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Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrapup of what is going on in Edmond.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: August 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: August 14, 2014
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photo - Above:  Former Edmond Mayor Randel Shadid and Beverly Chaumont, Edmond Visual Arts Commission chairwoman, unveil “Water Bearer II
Above: Former Edmond Mayor Randel Shadid and Beverly Chaumont, Edmond Visual Arts Commission chairwoman, unveil “Water Bearer II" during the dedication Tuesday at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. David McDaniel - The Oklahoman

Edmond Exchange

More public art is dedicated

Former Mayor Randel Shadid and Edmond Visual Arts Commission Chairwoman Beverly Chaumont unveiled Edmond’s latest piece of public art this week in front of the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.

The Shirley Thomson-Smith sculpture “Water Bearer II” is valued at more than $40,000. Private donors formed a partnership with the city to buy the public art.

The city now has more than 150 sculptures and various pieces of art displayed throughout Edmond.

The city owns three other sculptures by Smith, who was born in St. Louis and lives in Oklahoma City.

She attended the dedication ceremony.

Thomson-Smith’s figurative sculptures have won fans among galleries, collectors, institutions and professional associations. In 1985, she became the fourth woman to be admitted to the National Academy of Western Arts when she was chosen to exhibit in its annual show at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Public Safety Center costs increase with changes

City council members this week approved $166,715 for changes discovered during the construction of the public safety center complex downtown and in south Edmond.

That increases the cost for the complex to $28.5 million, up from the original bid of almost $27.5 million.

The biggest increase this time was for $70,553 to add card readers and other modifications in the detention center at the headquarters at First Street and Littler Avenue.

“This was added from the original plan to allow more flexibility in the detention center,” said Steve Commons, assistant city manager. “In the original plan, master control was required to unlock each door.”

Edmond voters approved a half-cent sales tax for five years to pay for the public safety center complex. Since April 2012 when the tax started, the city has collected $18.2 million, with interest, to construct the complex.

Fox Lake commercial proposal moves forward

A revised final plat of the Shoppes at Fox Lake, formerly called Fox Lake Plaza, was approved this week by the city council. The plat contains 15.94 acres and four commercial lots. Developer Jim Tapp, with Fox Lake Investments, went before the council and planning commissioners because the original plat was never completed or accepted by the council. Zoning for this property is light industrial on the front, restricted light industrial and neighborhood commercial. A Whataburger and Discount Tires are planned for the development.

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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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