Look what's going on in Edmond
The city of Edmond has offered residents outdoor ice skating since 2013. Plans are to continue with the outdoor rink again this year during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.
The number of skaters for the 2015 season increased 12.7 percent over the previous year.
City Manager Larry Stevens said 8,933 skaters visited the outdoor rink at J.L. Mitch Park from Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, up from 7,993 in 2014.
This was the second year the rink operated at Mitch Park.
“Our staff is already discussing other wintertime recreational opportunities we can provide in the next season with Ice Challenge Enterprises, the owner and operator of the rink,” Stevens said.
Edmond police are in their eighth year of teaching a motorcycle awareness program.
Officers received $63,000 in grants in October from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office for the motorcycle safety program.
Eight trash trucks operate every day in Edmond. Each route picks up 1,400 containers a day, for 11,200 total carts a day citywide.
City officials said they need help with the following.
1. Place the cart within 1 foot of the curb.
2. Place the cart at least 3 feet from any surrounding objects — cars, mailboxes and other trash carts.
3. Lids must face the right direction. There is an arrow on the top of the cart.
4. Always bag the trash, even lawn clippings.
5. The lid must be shut. Don't over stuff the cart. The trash might not get picked up.
6. Don't put unacceptable items in the cart. No construction debris, paint, concrete or chemicals.
Don't forget to recycle everything possible.
Huge water tower coming to Edmond
Edmond is spending nearly $5.9 million to build a 167-foot-tall water tower north of Coffee Creek Road and east of Boulevard.
Kris Neifing, Water Resources Department superintendent, said the 2-million-gallon tower will be the largest in Edmond.
The city has six water towers, each holding a half-million gallons of water. The new tower will mostly serve residents of northwest Edmond.
Work started this summer and should last 480 days.
Fallen lineman remembered
A flag from the Fallen Linemen Organization was passed upward into the sky by 14 linemen positioned on the pole during a March ceremony to remember their colleague who was killed by a train while working for Edmond Electric.
Robert Lewis “Bob” Waterson, 57, a lead journeyman lineman, was struck by a BNSF Railway train on Aug. 12, 2014, as he and a tow-truck driver tried to free his city truck, which was stuck.
The city's public works training center near Covell Road and Interstate 35 has been named the Bob Waterson Memorial Training Facility.
Insurance rating need to be checked
Edmond residents need to check their property insurance rates this year because the fire department has improved its fire protection rating from a Class 3/9 to a Class 2/4.
The new rating comes after the department improved dispatch and response capabilities, fire hydrant infrastructure and road and intersection improvements. The rating will be in effect the next five years.
The Insurance Services Office reviews fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of local fire departments on a scale of 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents the best fire protection.
The Class 2 rating covers most of the more densely populated west side of Edmond.
That rating places Edmond in the top 3 percent nationwide and the top 1 percent statewide. The Class 4 rating covers most of the less-dense areas of east Edmond. That rating showed a significant increase after previously being a 9 out of 10.
Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer