Eulert: Streetscape meeting pending

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Interim City Manager Larry Eulert said Monday that a public meeting regarding a downtown Pawhuska streetscape project had yet to be scheduled.

Eulert hoped the meeting would take place sometime the week of July 9-13, but that didn’t happen. He has expressed concern about making sure property owners along Kihekah Avenue have sufficient information regarding a grant-funded improvement project. The project could cause short-term traffic congestion downtown, while yielding longer-term benefits in terms of street surfaces and sidewalks.

The project is being financed with a state Department of Transportation grant that Pawhuska initially applied for in 2010.

Eulert explained that the project architect, Robert Shears, has been trying to get in touch with people at the state level regarding a question about the appropriate type of road surface to establish on the portion of Kihekah Avenue included in the project.

“I’m still waiting on (Shears) to set up a time,” Eulert said, regarding the public-information meeting.

Shears talked with the Pawhuska City Council earlier this month about the grant implementation, which has been slow in coming. The entire project concept dates to well before the renewed development of downtown that the opening of The Pioneer Woman Mercantile has spurred.