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Bixby Connection to Metro Tulsa Trails

Jared Cattle, City Engineer for Bixby appeared at the Southwood Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting and advised us of the status and future plans for the recreational trails. Jared said that the City of Bixby has been working to connect the existing trails we have in Bixby with the Metropolitan Tulsa Trail system. He pointed out that nearly all of the suburban cities are connected, including Skiatook, but that Bixby is not. Bixby and INCOG have been working to find connections with the Bixby Trails to the Metro Trails. Once proposed alignments are identified, that'll help to obtain funding to complete the link. Actual construction of the trail may be several years in the future.

Jared recently sent out an email to the Bixby City Manager and the two Council Members, John Easton and Brian Guthrie whose districts are impacted by the trail options, advising that Public Input is being gathered for INCOG regarding the trail linkage options. We have posted a copy of that email on our website for review.

One of the proposed trail connections goes through Southwood. The City has obtained funding to extend the existing Fry Creek Trail at 131st Street, past Memorial Drive and up to Twin Creeks Subdivision at 121st Street. From that point, the City has access to platted reserves and drainage ways that almost provides a path to connect to the Creek Turnpike Trail near Mingo, except for some small gaps between 116th Street and Hwy 169/Creek Turnpike. With the 90th E. Avenue FEMA drainage and street project that the City did and the properties they purchased for that, they have some of the proposed path in Southwood already in their hands. The remaining gap in Southwood would be from south of 113th Street to 116th Street, and would follow the creek south from 90th E. Avenue.

The SNA Board is supportive of Bixby's efforts to complete the trail link from Bixby to the Metro Trail system. The Board believes that having the trail come through our neighborhood would be of great benefit to our families and friends in Southwood. Think how nice it would be for families to have access to the trails for bike rides instead of only having the streets to ride on. Think also how nice it would be to have a trail along the creek that would connect us with Washington Irving Park and beyond. And think how nice it would be to have a good place to bike, run or walk that doesn't mean driving somewhere or involve crossing Memorial Drive!

Jared asked that we take a measure of the support from our members for the trail coming through Southwood and pass our findings on to him. He has provided us with a couple of exhibits that show the area and some of the options that are under consideration. He also described the trail to us. It would be similar to what is within Washington Irving and the trail from there to 131st. It typically would be a 10 foot wide asphalt trail with a stripe down the middle. They typically like to obtain 20 feet of space for the trail. The fencing along the trail varies depending on the location and what is worked out with the adjacent properties.

Please email me back at fischerruss@hotmail.com so that I can tally the results and report back to Jared. Again, the SNA Board is supportive of Bixby's efforts and we especially hope the homeowners along the creek are supportive too, but we want to hear from a good number of households within our neighborhood regardless of position. When you respond please share a comment as to why you are supportive of the trail or against it. Thanks for your participation!

Russ Fischer

 
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Email From Jared Cottle

From: Jared Cottle <JCottle@bixbyok.gov>
Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM
Subject: Trails Master Plan - Public Comment To: Doug Enevoldsen <

The 2011 Bond package approved by Bixby voters included matching funds for state and federal trails grant programs. These grants are competitively awarded and are based on conformance to the Regional Trails Master Plan as prepared and maintained by INCOG. INCOG is currently undertaking an update of the Master Plan that will help guide grant funding of future trails project in the metro area.

With the Bond funds dedicated and the Trail route already established, Bixby was awarded a grant to extend the Fry Creek Trail system from 128th Street, west of Memorial to 121st Street, just west of Mingo along the Fry Creek maintenance access road. Construction of this project is scheduled for 2015.

Recognizing that Bixby is the only metro community that is not connected to the regional trail system, Bixby has been working with Tulsa to identify feasible connection points to the regional trail system, thereby focusing future project efforts. Two possibilities were identified by Tulsa staff:

1. A connection to the River Parks Trails along 121st and/or along 131st. This option is the most desirable option. However, due to the distances involved and right-of-way issues along the Arkansas River, option 1 is a long term option.

2. A connection in the vicinity of Riggs Park on the north side of 101st. Tulsa Staff have committed to connecting Bixby to the Creek Turnpike trail just north of the Union school at 101st if we are able to bring the trail to the 101st & Mingo area. With the funding cycles and limited funds available with each grant, making a connection to the regional trail system could take up to 5 – 8 years to accomplish.

