Workers still busy
at splash pad
Construction on Edmond’s first splash pad is continuing despite rain showers that have slowed the project.
“We won’t complain about the rain in July,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.
The $430,000 splash pad is being constructed in Barnett Field, Main Street and Kelly Avenue.
Wynn Construction is expected to be finished in time for an opening by the end of August.
“Our staff anticipates staying open through September this year to give neighborhood residents a chance to use the new facility and work out any kinks for next year,” Stevens said.
Sales tax returns bring ‘good news’
The first sales tax collection check for the new fiscal year is 8.53 percent more than was collected for the same time a year ago.
The July sales collection tax brought the city $5.4 million, $436,761 more than in 2013. The budget projection for this fiscal year is 6 percent.
The collection period was from the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June.
“The first check of the new fiscal year picks up where we ended last year, as the good news continues,” Stevens said. “We are blessed.”
Last year, sales tax collections were 15.7 percent above revenue received for the same period two years ago, the numbers used to calculate the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. Financial officials revised the budget after sales tax collections continued to come in above projected.
Edmond has collected $17.5 million from a half-cent sales tax to build the new public safety center complex. More than $14,900 in interest also has been received. Collection of the half-cent tax started in April 2012.
The original bid for the project was $27.5 million. The cost has grown to $28.4 million with change orders including a $499,876 increase that was approved this week by the city council. The cost has gone up $902,280 since it started.
Electronic signs vote is set for April 7
Council members passed this week a resolution for an April 7 election on an initiative petition to ban electronic signs in Edmond.
Petitions contained 1,109 signatures when turned in at city hall on May 19 by former Mayors Saundra Naifeh, Dan O’Neil and Randal Shadid.
City staff found 973 valid signatures during the verification process. Those opposing the electronic signs needed 644 valid signatures for the city to call an election. They collected 339 more than that.
“Let’s have it,” Naifeh said, waving her arms from her seat in the audience.
The vote was unanimous.
Council members passed an ordinance on Jan. 13 allowing electronic message signs along arterial streets and roads such as Broadway, Edmond Road, Second Street and Interstate 35. The new ordinance is stricter than those in most cities, officials said.
Edmond ‘demonstrates quality’ with golf
Mayor Charles Lamb complimented Edmond this week on its role in hosting the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National.
“Edmond demonstrated quality,” Lamb said at this week’s city council meeting. “Everything went well except the heat. Edmond shined.”
Lamb said 107,000 people came to Edmond for the tournament, not counting the 2,100 volunteers and all the city employees who were there.
“(Councilman) Darrell Davis and I got to go back behind the scenes last week. We saw the budgets working,” Lamb said. “I was thoroughly impressed with the public safety.”
Officials estimated the tournament would bring a $12.9 million economic impact to the city. The actual economic impact figures have not been calculated.
It’s a fact
Edmond Economic Development Authority is created to help stimulate growth of Edmond’s economy. The authority lays the groundwork for both new and existing businesses, offering services that facilitate growth and expand those businesses in order to generate opportunities to increase the sales tax base for the city. Edmond and the authority offer an Edmond Economic Incentive Policy that on a case-by-case basis considers economic development incentives with a goal to stimulate growth in the city.
Edmond Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Edmondopoly, a life-size game where people portray the famous pieces, is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Chitwood Park, one block east of Kelly Avenue between First and Main streets.
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Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer