Town hall forum set Tuesday night

Public input sought on ‘visions’ for Yukon’s future

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A public forum will be next Tuesday night as City of Yukon officials continue seeking citizens’ input before they consider calling an election.

“Community Conversations – A Yukon Town Hall Event” will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.

Yukon residents are invited to “interactive discussions to share their visions for the future of Yukon,” city officials said.

Tuesday’s meeting will be followed by tours of the Dale Robertson Center and the adjacent Mabel C. Fry Public Library.

The Yukon City Council and city staff are using feedback from town hall meetings and a community survey to determine what capital improvement projects to include on a possible election ballot.

A multi-use park/recreation facility, new public library, new fire station, new city hall, major city street resurfacing, new community center, and water and sewer infrastructure upgrades are among proposed projects.

A citywide election – which may be funded through a property tax or sales tax increase – is expected to be called in 2022.

Yukon residents are reminded to “have their voices heard” about Yukon’s current and future needs by completing the 2021 Yukon Community Survey.

Copies of the two-page survey were included in the City of Yukon’s monthly utility bills and may be accessed at www.yukonok.gov.

By Oct. 31, Yukon residents are asked to fill out and return the survey or take it online at yukonsurvey.com.

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Respondents are asked to rate (on a scale of 1 to 5) their satisfaction with:

  • The condition of major city streets, neighborhood streets and sidewalks;
  • The quality of police, fire and EMS protection; sanitation, water, parks, recreation, and library services; city events and city facilities; and
  • Effectiveness of the City of Yukon’s communication with the public.

Yukon citizens also are asked to rate the need for these possible future projects:

  • Multi-generational and multi-use parks/facilities,
  • New community center,
  • New fire station on southwest side of Yukon,
  • New public library,
  • Resurfacing major city streets,
  • Water and sewer infrastructure,
  • New city hall with all city services in one location,
  • Public art, and
  • Veterans’ museum.

The 2021 Yukon Community Survey asks citizens to rate the “overall importance” of a long list of projects – from an amphitheater and athletic fields to a dog park and outdoor aquatic center – to any future development of city-owned property at Frisco Road and Highway 66.

The survey may be printed out and mailed to: City of Yukon Survey, P.O. Box 850500, Yukon, OK 73085.

It may be returned in person to: Mabel C. Fry Public Library, 1200 Lakeshore; Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main; Yukon City Hall, 500 W Main; and Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly.

Or it may be scanned and emailed to survey@yukonok.gov