NEWS - CITY
COUNCILMAN BALKS AT BUYING UNIFORMS
2011-09-10 13:00:50
A shirt meant to identify employees of the city of Mustang caught the eye of one City Councilman who... read more
MONTHS OF HARD WORK TO SHINE IN SHOW RING
2011-08-25 11:00:34
Mustang teens have spent months feeding, caring for and exercising their hogs, sheep, cattle and goa... read more
WORSHIP ARTIST TO LIFT VOICE FOR LOCAL BOY
2011-08-18 11:20:15
World-renowned worship artist Jason Upton will come to Mustang later this month to help a 3-year-old... read more
CHURCH PROGRAM PUTTING FOOD ON TABLE FOR 200 HOMES
2011-08-11 09:56:21
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry volunteers started with just a trickle of families needing help. In th... read more
COUNCIL GREEN-LIGHTS PARKING LOT NEAR HIGH SCHOOL
2011-08-06 12:03:49
City Council members gave the green light this week to building a private parking lot near Mustang H... read more
CHURCH PUTS WORDS INTO DEEDS TO HELP OTHERS
2011-08-04 11:12:03
Every Clear Springs Free Will Baptist Church member set out Sunday to help their neighbors and to pr... read more
CURFEW LAW REMAINS ON THE BOOKS
2011-07-30 10:46:25
Teens sneaking out to meet friends for adventure while parents snooze on unaware can be the building... read more
AREA EMERGENCY ROOM FLOODED WITH WAVES OF HEAT-RELATED CASES
2011-07-30 10:46:25
Local emergency room doctors are seeing more patients coming to them extremely dehydrated, suffering... read more
COUNCILWOMAN QUESTIONS USING CITY OFFICERS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES
2011-07-28 11:14:13
A City Council member questioned if police officers' presence on local campuses is straining the for... read more
POLICE CAPTAIN STEPPING DOWN FRIDAY
2011-07-23 13:43:59
Capt. Willard James will retire Friday after 22 years on the Mustang Police Department. A retiremen... read more
AREA MAN KEEPS ON (FOOD) TRUCKING
2011-07-23 13:43:59
Alan “Wild Al” Bouda heard Mustang and Yukon city councils' message loud and clear — No parking. No ... read more
OKLAHOMA CITY: CITIES UNDER MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTION
2011-07-19 18:04:41
Mustang and Oklahoma City residents were put back under a mandatory outdoor watering restriction Wed... read more
EVEN WITH WATER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED, OFFICIALS ASK RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE
2011-07-16 16:30:24
Oklahoma City lifted its mandatory water restriction after three days on Thursday afternoon, and Mus... read more
SCHOOL BOARD BUYS HISTORIC METHODIST CHURCH
2011-07-16 16:30:24
Mustang School District paid $150,000 for a piece of land containing the historic old Methodist chur... read more
MUSTANG AMONG CITIES HIT WITH WATER RESTRICTIONS
2011-07-14 15:36:32
Pond water may be used to keep Mustang city soccer and softball fields green while the city remains ... read more
COUNCIL OKS SECOND-CHANCE FIREWORKS DAY
2011-07-09 11:25:18
Residents with a stockpile of unused fireworks will get a second chance to legally light their fuses... read more
SCHOOL PARKING VENTURE CLEARS PLANNING COMMISSION
2011-07-02 12:10:03
A plan to build a private parking facility near Mustang High School cleared a hurdle this week as th... read more
COUNCIL PUTS UP CASH FOR SIGN; FUNDS $12,000 SHORT OF GOAL
2011-07-05 12:08:23
A push to raise money to pay for a new digital sign in Wild Horse Park got a boost Thursday as City ... read more
BOIL ORDER ISSUED
2011-06-26 17:36:34
BREAKING NEWS – WATER BOIL ORDER SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011 By Brett Jones An emergency boil order was is... read more
FIREFIGHTERS PREPARING FOR ANNUAL -- BUT BEANLESS -- SUPPER
2011-06-16 11:28:21
Mustang firefighters are dropping their signature dish for their 42nd supper, the first without bean... read more
PISTOLS AND PEARLS GO THROUGH THEIR PACES FOR TELEVISION
2011-06-16 11:28:21
Young riders with the Pistols and Pearls drill team have stars in their eyes. The girls galloped off... read more
DISTRICT BALKS AT LEASING BUSES TO CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
2011-06-16 11:28:21
Mustang School Board members failed to approve Monday night city officials' request to lease buses, ... read more
CITY HIRES EL RENO OFFICIAL FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT POST
