Edmond city council members want to move the Public Safety Center project to the vote of the people for a second time.
There are a number of unanswered questions about the center that would house police headquarters, a holding jail, public safety communications and emergency management operations.
How will be center be funded, what size will it be and where will it be constructed are tough questions before city leaders.
Voters turned down a $31 million proposal to build a new center that would have increased property taxes.…
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City officials are encouraged about residential building permits are on the increase.
Edmond has experienced a four-year cumulative decline of 65 percent in residential permits from 2006 through 2009.
For the past seven consecutive months, city officials reported that the sell of building permits are on the increase.
Since August, building permits have increased from 115 to 158, a 37 percent increase.
City officials saw a 52 percent increase in the number of building permits during the first two months of 2010.…
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Mayor Patrice Douglas and the city council plan to honor Edmond’s three high schools for raising $919,739.88 for local charities.
Student leaders will be recognized at the city council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the city council chambers, 20 S Littler Ave.
This year, each high school took on separate events and organized a fundraiser for charities.
Edmond Memorial High School organized SWINE Week and raised $527,704.88 for the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children.
Edmond North High School held BALTO (Bring a Light to Others) Week and rasied $232,000 for Victory Junction Camp, a camp for special needs children in North Carolina.
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Edmond Economic Development Authority’s 2010 Economic Abstract has been released.
The annual Edmond economic profile contains demographic information including population, income levels, cost of licing, crime figures, traffic counts and more in the 14-page publication.
The abstract also features information on Edmond’s residential and commercial real estate markets, retail and hotel development, taxable sales statistics and public and higher education information.
“This information is critical to the (authority’s) recruitment efforts and plays a significant role in a company’s decision to expand their business in Edmond,” said Executive Director Janet Yowell.…
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A new state-of-the-art mobile classroom to be used to teach civilian motorcyclists across the state will be revealed Tuesday in Norman.
The classroom and equipment were purchased for the Edmond Police Department with a $150,000 grant from Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
The statewide Motorcycle Survival Course will mirror Edmond’s course they first offered to more experienced riders in 1978. The free course, offered twice a year, has trained hundreds of Edmond motorcyclists.
Edmond officers can now take the course around Oklahoma because of the grant money which will partly pay for the officers’ travel and time.…
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Edmond police were called to the Chapel Ridge Apartments, 501 W 15th St., more than anywhere else in the city during 2009.
Officers went to the apartments 404 times, according to Edmond Police Department’s 2009 annual report released this week.
Rolling Greens Apartments, 400 E Danforth Road, was next in line with 294 calls for an officer during the year. Officers were called to Bryant Place Apartments, 1600 Kickingbird Road, 256 times during the 12-month period.
Coming in fourth and fifth place are two of the city’s busiest intersections.…
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It is published annually by the authority and sponsored by Francis Tuttle Technology Center.
The abstract offers information about Edmond’s residential and commercial real estate markets, retail and hotel development, taxable sales statistics and public and higher education information.
“This information is critical to the (authority’s) recruitment efforts and plays a significant role in a company’s decision to expand their business in Edmond,” said Janet Yowell, the authority’s executive director.…
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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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