are billed sewer charges based on their average winter water consumption. December through February billings are used to arrive at average consumption to be used for the next twelve months billing cycle. That average gallons used becomes the usage a customer is / 12 /

To make your utility payment online click on eGov HELP KEEP OUR STORM DRAINS CLEAR With the mowing season now in full swing, keeping storm drains clear of grass and debris becomes more difficult. Sweeping or blowing grass, leaves, and other yard waste into the storm drains can contribute to flooding in your neighborhood. These activities also elevate nutrient levels in the water system, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, leading to the growth of algae or aquatic weeds which can cause unpleasant odors. Make a difference by mulching clippings, or visit the City’s website at www.cityofowasso.com/ public_works/refuse_info.html for information on the City’s yard waste program.


GETTING INTO THE SWING OF THINGS Taking Advantage of Owasso’s Bailey Ranch Golf Club

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GEARING UP FOR SUMMER GOLF Severe Winter’s impact on the Greens Golf courses all across the state are dealing with dead Bermuda grass in tees and fairways due to one of the most severe winters in decades. This is because prolonged exposure to ice and extreme cold temperatures can kill Bermuda that is cut below 1 inch. While home lawns and other turf kept at heights above 1.5 inches

seem to handle the weather extremes without a problem, Bermuda in tees and fairways remains prone to damage. When driving around Bailey Ranch Golf Course, the most affected areas are in the shorter cut turf, low areas, and some north facing slopes. These

areas were exposed to ice and cold for longer periods. Typically, dormant Bermuda appears dead at the surface but under the soil, the turf is “hibernating”, and can be suffocated by too much moisture or ice. Increasing fertilization, installing sod, and keeping foot traffic off of these areas will allow them to recover relatively quickly due to the aggressive growing of this turf during the summer months, all of which remain a top priority for Bailey Ranch staff. ■

2010 Bailey Ranch Bad Pants Open Bailey Ranch held it’s 5th Annual Bad Pants Open on April 3, 2010. This event has quickly become one of the most attended and fun events of the year. Golfers don their craziest pair of pants and some even throw on a matching shirt to see who can claim the coveted Bad Pants Award. This year there were many creative entries. Make plans now to attend next year’s Bad Pants Open.

1st Place

2nd Place

Women’s entry

Bailey Ranch Golf Shop…Owasso’s premier shopping experience for all of your golfing accessories Bailey Ranch Golf Shop offers customers a beautiful shopping experience. Bailey Ranch Golf Club is designed so that customers may quickly find the golf equipment and apparel they are looking for at prices they can afford. Customers are encouraged to browse through items from name brands like Titleist, Cobra, Odyssey, Nike, Ping and Under Armour. Take home the perfect memento after your game of golf. Looking for that perfect gift? Chances are Bailey Ranch Golf Shop has it. We have something for everyone. If we don’t have what you need, you can bet our professional staff will do all they can to get that perfect gift for every occasion. We can also ship items if needed. Don’t know what to get? A Bailey Ranch Gift Certificate is perfect. Check us out at 10105 Larkin Bailey Blvd. in Owasso or visit online at www.BaileyRanchGolf.com.

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Looking for a quick and relaxing place for lunch?   

Visit The Bailey Grille for burgers, hot dogs, fresh sandwiches, and breakfast items.     The Grille is open 7 days a week with a friendly staff waiting to serve you. Sports enthusiasts can drop by to  watch their  favorite sporting event on our large  High Definition television.     For  more  information  about  our  services  Call 274 GOLF or visit online at   www.baileyranchgolf.com. 

