State of the City luncheon November 16

Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley will deliver the State of the City address at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s November luncheon.

The luncheon will begin at noon Nov. 16 a the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

The address will provide an update on several major projects underway in Jenks. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions following the address.

Dunkerley was re-elected to the Jenks city council in 2013 and became mayor in 2015. Prior to his election to city council, Dunkerley served on the Jenks Planning Commission and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, or $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com by 4 p.m. Nov. 14 to attend.

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HallowMarine returns October 27-31

Once a year, for only five nights, the Oklahoma Aquarium opens its doors to trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy a safe, fun and just a little spooky Halloween event! HallowMarine 2016 runs from October 27-31, 6:30 to 9:00 each night and features all indoor trick-or-treating, giant pirate-themed inflatables, carnival games, carnival games and a toddler-friendly Pee-Wee Pirate Zone. Guests of all ages will also have the chance to win tickets to a preview event for a new sea turtle exhibit opening next year, by visiting a special selfie station near the construction site.

Tickets for HallowMarine are $10 for adults and $7 for children with members receiving $1 off HallowMarine admission. All prices are discounted from regular Aquarium admission, so it’s a unique chance for everyone to see the largest collection of bull sharks in America, stingrays, otters and hundreds of other aquatic animals. Our sponsors, Cox Communications, TulsaKids Magazine, K12, Dutton Travel and Balancing Act Accounting LLC make HallowMarine possible. For more information please visit our website www.okaquarium.org.

Bank of Oklahoma announces new Jenks banking center

Jenks, OK (Sept. 27, 2016) — Today, Bank of Oklahoma announced a new banking center will be constructed in Jenks’ Haddington Square shopping center at 111th and Elm. It is the first new construction for Bank of Oklahoma in Jenks. The company has had a banking center in the Jenks Reasor’s since September 2004. Bank of Oklahoma joins Haddington Square tenants Walmart Neighborhood Market and Kum & Go.

Bank officials and guests were joined by Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley and members of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce to break ground on the new location.

“Bank of Oklahoma is a strong community partner. Investments like this show the strength of the Jenks market and Bank of Oklahoma’s commitment to Jenks,” said Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

Bank of Oklahoma worked with Architects Ink to create the modern look and functional design, which includes two video drive-through lanes, a drive-through, full-service digital ATM lane, a night drop for commercial clients, meeting rooms, and offices for mortgage and investment representatives. The estimated completion date is March 2017.

“For Bank for Oklahoma, Jenks is much more than just a place to do business,” said Greg Wagner, Bank of Oklahoma branch delivery manager. “Many Bank of Oklahoma employees call Jenks home and have children in Jenks schools. So it is with particular pride that we announce that this will be the site for Bank of Oklahoma’s first traditional, full-service banking center in Jenks.”

Wagner said the influx of commercial and residential growth on the south side of Jenks made Haddington Square a convenient location for the bank’s growing South Tulsa client base.

“Jenks is experiencing such an exciting and unique time of both residential and commercial growth. Now is the perfect time for Bank of Oklahoma to expand our space and offer all the amenities that come with a full-sized banking center to both residents and businesses in Jenks and the surrounding communities,” said Wagner.

In the past year, Bank of Oklahoma has added new banking centers in several communities across Oklahoma. In September 2015, Bank of Oklahoma broke ground on a new banking center in Broken Arrow’s Hillside Crossings shopping center. The bank also opened new banking centers in Norman, Edmond and Warr Acres in 2016.

About BOK Financial Corporation
BOK Financial Corporation is a $32 billion regional financial services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company’s stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the Global Select market listings (symbol: BOKF). BOK Financial’s holdings include BOKF, NA, BOK Financial Securities, Inc. and The Milestone Group, Inc. BOKF, NA operates TransFund, Cavanal Hill Investment Management, BOK Financial Asset Management, Inc. and seven banking divisions: Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Kansas City, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas and Colorado State Bank and Trust. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides commercial and consumer banking, investment and trust services, mortgage origination and servicing, and an electronic funds transfer network. For more information, visit www.bokf.com.

