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Growing needs

City staff members want to look at future needs for the Cross Timbers Complex at Covell Road and Interstate 35. The public works center opened in January 2006 and was designed to accommodate 20 years of growth.

Assistant Director Johnny Carter said unforeseen factors have necessitated a need to review how and where the city can grow.

One of the problems came with the start of Citylink, Edmond's public transportation system, which has grown from five buses to 13 and takes up a lot of space at Cross Timbers.

Covered parking is needed for the city fleet because Edmond is self-
insured and vehicles need protection from hailstorms, Carter said.

City workers also are needing a satellite location for warehousing, outside storage and operations in the downtown or west Edmond area, said Herb Blomquist, public works director.

Members of the capital projects and financing task force this week recommended spending $50,000 for Hornbeek Blatt architects, the original architects for the Cross Timbers Complex, to assess the future needs of the center.

City council members will make a final decision on the recommendation at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

Trail troubles

A large soft spot in the soil has been found along the first three miles of a multipurpose trail from Interstate 35 to Spring Creek Park now under construction. City officials are getting the soil tested to determine what can be done. Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said the problem could cost the city more money. The first three miles of the trail cost $2.9 million and is funded with a special sales tax passed by voters in 2000 for capital improvements. Contractors continue to work on both ends of the trail, Commons said. The plan is to begin laying asphalt in August and complete the project in early fall.

Land use changes

Work to update Edmond's 10-year-old land use plan continues with revised maps that include new areas designated for commercial property and multifamily areas.

One of the goals of the city council is to develop a more effective review and amendment process for Edmond Plan IV, the land use plan written in 2006. The Edmond Neighborhood Alliance has joined forces with Edmond planning officials to help promote the review of the plan for the community.

Four meetings have been scheduled for people to discuss their sections of the city. Each meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Community Center, 28 E Main.

The dates and areas to be discussed:

•Sept. 8: Southwest part of the city.

•Sept. 22: Northwest part of the city.

•Oct. 13: East side of I-35 Arcadia Lake.

•Oct. 27: Far northeast Edmond.

“The far northeast section, we believe is our last chance to do something special for our community and protect the Cross Timbers for the future,” Lugene Jones said for Edmond Neighborhood Alliance.

Park bids rejected

The first bids for phase one of the new Carl Reherman Park at Arcadia Lake were rejected because the offers were too high. Also, the city was expecting to receive matching funds, but the state ran out of money, Commons said. City officials will rebid the project. Phase one includes construction of a portion of the access road to the lake, ramps and the parking lots. Phase two improvements call for construction of the rest of the road to the lake, a pavilion, restrooms and fishing dock. Future phased improvements are planned for the next several years. This is the first new park to be added at Arcadia Lake since it was built. It will be a day-use park with a boat ramp.

Work continues

Contractors continue to work to complete water main repairs on Covell Road between Air Depot and Midwest Boulevard. The project is taking longer than anticipated. The road will remain closed through early next week while crews work to stabilize the bridge pile and road edge. A water main break caused significant erosion next to the road at the Coffee Creek bridge, city leaders said. 

It's a fact

Edmond has more than 169 pieces of public art displayed throughout the city. The value of the collection is more than $3.7 million. Go to www.edmondok.com/art for a map and information about each piece. The name, location, art type, artist, date and fact sheet are included with the map. 

What's happening

Edmond City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce's first legislative reception honoring elected officials serving Edmond is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber, 825 E Second St.
Need answers?

Reader Penny Frick asked: “What is going in beside the new bank they are building on the northwest corner of Kelly Avenue and Danforth Road?”

City Planner Bob Schiermeyer answered: “A new Starbucks is being built on that corner.”

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.

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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