Find golf gear, certificates, and more at www.baileyranchgolf.com

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ENJOYING THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Deals and Discounts at Owasso’s Golf Course Bailey Ranch Golf Club offers one of Oklahoma's best tests of golf and is considered to be one of the most enjoyable courses to play in the region. Conveniently located off Highway 169 and 86th Street North in Owasso, Bailey Ranch is easily accessible to all and guarantees a morning, afternoon, or evening of enjoyment. Even more than this, though, enjoy as much golf as you like for as little as $139 a month! Bailey Ranch Golf Club has partnered with Battle Creek Golf Club to provide Green Country's best golf membership. Our Dual Club Annual Membership allows you to enjoy golfing privileges at two of Green Country's premier public golf courses. For those with a busier schedule, the Multi Play Card could be just right for you! Bailey Ranch offers a discount card that enables you to save up to 40% off our normal rates. These cards come in 3, 5, and 10 round cards. The Multi Play Card is also a great gift idea. The more rounds you buy, the more you SAVE!! If you are new to golf or just want to improve your game, Bailey Ranch’s Golf Professional Staff can provide clinics, group, and individual lessons for all levels of golfer. We can even customize a program for you so that you might receive the most enjoyment out of your golf game. Contact us today at 918.274.4653 for more information .■

MORE THAN JUST GOLF

Affordable Venues for Banquets, Weddings, and Events Citizens of Owasso have the opportunity to take advantage of three beautiful facilities available for banquets, weddings, and other special events.

Bailey Ranch Golf Club

offers an exceptional reception facility with a walk out patio that allows guests to take in

the beautiful golf course setting. Bailey Ranch Golf boasts a beautifully furnished 1,600 square foot banquet facility that will accommodate over 120 guests. Guests will be elegantly entertained in the comfortable setting of the banquet facility. Make Bailey Ranch Golf Club your choice to host your next reception, corporate meeting, club gathering, or reunion. Bailey Ranch Golf has staff available to help with any banquet or special meeting needs you may have. We have a complete set of services to make your meeting a success. Event planners are available to assist with every detail. To learn more contact Liz Kester at 918.274.4653 or visit our website at www.baileyranchgolf.com.

Old Central

near City Hall also provides flexible options for your special event. The large banquet hall seats up to 275 and is fully carpeted with a stage and room for a dance floor. Tables, chairs, and setup are all available, if needed. For a more intimate event, Old Central also has a smaller room that will seat 100. Kitchen facilities are also available for rent to provide preparation for catered events. For information on availability and the Old Central building, contact Ginger Williamson at 918.272.3459 or by email at gwilliamson@cityofowasso.com. ■

Community Center has both large and small rooms for meetings and events, as well. Call 918.272.3903 for details. / 16 /


CREATING A VISION FOR OWASSO Quality of Life Project Update The Quality of Life project public input phase is reaching the halfway point. The City held 5 public input workshops

information will be compiled and brought before the City Council in the coming months.

participate. As of mid June, the site had received 700 participants who left comments and 501 surveys submitted. There have been some very good comments left on the message boards, with some common themes emerging. •Improve and enhance the downtown area. •Relieve traffic congestions and improve the streets •Improve the youth sports facilities •Provide a festival area, outdoor market, and cultural arts facility •Provide more parks and update the parks we have •Provide walking trails and bicycle routes •Clean up visual clutter and deter metal buildings •M o r e g r e e n e r y a n d landscaping •M o r e r e c r e a t i o n a l opportunities for all age groups •Community swimming pool or water park •More entertainment options At this point in the project it appears that Citizens are anxious to see improvements to the community. The Wikiplanning tool is available until July 16, 2010, so there is still plenty of time for citizens to comment and make their voice heard. Simply visit www.wikiplanning.org and enter your email address with the password OQLP to participate.

during the month of May and held an additional Town Hall meeting. City staff and the consulting firm Alaback Associates received many creative comments and suggestions from the citizens at the meetings. All of this

The Wikiplanning tool, which can be accessed via the City’s web page, has been extremely popular with citizens as well. For those citizens unable to attend a public meeting, it o f f e r s a c o n v e n i e n t wa y t o / 17 /

Additionally, City staff and Alaback Associates heard from a group of 7th grade students during the first part of June. This age group is vitally important to the project, as many of them will inherit the community once grown and have a significant interest in the outcome of this project.■


