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Edmond Exchange

Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrapup of what is going on in Edmond
Oklahoman Published: June 12, 2014
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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Keeping history

City council members agreed this week to spend $10,000 on a time capsule that will be part of the $27.5 million public safety center complex now under construction.

Mayor Charles Lamb asked that the money be taken out of the council’s contingency fund.

A committee is looking at what should go in the time capsule when the building is completed in September 2015.

Construction started Sept. 11 on the new home for police headquarters, the 911 communication center and emergency management operations.

The 70,000-square-foot center, being built at First Street and Littler Avenue, is at the point where people can see the shape of the building and the design of the entrance.

The walls of a second new building are going up on city-owned property that was once the James H. Harrod Vehicle Maintenance Facility, just west of 33rd Street and Broadway. Evidence and vehicle storage, along with the crime laboratory, will be located in the second building.

Voters on Oct. 11, 2011, approved a half-cent sales tax increase for five years for the two buildings, which are expected to meet the city’s needs for 20 years.

Park contract

is increased

A contract to design Carl Reherman Park at Arcadia Lake has been increased by $30,000. The fee to be paid architect David W. Hornbeek is now $121,768.

“City officials expect that with the work completed, grants we hope to obtain and city funds from the Park Tax Fund, the development of this park will cost around $1.5 million,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons.

A concept plan for Carl Reherman Park on the southern tip of Arcadia Lake has been approved.

“We are much further along with this project than four years ago and anticipate boat access in 2015,” said Craig Dishman, the city’s parks and recreation director. “Remaining amenities will take place in a phased approach in the following years.”

Arcadia Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake, but is operated by the city of Edmond. The park, at the end of 33rd Street just off Air Depot Boulevard, will be for day use only. Plans are to have a boat ramp, picnic pavilion, fishing dock, picnic spots, restrooms and parking. There also will be a pedestrian shoreline trail.

Carl Reherman Park will be the fifth park at Arcadia Lake, and the first added since the lake opened.

It’s a fact

Some of Edmond’s targeted industries include wholesale trade, light manufacturing, information and professional, scientific and technical services. Edmond is also home to a thriving health care industry that has created an economic impact of more than $200 million since 2010. Major health care providers include OU Medical Center Edmond, Integris Health Edmond and Mercy Edmond I-35. The largest employer is Edmond Public Schools, with more than 2,700 employees.

Where will the big sculpture go?

City council members can’t figure out where to put an 18-foot bronze sculpture they agreed to buy for $50,000 and spend another $40,000 to move to Edmond from outside the Houston Astrodome.

The latest suggestion was to put the statue outside the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations forensic laboratory on Second Street.

The problem — the city doesn’t own the property, the state of Oklahoma does.

Craig Dishman, city parks and recreation director, said the placement of “Touch the Clouds,” by the late artist Dave McGary, on state property would have to be approved by Gov. Mary Fallin.

“We need to choose the site quickly,” Dishman said. “People in Houston are getting restless.”

Mayor Charles Lamb remains in favor of his suggestion at King’s Plaza, near the Edmond Library, so it would be near other large pieces of artwork like Kentucky Daisy at Festival Market Place and gold-medal winning gymnast Shannon Miller in Shannon Miller Park.

Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell said she would like the sculpture to be seen from State Highway 66.

What’s next

Edmond Planning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Need answers?

Reader Mickey McVay asked: Why don’t cities paint or use white reflective tape on curbs at the ends of concrete dividers at the end of center islands separating traffic going in opposite directions?

City Engineer Steve Manek answered: We have striping around the median noses, typically yellow, which means do not cross. This is the standard and appropriate measure to be placed at median noses.

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