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Edmond City Council starts on new city budget

The city council held its first workshop to start talking about the budget for 2013-2014. City officials have additional money this year because sales tax collections have been up the first seven months of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
by Diana Baldwin Published: January 30, 2013
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Emergency design work and construction of repairs for Sooner bridge, which was shut down in September due to deterioration of the supports, was one suggestion made by VanderHamm. The cost is expected to be $297,292.

A second suggestion was to pay $400,000 for the move and temporary home for the employees of the administration building where the public safety center will be built.

There would be $161,000 left, VanderHamm said.

“We don't have a shortfall of projects,” he said.

Mayor Charles Lamb said he could advocate spending more than $2 million that is annually budgeted for road repairs.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner said she is interested in having money available to assist with a public-private project to create a multipurpose trail from Mercy Health Edmond, south of 15th Street, to the north and east to Arcadia Lake.

Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell said she would like to see the reserve fund increased. She said she wanted to wait before spending the money.

“I don't want us to look at it like a penny burning a hole in our pocket,” Caldwell said.

City staff members will come up with a list of projects that could be completed if there is additional money.

“We are just getting started,” VanderHamm said. “It is critical that people understand that we take this serious.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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