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.
First pitch is near
at softball complex
Lighting at the new softball complex at Edmond 66 Park has been installed and the directional aiming is scheduled for Monday, City Manager Larry Stevens said. Installation of the scoreboard also is scheduled for next week. The replacement of the potable water well also is expected to start. When the well is installed and connected to the concession building, the complex will be ready to open for the fall season. Dedication of the playground equipment, donated by the Edmond Rotary Club, will be at noon Wednesday. A synthetic sports turf will be placed under the playground for a softer landing area from. “We are getting close to getting up and running and we all will be happy,” Stevens said.
It’s a fact
Citylink, Edmond’s public transportation service, started five years ago and includes four local routes, one express route to and from Oklahoma City that runs 12 times a day, and an on-demand paratransit service. Ridership has increased by nearly 300 percent since the service began. The service is free to the riders.
Edmond Public Schools, the fourth largest public school district in Oklahoma, serves about 23,000 students and employs more than 2,500 people. The first day of school is Tuesday.
Edmond Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Reader Terri Derrick asked: “The exit at the Bryant Square shopping center, west onto Bryant Avenue across from Lowe’s, is always a problem. The lights have a left turn arrow, but it would help if they placed signs on the light bar to show which lane you need to be in to turn left.”
City Engineer Steve Manek answered: “I go this way often, and have not had any issues, as normally if you are in a left lane with a turn arrow you know to turn left. I thought the pavement had markings on it, but I could be mistaken. I will send this to the street department to take a look.”
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Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer