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Edmond Exchange for Sunday, May 15, 2016

Left: Construction to build restrooms, additional parking and more shade features are underway at the Barnett Field Splash Pad at Main Street and Kelly Avenue. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Left: Construction to build restrooms, additional parking and more shade features are underway at the Barnett Field Splash Pad at Main Street and Kelly Avenue. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Site plan approved

Central Edmond Urban District Board this week approved a commercial site plan for The Creamery, 101 W Second Street. City council members will make a final decision on May 23.

Chip Fudge, with Film Exchange Row LLC, plans to build a 3,955-square-foot restaurant and bar which includes refurbishing the existing historic brick warehouse building that was once part of the Edmond Ice Co.

“The Creamery is the first phase of the development of the property owned by Mr. Fudge and the second phase will include the property to the west,” said City Planner Jan Ramseyer.

Fudge is asking the city for a variance from the city code so he doesn't have to pave the alley to the north because the alley contains electric poles and encroachments from the property to the north which will imped paving, Fees said.

Road work on schedule

Contractor for the major road construction at 33rd Street and Broadway is still on target for a July completion deadline despite the recent rains that have slowed the process, Stevens said.

“All of the storm sewer is now in place, the sanitary sewer manholes have been adjusted to grade, and the contractor is now modifying the subgrade,” Stevens said. “At that point the paving of the westbound lanes of 33rd Street will begin.”

Allen Contracting started work on this Oklahoma Department of Transportation project last July.

This is the busiest intersection in Edmond.

The $5.1 million project has been in the planning stages for nine years. 

The city's 20 percent share is $1.1 million. The money will come from the 2000 sales tax voters approved for capital improvements.

Sales tax up

May's sales tax collection check set an all-time high compared to the same period in previous years.

“As you can see this month traditionally results in our lowest monthly revenue total of the year,” Stevens said.

The may check was for sales during the second two weeks of March and the first half of April.

For the fiscal year, Edmond has collected $58,702,595 in sales tax revenue. This month's check was for $5,308,911

“Our cumulative total through 11 months is a ‘net' 1.24 percent above last year, and still about half of our 2.5 percent budget project,” Stevens said.

“Nonetheless, we are on the plus side. Compared to other cities. We are in very good shape.”

What's happening

Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks' Prayer Breakfast, 7 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 216 N Boulevard.

Edmond Planning Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.

It's a fact

Bryanne Wallace, with Downtown Edmond Business Association, told the Central Edmond Urban District Board about 70,000 people attended the three-day Edmond Arts Festival in downtown. Bad weather was an issue on Friday, but on Sunday the people were shoulder to shoulder all day, Wallace said. “We were very happy,” she said. “We thought it was very successful.”

Need answers?

Reader Jane Martin asked: “The stop light on Second Street going west at the east Interstate 35 frontage road is a problem. You get stopped, long lines of vehicles back up, easily seven to 10 each westbound lane, and there are no cars stopped at the red light in front of you at I-35 and off and on ramps. Traffic moved just fine through there — there wasn't this long backup — until that light at Second and east I-35 access road was installed.”

City Engineer Steve Manek answered: “The new signal for the east I-35 frontage road is needed for the increased traffic that is generated by the new hospital and school traffic. You may not be aware but without the signal cars would have to make very risky decisions to make the turn to go westbound, as there were not enough gaps in the traffic and the delay for that movement would be several minutes per car, not just the 30 seconds or so it is now to cycle through. When people are stopped at the I-35 frontage road signal, if they will look west at the next signal for the I-35 ramps they will notice that signal is also red, so even if this signal were green they would only go about 150 more feet and be stopped at the I-35 ramp signals. Due to these signals being so close together they have to operate with the same phases. Once you make it through the frontage road signal, you easily traverse through the entire interchange. Staff is working on some re-phasing to see if it can be accomplished, but we also have to make sure it will not make traffic worse. We are modeling numerous scenarios and hopefully will field test some of the new timings in the next month or so.”

Have questions about Edmond and its road construction, the hotel and conference center, traffic, capital improvements or anything else?

Email Diana Baldwin at dbaldwin@oklahoman.com. Follow her on Twitter @Edmond_beat.

Splash pad improvements

Improvements are underway at the city’s first splash pad that opened in September 2014 in Barnett Field at Main Street and Kelly Avenue.

A restroom, more parking and addition shade features are part of the second phase, said City Manager Larry Stevens.

“The restroom will serve Chitwood Park also,” said Mayor Charles Lamb.

The cost of Phase Two is $346,232, less than estimated, Stevens said. The improvements will be paid for out of park tax money.

Construction on Phase Two started in April with Steel-Built Construction as the contractor. The completion date originally had been set for Memorial Day weekend, but now is maybe mid-June instead, Stevens said.

The cost of Phase One was about $430,000 which also came out of the Parks Tax Fund.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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