Tulsa County

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As widespread clean-up and repairs begin to take shape in Northeastern Oklahoma, after the recent flood event -- the second "500-year flood" to occur in our community in 32 years, by the way -- many of us are wondering what needs to be done, in both the short and long term, to fix the levee system. Our guests are Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith and District 12 Levee Commissioner Todd  Kilpatrick, both of whom worked closely during the recent crisis with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard, and an array of federal, state, and local officials.

Our guest today on ST is Bill Leighty, executive director of the Smart Growth Tulsa Coalition, which was founded in 2014 as an organization "committed to creating healthy communities that work for everyone with strong schools, shops, and local businesses, improved mobility options, and jobs that pay well." A longtime Tulsa-based realtor and businessman who's been consistently active in community and professional development, and who has served on the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission as well as the city's Transpor

On this installment of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Linda Johnston, the Director of Social Services for Tulsa County. Last month, Johnston spoke briefly with Steve Innskeep of NPR's Morning Edition about the County's Drug Recycling Program, which began in 2004.

Tulsa County Parks

Tulsa County leaders have through March to decide whether to close three of the county owned and operated outdoor swimming pools. Parks Director Richard Bales made the difficult decision to recommend closing because of the cost and dwindling use of the pools for a few weeks each summer.

In addition, the pools are old, and Bales says they need thousands of dollars in repairs. If County Commissioners say yes…O’Brien, LaFortune, and Chandler pools would not open for the summer season. Only the Glenpool facility would open.

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Those who help keep criminal offenders out of jail or prison through a variety of pretrial, probation, and parole programs are recognized. An official proclamation honors those who are in charge of people on community supervision. Sherri Carrier is County Court Services Director. She says they’re responsible for helping people get on the right path and stay there by helping them find jobs, housing, treatment, and support.

In times of tight budgets and jail overcrowding, Tulsa County leaders say the pretrial, probation, and parole programs are more important than ever.

On this edition of ST, we learn about the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic at the TU College of Law, which is, per its web page, "an intensive, one-semester course that offers students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on lawyering experience and explore the ethical, strategic, and theoretical dimensions of legal practice.

Tulsa Jail

Prison overcrowding is, unfortunately, a well-known nationwide phenomenon. It's also a familiar and quite serious problem here in our own backyard, as it were, and thus many local residents feel that if we don't step up and take action, it's only going to worsen --- that is, it'll go from very bad to even worse. On Tuesday, April 1st, Tulsa County voters will be asked to consider two sales-tax initiatives.

A Conversation with Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz

Jan 15, 2014
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There's been a lot of talk lately about Tulsa County's seriously over-crowded jail and its woefully under-funded juvenile justice system. Thus certain Tulsa County officials are currently holding --- that is, this week and next --- a series of public meetings all over the county in order to a.) explain these separate yet related problems, and b.) make the case for a .067-cent tax, which the officials say will fix these issues. Our guest on ST is Stanley Glanz, who's served as the Sheriff of Tulsa County since 1989.

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Public hearings are now set on a proposal to give big tax breaks to Macy’s for a planned distribution center near Owasso.

The deal would forgive about two million dollars a year in property taxes. The land is in Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo’s district.

He says such incentives are necessary to lure companies here. He says without the incentives, the company would just go some place else.

Macy’s says the new center will provide more than a thousand jobs. The public hearings will be Jan. 21st and Feb. 3rd.

On this edition of ST on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann conducts an interesting conversation with Brent Wolfe, director of the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau. Most of us probably already know that Oklahoma's incarceration rate is alarmingly high --- our state ranks a shameful third in the nation in this regard --- but what might not be as commonly known is that many of these incarcerated adults began to run afoul of the law as juvenile offenders.

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TulsaNow, which has been around for more than a decade, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "help Tulsa become the most vibrant, diverse, sustainable, and prosperous city of our size.

On today's StudioTulsa, we hear about Vision2, the proposal by Tulsa County to extend the Vision 2025 six-tenths-of-a-penny sales tax that is set to expire in 2017.

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Tulsa County leaders will wait until September 10th to designate projects they’d like to see on the Vision 2 ballot in November. Commission Chairman John Smaligo says the needs are no secret….juvenile justice, expo square, and roads and bridges.

Commissioners will hold a public hearing before taking action on the project list. The issue goes to the voters on November 6th.