Bruner to Represent Ward 7

To Serve on MAPS 4 Board

Monique Bruner

Monique Bruner will represent Ward 7 on a newly-named MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board.

Teresa Rose Crook, executive director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, will serve as chairman.

Mayor David Holt announced his appointments to the 11-member board on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the City Council affirmed the advisory board.

Mrs. Crook said she would concentrate on fulfilling residents’ intent as expressed in last December’s election, when MAPS 4 passed with more than 70 percent of the vote.

The newest iteration of the 27-year-old Metropolitan Area Projects, she said, “is a different MAPS program.”

“This one really does focus on a wide range and deep layers of people in our community,” she continued.

Budgeted at $987 million, MAPS 4 comprises 16 projects ranging from a new Fairgrounds Coliseum, to an animal shelter, to development of affordable housing.  Projects will be in design and under construction deep into this decade or longer.

The advisory board chairman said she was attracted to the idea of a long-term commitment to the betterment of the city.

Consistency in the chairman’s seat, she said, “creates stability and consistency in direction and purpose.”

The board will be advised by six subcommittees, which will likely be filled in the fall or winter, the mayor said.

Altogether, MAPS 4 will be overseen by around 50 citizen volunteers.

Final decisions rest with the City Council.

The mayor said each of the eight council members made a recommendation for their ward’s representative and he chose those recommendations.

In addition to Mrs. Bruner, these are the advisory board representatives:  Russell Pace Jr., Ward 1; Allie Shinn, Ward 2; Harry Black, Ward 3; Shay Morris, Ward 4; Kevin Guarnera, Ward 5; Daisy Munoz, Ward 6; and Bob Nelon, Ward 8.

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