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New monthly series "Wagoner Leads" launches to engage community about current and future projects

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 07:21:01-05

WAGONER, Okla. — A new monthly series launched in Wagoner on Monday morning to engage the community about current and future projects in the city.

"Wagoner Leads" was organized by Downtown Wagoner Corporation, a nonprofit that seeks to revitalize the downtown area and plans events in the city.

The new series was structured like a town hall meeting where residents engaged in a Q&A with community leaders.

On Monday, the guest speakers were Mayor Albert Jones and Wagoner Public Schools Superintendent Randy Harris. They spoke about current and future projects.

Mayor Jones said they're reopening the Wagoner Historical Museum by the end of February after it was remodeled in the summer. The city's streetscapes project is also under in the works to improve downtown streets and add bike lanes. Work is expected to start in the spring.

The mayor also mentioned the new train depot that's underway and the new businesses that have opened up in the last two years. The shops include a medical marijuana dispensary, a tattoo parlor, a donut shop and a candy store.

Another major project moving forward will be renovating of the historic buildings that were destroyed in a massive fire in 2017.

Superintendent Harris shared about the future Ag building for high school students that's being funded by a bond issue. He also mentioned that all elementary schools have STEM labs since the beginning of this school year to encourage learning about science, technology, engineering and math.

Monday's first meeting was a chance to have a conversation with residents in an informal way and hear their concerns, said Samantha Call, a board member of the Downtown Wagoner Corporation. She hopes that the meeting helps set the tone for future ones.

The next Wagoner Leads meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 7 a.m. It'll take place at Miranda's Cake House on Main Street.

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