There will be a floor amendment to a bill, HB 2659 by Representative Fred Jordan,that will prohibit a municipality from mandating residential fire sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings. We were successful in getting the fire sprinkler mandate removed from the statewide building code, but it was left in the appendix. That meant that a city could put the code in their requirements. Our amendment would prohibit such an action. This is critical to our industry as we have already had to fight this issue in a couple of towns. Let's say NO to mandated fire sprinkle
On February 14, Oklahoma voters went to the polls in four legislative special elections. Voters in two of those districts will head to the polls again on April 3 to decide the ultimate winners. In the other two races, Rep. Al McAffrey was elected to serve as a State Senator in District 46 and Curtis McDaniel was elected the State Representative for District 1.
New ward boundaries for the City’s eight wards were adopted by City Council. The boundaries took effect on September 30.
City Council members for each ward are as follows: Ward 1 Gary Marrs, Ward 2 Ed Shadid, Ward 3 Larry McAtee, Ward 4 Pete White, Ward 5 David Greenwell, Ward 6 Meg Salyer, Ward 7 Skip Kelly and Ward 8 Pat Ryan.
City of Oklahoma City has released an in-depth report on their 2011 goals and their performance. This is a detailed report and worthy of reading. I am proud to be a citizen of Oklahoma City! Residents interested in learning how effectively the City of Oklahoma City is delivering services to them can log on to 2011 City of Oklahoma City Performance Report
Mayor Cornett announced according to the 2011 Citizen Survey they received this week at City Council, eight out of 10 Oklahoma City residents think Oklahoma City is not only moving in the right direction but is also a good place to live, raise children and work.
For the month of August, Oklahoma City's unemployment rate improved to 5.0% from previous month (July 5.5%). OKC has the lowest unemployment rate of any large metro (over 1 million population) in the country!
The Oklahoma City Council had 4 open seats in this month's election. Meg Salyer, Ward 6 and Pat Ryan Ward 8 retained their seats. David Greenwell won Ward 5 and there will be a runoff for Ward 2. Charlie Swinton, a former REALTOR®, is pro-development. We had the chance to meet with Charlie last week and he shares many of the same interests that REALTORS® do in promoting economic development. I encourage everyone to read about the two candidates and participate in the run off. According to NEWSOK.com,: