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New OnCue planned

Plans are in the works for a new OnCue convenience store and fuel station on the west side of Interstate 35, south of 15th Street.

Planning commissioners this week approved a site plan and preliminary plat for the project with a 6,600-square-foot building. They recommended approval of three sign variances by a vote of 3-2. Chairman Barry Moore and commissioner Bill Moyer voted against the sign variances.

City council members will make a final decision on Monday.

Variances included allowing a 40-foot sign rather than a 35-foot tall sign and to allow a 134-square-foot sign rather than a 75-square-foot per side sign. The two negative votes were because of the size of the signs.

The third variance was to allow for electronic pricing.

Randel Shadid, attorney representing OnCue, said they have worked with nearby neighbors to determine the developer will include a stockade fence with the good side of the fence on both sides. The directional sign will have no lights on the back side near the property owners. OnCue will build a retaining wall the entire length of the property, there will be signs designating no truck or RV parking at various locations on the property and no deliveries can be made from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Roadwork starts Monday

Sooner Road, just north of Covell Road, will be closed starting Monday for about three weeks. Drivers will be able to access the intersection at Covell Road and Sooner Road from the south, west and east. Others will need to find an alternate route. The contractor will be installing a concrete drainage box and additional drainage pipes below the road. The grade of the road will be raised several feet. The $12.5 million project is a partnership with the city and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Edmond is paying 53 percent or nearly $6.6 million. Allen Contracting Inc. is the contractor.

Political signs rules

City employees this election season have removed more than 3,000 illegally placed political signs.

The cost to taxpayers for this removal and disposal is about $13,000.

City officials remind candidates and their supporters that local and state laws dictate where campaign signs can be displayed. The laws are in effect seven days a week and year round. Violations can lead to a $249 fine.

Political signs cannot be placed in the street right of way or easements or otherwise affixed to any utility pole, utility structure or any tree or traffic control device or warning sign located in the street right of way or easements.

Signs on private property are allowed with the current homeowner's permission, but should be placed 10 to 15 feet behind the curb to assure it will not be in the right of way. Signs should not be placed on public property.

Illegally placed paper, plastic or wood signs will be disposed of immediately. Other signs picked up will be disposed of within 30 days.

City officials suggest, for the safety of volunteers, that signs only be placed during daylight hours.

It's a fact

KickingBird Golf Club is Edmond's only municipal golf course. Built in 1971, the city's oldest golf course is known for its traditional 18-hole championship layout where many professional and amateur championships are played. Programs for juniors and adults of all skill levels are available.

What's happening

• The 19th annual Arcadia Lake Sweep is from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of Interstate 35 and 15th Street. Volunteer to clean up the lake and get free brunch and a T-shirt while supplies last.

• Edmond City Council workshop on using Smart Meters, 3 p.m., 20 S Littler Ave.

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

Need answers?

Reader Dennis Stokes asked: “I was wondering why the speed limit on Boulevard is only 30 mph while Fretz is 35 mph and Kelly is 40 mph? We live on the north side of Edmond and usually we travel Boulevard to Second Street and that part even has a median to divide the north and south lanes.”

City Engineer Steve Manek answered: “The speed limit on Boulevard is less than the other streets due to the numerous single family driveways that require those residents to back out in to the street. There also are numerous schools along this stretch of road, as well that have children and parents walking to school.”

Reader Dennis Stokes asked: “We were wondering what the two two-story buildings being built just north of the post office on Broadway are on the west side of the street? They are one behind the other and appear to not have any windows.”

City Planning Director Bob Schiermeyer answered: “David Chapman is building two dwelling units on the property. This project is in the Central Business District where a variety of dwelling types are allowed. There will be windows but with the installation materials it is not time to open the window areas.”

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

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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 ›