Edmond police and emergency dispatch officials say they are out of space.
A new building to give them more room is the focus of an election Tuesday. Voters are being asked to approve a half-cent increase in the city's sales tax over the next five years to raise $25.5 million for a 75,000-square-foot structure, which would house police headquarters, jail cells, a 911 communications center and emergency operations.
“Our main restriction right now is the amount of space we have,” said Matt Stillwell, director of central communications and emergency management for Edmond.
The center is located in the basement of the Edmond courthouse and is susceptible to flooding.
It handles 911 calls and emergency planning and response for disasters like tornadoes, floods and wildfires.
Stillwell said the plan is to put administrative offices in the same place as 911 dispatchers. Additional space would be available where officials could gather and make emergency plans.
There are actually two propositions on the ballot Tuesday for Edmond voters. The first authorizes the city to implement the sales tax. The second proposition authorizes the city to borrow $7.3 million from the city's hospital trust fund.
The money would be used to finance construction of the police station and would be paid back like a loan.
City officials are hosting a watch party for the election results at 7 p.m. at Kivlehen House. This is a scaled-down version of a project rejected by voters in 2008.
OTHER ELECTIONS ACROSS THE METRO AREA
BLAINE COUNTY (KINGFISHER and MAJOR COUNTIES)
Okeene School District I-9
- Proposition No. 1: A $1.2 million bond issue for construction, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings.
- Proposition No. 2: A $125,000 bond issue for transportation equipment.
City of Edmond:
- Proposition No. 1: A sales tax of 1/2 percent for five years to be used to design and build a multipurpose public safety center.
- Proposition No. 2: Shall the city change how the money generated by the sale of Edmond Memorial Hospital is invested.
Oakdale School District C-29:
- Proposition: A $3.75 million bond issue for constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings.
GARVIN COUNTY (MCCLAIN AND GRADY AFFECTED)
Lindsay School District I-9:
- Proposition No. 1: A $2.2 million bond issue for constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings.
- Proposition No. 2: A $350,000 bond issue for purchasing transportation equipment.
City of Lawton
- Proposition No. 1: Continuation of a 11/4 sales tax for capital improvements.
- Proposition No. 2: A $3.9 million bond for constructing fire department facilities including a new fire station on land to be acquired and the expansion of the Central Fire Station.
- Proposition No. 3: A $6.33 million bond for park and recreational facility improvements and landscaping.
- Proposition No. 4: A $4.9 million bond issue for economic and community development by continuing the rehabilitation and remodeling of the new City Hall facility.
- Proposition No. 5: A $1.9 million bond issue for construction of a solid waste management facility including a new maintenance facility at the city landfill.
- Proposition No. 6: A $400,000 bond issue for construction of a new Animal Welfare Facility to be located at the city's Public Works Yard.
- Proposition No. 7: A $1.3 million bond issue for building renovations including new roofs on city buildings.
- Proposition No. 8: A $600,000 bond issue for parking lot expansion and hanger construction at Lawton Municipal airport.
- Proposition No. 9: A $500,000 bond issue for rehabilitation of the McMahon Auditorium.
- Proposition No. 10: A $175,000 for the renovation of the Museum of the Great Plains Trading Post and Fort.
City of North Enid
- Proposition: A question of whether OG&E should be permitted to distribute and sell electricity within city limits of North Enid for the next 25 years.
STATE ELECTION (OKLAHOMA and CLEVELAND COUNTIES)
Senate District No. 43: Greg Childers, Republican and Kenneth Meador, Democrat