Carolyn Glover has accomplished something that a very small percentage of her peers in public safety communications have ever done, she has been “saving lives” of Norman residents for 30 years. Because of a variety of factors, including stress and shift work, it is rare to hear of a dispatcher staying in the profession for this length of time. Carolyn started as a dispatcher on August 15, 1984 as a fire dispatcher and transferred to the police department when the dispatching services were combined in the late 1990’s. “Carolyn remains a spark of energy within our 911 center. I can count on one hand the number of dispatchers in the State of Oklahoma that I know who have reached this milestone”, says Lance Terry, Communications Manager for the City of Norman. The City of Norman, as well as the profession as a whole, is lucky to have such a dedicated individual who is committed to serving the citizens of Norman.
Each year 9-1-1 ACOG has its addressing and map data audited by an outside firm to determine the accuracy level of the data used to route 9-1-1 calls. In this audit, a comparison is done between individual records of every wireline phone in the ACOG region, the Master Street Address Guide (MSAG), and the GIS map data created in-house for call routing. For the fourth year in a row, the accuracy level maintained by 9-1-1 ACOG has exceeded the national standard.
City and county government agencies are among those eligible to apply for free trees through the Tree Bank Foundation, an Edmond-based 501(c)3, for placement in public areas such as neighborhood entrances, trails, parks, main streets and more. Applications are due to the Tree Bank Foundation by 5PM Friday, September 5.
Each year, ACOG requests project proposals under its CLEAN AIR Grants for Public Sector Fleets. The current solicitation makes available approximately $584,000 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for projects that demonstrate reductions in tailpipe emissions and air pollutants by replacing older gasoline and diesel vehicles with new, clean fuel and advanced vehicle technologies—specifically alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid vehicles—and alternative fuel vehicle refueling and recharging infrastructure.
Eligibility is limited to the following sponsors:
- Oklahoma City Area Regional Transportation Study (OCARTS) local government member entities and public transit fleets
- Public trusts and public authorities that provide essential services to OCARTS member entities
- Public colleges, universities, and Oklahoma CareerTech System technology centers lying principally within OCARTS boundaries
- Public school districts lying principally within OCARTS boundaries
- Private sector entities that contract services, such as refuse hauling or public school transportation, to eligible OCARTS-area public entities
Applications may be submitted between Tuesday, July 1st and 4PM CST Friday, August 29th, 2014. Only online applications will be accepted. The full grant manual and required documentation to be uploaded with an application are available here.
The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. TAP is a federal funding source in the MAP-21 legislation dedicated for bicycle and pedestrian projects. ACOG was allocated approximately $2.8 million for the 2013-2014 funding cycle.
Over five hundred citizens at a Town Hall meeting last week had a chance to talk to the experts concerning the earthquakes in their neighborhoods. Dr. Austin Holland from the Oklahoma Geological Survey and Tim Baker from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission both fielded questions from a packed Waterloo Baptist Church in Logan County.