The foundation, a nonprofit, will accept the funds, send out thank you letters and track the funds for Moore to use as needed all at no cost to the city. The city council will determine how the funds are spent.
“It’s a mechanism to handle all these funds. We’re not necessarily set up to do this,” Corbett said. “There are no costs. They will do this as a service to us for the recovery efforts.”
Donations ranged from thousands of dollars to $5 sent in by children who operated a lemonade stand to help.
“We have sent thank you letters to everyone that’s given,” Corbett said.
Council member David Roberts said the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a premier organization.
“It’s a clean way of handling this,” Roberts said. “They know what they’re doing.”
Following past tornadoes, donations like this just did not happen, Corbett said.
Special accounts were set up to handle the donations that came in following May 20, but the task has become too much for city staff to handle.
“We’re just looking for a clean, simple way to administer these funds,” Corbett said.
The agreement is for one year.
In other business, the city council approved final plat for Janeway Distribution Center Addition south of NW 27th Street and east of Janeway Avenue for a multi-tenant heavy commercial use center.
A tentative date of July 29 was discussed for a joint city council and Parks Board meeting to discuss the master plan for the new park to be built at 4th and Broadway. Moore voters recently approved $25.1 million in general obligation bonds to fund a major destination park.
This park will be home to an aquatic facility, a community recreation center, a farmer’s market multi-purpose building, an outdoor amphitheater and a two-mile multipurpose trail.
Voters also passed a quarter penning, temporary sales tax designated for iimprovements to existing parks.