Those are the three words that characterize Burton Barnes, the founder and first mayor of Ponca City. Barnes had a big idea - to start a new city from scratch - and he made that idea come true.
The big idea now is to keep our economy alive in Ponca City as we transition from a "company town" to a small town with a diverse economic base. The big idea is to keep this city nice so that people want to live in Ponca City and more people want to come live and work in Ponca City.
There are two big projects that are coming up for consideration in the next few days for the future of Ponca City. The first one is the vote tomorrow on the extension to the one-half cent sales tax for the construction of a recreation and aquatic center to be operated by the YMCA as it was originally planned. The other project is for the City Council to approve a four story senior center east of Pecan Road which is now under consideration by the Ponca City City Council.
I agree with the approval of both these projects because they will benefit the city of Ponca City economically, make Ponca City a better place to live in, and bring more jobs and more people to live in Ponca City. The housing shortage has been one of the things slowing growth in Ponca City and construction of the senior center will free up housing in Ponca City for new jobs and employees. I hope the citizens of Ponca City vote yes on Tuesday to approve the full construction of the new YMCA. I hope people call their city council representatives and mayor and ask them to approve the construction of the new senior center.
Both projects will be good for Ponca City.