September 2017 Around Town

OKC to Remember 9/11 with Memorial Events

Oklahoma City will mark the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. At 7 a.m. on Monday, September 11, Tinker Air Force Base will host the fourth annual Tinker 9/11 Memorial Ruck & Run. The first 1,500 people to register will receive a commemorative dry-fit shirt and coin. Run it solo or put a team together! The entire Tinker community is teaming up with police and firefighters from the greater OKC area to affirm one single message: We are still in the fight. Maps of the routes will be sent to all participants once the final routes are approved. All participants must have personal access to Tinker Air Force Base.

Then, on Saturday, September 16, 343 firefighters will climb 110 floors to honor the FDNY 343 and to commit to the promise of “Never Forget”. They did, so we will. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Firefighter Foundation. The event will take place at the Cotter Ranch Tower, 100 N. Broadway Ave. The opening ceremony starts at 7 a.m.

Oklahoma City residents are more satisfied with their community than most Americans who live in big cities

The results of this year’s Citizen Survey shows about four out of five residents think Oklahoma City is an “excellent” or “good” place to live. The top concern remains streets, which it has for years.

The Better Streets, Safer City special election ballot on September 12 includes $491 million for streets, $28 million for traffic control and $27 million for bridges included in the $967 million general obligation bond package, plus $240 million for street resurfacing, streetscaping and more in the proposed temporary penny sales tax extension.

Survey results:

  • Resident satisfaction with city services was generally the same in this year’s survey as it was in 2016.
  • Only one major city service category tracked in the annual survey improved or worsened by more than 5 percent this year—a drop in satisfaction with the flow of traffic from 41 to 35 percent.
  • Two out of three Oklahoma City residents think the city is moving in the right direction, and satisfaction with public safety services is higher than the national average for large American cities.

Satisfaction with the overall quality of city services and how well the city is planning for growth is well above national averages for large cities.

  • Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents are satisfied with the overall quality of city services provided, eight percent above the national average.
  • Residents rate how well the city is planning growth at 17 percent above the national average.

Other survey results show:

  • Satisfaction with public safety services remains high: 87 percent of survey respondents are satisfied with fire service, 77 percent are satisfied with ambulance service and 71 percent are satisfied with police service. All are higher than the national average.
  • Most residents are satisfied with city utility services: 89 percent are satisfied with residential trash collection, 81 percent are satisfied with bulky waste removal and 61 percent are satisfied with water service.
  • For code and ordinance enforcement services, residents were most satisfied with the enforcement of neighborhood yard parking and enforcing cleanup of debris on private property.

Residents rated the maintenance of city streets as the number one priority to be addressed in the next two years. Overall satisfaction with the condition of major streets is rated significantly below the national average.

This is the 11th year ETC Institute of Olathe, Kansas, has conducted the satisfaction survey. The six-page survey was mailed to a random sample of Oklahoma City households this summer. Of those, 1,285 residents responded.