Leadership Jenks Class 30 Announced

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce is please to announce the 30th class of Leadership Jenks.

Jeff Brown, AEP PSO

Steven Bullard, McGraw Realtors

Robert Carrasco, AEP PSO

Renee Daugherty, Oklahoma State University

Karen Earle, Cox Media

Linda Floyd, Specialty Pharmacy Management

Rudy Freese, First United Methodist Church

Shawna Hughes, Tulsa Federal Credit Union

Gene Jiles, AEP PSO

Gary Kirk, Innovative Air Pros

Ashtyn Lancaster, BancFirst

Ryan Law, Grace Living Centers

Terri Long

Andrea McNulty, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Keller Williams

Sherman Merchant, Jenks Public Schools

Jacob Miller, AEP PSO

Erin Oller, Hillcrest Medical Center

Natalie Payne, Winfield Property Management

Jeff Pense, 180 Kitchen and Bath Design

Mark Petrich, Hall, Estill

Sam Sebo, Allan Edwards, Inc.

Ray Stephens, Tivo

Christa Sutherland, Kimberly Clark

Amy Vargus,

Jonathan Walter, Jackie Cooper Imports

Joe Weaver, Williams Company

Kimberlee Whiteman, BOK Financial

Derek Williamson, Tulsa Tech

Shawna Young, Tulsa Federal Credit Union

The goal of Leadership Jenks is to identify and motivate emerging leaders in the community. The program is a joint program organized and co-sponsored by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation and the City of Jenks. All expenses associated with the program are sponsored by the Chamber, Foundation, City and community businesses. Participants learn about the key components that make the community function including the City of Jenks, Jenks Public Schools, the business community and more.

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Jenks breaks ground on Downtown Commons

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City leaders and school board members broke ground on Tuesday, September 20, for the development of the Jenks Downtown Commons. The ceremony took place at the construction site for the park, which is currently a parking lot owned by Jenks Public Schools, at 220 E. A Street.

The primary goal of the project is to provide public green space and a gathering place for Jenks residents, students and visitors at a location near downtown Jenks and Jenks High School. Additionally, the park and two recently completed parking lots will increase public parking downtown Jenks.

“Jenks City Council and Jenks Public Schools share a vision to connect the high school campus and downtown Jenks so students, parents, employees, Jenks citizens and visitors have easy access to education, culture, arts, music and athletic activities,” said Jenks’ Mayor Kelly Dunkerley. “This public park, along with other improvements to the downtown Jenks area such as the Hive arts building and planned alleyway improvements, enhance the connection between Jenks Public Schools and downtown Jenks.”

The park will feature a stage, green space, public restrooms, bike racks and additional parking. The project also includes upgrades to the alleyways including lighting, paving and landscaping.

Demolition construction began on September 6, 2016, and will be completed in early 2017. Construction of the Jenks Downtown Commons is being funded via Vision 2025 funds.

“Parks support public health, the economy, the environment, education and community cohesion,” said school board president Melissa Abdo. “All of Jenks and Jenks Public Schools will benefit from the addition of this park. We are thrilled to be a partner on this project and to have this type of space in our community.”

Click here to see photos from the ceremony.

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Editor’s Note:

In November 2015, the Vision Authority approved the City of Jenks Downtown Park project, which consisted of the construction of:

  • An event park at 220 East A Street that includes a stage, green space, public restrooms, bike racks, and public parking spaces.
  • Public parking lot at 312 East B Street.
  • Public parking lot on A Street immediately east of the rail tracks (110 West A Street).
    It has been determined that school and community events at the park and general downtown vicinity would benefit from improvements to alleyways and streets. Such improvements include but are not limited to the installation of removable bollards on adjacent streets and alleyways, improved lighting, pavement improvements, sidewalk installation and upgrades and landscaping.

