Edmond Exchange for Sept. 26, 2013

Edmond Exchange, a wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.
by Diana Baldwin and William Crum Published: September 26, 2013

EDMOND EXCHANGE

Ambulance

sign-up set

Residents have until Oct. 30 to opt out or sign up for the city's program that provides ambulance service for $3 a month.

The monthly fee attached to utility bills pays for a membership in Emergency Medical Services Authority's TotalCare program. EMSA will pay what the resident's insurance does not pay or the total bill if there is no insurance, said Ross VanderHamm, city finance director and city clerk.

“There are no changes in the program,” VanderHamm said.

Residents can check their utility bills for the $3 charge listed as TotalCare to determine if they are enrolled.

Apartment dwellers can participate even if the owner chooses to opt out of the TotalCare program. To sign up individually, call 396-2888.

To opt out, call 359-4541.

Softball sod

gets water

New sod at the softball complex at Edmond 66 Park was being watered Wednesday.

City officials and members of the Edmond Adult Softball Association, which will operate the complex, will hold a grand opening in March at the Edmond 66 Park Softball Complex.

Contractors are nearly finished with the $5.2 million project, but officials want to wait until spring to give the sod a chance to establish in the outfield. They also need to have lights and a scoreboard installed and expect to go out for bids soon.

The four-field softball complex is in Edmond's new community park on the northeast corner of Post Road and State Highway 66. The concessions and restroom will have a Route 66 theme.

Police to get new guns

Edmond police will purchase new firearms for the entire force. Money and assets forfeited by criminals will pay for the new guns.

The officers will trade in their old guns, which will reduce the price from $67,900 to 27,900, Police Chief Bob Ricks told city councilors this week.

The department will buy a Glock Fourth Generation G21 weapon for all the officers and for the eight new recruits chosen to attend the Feb. 3 police academy. The police chief had not asked for money in the budget to hire new officers until four officers were deployed by the military, one went on permanent disability and three were injured.

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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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by William Crum
Reporter
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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