Oak Tree housing plat gets recommendation
A preliminary plat to build 21 single family lots on 15.51 acres in Oak Tree housing addition was recommended for approval this week by the Edmond Planning Commission.
The property is on the east side of Santa Fe Avenue and south of Waterloo Road.
Developer Bryan Coon, with Huitt-Zollars Inc., asked planning commissioners to approve the plat and give him more time to determine if a $1 million house would fit on a limited lot near the 15th hole on Oak Tree National golf course.
Planning Chairman Barry Moore, who cast the single no vote, said he walked the area and doesn’t know how a house could be built on the lot, which might sell for between $300,000 and $400,000.
Coon promised concerned neighbors the alignment of the creek would not be changed.
U.S. Senior Open continues in Edmond
Oak Tree National in Edmond is the center of attention as the U.S. Senior Open Championship continues through the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday offer an increased level of excitement, when the 156-player field is reduced to the low 60 scorers and ties.
Players begin their rounds from the first tee, starting at about 8 a.m.
A trophy presentation to crown the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Champion will be held on the 18th green late Sunday afternoon.
Championship officials recommend spectators arrive early for the best view and best grandstand seats.
About a dozen people have sought medical attention for heat-related illnesses at the golf tournament since Tuesday.
EMSA and Edmond fire paramedics and a medical team from Integris Health Edmond are on hand. They are asking spectators to drink water before going to the golf course and continue to drink water throughout the day’s events. Drinking alcohol or other caffeinated drinks is strongly discouraged. They encourage people to seek shaded areas and wear light-colored clothing.
For more information, read The Oklahoman’s sports section or go to www.NewsOK.com.
Waterline work nears completion on street
Work to relocate the waterline at 33rd Street and Broadway is almost complete. This is the first step to add turn lanes at the intersection, the busiest one in Edmond. The project cost $500,000.
Planners approve 127-acre rezoning
A request to rezone 127 acres from general agricultural to single family west of Douglas Boulevard and north of Coffee Creek Road was approved this week by the planning commission.
Keith Beatty, of Isch and Associates Engineers, said city water and sewer services will be extended to the property where 168 lots are planned.
City council members will make a final decision on the rezoning on July 28.
The property could be developed with two-acre lots with private water wells and septic tanks.
A drainage study will be necessary, Beatty said.
Don’t forget about registering to vote
Edmond voters and others across Oklahoma have until Aug. 1 to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 runoff election. Application forms can be obtained at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries, or online at www.elections.ok.gov.
It’s a fact
Every time it rains the potential exists for thousands of pounds of pet waste to wash down storm drains and into streams, rivers and lakes. If not disposed of properly, pet waste flows directly into nearby streams and creeks without being treated at wastewater treatment facilities. Pets, children playing outside and adult gardeners are most at risk for infection from some of the bacteria and parasites found in pet waste.
Edmond City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Movie Night at the Park: “The Best Game Ever Played,” at dusk Friday at KickingBird Golf Club Driving Range, free, no outside food or drinks allowed. For more information, go to 359-4630 or www.edmondparks.com.
Reader Janet McDonald asked: My neighborhood is plagued with the cottonwood woes for about a month every year. There are three directly behind my property and one of the trees is growing through my neighborhood association’s fence. I know it is against the law to plant them now and it seems to me that in the past the city did offer some incentive for people to take them out. Even my 86-year-old father, who grew up on a large farm, could not believe that a city like Edmond would allow these trees. Please help!
Urban Forest Coordinator Ryan Ochsner answered: “Like your father did on the farm, removing unwanted trees quickly while they are young is the key to ensuring that they do not become menacing giants later on. If a tree damages your fence, or part of a neighbor’s tree falls on your property, the city does not become involved in those civil matters. Edmond is, however, the only city in the state to offer a hazard tree assistance program for trees originating in the street right of way. When a tree meets certain criteria, the Urban Forestry Department can have a tree in the street right-of-way pruned or removed to eliminate a hazard to the public. Though I almost never see cottonwood trees planted intentionally by people, it's actually not against the law. Mother Nature plants most of them.”
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Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer