City Manager's Corner

Items of interest from the City Manager’s Desk: 

The City is in the process of upgrading financial & utility billing software.  On Utility Billing the City will transition in October.  One benefit to the transition is there will no longer be a need for “door hangers” indicating late payment for customers or potential shut-off due to non-payment.  All notifications will be noted on the utility bill.  Customers will also have the option for paperless billing--for a customer to opt-in, you need to provide an email address. 

Did you notice? The Best Western Hotel contractor started back on site work.  We hope to see a concrete pad and construction by mid-September!  On the City Downtown Building.  The City has a good cost estimate for construction and very nice marketing materials from the Architect.  The City will continue to work with the Design Build team to market, recruit tenants, and explore funding opportunities to make the Downtown start a reality.  Council desire is to fill the building with Local Businesses willing to commit to the revitalization of Downtown. 

A shout-out to the Water and Street teams for the work on 23rd Street.  Crews discovered a caved-in part of 23rd where a vacated sewer line failed.  The team cut the road, concreted the compromised line, packed rock, and repaved.  The road was opened on August 20th.  Thank you for your patience while we made the repair. 

What is going on good in your City?  I am taking some time to build partnerships at Tinker.  I have the privilege this month to address the graduates of the Tinker Airman Leadership School, new Airman leaders.  My focus will be positive servant leadership and how good leaders lift people up, not tear them down, how they listen to understand, know their people, and show they are human. 

Did you know?  The City Website has the capability to send you notifications for regular meetings, special meetings, emergency outages, and the like?  Visit mychoctaw.org and get signed up today. 

Your City Manager, 

Ed Brown

--posted August 23, 2019

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