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[PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

[PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

No splashing at the Edmond splash pad

The city's nearly two-year-old splash pad is dry so far this summer, something that has frustrated city officials apologizing. The holdup is a $346,232 improvement project to add parking, shade features and restrooms, which is running behind schedule. Plans were to have the city's only splash pad open by Memorial Day weekend. Now, officials hope to have it open by July 30 without the restrooms being completed, City Manager Larry Stevens said. “We have been frustrated with the delays in getting the pad opened this summer,” Stevens said. “We apologize for the inconvenience.” The bid with Steel-Built Construction was approved by the city council March 14 and will be paid with parks tax funds. The first phase of the Barnett Splash Pad at Main Street and Kelly Avenue cost $433,000. It opened in September 2014.

Roadwork to start on Post from 15th to 33rd streets

Reconstruction work from 15th Street to 33rd Street on Post Road is underway and is expected to last 60 to 90 days with cooperative weather.

The road will remain open during the project, but motorists can expect periodic closures and lane shifts. Drivers are encouraged to find an alternate route.

This is a joint project with Oklahoma County District No. 3.

The cost is $415,000.

Almost finished

The yearlong construction project at the busy intersection of 33rd Street and Broadway is drawing to a close.

“They said it would be a year and it has been,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.

Contractor Allen Construction has several sidewalks and ramps to complete. The entrance into Hobby Lobby also needs to be modified. Plans are for the work to be finished by the end of the month.

Temporary lane closures will take place while the remaining work is completed, Stevens said.

“We again apologize for the inconvenience to area businesses, and our local traveling public,” Stevens said. “However, this construction has resulted in much-needed improvement to the traffic flow in the entire area, and now feel hopeful our area businesses will now benefit from the easier access.”

This is a joint project with the state Department of Transportation paying 80 percent of the $5.5 million construction cost. The city is paying $1.1 million, 20 percent of the bill.

The city money is coming from a special sales tax voters approved in 2000 for capital improvements.

Sales tax collection
shows little growth

Edmond's first sales tax collection check for the new fiscal year showed a 0.18 percent growth compared to the same period a year ago.

“Our first check for the new fiscal year is right on target for our zero growth budget projection we have,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.

This year's $297 million budget was calculated without any growth added.

The July check is for collections from the last two weeks of May and the first half of June.

The check was for $5,344,282, up $77,564 from the same month a year ago.

Need answers?

Reader Hung T. Nong asked: “My fencing has been adjacent to Hawk's Landing housing addition entrance fencing. Both fencing are being separated by about one foot of space which I am 100 percent sure does not belong to my property.

Hawk's Landing homeowners association suggested for me to share their expenses in erecting a new fencing for Hawk's Landing entrance portion which has nothing to do with my own fencing. Is there a law or rules in Edmond city codes that I have to participate in sharing the costs of erecting the Hawk's Landing fence?”

Assistant City Manager Steve Commons answered: “I am not aware of any law and the city has no codes for this. These situations are usually civil matters between the homeowner and the homeowner association.”

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

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

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<p>Work on the restrooms continues, but will likely not be finished when the splash pad opens July 30. The splash pad at Main Street and Kelly Avenue has remained closed this summer. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]</p>

Work on the restrooms continues, but will likely not be finished when the splash pad opens July 30. The splash pad at Main Street and Kelly Avenue has remained closed this summer. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

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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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