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Edmond council approves softball field funding

Edmond City Council will spend almost $5.2 million on new adult softball fields. The fields will be part of the city's new fourth community park to be on the northeast corner of Post Road and State Highway 66.
by Diana Baldwin Published: August 28, 2012

— City council members have approved spending nearly $5.2 million for new adult softball fields, more than originally budgeted.

The unanimous vote came with little discussion. Members of the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force had declined to recommend spending $1.6 million more than budgeted.

The four-field complex is in Edmond's fourth community park being created on the northeast corner of Post Road and State Highway 66.

Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said an increase in sales tax revenues and $1.2 million more than anticipated from bond refinancing gives the city enough money to move forward with the project.

Council members had budgeted $4.2 million for the complex. The fund has $3.6 million remaining after $600,000 was spent on design work that was delayed nearly six months.

Part of the problem is that $4.2 million originally was budgeted for the project a number of years ago, and the amount was never increased as time went by, Commons said.

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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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