23 www.DurantChamber.org Durant is growing at a record pace. Commercial business, as well as residential housing is seeing an unprecedented boom. A new steel mill has been constructed with smaller businesses springing up that support that industry. Up to 500 new homes are being built, under construc- tion, or planned. Some city streets are being extended, with future plans for additional streets in current subdivisions. Plans are also in the works for those new subdivisions in Durant. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and their new head- quarters south of the city will continue to contribute even more to the Durant economy. The Durant Airport has replaced vital equipment, with steps being taken to upgrade that facility. City Council meetings are now being streamed (broad- cast) on the internet so even those at home can be involved. Durant now has its own YouTube Channel that will archive past meetings for those who wish to review past council activity. Additionally, the City of Du- rant launched a new website with many future enhance- ments planned to help citizens better relate to their city government. Durant City Manager Tim Rundel said, “We will launch the OpenGov module in 2018 on the city website for our citizens to review current and previous budgets to track rev- enues and expenditures.” A public partnership between the City of Durant and Durant Trails and Open Spaces continues with new portions of that city wide trail being added and more in the works. Rebecca Collins, Grant Co- ordinator for the city said,“The City of Durant is a certified healthy community by the State of Oklahoma Health Department. The trail system encourages a healthy lifestyle.” An Arts District is planned for the South 9th corridor in Durant. Durant landed a grant to design and create an area for numerous outdoor activities for residents as well as provide a tourist destination and bring the city additional tourism revenue. A full-time City Planner was contracted out by City of Durant. This position provides a much-needed service where a small city like Durant may not have one. A road overlay project on Evergreen Street from 16th to 19th provided sewer drainage repairs, pipe repairs and a resurfacing of that portion of roadway. Major renovation work underway at Carl Albert Park in addition to the swimming pool upgrades and repairs. Larkspur Street Extension Project will soon be underway with that street extended near- ly 1/2 mile north of Heritage Crossing. That extension is a part of the new home con- struction for the nearly 100 homes to be built there. The Airport Runway Exten- sion Project has the city up- grading the runway and other facilities at the airport. According to Marty Cook, Public Works Director, 1,800 feet will be added to the City runway’s south end. Streetscape V project continues which will provide Durant complying with Amer- ican’s with Disabilities Act. This provided ramp and wheelchair access for Durant. Durant City Hall was cleaned and repairs were made to the building. These repairs were needed to pre- vent water damage from a leaky roof. Nearly 400 bricks were replaced along with the entire outside cleaned of years of weathering. One official said, “A city either grows or it dies away. Durant will be here a hundred years from now. Whether you raise a family, or just live or re- tire here, Durant will continue to be a great city!” Sports & Fitness Center 703 W. MAIN ST DURANT, OK 74701 (580) 920-0073 1005 West Main St. Durant, OK 580-924-4444 BUSINESS HOURS: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5:30am Sat: 8:30am-2:00pm www.cornerdrugdurant.com City of Durant Looking Ahead