Ada — Area residents are invited to participate in a special meeting to discuss lighting and other improvements to Ada’s Main Street to be held Wednesday at Pontotoc Technology Center. According to Bridget Forshay, Citizens Advisory Board Main Street Lighting Committee chairperson, the open forum is a result of Ada’s “Penny for Our City” sales tax.
Forshay said the committee was formed to ensure the public has a say in what happens and that money collected is used appropriately. “The public forum is a way to gather public opinion and input into some potential design elements for the Main Street portion of the “Penny for Our City” sales tax,” Forshay said.
The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude at 12:45 p.m. Oklahoma Gas and Electric will provide lunch.
The committee has hired Tulsa based LandPlan Consultants, Inc. to develop a master plan for Main Street. Forshay said the firm will propose several different types of projects in distinct areas along east and west Main Street. “They’re going to propose possible enhancements and designs we might be able to incorporate and get public input about whether they like certain elements or don’t want certain elements, as well as feedback on anything else people want to see that hasn’t been considered.
“Our committee’s first priority is to update the lighting and then traffic signals to match the type of signals that are shown at East Main Street close to the East Central University campus. The lighting would be along the sidewalks, not on the median like it is on West Main. It would be the same type of lighting signals and light posts that you see there. Our second priority is to add other elements to enhance the Main Street appearance,” she said.
Forshay said the Chickasaw Nation is currently making improvements on West Main Street near the Chickasaw Travel Stop. Money collected as a result of “A Penny for Our City” sales tax will finance improvements from where the Chickasaw Nation work is being performed east to the old Pre-Paid Legal building across from the old railroad tracks. From the old Pre-Paid Legal building to East Central University is being financed by Proposition 1 sales tax funds.
“We have already requested the city move forward with the lighting and traffic signals,” Forshay said. “The bulk of the budget will go toward lighting and signals at five intersections. With the remainder of the budget, we plan to hold a couple of public forums to design the other elements of Main Street and get as much of whatever it is people want done, done.
“We hope residents are able to take the opportunity if they’re interested and if they have some ideas they’ll come and share those with us,” Forshay said, referring to Wednesday’s public meeting.