Edmond Exchange for Jan. 23, 2014

Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: January 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014

Edmond Exchange

Chipping of discarded Christmas trees begins

City crews started this week chipping more than 1,450 discarded Christmas trees into cedar mulch.

The free mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 7.

The mulch will be available to Edmond residents at J.L. Mitch Park in the north parking lot adjacent to Marilyn Williams Drive, across from the Multipurpose Activity Center.

“The mulch is very popular, and it doesn't last very long,” said Wesley Dedmon, Edmond's solid waste customer coordinator.

Federal money will be awarded for roadwork

An Edmond administrator said this week the city will receive $5 million to improve the Covell Road and Interstate 35 interchange.

The federal money will be awarded through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.

The project is estimated to cost more than $10 million.

Edmond officials had budgeted $4 million, but had to add another $1.5 million to be eligible for the available federal money, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons told members of the Capital Project and Financing Task Force Board.

“It is a more 50-50 share,” Commons said. “That was all the money that was available.”

For most projects, cities pay 20 percent of the cost of the project.

Money will come from a special tax passed in 2000 for capital improvements.

Plans are underway in Edmond to make Covell Road four lanes with a median from Santa Fe Road east to Interstate 35. Work started on the west end of the project.

City staff members think work needs to move next to the east end of the project because of plans to build a conference center and hotel, sports complex, restaurants and retail establishments on three corners of Covell and the interstate.

Another OnCue store may be approved

Planning commissioners this week recommended approving a site plan and preliminary plat for a new OnCue store on the northwest corner of Kelly Avenue and 33rd Street.

City council members will make a final decision Feb. 10.

The convenience store building will be 6,650 square feet with 40 parking spaces and bicycle racks on 2.12 acres.

A 20-foot tall sign with electronic fuel pricing, located on the northwest corner, is too tall and requires a variance from the city code, which allows a sign on Kelly to be only 6 feet tall with no electronic pricing.

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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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