‘We have to do it ourselves’: Commissioner urges Ward 2 people to make existence recognized | Information

Enid residents living in Ward 2 had been encouraged in the course of a city corridor Monday to arrive alongside one another as a neighborhood and make modifications themselves if they want to see their neighborhoods improve.

Enid Metropolis Commissioner Derwin Norwood, top a assembly in his ward for the 1st time given that the COVID-19 pandemic started final 12 months, reported far more cleanup times are remaining planned for the Southern Heights Addition and East Park neighborhoods, which together make up above fifty percent of Ward 2 in southern Enid.

Norwood and the Overlooked Ministries group experienced partnered on numerous days in decades past but had been slowed with the pandemic.

Numerous dozens of the historically Black east aspect area’s citizens loaded the pews of Initial Missionary Baptist Church off Leona Mitchell Boulevard as Norwood told his neighbors to make their presence known at metropolis hall — attending town fee conferences, signing up for town boards and contacting their town officials.

Enid Ward 2 City Commissioner Derwin Norwood gestures as he responses a issue throughout a city hall assembly Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at Initial Missionary Baptist Church. (Billy Hefton / Enid Information & Eagle)

“You have power when you vote,” Norwood said. “You have electricity when you get involved, when you appear to meetings like this and demonstrate your worry.”

Norwood claimed when they have a issue with their roads, their water or their utilities invoice, citizens ought to phone and “pester” division heads, Assistant Metropolis Supervisor Scott Morris, Metropolis Supervisor Jerald Gilbert or Norwood himself.

Southern Heights resident Rae Graves claimed she was delighted that just after attending a fee assembly last thirty day period, city crews had been eventually repairing the streets outdoors her property.

“I’ve been waiting a lengthy, lengthy time for this to take place,” she said. “The avenue is obtaining there, and which is the initial time that avenue has had any perform performed on it for a though.”

City street and alley crews have prioritized each asphalt highway operate and concrete mill and overlay tasks in Southern Heights about the next 5 yrs, Norwood explained. He also reported $1.8 million h2o money advancement jobs for Southern Heights and East Park have been in the functions.

Ward 3 Commissioner Keith Siragusa, in attendance Monday, agreed that improvement on the east aspect of the city, which also incorporates his and Ward 4 Commissioner Whitney Roberts’ wards, has been neglected for many years.

When Siragusa known as East Garriott coming west into town the “gateway into Enid,” he reported the road seems the exact as when he moved to Enid in January 1996.

“Our infrastructure sucks. I can convey to you that,” he mentioned. “There’s companies that do not want to occur to the east aspect of city.”

Enid resident Chuck Kearney mentioned many banking institutions in Enid didn’t want to supply him building and finance financial loans to assistance him develop a household in Southern Heights — which has various acres of undeveloped lots — except if he place up most of the building income himself.

Norwood extra he was explained to area financial institutions never want to hazard a mortgage in an region in which they very likely could not be repaid.

He explained organizations will initial search at the infrastructure of an region just before going in, and even though citizens do not have management in excess of exactly where companies come, they do have handle more than aesthetics.

“What we have to do, we have to come with each other and establish our personal. We have to do it ourselves,” Norwood claimed. “Once we start off to thoroughly clean up our very own, then we can appeal to companies.”