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Edmond Exchange for June 27, 2014

Edmond Exchange is a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: June 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm •  Published: June 28, 2014

Edmond Exchange

U.S. Senior Open update — 10 days

Edmond residents in a two-square-mile area will have an amended solid waste pickup schedule during the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament taking place July 7-13 at Oak Tree National.

The one-time change is designed to reduce traffic flow during the peak time of the event.

Neighborhoods affected are all Oak Tree neighborhoods between Santa Fe Avenue and Broadway and between Waterloo and Sorghum Mill; 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.

For those areas, solid waste and recycling will be picked up on Tuesday of that week, July 8, instead of the regularly scheduled day on Friday. Pickup schedules for the area will return to normal the following week.

Chamber officials estimate 140,000 people will be in Edmond for the tournament.

Rezoning for assisted living is approved

A request by TCG Development, of Fort Worth, Texas, to rezone a 10-acre tract of land near Danforth and Coltrane roads for a two-story independent and assisted living retirement project was approved this week by the city council by a vote of 4-1.

The developer wanted to change the zoning from restricted commercial to multi-family planned unit development.

Councilman Darrell Davis cast the single negative vote from the council. He said he didn’t like losing commercial zoning. The request was opposed by nearby neighbors and had been turned down by the planning commission.

Homeowners were concerned the building didn’t blend with the neighborhood. They were more agreeable at the council meeting because the developer had agreed to include a 132-foot buffer and a fence to match the one around the Faircloud housing addition.

City council helps agencies with $1.4M

Council members approved $1,423,619 for 16 social and community enrichment agencies for the new fiscal year that begins Tuesday.

Money will go to U R Special Ministries, $17,000; Edmond Family Counseling, $147,500; HOPE Center, $160,000; Edmond Mobile Meals, $55,000; Parents Helping Parents, $15,000; Ministries of Jesus, $50,000; Project Read, $12,000, and Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, $25,000.

Also, Edmond Round-Up Club, $7,000; Character Council of Edmond, $7,700; UCO Sports and Recreation, $12,000; LibertyFest, $60,000; Edmond Historic Preservation Trust, $25,000; Citylink Access Paratransit Service, $50,000; Edmond Historical Society and Museum, $215,000, and Edmond Economic Development Authority, $565,419.

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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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