2011-06-16 11:28:21
An El Reno city official was chosen Monday to lead Mustang's community development efforts. Robert ... read more
LIBRARY GROUP AUCTION CHESAPEAKE BOATHOUSE SPACE
2011-06-11 13:25:41
The Friends of the Mustang Public Library are auctioning a gift certificate for the Chesapeake Boath... read more
SHELTER ISSUE MAY SWAY APPROACH TO POSSIBLE BOND ISSUE
2011-06-11 13:25:41
Controversy over a lack of public storm shelters could lead city officials in a new direction when c... read more
NEW CHIEF BRINGS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO POST, CITY MANAGER SAYS
2011-06-11 13:25:41
The city of Mustang announced Tuesday a longtime Oklahoma City police officer has been hired as the ... read more
CHESAPEAKE BOATHOUSE EVENT SPACE BEING AUCTIONED TO BENEFIT LIBRARY
2011-06-07 10:03:11
The Friends of the Mustang Public Library are auctioning a gift certificate for the Chesapeake Boath... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR JUNE 2, 2011
2011-06-09 11:54:11
May 10 *A worker at a convenience store in the 100 block of North Czech Hall Road reported to polic... read more
POLICE CHIEF SEARCH NOT FINISHED, CITY MANAGER SAYS
2011-06-09 11:54:11
A search for a new Mustang police chief could be complete in 30 days, but no candidate has been hire... read more
VETERANS HONORED DURING WIND-WHIPPED MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES
2011-06-09 11:54:11
Ret. Brigadier Gen. Pete Costilow grasped his notes in 40-mph winds Monday as he prepared to address... read more
CAR CREATES TRAUMATIC WAKEUP CALL FOR LOCAL FAMILY
2011-06-09 11:54:11
Tire squealing woke Gene and Linda Vrenick, and then — boom. They felt their house shake as a car p... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR MAY 28, 2011
2011-05-28 15:08:33
May 10 *A worker at a convenience store in the 100 block of North Czech Hall Road reported to polic... read more
OFFICER CAPS OFF CAREER WITH FAREWELL PARTY
2011-05-28 15:08:33
Sgt. Pat Tyner laughed and shared memories Thursday with his Mustang police brothers as they celebra... read more
POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
2011-05-27 16:26:05
Mustang police are looking for two people believed to be involved in an attempted robbery Thursday n... read more
CEREMONIES PLANNED FOR MEMORIAL DAY
2011-05-26 09:43:33
Mustang American Legion Post 353 members will hold three commemoration ceremonies Monday in honor of... read more
POLICE CHIEF: 'I LOST JOB FOR DOING NOTHING WRONG'
2011-05-26 09:43:33
When former Police Chief Monte James opened an email Friday, he had no idea the ax was about to fall... read more
CITY MANAGER FIRES POLICE CHIEF AFTER CHIEF REFUSES OPTION TO RESIGN
2011-05-26 09:43:33
Mustang Police Chief Monte James, a 31-year veteran of the department, was fired Monday by City Mana... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR MAY 21, 2011
2011-05-21 13:06:20
April 26 *A resident in the 800 block of West Forest Drive reported to police three men have harasse... read more
EVEN FALL DOESN'T KEEP COMPETITOR DOWN
2011-05-21 13:06:20
Tanner Flowers sprinted forward at the whistle, leaving the rest of the pack in his dust. He glanced... read more
MUSTANG MAN ON TRIAL IN FATHER'S DEATH
2011-05-21 13:06:20
A Mustang man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity last week as he went on trial for a first-deg... read more
CITY SEEKS BIDS FOR PUBLIC WORKS
2011-05-21 13:06:20
Forty-one days remain until the city's decade-long contract with Severn Trent expires, and with time... read more
PARK’S HOWITZER REHABBED IN TIME FOR MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
2011-05-21 13:06:20
Children run straight for the American Legion's tracked artillery gun in Wild Horse Park, crawling o... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR MAY 19, 2011
2011-05-19 13:51:07
April 22 *Police received a call from a woman whispering into a cell phone that she needed help. She... read more
TOURNEY TO OPEN DISC COURSE
2011-05-19 13:51:07
Residents are invited to fling the first Frisbees in Mustang's first disc golf tournament Saturday a... read more
CORNABY WINS TOP HONOR IN CLASS OF 2011
2011-05-19 13:51:07
Top valedictorian Shauntel Cornaby will tell her classmates the future is theirs for the taking duri... read more
