Edmond Exchange, April 29
Mayor Charles Lamb and Councilmen Darrell Davis and Nick Massey will be sworn into office at 6 p.m. Monday at the Edmond Council Chambers, 20 S Littler Ave. Lamb won the April election, giving him a third full two-year term. Davis ran unopposed making this his second full four-year term as Ward 3 councilman. Massey was unopposed in Ward 4 for his second four-year term. Municipal Judge Diane Slayton will preside over the ceremony. A reception will follow at the Downtown Community Center, 28 E Main. New Edmond Police Chief JD Younger will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Monday at the municipal court building, 101 E First Street.
City officials this week signed an agreement with the Edmond Public Schools for the development and operation of an indoor and outdoor tennis complex.
The partnership provides for a $14 million complex with up to 10 indoor courts and a minimum of 18 outdoor courts on property near the northeast corner of 15th Street and Kelly Avenue.
The city has already purchased the land for $2.5 million. The agreement is for 30 years.
The schools will manage the construction of the center and the city will reimburse the schools 39 percent of the design and construction invoices up to $4.5 million, said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons.
The project may be completed by the end of 2018.
Performing arts study
City council members agreed this week to spend $170,000 on a needs assessment for a performing arts center near downtown. The project would be a partnership between the city and the University of Central Oklahoma. Once it is completed, the partners will split the bill, paying $85,000 each. Council members also agreed to hire Hornbeek Blatt Architects for the study. In November, the city and UCO signed a memorandum of understanding to hire a consultant to order the study.
Chicken permits for sale
Six homeowners had purchased permits to have chickens in their backyards by midmorning Friday. The $25 one-time permit went on sale for the first time in Edmond on Wednesday.
The new ordinance allows chickens and laying hens on property with a minimum area of 30,000 square feet or .68 of an acre.
Three people were turned away because their property did not meet the square footage requirements, said City Clerk Kory Atcuson.
People living on lots larger than five acres or property zoned agricultural do not require a permit.
Based upon the lot size, the number of chickens or laying hens allowed are as follows:
•0.68 to one acre: two to eight chickens or laying hens
•1.01 to two acres: up to 12 chickens or laying hens
•2.01 to three acres: up to 18 chickens or laying hens
•3.01 to four acres: up to 24 chickens or laying hens
•4.01 to five acres: up to 30 chickens or laying hens
The city ordinance and permit does not supersede any homeowner association rules regarding chickens or laying hens.
To get a permit, go to the city clerk's office, 24 E First Street. One must have a driver's license and city of Edmond utility bill.
Fine for violating the city's chicken ordinance is $200.
Farmers market closed Saturday
Edmond Farmers Market will be closed Saturday because of heavy rains that are forecast to last throughout the day. The May 6 farmers market will be relocated at J.L. Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, because the Festival Market Place will be used for the Edmond Arts Festival. Shoppers should expect a smaller market that day because it will be located between the basketball court and baseball fields. The full market will return to Festival Market Place on May 13.
Edmond Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Edmond City Council budget hearings are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Downtown Arts Festival opens at 10 a.m. Friday and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, May 7.
Reader Jim Wells asked: "I live on the southwest corner of Garrett and 15th Street. The city a few years ago put in handicap access ramps on this corner. What is puzzling is there is no sidewalk extending westward from Garrett. There is about a 200-yard stretch between Garrett and the Walnut Creek addition where there is no sidewalk. And toward the Walnut Creek addition, there are limbs and brush that extend toward the road that prevent foot traffic from getting by. What we see on a daily basis are people crossing 15th in front of our house to the north side of the street so that they can get by. It's extremely dangerous. Can the city complete that section of sidewalk and clear the area for foot traffic?"
Public Works Director Herb Blomquist answered: "Several years ago the federal government provided stimulus funds to communities for infrastructure projects. One of the projects in the city of Edmond was the overlay of 15th Street from Bryant Avenue to Coltrane Road. One of the federal requirements for overlay projects is to construct ADA ramps at all intersecting streets even if connecting sidewalk is not present. Currently sidewalk construction in this area is not budgeted but could be considered along with other areas throughout the city in future budget discussions."
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