The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame remains in the Union Depot, at least for now. The Tulsa County Industrial Authority, which is made up of County Commissioners, held a special meeting today to discuss the Hall’s inability to pay its bills.
The Hall of Fame, however, says it has paid its debts as of last Friday. But, since the banks are closed for Columbus Day, the Commissioners delayed any action until next week’s regular Authority meeting. They want to be sure the checks clear the bank. In the past some Jazz Hall of Fame checks have bounced.
Problems continue at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. A private school that recently moved into the Union Depot where the Hall is located has been ordered to move out. Asking for an update on unresolved issues involving the Jazz Hall, Tulsa County leaders take a controversial step. Hall directors sublet part of the building to the Deborah Brown School without getting a necessary certificate of occupancy first. It prompted an order to relocate.
Jazz Hall of Fame board members are given notice of default on their lease agreement. They have 30 days to pay overdue bills or make arrangements to pay them, or else. Members of the Tulsa County Industrial Authority, which oversees the Union Depot Station where the Hall’s located, vote today to send a notice of ‘failure to perform’ terms of the lease. Authority Chairman John Smaligo says trustees are frustrated by a lack of progress in paying what amounts to more than 70-thousand dollars in outstanding bills.