City and Edmond Economic Development Authority officials are continuing to campaign for people to shop in Edmond.
The biggest reason for this push is the economic downturn has decreased the amount of sales tax money available to run city government and its services.
Posters listing reasons why to shop in Edmond can be seen all over the city.
The number one reason to spend money in Edmond is because the sales tax is 7.75 percent, less than most surrounding areas.
Other reasons are:
Shopping in Edmond supports local merchants who contribute to local fundraising and pay property taxes that help fund public schools.…
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Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas reappointed five people to city boards and commissions.
Kay Bickham, a former city council member, was reappointed to the board of adjustments and board of appeals. Her term ends February 2013.
Bill Horn, a key member of the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport Board, was reappointed. His new term ends February 2013.
Ken Rees was appointed for his second term on the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force. His term expires March 2013.
Joe Downs was reappointed to the Public Works Committee until May 2011.…
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The increases, ranging from 50 cents to $1, is expected to bring in $50,000 of additional revenue.
City council members approved the fee increases this week. Increases were proposed by the KickingBird Golf Advisory Board after comparing Edmond’s prices to those at nearby golf courses.
The last increase was in spring 2008.
Officials have identified over $45,000 in needed improvements.
“We need to increase rates to replace aging assets, cover increases in operational expenses and make capital improvements,” said Brian Soerensen, head PGA professional at KickingBird.
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It is budget time in Edmond.
The job is tougher when it entails calculating a city budget with sales tax collections on the downside. Belts have to be tightened and not everyone is going to get what they want.
City staff is expected to recommend a budget for the next fiscal year figuring zero sales tax growth.
Some popular program like matching taxpayer funds for public artwork might be on the chopping block.
The staff’s proposed budget is expected to be presented to the city council April 30.…
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Edmond’s 2009 average cost of living index ranks 11.1 percent below the national average, according to the latest Cost of Living Index by ACCRA, the association of community and economic development research professsionals.
Edmond’s 2009 average index was 88.9. The cost of living increased .2 percent from the 2008 annual average.
Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic Development Authority executive director, said, “By participating in the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, we can offer customized cost of living comparison data to assist companies in their decisions to locate here.…
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Edmond Planning Commissioners recommended Tuesday that a 5-acre track of land in the northern part of the city be divided into two lots.
The property is located east of Coltrane Road and about a half mile north of Sorghum Mill Road.
Owner Roy Cowan wants the property divided so a second home can be built there, said City Planner Bob Schiermeyer.
The exsisting home at 5724 N Coltrane Road will be on a 92,960-square-foot piece of property. The lot located to the east of the existing house will be 109,560-square-feet.…
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Construction started today on Littler Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets.
Work is necessary on a section of roadway up to 60 feet long because of a sewer line that was installed under the street, said Stuart Batchelor, a city engineering inspector.
The sewer line was part of the construction on a new multi-story building at the southwest corner of Littler Avenue and Fifth Street by owner Mark Neighbors. The line ran diagonally across Littler Avenue, Batchelor said.
The work was near the south parking lot behind the Jazz Lab and Hideaway Pizza.…
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City officials are looking for a new place to park vehicles and horse trailers belonging to riders using the equestrian trails at Arcadia Lake.
The current parking lot at the end of Air Depot Boulevard, just south of 33rd Street, is small and hard for the trailers to turn around.
Problems with the equestrian trails and the parking was brought to city officials’ attention during public hearings about the proposed Carl Reherman Park, to be located on the southern tip of the lake near the riding trails.…
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Mayor Patrice Douglas made four reappointments to the Arts and Humanities Council this week.
Ines Burnham, Vicky Weaver, Nick Massey and Brad Fielding were reappointed to a terms that expires February 2013.
Ward 3 Councilman Charles Lamb recommended the reappointment of Jim Hicks to the Edmond Fish and Game Commission. His term will expire January 2014.
Council members unanimously approved the five reappointments.…
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Contractor for the new $6.1 million Covell Road underpass is still holding on to a March completion deadline despite weekly doses of bad weather.
Of course, they don’t give that deadline without saying WEATHER PERMITTING.
City Manager Larry Stevens told city council members Monday that the contractor has moved paving equipment on-site, but the recent winter weather has not allowed the work to begin.
Preliminary surveying work needed for the paving was scheduled to begin this week, Stevens said.
Contractor asked for a 140-day extension in December. The joint state Department of Transportation and city of Edmond project was originally scheduled to be completed in mid-November.…
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