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Posted on: July 29, 2022

INFORMATIONAL NEWSLETTER

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INFORMATIONAL NEWSLETTER 

This newsletter’s intent is to provide information for the following areas of interest; population trends, commercial development, roads, water, sewer, Main Street Improvement Project, security, Fire Department, Airport, I-35/SH 9 Interchange Project, replacement of overpass bridge at Exit 104 and widening of I-35 to 6 lanes from SH 9 to south of the Ladd road Interchange.

POPULATION TRENDS: There are a lot of positive developments going on in Goldsby. The demographic of population change is the driving factor. The majority of rural counties in Oklahoma lost population in the 2020 census and the metropolitan areas gained. The OKC Metro population which includes McClain County is 1.4 million or where 35% of the state’s population live and the Tulsa Metro has 25% of the population. McClain County is the second fastest growing county in Oklahoma only behind Canadian County. With the close proximity to Oklahoma City (about 22 miles from downtown OKC) and right next door to the third largest city in the state, growth can only be expected to continue whether we like it or not. By the way, Oklahoma City is now the 20th largest city in the United States.

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT: There are five tracts for commercial development that are either in planning, infrastructure work, under construction or with some businesses moved in. Within the past two years the following businesses have located in Goldsby; Kubota Dealership, Extreme Outdoor Equipment, Trinity Climate Control, Wade’s RV Supercenter, Bobcat Dealership, Native American Builders, and a Fence Company. Oldtown Square Development already has several commitments including First National Bank, a multi-use shopping center, and a Sonic.

SEWER: The Commercial Development centers around the I35/SH 74 Interchange. Sewer and water projects have been planned, engineered, funded and approved to support this area. The sewer project has been advertised for bids. The number one commercial store people ask about is a grocery store. That is one of our highest priorities.

GRANTS/FUNDING FOR SEWER, WATER, MAIN STREET: Goldsby’s Town Administrator, Adam Vossen, has been very busy working with various funding agencies writing grants to help fund water and sewer projects. We have been approved for a $1.6 million grant from the U. S. Department of commerce and a $1.2 million grant from the Oklahoma Finance Authority. He is also working on grants to help fund Main Street improvements along the business  district  from   I-35 to Center Road. The vision for the project includes street lighting, sidewalks, landscaping and widening the street from 3 to five lanes. 

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT: Residential Development has somewhat slowed as compared to 2000 to 2015. Currently there are two developments underway, Brentwood and Magnolia Meadows. Of particular note, basically the north half of Goldsby is in the Norman School District and the south half in the Washington School District. This creates planning for both districts. We have been able to retain a more rural setting by not having a residential sewer system.

ROADS: Public Works Director, Ronny Nelson, developed a road plan for FY22 and FY23. Major projects include the widening and resurfacing of 320th, NW 12th north of Burr Oak, SW 12th south of Center Road. Oil and Chip surfacing on SE 12th from Ladd Rd. to Redbud, one mile of E. Center Rd and ½ mile of W. Redbud.

WATER: Goldsby has 7 wells and a treatment plant with a capacity of 2 million gallons per day. For the long range future, we will contract with Newcastle to purchase Oklahoma City water which will flow through Newcastle’s water lines. This project should be on line by early next summer. With the drought and high temperatures, we are currently experiencing difficulty keeping thre towers full. This is due the sizes of the lines and not the ability to produce enough water. Plans are being made to install larger lines in certain areas. These improvements will make a huge difference. We have requested customers to voluntarily water using an odd even system.

POLICE: Goldsby contracts with the McClain County Sherriff to station 4 deputies at Goldsby. A Sherriff’s Detective is also stationed at Goldsby that serves northern McClain County.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: The Volunteer Fire Department has 18 Firemen who have extensive training and experience. It is equipped with 1 Rescue Truck, 3 Engines, 2 Tankers, 5 Brush Pumpers and a 6 wheel drive Polaris ranger. The department has a 5-5Y Rating. Make sure your homeowner’s insurance has this rating.

AIRPORT: Construction of new additional hangers and a hanger for repair and service of aircraft are being considered. Twelve acres along the front of the airport are planned for commercial development.

HIGHWAY PROJECTS: The I-35/SH 9 Interchange Improvement Project is planned to start next year.

The Overpass Bridge Replacement Project at I-35/SH 74 is planned for 2027.

The widening of I-35 to 6 lanes from SH 9 to south of the Ladd Road Interchange is planned for 2029. ODOT says they do not expect to need any additional easement.

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