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.
School board election
Jan. 17 is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the Feb. 11 annual school board elections.
Cynthia Benson, 44, and Stephanie Bills, 48, will face each other for the Edmond School Board Seat 4 race.
A registered voter must be a U.S. citizen, an Oklahoma resident and be at least 18 years old. The voter registration application form must be postmarked no later than midnight Jan. 17.
It's a fact
Financing for the Park Tax Fund is an ongoing 1/8 cent sales tax that is used primarily for capital improvements. The special tax was approved in 1992 and expanded in 2000 to include all city parks. Major funding projects this year are the development of Carl Reherman Park, lighting for softball fields at Edmond 66 Park and landscaping improvements around the new Edmond Recreation Aquatic Center in J.L. Mitch Park.
Santa Claus is scheduled to fly into the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport at 1 p.m. Saturday. Photos, hot cocoa and candy canes will be available. The airport is at 520 Airport Road in Guthrie.
Edmond's last city council meeting for 2013 is set for 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at 20 S Littler Ave.
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Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer