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What did the city of Pawhuska do for you in 2022?

Pawhuska Journal-Capital

If you live in Pawhuska and wonder what city government did in 2022 to benefit you, here's an answer. The Journal-Capital turned to Assistant City Manager Tonya Hutson for an answer to that question and here's the list that she very helpfully compiled:

The Lake Pawhuska Dam Rehabilitation Project started in the fall of 2021 and was completed in spring of 2022. The project cost approximately $520,000, including construction and engineering. The city of Pawhuska received a grant from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in the amount of $100,000 for dam repairs. The city also received funding in the amount of $190,050 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for this project.

Rehabilitation of the city’s 2-million-gallon ground storage tank (reservoir) was also completed this year. This project cost approximately $684,000, including construction and engineering. The Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) assisted the city with grant applications and administration throughout the project. Funding support included $136,364 through a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant; $136,363 through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and $274,000 from Indian Health Services (IHS).

IHS also assisted the city with a sanitary sewer line improvement project near Prudom Avenue, with a grant of approximately $100,000. The project was completed this year.

Electric substation upgrades are needed to keep up with the growing businesses in the city. The project has been bid out and the contract has been awarded and work has started. Upgrades are anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2023. This is a $3.2 million project that is being financed by a loan from American Heritage Bank.

On Oct. 7, 2022, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce/Community Development (ODOC/CD) approved the city of Pawhuska for a Capital Improvement Planning (CIP) Award in the amount of $20,000. The Capital Improvement Plan is an inventory of capital assets, a summary of their characteristics, and a plan for improvement or replacement. Community meetings to kick off the CIP project are to start in January of 2023.

An amount of $470,899.97 has been approved through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for the rehabilitation of the 15th Street Lift Station. Rehabilitation will include new pumps, piping, controls, and all appurtenances to provide a complete and operable Sanitary Sewer Lift Station. Improvements are estimated to be completed by the summer of 2023.

Other grants awarded this year included:

A total of $11,181 from the Department of Libraries for our Public Library;

Another $10,052.67 received in September from the Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry for the Pawhuska Fire Department;

An additional $20,000 was awarded to the Fire Department through the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry for equipment upgrades;

And an amount of $9,960 has been approved through a Justice Assistance Grant for 10 new ballistic vests for the Police Department, which the department will be able to purchase in January.

Last but not least: Dec. 12, the city launched its new website. "Please be patient as we are still learning how to navigate and update the new site. Agendas and minutes of council meetings will be posted, as well as updates in the city as they happen," Hutson said. "There is also an option for citizens to sign up for email notifications of different things. For example, anytime a new agenda for a meeting is posted, an email notification will be sent out if they have signed up. The address is Pawhuska.org."