The purpose of the Planning Department is to assist in achieving the vision established by the Board of Directors. This is accomplished by a step-by-step process that ensures goal attainment. Planning staff has the responsibility of taking a problem and finding a solution, which may involve obtaining federal grant funds that are used to implement a specific project.
At this time, the Planning Department has used Geographic Information System or GIS as a tool to solve or mitigate problems. For example, if a property is to be acquired, it can be evaluated as to its capacity, does it flood, are the soils conducive to building, and is land accessible to roadways. This technology was used recently in the purchase of 95 acres north of the Administration Building, for future use.
Projects in 2011:
- We have completed the roads project in our family / senior housing community. The small section of road was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA/stimulus), and connects to the existing road. Six duplexes and twelve homes have been constructed, with an additional three duplexes to be constructed soon.
- The 2nd water tower is completed, and loops in to the existing water tower.
- The Wellness Center Expansion is almost complete. We are anticipating an April completion date. The facility will add larger weight and cardio rooms, and include a gymnasium, upstairs walking/running track, salt water pool and safe room.
- Developing plans for facilities that will extend Wyandotte Nation’s ability to provide potable water to local tribal members.
- We are nearing completion of Wyandotte Nation’s Hazard Mitigation plan. Ron Flanagan, of Flanagan and Associates of Tulsa, Oklahoma is developing the plan. This will allow us to have a plan of action, and make sure everyone is safe, when an emergency occurs. Once our Wellness Center is complete, the gymnasium will be used as an emergency shelter.
- We have received another tree grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and soon will be planting additional trees at the PowWow grounds and near the Wellness Center.
Most of the funding for these projects comes from grants submitted by the Planning Department.
If you are a tribal member, and would like to have your name added to the vendor’s list, you may contact Julie West x 222.
If you have any questions, you may call 918-678-2297