With these option in mind, we are in the process of trying to identify the possible alignments to connect the future trail extension 121st along the Fry Creek Channel to 101st & Mingo. Knowing that a variety of ideas, perspectives, and priorities will be represented, we have initiated the processes of gathering Public comments. Therefore, we are looking for Public input on potential alignments so that the INCOG Master Plan reflects actual project goals and objectives.

Jared Cottle, City Engineer
City of Bixby
Ph: 918/366-4430


Mosquito Spraying

At the Annual Meeting, Brian Guthrie advised us that for the 2nd year, Tulsa County is doing the spraying of mosquitoes. Unlike when the City of Bixby would do it on set routes and at specific time frames, Tulsa County will only do spraying when they have enough calls about the mosquitoes. Tulsa County is not going to spray areas periodically.

Brian was asked why the City of Bixby no longer does this, and he advised that new regulations from EPA made permitting and having licensed personnel perform the spraying much more costly. Tulsa County, in conjunction with the Tulsa County Health Department has partnered with a number of cities in the metro area to help spread the cost of permitting and having certified personnel to perform the applications, to help share the cost burden.

While the Tulsa County Health Department has some sampling catch baskets in our neighborhood for mosquitoes, the main focus on them is to be watchful for any disease or health concerns carried by infected mosquitoes, not the number or nuisance factor. For that we need to call when mosquitoes are bad in the area, and keep calling as the problem persists or returns. The Tulsa County Health Department's Mosquito Hotline is 918/595-4219. Make sure if you call, that you advise where you live and that you are calling due to the number of mosquitoes and are needing spraying to control their population.


SNA Annual Meeting June 10, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Southwood Neighborhood Association will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at the North Heights Church of Christ, on Memorial.


Links Page Updated

The Links page on this website has been updated on 6/8/2014 with updated links to the city of Bixby, Bixby's zoning code and Bixby's nuisance Complaint Form.


Fall 2013 Fall Fairgrounds Pollution Collection Event

The Metropolitan Environmental Trust of Tulsa has announced the date and time for the 2013 Fall Fairgrounds Pollution Collection Event.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd, 2013

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00pm Daily

Location will be at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds, Gate 7 (15th and Sandusky)

FOR RESIDENTS OF: Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, City of Tulsa and Tulsa County.

ACCEPTED WASTE: Household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, cooking oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, small ammunition (under .50 caliber), smoke alarms, aerosol paint, hobby paint, oil-based paint, stain, pool chemicals, items containing mercury, medications.

UNACCEPTED WASTE: Commercial waste, latex paint, tires, computers, radioactive materials, dioxins, pressurized gas cylinders, explosives, water-reactive chemicals.

For more information on hazardous waste disposal and natural alternatives to chemicals, visit www.metrecycle.com, or call (918) 584-0584.

Best regards,

Foster Carlock
Liaison Officer,Code Enforcement
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
City of Bixby, OK
918.366.0450


Planning Commission Vote

Southwood Neighbors: Good News!! The Planning Commission voted Monday evening 5-0 to DENY the Rezoning Application, the Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, and the proposed PUD for the Southwood on Memorial Commercial Shopping Center.

The SNA Board would like to thank the many persons who worked to prepare for the Planning Commission Meeting and helped to fund the hiring of an Attorney. A special thank you goes out to the many persons who came to the Meeting. It REALLY makes an impression on the Commission when we show up in good numbers. I counted over 75 people there to support our position. Also, thank-you to the persons who chose to speak and share their perspective as to the problems that the development would create, AND to speak up for our wonderful large trees and special neighborhood that we live in.

BUT, as much as I want to celebrate this win, it's just one step. As we've advised many of you, this is probably a two staged fight. The Applicant has the right to Appeal the Planning Commission decision to the City Council within ten days following the Planning Commission Meeting. The City Council has the final word on these applications and they can overrule the Planning Commission's 5-0 recommendation with a simple majority of the Council Members.

As those who were at the meeting heard, Notice of the Appeal and the posting of City Council Agenda are very limited. I've been told that the Applicant could possibly submit the Appeal later this week for Monday's council meeting. If so, we wouldn't really know until the Agenda is posted Friday afternoon for Monday's City Council Meeting.

WE MUST BE READY TO ATTEND THE AUGUST 26TH OR SEPTEMBER 9TH CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS!!! (and possibly on short notice)

Please keep an eye on your email this weekend and Please mark your calendars for possibly returning to City Hall on Aug 26th or Sept 9th if we need to, and hopefully put an end to this proposed project.

