CN, Tahlequah, county officials open road improvement project
From left to right are Cherokee Nation Executive Director of Community Services Michael Lynn, Cherokee County Commissioner Clif Hall, Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Tahlequah Mayor Sue Catron, Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Todd Enlow, City of Tahlequah Street Superintendent William Harris, City of Tahlequah Interim Administrator Alan Chapman. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – According to a Cherokee Nation press release, CN officials joined leaders from the city of Tahlequah and Cherokee County on June 30 to cut the ribbon on a road improvement project.
The release states Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Chief of Staff Todd Enlow and Community Services Executive Director Michael Lynn met with Tahlequah Mayor Sue Catron and Cherokee County Commissioner Clif Hall to celebrate the road work, which was completed on East Downing Street and Nalley Road. Both roads provide access to the tribe’s new outpatient health center on East Ross Street, according to the release.
“With the Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center providing improved patient access to health care and an increase in jobs, this was a good time for the roads around the health center to be upgraded to handle the increase in traffic,” Warner said. “Partnerships like these with the city of Tahlequah and Cherokee County continue to show how we can greatly improve infrastructure by working together.”
The CN contributed more than $118,000 to the project, which consisted of widening the narrower parts of the road and adding drainage to better divert water when it rains, the release states.
“This was a great opportunity for us to work together and to do something that benefits the county, city and Cherokee Nation,” Catron said. “Those are opportunities that we are looking for and I’m very pleased how this project has turned out.”
Planning for the project began this past winter and completion took six days in June, according to the release.
“The partnership the county has formed with Cherokee Nation is priceless in my opinion,” Hall said. “It’s something I want to continue for as long as I’m in office. Cherokee Nation is a great entity to work with. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate Cherokee Nation.”