#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 11, 2019
Council to debate pay raise
Outgoing Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid is proposing a public vote on tripling the salaries of Oklahoma City's mayor and city council members. The pay increase is among three proposed charter amendments set for review by the council on Tuesday. They would:
• Tie salaries to the governor's salary. If the governor's salary were to be unchanged when the pay raise amendment would take effect, several years from now, the mayor would earn $73,500 annually; council members would earn $36,750.
• Extend from 90 to 150 days the length of time citizens seeking to enact ordinances or amend the charter have to collect initiative petition signatures.
• Loosen restrictions on who can serve on the city council. As it stands, Councilman-elect James Cooper must give up his full-time job as a Jefferson Middle School teacher before he takes office April 9, because the city charter prohibits state employees from serving as elected city officers.
Of note: The proposal is to call a special election for July 9 for voters to decide.
Briefly: Canal litigation, streetcar
• The city council is slated to meet privately, in executive session, on Tuesday to discuss potential litigation over the death of Wesley Seeley, 23, who was electrocuted in the Bricktown Canal last fall.
• The city council on Tuesday will consider allocation of $3 million for the Oklahoma City Streetcar system, for items including spare parts and batteries, and equipment to give streetcars priority at traffic signals.
Scooter stats released
A daily average of 279 riders rented Lime's "dockless" electric scooters in February. The company reports daily ridership and other data under terms of regulations adopted by the city council. The busiest days were the weekend of Feb. 23-24, when an average of 750 riders per day used Lime scooters.
Tweet of the week
"Got a #sneakpeek this morning at the new @FactoryObscura immersive art attraction #mixtape, which will be located inside @WombGallery on @AutoAlleyOKC."
— @BAMOK. Read Brandy McDonnell's arts coverage in The Oklahoman and at NewsOK.com.
Mayor David Holt and the eight city council members attended the Feb. 26 meeting.
The Oklahoma City Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave.
William Crum, staff writer, email@example.com Twitter: @williamcrum