Thanks for your involvement with our Neighborhood!!

Russ Fischer


Bixby Trash Service Update

Subject: Information on Bixby solid waste (trash) removal services
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:28:43 +0000

Good morning neighborhood leaders,

As you may be aware, there have recently been some significant changes in our community relating to the provision of solid waste (trash) removal services. These involve a consolidation of services by formerly several providers, into service now by a single firm, American Waste Control, Inc., on each side of the river. Meanwhile, both American Waste Control and Owens will continue to offer trash removal services south of the river. These changes are entirely a function of free market forces, and something over which the City of Bixby has no authority or control.

That said, in an effort to assist you in your role as a neighborhood leader, we have obtained from American Waste Control the attached information explaining their new services. We trust it will help you understand the recent changes and assist you in communicating same to your neighbors. Please share it widely with your members. Any questions regarding the firm’s materials and their related new policies should be directed to American Waste Control, Inc., at their main line at (918) 582-1147.

Thank you for your assistance.

Foster Carlock, Liaison Officer, Code Enforcement
Neighborhood Services Coordinator,
City of Bixby, OK
918.366.0450

 

Letter From American Waste
 
Companies Purchased
 
Service Days One Cart Recycling

Proposed Southwood on Memorial
Commercial Development

A threat to our neighborhood we have worried about for a long time is now coming true.  A developer is looking to turn all the lots along Memorial to a shopping area. The application is already submitted to the City. A public hearing on the application will be held 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19th.

SNA will be providing more information on this, including a petition drive. Please watch your email and this website for the latest updates. For now, here are some documents describing the proposed changes and development plan every resident of the neighborhood should describe. Click on image to see in full size PDF version.

For any questions call Russ Fisher at 918-760-2058


2013 Bixby Temporary
Tree Debris Management Site

General Information:

The City disposal site is located on 131st Street, halfway between Mingo Rd. and Garnett Rd. (See map below.)

Disposal Site Regulations:

1. Users will be required to comply with traffic control directions issued by City staff at the site. All entering traffic must circulate through the site counterclockwise on roads provided.

2. Only timber debris will be accepted at the site. Commercial haulers and haulers with loads containing any other debris or waste will not be permitted site access.

3. Recent City water bills must be presented to City staff at the site for access and use of the site.

4. Site disposal hours are as follows: • Mon. – Fri. 7 am – 7 pm • Sat. 8 am – 4 pm • Closed Sundays

5. The disposal site will be open to Bixby residents August 6, 2013 and August 30, 2013.


Bixby's Policies on Storm Debris

From: vbell@bixby.com
Subject: FW:Storm Debris
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:31:42 -0500

Dear Neighborhood Leaders,

Tulsa County, the City of Bixby, and surrounding areas were hit hard by extreme high winds causing major damage in some areas during the early hours this morning.

Major power outages continue to be reported throughout the areas.

To report power outages in areas and neighborhoods north of the Arkansas River please contact AEP/PSO at 1 (888)216-3523.

For outages south of the Arkansas River in Bixby please contact OGE Electric at 1 (800) 272-9741.

In addition, City Ordinance 7-1-2 outlines the responsibility of property owners as to the removal of such tree limbs, debris, leaves, etc., from right-of-ways adjacent to and abutting their property(s).

As the City of Bixby does not have a dumping ground or facilities for storm debris please contact the Quarry Landfill, (918) 439-7835, for location, hours of operation, and accepted debris and load limitations.

As a reminder:

CITY ORDINANCE 7-1-2: MAINTENANCE OF VEGETATION IN RIGHTS-OF-WAYS

A. The owner of any premises abutting any street or alley of this city shall be responsible for the maintenance of all trees, grass, and shrubbery growing within the adjacent right-of-way of such street or alley. Further, the owner of such adjacent premises shall be responsible for the removal of all dead or dying trees or shrubbery, and shall trim all living trees and shrubbery in such manner that the boughs or limbs thereof shall not obstruct free and convenient passage and travel along the streets, sidewalks and alleys or otherwise pose a threat to public safety. When such premises are occupied by some person other than the owner, such occupant shall trim the trees, grass, and shrubbery in the same manner as required of the owner by this subsection. All trees and shrubbery within the adjacent right-of-way shall be trimmed so that the lowest branches or foliage shall not be lower than ten feet (10') above the roadway of a street or alley, nor lower than eight feet (8') above the sidewalk. Grass shall not exceed the maximum height as provided in the nuisance provisions of this Code. An association of property owners may be designated to assume the foregoing maintenance responsibilities.

