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A man walks with a young girl carrying a balloon along the sidewalk during September's Heard on Hurd in downtown Edmond. The final Heard on Hurd is scheduled for Saturday. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

A man walks with a young girl carrying a balloon along the sidewalk during September's Heard on Hurd in downtown Edmond. The final Heard on Hurd is scheduled for Saturday. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

Event center on hold

A neighbor voicing opposition to a proposed event center near Covell Road was stopped 29 minutes into the discussion at a recent planning commission meeting by Chairman Barry Moore, who said more information was needed about the project's operations.

CAM Women's Productions LLC is asking the city to rezone property northeast of Covell Road and Santa Fe Avenue from single family to a commercial planned unit development.

They also are asking that the city's zoning plan be amended to allow the project.

Developer Cheri McNeill said at a community connect meeting the event center will be for weddings, birthday parties, reunions and other special occasions.

She said her husband bought 160 acres at Coffee Creek and Santa Fe years ago and they developed Saratoga Farms housing addition.

After her husband died, McNeill said she wanted to host special events from the property.

“Let's take a breath and continue this,” Moore said.

He said after talking to the planning director, it was determined a more detailed document is necessary outlining the operational standards of the event center.

Greg Pilcher, who lived in Saratoga Farms housing addition, agreed to halt his talk in opposition so commissioners could delay the two applications until Oct. 18.

Pilcher, a board member of the Saratoga Farms homeowners association, said he is concerned about the traffic, noise and sewer system.

Downtown cornhole games set

Heard on Hurd ends its 2016 season from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 at the corner of Broadway and Hurd in downtown Edmond.

This month's event will host a Citizens Bank of Edmond and Cafe Evoke cornhole tournament and will expand from First to Second streets on Broadway to accommodate this special event.

“As the Heard on Hurd season comes to a close, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate all things local with an eclectic mix of vendors, four amazing local bands and a cornhole tournament to celebrate fall in downtown Edmond,” said Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond's president and CEO and Heard on Hurd's creator.

This month's featured nonprofit is Neighborhood Services Organization, a 97-year-old organization serving Oklahoma City's at-risk and homeless community.

For more information, go to www.citizens edmond.com.

Tinting business proposed

Planning commissioners agreed to recommend rezoning property at 201 E Memorial Road from single family to a commercial planned unit development to allow for a window- tinting and vehicle-wrapping business.

Wayne Frost requested the zoning change and an amendment to the city zoning code to allow for his business on the .75 acre.

City council members will make a final decision Oct. 24.

The unanimous yes vote came after neighbors voiced their opposition and presented the planning commissioners with petitions signed against the rezoning of the property on the northeast corner of Rhode Island and Memorial Road.

Neighbors were concerned about the additional traffic the business would bring to their small neighborhood.

Frost said traffic shouldn't be an issue for the neighborhood. His business is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. He estimated he would have six to eight customers a day.

Bus drivers needed

Edmond Public Schools is in immediate need of bus drivers.

Each day, Edmond transports about 8,000 students to and from school. Ridership is up 15 percent this year.

Starting pay for a driver is $12 an hour.

To apply, go to www.edmondschools.net.

What's next

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

Edmond City Council will hold a workshop on the Gracelawn Cemetery master plan at 3:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

Need answers?

Have questions about Edmond, its roadwork, traffic or capital improvements? Email Diana Baldwin at dbaldwin@oklahoman.

Follow Diana Baldwin on Twitter @Edmond_Beat. Downtown cornhole games set

Heard on Hurd ends its 2016 season from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 at the corner of Broadway and Hurd in downtown Edmond.

This month's event will host a Citizens Bank of Edmond and Cafe Evoke cornhole tournament and will expand from First to Second streets on Broadway to accommodate this special event.

“As the Heard on Hurd season comes to a close, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate all things local with an eclectic mix of vendors, four amazing local bands and a cornhole tournament to celebrate fall in downtown Edmond,” said Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond's president and CEO and Heard on Hurd's creator.

This month's featured nonprofit is Neighborhood Services Organization, a 97-year-old organization serving Oklahoma City's at-risk and homeless community.

For more information, go to www.citizensedmond.com.

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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