RASH OF AUTO BREAK-INS REPORTED IN CITY
2011-05-19 13:51:07
Thieves struck Mustang neighborhoods hard Friday and Sunday night taking more than $12,000 in proper... read more
VOLUNTEERS REACH GOAL ON TOWN CENTER DIGITAL SIGN
2011-05-19 13:51:07
A volunteer group that supports the Mustang Public Library announced Tuesday it has raised half the ... read more
HONOR FLIGHT GIVES MUSTANG VETERAN ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE
2011-05-14 13:34:06
Mustang resident Billy Owens wipes away the tears remembering dozens of people cheering, clapping an... read more
FIRST STRIKES HOME OF RECOVERING CHILD
2011-05-14 13:34:06
Mandy Caspers felt her home shake beneath her feet Wednesday when lightning struck her house. She wa... read more
SPORTS COMPLEX FIX MAY TAKE STEP FORWARD
2011-05-14 12:41:35
Plans to improve sports facilities at Wild Horse Park were resurrected last week as City Council mem... read more
VICE MAYOR: CITY HAS FIVE-YEAR WINDOW TO GET DEVELOPMENT ROLLING
BRETT JONES
Edition:Thursday, May 12, 2011

City Manager Mike Rutledge's efforts to boost development in Mustang could get a hand up if City Council members give final approval to $100,000 in funding in next year's city budget.
The push for the funding comes as city leaders raise concerns that if the city does not become more aggressive about recruiting new businesses, ongoing development along Mustang Road could drain sales tax dollars from the city.
Ward 2 Councilman Mark Grubbs said he is seeing development along Mustang Road explode.
“In my line of business, I am watching them rezone property down Mustang Road right now,” he said. “It's moving close fast. There are apartment complexes, and they are holding out all kinds of commercial corners. You have to realize that both the northeast and northwest corners of Mustang and 59th (Street) are both (zoned commercial). Ain't nobody gonna change that.”
Grubbs, a civil engineer, joined City Council in 2010 after defeating incumbent Kathleen Moon. He is the owner of Grubbs Consulting in Oklahoma City and specializes in commercial and residential site plan development. In his campaign, Grubbs promised his experience could be critical in helping develop the community.
City staff divided the $100,000 into two $50,000 blocks of cash — half is contained in the city manager's budget while the second chunk is in the mayor and City Council's budget.
“As the economy turns around, we need to spend the money and go out and court some of these businesses,” said Rutledge, who added part of the money could also be used to hire an economic development recruiter for a short period of time.
Under former City Manager David Cockrell, economic development efforts were concentrated in his office and aided by the city's community development director. Under Rutledge, the city advertised for a community development director but has not hired anyone. The community development director position has been filled by temporary hires since April 2009 when former community development director Richard Rolison resigned. Rutledge was given the post by Cockrell, and when Rutledge was hired as city manager following Cockrell's departure, city planner Melissa Helsel took over. Helsel has withdrawn her name from contention for the post should the city move forward on filling the position.
Ward 1 Councilman Jay Adams, who also serves as the city's vice mayor, said he believes Mustang has, at most, five years to secure its economic future.
“We got a short window of time that we need to get pretty serious with this,” Adams said. “I have been watching the development come down Mustang Road. Within five years it is going to be at SW 59th (Street).”
Without the effort, Adams said he fears businesses will locate on the north side of SW 59th Street and pull business out of Mustang, leading to reductions in sales tax.
“The last thing we want is for a big box store like a Target to build on the northwest of northeast corner (of SW 59th Street and Mustang Road),” he said. “We are that close to being a Warr Acres or a town that just gets swallowed up.”
Adams added the he believes the five-year window is optimistic.
“We have to get some development done here before Oklahoma City reaches our doorstep,” he said.

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