Edmond Exchange for July 3

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Oklahoman Published: July 3, 2014
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Softball complex is delayed

Delays have put Edmond softball players back on the bench while city workers try to finish the new complex at Edmond 66 Park, on the northeast corner of Post Road off State Highway 66.

Players thought they would be using the new $6 million complex by this month. They have been waiting for more than a dozen years.

“It will be beautiful when it opens,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. “We can’t seem to get a break.”

One of the latest delays was after the water well collapsed and the original subcontractor walked off the job.

“The good thing is it is now in a better spot,” Commons said.

Rain also has delayed installation of the lighting. Commons said the lights are assembled and ready to be installed, but the rain showers continue.

The third delay was getting a permit from the state Department of Health. Civil engineer Ernie Isch broke his leg jumping out of an airplane on his 70th birthday after the city hired him for the job. He has been out of the office several weeks, Commons said.

“We have already lost some opportunities of people who wanted to come here,” Commons said.

Work on the fields, concessions and restrooms started in September 2012. The concessions and restrooms will have a Route 66 theme, similar to Pop’s eatery, which is about a half-mile east.

Edmond officials purchased 118 acres in the far eastern city limits for $1.5 million in 2007.

Watch water usage

A mandatory outdoor water conservation program that restricts lawn watering in Edmond continues despite the recent rains.

The mandatory odd-even watering plan replaced the city’s voluntary watering program. An agreement with Oklahoma City to purchase water during summer peak usage days required Edmond to implement a water conservation program at least as stringent as Oklahoma City’s water conservation program, said Kris Neifing, Edmond’s water resources superintendent. Edmond’s daily water use is typically 10 to 11 million gallons a day. That climbs to 23 million gallons during summer peak days. “People whose street addresses end in an odd number can water on odd-numbered days of the month. Residents whose street addresses end in an even number can only water on days of the month that end in an even number.

The odd-even watering plan is the first step of a five-step conservation plan that will be implemented if the water situation worsens.

Solid waste changes

Edmond residents who live in a two-square-mile section will have an amended solid waste pickup schedule during the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National that starts Monday. The change is an effort to better serve the residents by reducing the traffic flow during the peak times. Neighborhoods affected include all Oak Tree neighborhoods between Santa Fe Avenue and Broadway between Waterloo Road and Sorghum Mill Road; Deer Creek Estates, north of Sorghum Mill only, and any individual residences not part of a subdivision between Broadway and the west city limits and between Waterloo and Sorghum Mill roads. Trash will be picked up on Tuesday instead of Friday.

Fourth of July closing

City offices will be closed Friday. Friday’s garbage pickup will be delayed until Saturday.

It’s a fact

The total water delivered to Edmond customers for 2013 was 3.63 billion gallons. That averages out to 9.95 million gallons per day.

Congratulations

Karen Helton was appointed to the Metropolitan Library Commission to replace Stephanie West, who moved out of town.

Jimmie Lou Yakel was re-appointed to the Edmond Public Transportation Committee.

Roger Harms was appointed to the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport Board.

What’s next

LibertyFest Parade begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond.

LiberytFest Parkfest starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

LibertyFest fireworks start at 10 p.m. Friday on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

Need answers?

Got questions about Edmond and its road construction, the public safety center, traffic or anything else? Email your questions to dbaldwin@opubco.com. Edmond Exchange will find an answer.

DIANA BALDWIN

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