Aquarium Drive to close during construction

Due to construction activity on the Creek Turnpike off ramps, Aquarium Drive/101st Street from First Street (at the railroad tracks) to Elm St. will be close throughout the remainder of the construction process on this project.

Access to the Oklahoma Aquarium with be a detour north to Main St. then east to 9th St. then north to Aquarium Drive at the entrance to Riverwalk Crossing. Signs are in place for this detour route.

For questions, contact the City of Jenks at 918-299-5005.

Leadership Jenks applications now available

Jenks residents and employees of Jenks companies are encouraged to apply for this year’s class of Leadership Jenks.

Leadership Jenks is a joint program of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation and the City of Jenks.

There is no charge to participate thanks to support from local businesses.

Participants will hear from a variety of community leaders on topics including government, education, the business community and more.

For questions, email nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com.

Click here to download the Leadership Jenks application.

Early voting this week for June 28 election

Early voting will take place June 23 – 25 in advance of the June 28 elections affecting Jenks and surrounding communities, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 22.

Click here to view sample ballots for the June 28 election.

Absentee Ballot

Deadline to request absentee ballot: Wednesday, June 22nd, 5 p.m.

To request an absentee ballot, please select one of the following links:

https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Absentee_Voting/ For voters whose ballots are to be mailed to an address within the contiguous United States.

http://www.fvap.gov/ Federal Voting Assistance Program (MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS ONLY).

Early Voting

Early voting for the June 28th election will be offered in two locations:

· Tulsa County Election Board – 555 N. Denver

· Hardesty Regional Library – 8316 E. 93rd Street

Early voting dates and times are:

· Thursday, June 23rd — 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

· Friday, June 24th — 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

· Saturday, June 25th — 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Leadership Jenks Class 29 Graduates

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Congratulations to the members of Leadership Jenks Class 29 who graduated June 9.

They are:

Amy Bors
Jonetta Bostic
Cory Box
Debra Brach
Tish Bryan
Lacey Burg
Wendy Carson
Kim Coon
Nia Harrington-Stokes
Coleman Hickman
Nathan Holloway
Michael King
Lindsey Koehling
Jen Lyness
Brendon Maguffee
Brett Mize
John Potter
Dahlia Rainwater
Fred Reid
Stephanie Schrack
Mark Stewart
Steve Struttman
Darian Thomas
Ry Whiteman
Amber Williams
Kasey Wilson

The program is a joint program of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation and the City of Jenks. There is no charge to participate, thanks to support from these organizations and the business community at large.

The program is sponsored by BancFirst and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

Chamber board endorses Vision for Jenks proposal

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to endorse passage of the Vision for Jenks proposal on April 5.

Vision for Jenks is the City of Jenks’ proposal to renew the Vision 2025 sales tax currently collected by Tulsa County. The Jenks proposal will fund a number of projects in Jenks, including the city’s share of the south Tulsa/Jenks low water dam.

“Vision for Jenks is an opportunity to make key investments in our community,” said chamber chair Craig Bowman. “From the Arkansas River to neighborhood street maintenance, sidewalks and park improvements, Vision for Jenks builds a better Jenks without raising taxes.

“I encourage all Jenks residents to vote yes on Tuesday, April 5.”

The package includes funding for the dam, related trails and a pedestrian bridge over the dam and a number of shoreline improvements.

Vision for Jenks also includes creating and funding of a neighborhood road maintenance program, sidewalk construction, engineering and right of way for widening Elm Street south of 111th St., construction of a splash pad at Veterans Park and road reconstruction on First and Seventh Streets.

Passage of Vision for Jenks will, which will assess 5.5/10 of a cent, will not result in an increase in taxes as the current Vision 2025 tax is 6/10 of a cent.

The chamber also endorsed passage of Tulsa County’s Vision program, which will collect 5/100 of a cent over 15 years.

The two packages add up to Vision 2025’s 6/10 cent.

For more information, visit jenkschamber.com/vision.