Mayoral race set
Mayor Charles Lamb drew an opponent for the April 4 Edmond municipal election. His opponent isn't new to the political world. She is former Mayor Saundra Naifeh, who previously held the office for six years.
The mayor's term is for two years.
Lamb was appointed mayor in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of resigning Mayor Patrice Douglas. In 2013, he was elected to a full two-year term that ended in May 2015.
This will be Lamb's ninth time to run for city office. He was the former Ward 3 councilman.
Lamb, 70, said he has his health and he is willing and able to continue serving Edmond if he is re-elected.
"I think we are doing good things in Edmond," Lamb said. "I would like to cut the ribbon on the hotel and conference center."
Naifeh, 67, a local executive and community volunteer, was mayor from 2001 to 2007, serving three two-year terms.
Naifeh, who calls herself a champion for Edmond, said she has more time for the job since she retired last year from the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians after 27 years as its executive director.
"Great communities do not stay great when they stay the course — they create the course," Naifeh said. "It is vital that Edmond develops in a way that matters.
"We are a community that values our appearance. We have the potential to be so much more."
Councilmen win another term
Ward 3 Councilman Darrell A. Davis, 57, and Ward 4 Councilman Nick Massey, 69, will serve new four-year terms since no one opposed them.
Davis was first sworn into office in November 2011 after being appointed to the Ward 3 job when Lamb was appointed to succeed Mayor Patrice Douglas, who resigned to become a state corporation commissioner. He did not draw an opponent in 2013 when he ran for his first term.
Massey was appointed to the council in 2012 when longtime Ward 4 Councilman David Miller resigned on Jan. 25, 2012. Massey won his first four-year term with 67.4 percent of the vote in 2013.
Longtime Ward 4 Councilman David Miller resigned in Jan. 25, 2012, to take a job out of state. Massey was selected to succeed Miller on March 12, 2012.
"After almost five years, I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Edmond for another four years as the Ward 4 city councilman." said Massey. "We have been able to accomplish a lot in the last five years but there is much more to do. I look forward to helping make a great city even greater."
Two running for school board
Incumbent Edmond School Board member Kathleen Duncan is being challenged by Chad Mullen for Seat No. 2. Edmond's school board is made up of five members who serve five-year terms. Current members are Lee Ann Kuhlman, Kathleen Duncan, Jamie Underwood, Cynthia Benson and Meredith Exline. This is the first time in history the school district has an all female board. The election is April 4.
Onion burgers coming
Plans are to build a Tucker's Onion Burgers on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and Broadway where people normally find pumpkins in the fall and blooming plants in the spring.
Planning commissioners this week approved rezoning the open display commercial to a Central Business District. They also agreed to amend the city's zoning plan to allow for the hamburger restaurant.
City council members will make a final decision on the property at 424 S Broadway at their Jan. 19 meeting.
Fifth Street Partners LLC plan to construct a two-story building with the restaurant on the first floor and offices on the second floor.
The Central Edmond Urban Board recommended approval on Nov. 15. Board members also may send the city council an additional recommendation, suggesting more Central Business District zoning along Broadway, as outlined by the Downtown Study.
Parking on the property is planned, but there will be other parking along 5th Street. This will allow for the streetscape design also.
Canopies for the drive-thru lanes at Chick-fil-A, 1210 E Second Street, were approved by the planning commissioners this week with a 4-1 vote as part of the site plan.
Chairman Barry Moore voted against the request.
The changes will be made at the 4,487-square-foot restaurant that is extremely busy throughout the day.
MVP Investments LLC want to add a 729-square-foot storage building and metal framed canopies over the drive-thru lanes to facilitate the drive-thru orders, said City Planner Bob Schiermeyer.
"All of this work is occurring on Second Street, not at the Interstate 35 location," Schiermeyer said.
Stuart Anderson, with Interplan LLC, said, the current drive-thru lane stacking backs up and disrupts the flow into the site from Second Street.
"Parking stalls adjacent to the west side of the restaurant can get blocked by the drive-thru lane stacking," Anderson said.
The renovations, Anderson said, will prove two lanes of stacking at the menu boards and provide a bypass lane."
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