Audit finds lack of oversight at Murray County's 911 center
SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) — A state audit shows that financial supervision of Murray County's 911 emergency call center was so slack that governing board members once gave a $65,000 check to a company that was only required to be paid $650.
Inspectors say the Murray County 911 Trust Authority board took almost two months to correct the error. The authority received over $1.1 million during the audit period, which was July 2015 to June 2017.
The Oklahoman reports that auditors said receipts weren't provided for $5,730.25 of the $13,892 of the center's listed expenses on the authority's credit card.
State law mandates public entities to deposit funds daily or no later than the following banking day.
Auditors say a former 911 director held deposits for days, weeks, and sometimes months after receiving funds.
Thousands join Tony Hawk in opening Oklahoma City skate park
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Skateboard enthusiasts turned out by the thousands to welcome industry legend Tony Hawk to a new Oklahoma City park.
Hawk made an appearance Sunday for the grand opening of the skate park at Stars & Stripes Park on Lake Hefner. Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation estimates about 3,000 people showed up to see Hawk, Oklahoma-born professional skater Clint Walker and others christen the park.
The 50-year-old Hawk has helped open skate parks throughout the U.S. His industry footprint also includes skating video and mobile games and movie appearances.
In a tweet , Hawk thanked Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other residents for attending, including "the dude that let me borrow his board after mine broke."
Oklahoma City council approves financing plan for food hall
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials in Oklahoma City have approved a financing plan for a food hall in an area damaged in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building almost 24 years ago.
The Journal Record reports that the city council approved $390,000 to help complete the food hall in former commercial property in an area north of downtown.
The project is part of the ongoing response to the terrorist attack that destroyed the federal building on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.
The Murrah Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund was established in 1997 following a $39 million appropriation from Congress to help repair damage from the bombing and implement an economic recovery program.
As of March 20, loans have been provided for 55 projects totaling $29.5 million.