If possible, please post this information on your neighborhood website.

We apologize, but some City of Bixby departments are still without computer, internet connection, or phone service.

Best regards,

Vic Bell
Neighborhood Services
(918) 366-4430


SNA Annual Meeting May 30,2013

The Annual Meeting of the Southwood Neighborhood Association will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at the North Heights Church of Christ, on Memorial.


Proposed new neighborhood entry signs

Thanks to the generosity of Josh Cruz (of Rocksyglass), who has donated 2 rocks and given us a discount on etching, we are able to get 2 signs, each approximately 5 ft by 5 ft, for a extremely good price, by moving immediately.

Please email Don Schmidt at dschmidt@tulsacoxmail.com with your feedback

Thanks, Don Schmidt

 

 


Summer Fun in Bixby

With today’s 100 degree plus heat and the upcoming 4th of July holiday next week it must be Summer in Bixby!! Information regarding the use of fireworks during the 4th of July holiday is available at our new city website at www.bixby.com.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!


Free Landfill Days April 27-28

Free landfill days for Bixby residents will be Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th at the Quarry Landfill on 46th Street North in Tulsa, approximately 1-1/2 miles east of US 169. Bixby utility customers can dispose of unwanted items with some exceptions noted below on those days. The address is 13740 East 46th Street North, Tulsa.

HOURS:

Friday, April 27th, 6:00 am until 5:30 pm.
Saturday, April 28th, 7:00 am until 1:00 pm.

THE LANDFILL WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 1:00 PM SATURDAY, APRIL 28th.

Participants must show a City of Bixby utility bill or drivers license with an address within the Bixby City Limits in order to be admitted to the landfill.

No items containing Freon refrigerant will be accepted (air conditioners and refrigerators). There will be a two dollar ($2) fee for each discarded tire to cover State fees for disposal and recycling of tires.

Loads in trucks and trailers should be secured and covered to prevent contents from blowing out onto roadways and creating traffic hazards.

(NOTE: There are two landfills on East 46th Street North. Look for the Quarry-Waste Management Inc. sign.)

For more information contact the Quarry Landfill at (918) 439-7835.


PSO Tree Trimming/Removal

We're passing on this email message from PSO about upcoming tree work in Southwood.

Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011

We are getting ready to send letters out to customers in your area to inform them of the start of planning of the trimming or removing of trees near our overhead lines. There will be planners in the area shortly planning this work. Should any work need to be done in a customers yard a plan sheet will be left with them and a number to call should they have any questions.

Should you have any questions during the planning and actual work, please do not hesitate to call.

Clay Hathaway
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Customer Service Representative
212 E. 6 St.
Tulsa, OK 74119-1295
PH. (9189) 599-2421
ochathaway@aep.com


Voluntary Water Rationing Requested
By City of Bixby

With water consumption reaching 94 percent of capacity for two consecutive days the City of Tulsa water distribution department, which in addition to supplying water to Tulsa also provides water to 17 other communities (Bixby included) and three more on an emergency basis, has asked all water utility customers supplied by Tulsa to implement Stage 1 voluntary water rationing beginning today. While the supply and quality continues to remain at sustainable levels, Tulsa officials are concerned that water treatment plants do not have the capacity to deliver the high demand long term.

Beginning today, Bixby water utility customers are asked to alternate days when they water outdoors and to do so only between the hours of midnight and noon. Odd-and even-numbered addresses are matched with odd-and even-numbered calendar days. This means a homeowner with an address ending in an odd number could water on an odd calendar day (e.g., 14411 So. 53rd East Avenue could water on August 3rd); a homeowner with an address ending in an even number could water on an even calendar day (e.g., 14412 So. 53rd East Avenue could water on August 4th).

Neighborhood Entry Reserve Landscape Areas will be considered using a similar formula: if your main entryway into your neighborhood is 103rd East Avenue utilize an odd numbered calendar day; if your main entryway is East 42nd Place South use an even numbered day for limited water usage.

Stage 1 Voluntary Compliance Water Rationing Requirements:

  • Sprinkler systems for lawns/landscaping will be limited to alternate days and from midnight until noon.
  • All other forms of outdoor lawn/landscaping watering irrigation systems including hand held hoses for outdoor plants and gardens will be limited to the same alternate day from midnight until noon.
  • Odd-and even-numbered addresses matched with odd-and-even numbered calendar days.

