Police academy starts
Despite snow on the ground and cold temperatures, eight cadets began their quest to become Edmond police officers this week during an outdoor ceremony to launch the city's fourth police academy.
Three of the cadets are former or current members of the military. All will complete 748 hours of training during the 20-week academy coordinated by Sgt. Jeff Richardson and officers Kyle Stoy, Randy Payne and Bryan Weathers.
The ceremony got underway with bagpipe music, the salute to the American flag and opening remarks by Police Chief Bob Ricks.
The new cadets are Michael Kennemer, Greg Gardner, Andrew Miller, Niles Lick, Dakota Seales, Jon Horn, Andrew Deyager and Austin Redd. They come from across the state.
Starting pay for the cadets is $47,025 a year.
Officials plan new Crest store
Edmond planning commissioners recommended this week rezoning 36.75 acres on the northwest corner of Sooner and Covell roads to make way for a possible grocery store and four pad sites, one that could be for a hotel.
Officials said Crest Foods is involved in negotiations for property at that location. This would the second Crest Foods in Edmond. Corporate offices and a store are at 2200 W 15th Street.
Crest officials could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
Planning commissioners agreed to rezone the property from single family and general commercial planned unit developments to a commercial planned unit development.
City council members will make a final decision Feb. 24.
City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said the development will extend west to the Fairfax Business Park and also will involve moving some of the Fairfax Golf Course.
A new road will be built along the north and west sides of a majority of the project, with a grocery store planned south of the road or drive, Schiermeyer said.
The request for rezoning and to amend Edmond's Plan Amendment was made by Fairfax Joint Ventures.
Todd McKinnis, attorney for J.W. Armstrong, said the city's announcement to improve Covell Road at that location spurred retail possibilities.
“As Bob (Schiermeyer) says, we have run out of spaces for retail, this is one area that we have,” McKinnis said.