Owasso State Bank

was established in June of 1903 in a newly-constructed frame building which faced south near what is now the northeast corner of Main &Broadway. In 1905 the name was changed to First National Bank of Owasso. This brick building was constructed in 1906 on the southeast corner of the same intersection. The bank closed in late 1929 or early 1930 during the depression. Owasso did not have a bank until September 1962 when First National Bank of Owasso (now First Bank of Owasso) opened its doors. For more information on Owasso’s history, visit the Historical Museum at 26 South Main. 918-272-4966 Tuesday - Friday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & COMMITTEES Planning Commission Duties and Activities

The appearance of a community is a result of the vision of leaders, developers, and contributing citizens. However, transforming a vision into a suitable reality requires extensive planning and work. The City of Owasso Planning Commission is a citizen advisory body that plays an important role in the planning and development of the Community. This body, appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council, is charged with administering land use regulations and providing recommendations to the City Council. The Owasso Planning Commission consists of the following five members: Dr, Mark Callery Dr, Paul Loving David Vines Paul Hinkle Charlie Brown

The primary function of the Planning Commission is to hold public meetings in order to evaluate requests that may include, but are not limited to:

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Establishment of Zoning Land Use Plans Zoning Code Text Amendments Review of Preliminary and Final Plats Lot Splits Small Area Plans Annexations

The Planning Commission forwards their recommendations for action to the City Council in regard to the requests listed above. The Planning Commission meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in Old Central, located just to the east of City Hall. Karl Fritschen, 918.376.1545, and Larissa Darnaby, 918.376.1543, are the staff liaisons for the Planning Commission.

PARTICIPATING IN YOUR CITY GOVERNMENT City of Owasso Talent Bank Application

The Talent Bank is a useful tool to aid the Owasso City Council when filling vacancies on various citizen boards and commissions. Available online through the City’s website at www.cityofowasso.com, the Talent Bank Application allows residents to express the desire to serve the community in areas of particular interest and affords an opportunity to explain pertinent background or previous volunteer experience. Interested residents can visit the City’s website and click on the link on the home page titled Talent Bank Application. Upon reaching the form, simply fill in information such as educational background, work experience, and civic or volunteer activities. Once the form is submitted, City staff are notified of the application and the information will be passed along to the Owasso City Council when positions on citizen boards and committees become vacant.■

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WORKING WITH YOUTH OFFENDERS

Engaging Young Adults through the Court System

Owasso Court Clerks are praising the First Offender Program as an alternative to sending youth through the more traditional court process. Designed to offer youthful offenders the opportunity to make better choices and avoid further involvement with the juvenile justice system, the First Offender Program offers eligible persons the opportunity to divert out of the formal court process into the Owasso Youth Court. More than this, however, the program is bringing about a noticeable reduction in re-offenses and provides participants with the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, receive education and counseling, and avoid a damaging criminal conviction. Additionally, the City and Court benefit from savings of court time and resources. The Owasso Youth Court program is operated through a partnership with Youth Services of Tulsa. It is an actual court, staffed by youth who serve as the juvenile court system and give first-time youth offenders an opportunity to receive a trial conducted by their peers. Youth Court offers the added benefit of allowing students interested in the justice system to learn, participate, and contribute to the community. Youthful Offenders who have a clean driving record and no criminal history are given an opportunity to participate in the program. Participants agree to attend classes, make restitution, and engage in community service work. The participant must also agree to take other appropriate measures, such as attending the Early Intervention Program and writing a two page essay about their experience and what they have learned from it. The youthful offender is required to pay court costs and remain out of trouble while on probation. In return for the successful completion of the program, the City Prosecutor agrees not to prosecute further and will dismiss charges. To learn more about the First Time Offender Program or the Youth Services Program citizens should contact the City Court Clerk’s office at 376-1550 or visit www.yst.org.■

CREATING STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS

One Year after the Launch of Owasso’s Neighborhood Initiative

Progressive, growing communities share a common trait: a commitment by businesses, government and citizens to develop a sound foundation of neighborhoods. Strong Neighborhoods are an essential component of a healthy local economy. Each neighborhood is made up of residents investing in the community, who have pride in their homes, and a desire to live in a healthy, safe environment. Owasso’s Strong Neighborhood Initiative kicked off in June, 2009. Its mission is to partner with neighborhoods and provide a means for residents to identify opportunities to maintain and expand the quality of life in our community so that Owasso is as attractive tomorrow as it is today. The Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative has focused on building relationships with residents and neighborhood groups to encourage a collaborative partnership. The Strong Neighborhood department has coordinated the formation of volunteer neighborhood associations, as well as a homeowners association. The Neighborhood Coordinator can assist with setting up neighborhood clean-ups and improvements to a neighborhood entrance, facilitate volunteer projects, attend neighborhood meetings, and respond to needs within neighborhoods. Presently, there are 10 Neighborhood Associations or Homeowners Associations registered with the City of Owasso. If your neighborhood has a Homeowners Association, encourage them to register with the Strong Neighborhood Initiative. If your neighborhood does not have an association, contact Owasso’s Neighborhood Coordinator, Jerry Fowler, to learn how a volunteer neighborhood association can be formed to benefit your neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for residents to work together to improve neighborhoods. Building relationships and creating partnerships helps capitalize on a cooperative effort to maintain the attractiveness of our community. Contact Jerry Fowler, Owasso’s Neighborhood Coordinator, at 376-1556 or by email jfowler@cityofowasso.com to learn how you and your neighbors can get involved in making a positive impact in your neighborhood. “A neighbor is a person who can get to your house in less than a minute and takes two hours to go back home.”■ / 20 /


WHAT ROLE R U PLAYING?

Building Character, Family, and Community By Michele Dempster, Character Coordinator How often do adults consider the little eyes watching? No matter what their age, children see us at our best and our worst. What we often fail to recognize is how easily even the youngest of children are influenced by the adults around them. A couple of years ago, I was reminded how early children begin to imitate us. My grandson, who is three, but was only one at the time, loves playing outside, and when he would come over to visit I would sit on the step and watch him play in the yard. Eventually, as soon as we went out the door, he would sit on the step, even before I did. This simple action demonstrated to me how critical it is to set an example of positive character even for a one year old. As adults, if one of our weaknesses is patience, and we show our impatience in line at the grocery store or sitting in traffic, day in and day out, what is the child in the car seat going to learn? And think for a moment about our older children. It’s easy to do the math. If I show a lack of patience even just once a week, by the time my child is five, he/she will have seen my impatience 260 times; by the time he/she is ten, 520 times; and by high school graduation, my weekly displays of impatience would be nearing 1,000. When purposefully focusing on building a community of character, a key point to realize is that each person is a role model to others, both young and old. It is easy to see the character faults in the sports figures and celebrities to whom our children are exposed. But we don’t often stop to consider the impact we have on our children’s ability to be patient, when things around us are not moving at the pace we would like; or their ability to be flexible, when we have trouble adjusting to last minute changes; or their ability to be forgiving, when we get wrapped up in discussing an ongoing grudge with our neighbor or co-worker. “Don’t sweat the small stuff” is a common reminder not to become overly obsessed with the little problems that may occur throughout the day. Maybe we should sweat the small stuff when it comes to the “little” character choices we make each day. We should understand that it is not only the monumental choices we make between right and wrong that impact those around us and future generations, but also the small, seemingly insignificant, decisions we make daily that count. The path to character is an uncompromising resolve in big and small things alike. Join us in promoting a culture of character by asking yourself as you go through the day --“What role am I playing?”

FOCUSING ON CHARACTER June: Endurance - the inward strength to withstand stress and do my best July: Meekness - Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve August: Security - Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away / 21 /


City Connection Summer 2010