Edmond election today decides future of police headquarters

Two items on the ballot in Edmond today will determine whether the city builds a new $25.5 million facility to house police headquarters, the emergency call center and emergency operations.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Staff Writer mrolland@opubco.com Modified: October 11, 2011 at 9:49 am •  Published: October 11, 2011
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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.

 

OKLAHOMA COUNTY 

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.

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