Construction of Edmond's first designated bicycle lanes is almost finished along University Drive between Second Street and Chowning Avenue.
Work on the striping and placement of the signage was being completed this week.
University Drive was made into a two-lane road with a center turn lane and a bike lane on each side of the road. The project, including resurfacing, cost $697,054.
The project was recommended as part of the bicycle master plan adopted in November. The plan suggested 146.2 miles of paths, bike lanes and marked areas for people to ride bicycles throughout the city.
A celebration of the city's first designated bicycle route is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Plans for that day are to close University Drive, west of Washington and south to Ayers, so people can ride their bicycles or scooters or walk along the new roadway, said Jan Ramseyer Fees, a bicycle enthusiast and city planner.
There will be a ribbon cutting, music, displays about the city's trails and healthy food, she said.
New housing addition
Preliminary and final plats for 28 new single family homes on 57.91 acres were approved this week by Edmond planning commissioners.
Kanaly Properties Inc. proposes to build the Grand Timber housing addition west of Midwest Boulevard on the north side of Coffee Creek Road. The lot sizes are 90,000 square feet on streets that are expected to be private.
One neighbor, Chris Moore, said he was concerned about water runoff from the new addition and requested a fence between his property and the development.
Earnest Isch, representing Richard Kanaly's company, said the drainage would be in compliance with city code. He said the fence would be a decision between Moore and his new neighbors.
City council members are scheduled to make a final decision on the plats during their Oct. 14 meeting.
Home sales on the rise
Homes sales for August and the year are up 13.35 percent from 2012.
In August, 428 homes sold for $109,653,958, an average price of $256,201. Last August, 397 homes sold for $99,109,947, an average price of $249,647.
So far this year, 2,920 homes have sold for $744,311,811, an average price of $254,901. For the same period a year ago, 2,575 homes sold for $635,342,747, an average price of $246,639.
New way to pay
Edmond utility customers now can make their monthly payments at one of four kiosks at Crest and Homeland stores. Payments can be by cash, check, debit or credit card. The city receives notification of payment the same day if made before 2 p.m. on weekdays. Notification for payments made after 2 p.m. on weekdays or on weekends will be the next business day.
Locations are at:
• Crest Foods: 2200 W 15th St.
• Homeland: 2205 W Edmond Road, 1151 N Bryant Ave. and 24 E 33rd St.
Crew started this week digging down 16 to 18 feet to make room for the basement of the public safety building.
There is a maze of fences around the construction site on the southeast corner of Littler Avenue and First Street. City officials put up signs, but it takes time to walk to the municipal offices, police department, court, council chambers and planning department. It takes even longer to find a parking spot.
The Edmond Economic Development Authority has a new logo, the first step in a rebranding campaign to include an updated website to be launched in the coming months.
The logo features a sleek design with an arrow on the first “e” to represent growth and progression. It's the first logo update since 2001.
“The new logo is streamlined and efficient, just as we want the development process to be for businesses considering an Edmond location or expansion,” said Janet Yowell, executive director.
It's a fact
During 2012, Edmond police officers received 30,796 calls for service, there were 7,899 officer-initiated calls and 32,798 traffic stops were made. That is an average of 196 calls or contacts a day.
The city council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.
The Fall Art Crawl with art vendors and live music in downtown Edmond is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28.
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DIANA BALDWIN, STAFF WRITER