Meetings totaled a half year
Retiring Planning Director Bob Schiermeyer received kind words and a standing ovation as he attended his last planning commission meeting this week to end his 44-year career.
Planning Commissioner Bill Moyer, the longest commission member, took a calculator to Schiermeyer's career.
Moyer figured Schiermeyer attended at least four planning commission and city council meetings a month. He estimated each meeting lasted two hours, totaling 4,224 hours.
"That would mean Bob was in meetings from Jan. 1 to June 30, a half year," Moyer said.
Randy Entz was introduced as the planning director who will take Schiermeyer's place.
Drivers can expect lane shifts on Covell Road between Fairfax Boulevard and Interstate 35 through the summer for a city of Edmond reconstruction and widening project. The speed limit is 35 mph and drivers should use extra caution or find an alternate route.
Housing redevelopment near UCO
Rezoning was recommended this week by planning commissioners for the redevelopment of the Cottages at the University of Central Oklahoma, 800 N Chowning. City council members will make the final decision on Jan. 23 as to whether to rezone the 6.64 acres from multifamily to a residential planned unit development.
Developer Tom Gravitt's property currently has 60 units. Ten of the units will be demolished and reconstructed to allow for a total of 114 units.
"The redevelopment of the property will occur on the front, where there is more space," Schiermeyer said. "Setback and possible height variances could be approved for the three-story construction needed on the new building. They may need another drive."
The vote was 4-0 in favor. Planning Commissioner Mark Hoose was not at the meeting.
"Work hard on the project," said Chairman Barry Moore to Gravitt. "It is a good project."
Sheriff's association classroom planned
A site plan for a new classroom at the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association, on the west side of State Street, south of 15th Street, was approved by the planning commission. The addition will be 2,887 square feet, increasing the total building size to 5,684 square feet. The brick veneer building will include 26 new parking spaces.
Employees at Petra Industries were recognized in 2016 with four awards from Dealerscope magazine.
Pat Jones, executive vice president and chief financial officer, was recognized in the September issue as an Industry Leader Who Rocks, described by the magazine as among industry visionaries who are helping to shape the future of consumer technology and championing new ideas, approaches and business models.
Laura McNew, vice president of merchandising, was named a Powerful Woman in Consumer Technology. McNew was recognized as a game-changing woman in the consumer technology industry and as a natural leader.
Matt Schrameck was recognized in Dealerscope's 40 Under 40 issue as one of the consumer technology industry's 40 brightest stars under 40 years of age. As an e-commerce account manager, Schrameck is responsible for leading a team that stewards Petra's relationships with retail giants Amazon and Costco.
Angela Hammons was recognized as a 2016 Influential Buyer for being a talented and effective buyer.
“We are very proud of these team members for their achievements,” Petra President Tate Morgan said. "This recognition all coming in one year is a tremendous testament to the strength and talent of our entire team.”
St. Monica growing
St. Monica Catholic Church is planning a two-story educational building at 2001 N Western Ave. A site plan, which includes a specific use permit for the 24,950-square-foot addition, was approved this week by the planning commission.
Ellis Island Coffee and Wine Lounge is expected to open Jan. 21 in Campbell Corner, 130 N Broadway, Suite 150. The new business will feature craft coffee, a full service wine bar, La Baguette pastries and desserts, gourmet grilled cheese, waffles and a fresh brunch menu. It will be open seven days a week. Campbell Corner is a retail and office lifestyle center also featuring Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop and the Mainstream Boutique.
Edmond City Council will hold a budget workshop at 3:30 p.m. Monday and its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.
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