Work can be seen online
People can watch from their computers as construction crews build the city's new public safety center by going to www.edmondok.com/index.aspx?NID=1079. A camera is focused on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue, where the four-story building will be constructed over the next two years.
The $27.5 million public safety center complex includes the downtown building that will house police headquarters, public safety communications and emergency management operations. A second 15,000-square-foot building near 33rd Street and Broadway is for the police department's crime lab and evidence and vehicle storage.
Voters in October 2011 approved a half-cent sales tax for five years to pay for the two buildings. Timberlake Construction Co., of Oklahoma City, is the contractor and should start work within a few weeks. Crews will first dig down 16 to 18 feet to make room for the basement, where the jail will be located.
Parking and driving around downtown will be altered during the construction. City officials and contractors are still working out the details.
Two city officials get raises
City Manager Larry Stevens and City Attorney Stephen Murdock have been hired for another year by the Edmond City Council. The vote to retain the top two city employees came after a 20-minute executive session this week.
Stevens and Murdock each were given a 3.78 percent raise by unanimous vote. Stevens became city manager March 15, 2002. He will be making $156,940 annually with the pay raise. Murdock has been city attorney since Sept. 6, 1986. His new annual salary is $134,755.
Council approves Sam's Club plat
A final plat for the new Sam's Club under construction in Edmond was approved by the city council this week. The 138,445-square-foot store and fuel station are scheduled to open Oct. 3.
The new business, on 15.98 acres north of Walmart Supercenter along Interstate 35 on land once known as Fox Lake Plaza, is expected to employ 200 people. Edmond's store, at 1117 W I-35 Frontage Road, will be the 10th Sam's Club in Oklahoma.
Sam's Club officials would not disclose the cost of the new building. The construction cost is listed as $7.5 million on the commercial building permit filed with the city.
“The new Edmond Sam's Club is being constructed with a variety of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient fixtures,” said Mark Scott, manager of public relations for Sam's. “For instance, daylight-harvesting skylights reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily.”
The Edmond store will have a fuel station for Sam's members and a pharmacy open to members and to the public. Sam's Club also offers an optical department for routine eye exams and free monthly health screening to help members with healthy preventive measures.
Swim season nears its end
Three days are left to swim this season at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center. The Edmond swimming pool, at 1034 Bryant Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and noon to 5 p.m. Monday.
Holiday closures are planned
Edmond city offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Trash will not be picked up on Monday and will be delayed by one day throughout the week.
The Edmond Planning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.
The Oklahoma Bicycle Society will hold its annual STREAK, a ride not a race, at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at J.L. Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive.
DIANA BALDWIN, STAFF WRITER