Congratulations to Agee and Kearns for their wins last night. An obvious question to Kearns is, are you going to be a leader or a follower? A leader will do what is necessary in order to serve his or her bosses, the tax payers of Glenpool, to assure financial stability within the community and by paving his or her path on their own. A follower will accept a position of submission to someone like Tim Fox and follow his desires instead of the desires of the people who voted for you. The people of Glenpool will learn real quick whether you, Mr. Kearns, are a leader or a follower.
I simple way to show leadership is to start working on the issues discussed below.
All of the people complaining about needing a sports complex but who has ever asked our city leaders to get with Tulsa County to increase the hours of the community center so our kids can be there on Friday and Saturday nights and on Sundays instead of on the streets.
Who has done that? What a simple thing to do but no, everyone just wants to spend more money on a new facility. The community center closes at 4 on Fridays, closes at 3 on Saturdays and isn’t even opened on Sundays! Why hasn’t any of our city council members taken on a simple task that would allow our kids to be at that center at least 30 more hours each week?! Pretty simple.
It’ kind of like the traffic light on Hwy 75, if our city “leaders” would have started lobbying ODOT back in 2006 in order to get rid of the traffic light we would be nine (9) years closer to having all of the retail and commercial development we need in order to be a thriving and growing community. But no, our city “leaders” wanted a conference center that is losing money daily instead of taking care of a problem that would have brought in private developers from all around. That is what happens when you have city council members that are NOT true leaders and DO NOT know how to grow a city properly.
Hopefully, the new council will see that a simple fix like increasing the community center hours would be a great start to improving our community without costing much at all. How about lobbying to increase the hours that it is open to 7am to 10pm, seven (7) days a week. Now that would be leadership.
Also, if the new city council would make it a priority to get with ODOT and see if they can move up the project that will remove the hwy 75 traffic light and add an overpass at that intersection AND add access roads on both sides of hwy 75, this effort alone will probably cause Glenpool to finally get the additional sales tax revenue it needs in order to grow properly.