Finally, in compliance with the City of Tulsa Stage 1 voluntary water rationing request, the Bentley Park Splash Pad will be closed until further notice.

Best regards,

Vic Bell
Neighborhood Coordinator
City of Bixby
(918) 366-0450


SNA Annual Meeting May 19,2011

The Annual Meeting of the Southwood Neighborhood Association will be held on May 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the North Heights Church of Christ, on Memorial.


Free Landfill Days April 8-9
& MET Pollutant Collection April 2-3

Free landfill days for Bixby residents are scheduled for Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at the Quarry Landfill on 46th Street North in Tulsa approximately 1-1/2 miles east of US 169. Bixby utility customers can dispose of unwanted items, with some exceptions noted below on those days.

The address is 13740 East 46th Street North, and the hours will be 7 am until 3 pm daily. The landfill closes promptly at 3 pm.

Participants must show a City of Bixby utility bill or a drivers license with an address within the Bixby city limits in order to be admitted to the landfill.

No items containing Freon refrigerant will be accepted (air conditioners and refrigerators). There will be a $2 fee for each discarded tire. It covers state fees for disposal and recycling of tires.

Loads in trucks and trailers should be secured and covered to prevent contents from blowing out onto roadways and creating traffic hazards.

(NOTE: There are two landfills on East 46th Street North. Look for the Quarry-Waste Management Inc. sign)

ALSO:

The Metropolitan Environment Trust Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection

Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd, 10 am-3pm at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds, Gate 7 (15th and Sandusky).

For residents of Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, City of Tulsa, and Tulsa County.

ACCEPTED WASTE: Household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, cooking oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, small ammunition (under .50 caliber), smoke alarms, aerosol paint, hobby paint, oil-based paint, stain, pool chemicals, items containing mercury, medications.

UNACCEPTED WASTE: Commercial waster, latex paint, tires, computers, radioactive materials, dioxins, pressurized gas cylinders, explosives, water-reactive chemicals.


Read the Fall 2010 SNA Newsletter

Annual Meeting Summary
Stop Signs on 116th
Block Parties!
Entry Signage
Membership/Renewal


Halloween Scenes

Click here for a gallery of night photos by Jennifer Fugate
of their Halloween display!


2010/2011 Membership Campaign Underway

SNA dues are remain a bargain at just $25. The membership/renewal form is in the newsletter, and you can mail it in or simply drop it off at  Russ Fischer’s mailbox at 8734 E. 113th

Southwood Neighborhood Fall Scenes

Click here to enjoy an album of Fall trees and scenes taken by Russ Fischer around our neighborhood.

Block Parties!

The SNA Board has scheduled a block party for SNA Members on October 2nd, in the late afternoon. SNA will provide hot dogs, chips, water and pop, and members can bring some desserts and salads to share. If we have received your membership dues by the end of September, you will receive an invite via email with the time and host location. If you have not yet paid your annual dues, please use the form at the bottom of this page to send in your membership renewal ASAP so that you will be invited. 

See the Fall 2010 newsletter for more details.

 Due to our size, we’d like to encourage several block parties to occur in different sections of the neighborhood. They don’t need to occur on the same weekend, which may actually give people some options to participate.  Any Saturdays between October 2nd thru October 16th would be possible. SNA will provide basics as last year and help with coordination of guests.  If you’re interested in hosting, please contact one of the Board Members and advise them of the date you’re thinking about. Hosting basically involves providing a lawn and being willing to grill hot dogs!!


June 8, 2010 SNA Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting of the Southwood Neighborhood Association on June 8, 2010 the following officers were elected:

President Don Schmidt
Vice-President Tom Daniels
Secretary Russ Fischer
Treasurer Roger Roth

 

 

May 7, 2007 Flooding

June 27, 2007 Flooding

 

 


 

Southwood Neighborhood Association
Our mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the character of our residential property, promote harmonious living within the neighborhood; and to be an advocate for our neighborhood while working with the City of Bixby, and various private and professional entities.

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Blackboard Connect

The CIty of Bixby uses the Blackboard Connect portal to stay connected with its residents, signing up with Blackboard can get you any number of notifications from road closures to missing persons to things like flu clinic announcements. Both the Bixby Police and The City of Bixby work together in using this notification system to keep you safe and aware of what’s is happening in your community. Sign up at https://bixbyok.bbcportal.com

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