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Edmond officials are asking people to fill out a survey about the city's Citylink public transit system. Deadline is Oct. 7. [PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH]

Edmond officials are asking people to fill out a survey about the city's Citylink public transit system. Deadline is Oct. 7. [PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH]

Transit questions

Edmond will start a survey on public transit Monday that will continue through Oct. 7.

The survey can be taken at www.citylinkedmond.com, or printed copies of the questions will be available on the buses.

The survey is conducted in accordance with Federal Transit Administration regulations to help improve public transportation, said Susan Miller, the city's public transit coordinator.

“The survey takes an in-depth look at the Citylink bus service and identifies opportunities to create a better transit network for the community,” Miller said. “Please take the brief survey and share your thoughts in planning the future of our bus service.”

For more information, phone 359-4694 or email susan.miller@edmondok.com.

Art tour

The Edmond Parks and Recreation Department is offering Edmond Art in Public Places tours during September and October. Registration is required and transportation for the driving and walking tours will be provided by the parks department. The tour includes 92 pieces of public art and costs $10. The tours are from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept 28 and Oct. 19. To register, phone 359-4630.

Water bill mistake

Edmond city officials recently discovered that 818 utility customers were undercharged for water usage during the months of May, June and July.

The incorrect billing was caused by a human error, and not associated with any technical or equipment issue.

“We apologize to the 800-plus water customers who were impacted and inconvenienced by this situation,” said City Manager Larry Stevens. “Maintaining public trust is of great importance to us, and we are in the process of working with each of the individual customers to adequately resolve their concerns.”

The issue came to light after customers began receiving higher than normal bills in July and August when corrected numbers were reported. The customers saw a large spike during one month that actually included multiple months of under-billed usage.

Once the problem was discovered, city officials notified all affected customers. The city also dropped affected customers to the lowest tier for users, and will issue a total of $54,542 in credits to them on their September bills.

Watch for bikes

At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the OBS Streak bicycle ride will roll out of the parking lot of J.L. Mitch Park in northwest Edmond, marking the 43rd year the Oklahoma Bicycle Society has held some type of distance event in the fall. This year's streak will benefit Helmet$ for Kid$, an organization that provides helmets for children who receive bikes for Christmas through the Salvation Army's Buck$ for Bike$ program. The ride consists of 100-kilometer, 40-mile and 25-mile distances, as well as a free, 10-mile family fun ride. For more information, go to www.obsstreak.com.

Commercial property bid rejected

Planning commissioners this week declined to recommend rezoning a property at 1421 E Covell Road, at the northwest corner of Covell Road and Bryant Avenue, from single family to retail commercial.

They also voted 2-1 against amending the city's zoning plan to change the land to commercial property. Planning Chairman Barry Moore and Commissioner Mark Hoose voted against the request.

The city council will make a final decision on Sept. 26.

City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said there is a house on the 1.75 acres that operates with a water well and septic tanks.

“If a commercial building is constructed, city water would be needed,” Schiermeyer said. “The 76,230-square-foot of property could operate with a septic tank.”

Neighbors were concerned because they bought their homes with the understanding that single family homes, not commercial land, would be near their property.

Traffic is an issue at Covell and Bryant. Plans are for an interim project to help improve the intersection before funds are available for a full set of land improvements.

Lugene Jones, with the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance, asked the rezoning be delayed until the Covell plans are complete. If that weren't possible, she asked that a small office park be built on the property.

It's a fact

The American Legion Hut was built in 1936 and 1937 of native red sandstone and was another Works Progress Administration project. Both it and the Edmond Armory were built in Stephenson Park. The park also received some construction projects during this time including the little rock bridges. It's conceivable the WPA workers worked on all three projects at the same time. Located at Fourth and Littler avenues, the American Legion Hut was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, according to Edmond Historic Preservation Trust.

What's happening

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

Need answers?

Reader Tom Fields asked: “I've been hearing about Edmond's fourth high school being located on the northwest corner of Covell and Air Depot, east of Interstate 35. Can you please shed some light on the timing of this project.”

Susan Parks-Schlepp, Edmond Public Schools spokeswoman, answered: “Plans for a fourth high school in Edmond, to be located on the southeast corner of Covell Road and Air Depot Boulevard, will be placed on a February 2019 bond election. The construction timeline for the school has not been determined and will depend on growth patterns in the district.”

Have questions about Edmond, its roadwork, 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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