The following is a submitted letter to the citizens of Sand Springs Ward 1 by incumbent City Council Candidate Michael Phillips. Phillips is running for reelection in opposition to challenger Phil Nollan. Election will be held Tuesday, March 1st.
I am graduate of Charles Page High School and attended the University of Tulsa. I am a member of the Rotary Club and MENSA, am a leader in the local district of Boy Scouts of America, and belong to Sand Springs United Methodist Church. I have lived in Sand Springs nearly my entire life and am proud to call Sand Springs my home, along with my wife Dianna and son Walter. I own Technology Consulting Services here in Sand Springs.
For the past 10 years, I have represented you on the Sand Springs City Council, where I serve on the Public Works Committee, Legislative Committee, and the HEAL Committee. I serve as a Board Director for the Oklahoma Municipal League, where I also serve on the Reserve Fund Committee and the Service Fee Committee. I am a member of the National League of Cities Small Cities Council. I believe in representing everyone in the community and balancing sustained growth with the needs of our residents. We need to constantly evaluate the city budget and ensure that we are spending taxpayer dollars wisely. I support offering new incentives for existing businesses and industries to expand and new ones to relocate. As a City, we have achieved momentum in attracting retailers to locate in Sand Springs. We are working with Gerdau Ameristeel to market their manufacturing property, and with other landowners and stakeholders to market Sand Springs to not only retail businesses, but to manufacturing interests as well. We have streamlined the permitting process for residential development, and have worked to improve the "customer service" perspective of ALL of our employees. We have made strides to improve the quality of life in Sand Springs, from parks and recreation improvements (the Case Community Center, the 2 new spray parks, and new amenities for our soccer and baseball users, with many more improvements to come) to the refurbishment of our outstanding Page Memorial Library building (which houses our Cultural and Historical Museum) to our soon-to-be-started Billie A. Hall Public Safety Facility. We have undertaken a multi-million dollar project to improve our Waste Water Treatment Plant. As well, we have made continual improvements to our Water Treatment Plant, treated water storage facilities, and to the Skiatook Raw Water Conveyance System to ensure the availability, quality, and safety of our drinking water, and have consolidated most of our various Public Works sections to the new Spring Lake Public Works Facility.
The election March 1st is only for Ward 1, which encompasses the additions of Osage Hills, Osage Hills Country Club Estates, Shadow Creek, Village Estates, Cambridge Park, North Ridge, Lakeside, Lakeside Park, Lakeside Ridge, Renaissance, Edgewood at the Gables, the Sand Springs Home Family Village, portions of Oak Park, and Highland Crossing, Sullivan's Landing, and Gable Hills apartments. A map of the ward may be found at http://sandspringsok.org/DocumentCenter/View/49.
I humbly ask for your vote this Tuesday, March 1st.
Michael L. Phillips
"The Citizens of Sand Springs, also to include the City's 150+ mile fence line, need to stand behind Michael Phillips, there is absolutely no need nor cause for change. Michael is a seasoned and well versed Councilman, who gives 100% of his efforts towards maintaining a strong economic development program, public safety, and quality of life for the Citizens of Sand Springs." - E. Bruce Ford, former SS City Councilor, Mayor, and Assistant City Manager.
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