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Edmond Exchange for Dec. 12, 2013

Edmond Exchange is a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: December 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm •  Published: December 12, 2013

Edmond Exchange

Change sought for public safety center

Council members are expected Jan. 13 to consider a request for $20,630 to pay for additional architect services for the public safety center under construction on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue.

The money would go for the design work for items left out of the original plans, members of the Edmond Public Safety Center Senior Steering Committee were told this week.

One of the larger costs is for a safe room in the second facility, just west of 33rd Street and Broadway, where a 15,000-square-foot building will be constructed for evidence and vehicle storage along with the crime laboratory.

Another $19,329 would be for a commercial refrigerator for the crime lab. Technicians now use three or four household refrigerators to preserve evidence.

“These are some things we totally missed,” said Assistant Police Chief Steve Thompson.

The preliminary estimate is $387,000 for the needed items. A definite cost will be available after the design work is completed.

These are the first changes in the contracts since the $27.5 million public safety center complex was approved.

Sales tax collections

record an increase

Edmond sales tax collections for the first six months of the fiscal year are 18.9 percent above the same period two years ago.

City officials calculated this year's budget using collections from two years ago. They think last year's figures were elevated because of roof repairs and large, one-time purchases. They included a 6 percent growth in this year's budget.

“The numbers remain very positive this month,” said City Manager Larry Stephens. “We are three times above what our projections were.” For the 3.75 percent city sales tax, Edmond has collected $30,487,199 so far this fiscal year.

Edmond has collected $12.7 million from a half-cent sales tax to build the new public safety center complex. More than $11,366 in interest also has been received. Collection of the half-cent tax started in April 2012 and will last for five years.

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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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