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Edmond Exchange

Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.
Oklahoman Modified: August 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm •  Published: August 7, 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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Citizens Police Academy is set to start Aug. 19

Residents can get an inside look at the Edmond Police Department during a 13-week Citizens Police Academy. The 36rd academy will start Aug. 19. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Downtown Community Center, 28 E Main.

“The goal of the citizens police academy is to provide residents with a better understanding about what an Edmond police officer does on a daily basis, as well as to provide information about the Edmond Police Department,” officer Randy Payne said.

Crime scene investigations, crime prevention, accident investigation, use of force and firearms are among topics that will be covered.

On Nov. 1, participants will spend the day at the firing range. Special weapons and tactics, firearms, explosives and K-9 demonstrations will be conducted. Participants will be given the opportunity to try their skills on the firing range.

Graduation is Nov. 11. Graduates will have the opportunity to become members of the Edmond Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The association supports the police department with activities, awards and events throughout the year.

All applicants must be at least 18, have no criminal record and be an Edmond resident or working within the city limits. Applications are at For more information, call 359-4437 or email

Public Service Center growing in two places

Edmond’s new $28.3 million public safety center complex is taking shape at the downtown location at First Street and Littler Avenue and near 33rd Street and Broadway.

The second site, 315 W 33rd St., is the former location of the James H. Harrod Vehicle Maintenance Facility. Evidence and vehicle storage along with the crime laboratory will be located at this site.

City leaders decided the downtown property was too small for both facilities, and taxpayer money could be saved by building the storage and laboratory at a separate location.

At the second site, “Most of the walls are complete and the roof framing is visible on part of the structure,” said Mayor Charles Lamb. “On part of the structure, new garage doors are visible on the restored side.”

Construction started Sept. 11. Plans are to move into the complex on Sept. 7, 2015.

Home sales continue to rise

Homes sales are still up compared to last year’s record-setting numbers — up 3.56 percent over 2013. June alone was up 12.38 percent over last June with 50 more homes closed for that month.

June also was a good month for the higher price ranges. For the year, 25 percent of the sales on homes over $400,000 happened in June, said Brian Preston, Re/Max Associate Realtors real estate agent.

Pending contract numbers are down, but with total sales up that shows a higher success rate over last year for getting the deals closed. The $150,000 to $175,000 price range had the best ratio this month in pending to closed numbers. At the same time, the $275,000 to $300,000 range saw a large amount of those homes come back on the market.

While total home sales are up, new homes sales are down about 5 percent from last year. New home sales have only outsold last year two out of the six months.

Edmond getting new church

Planning commissioners this week approved a commercial site plan and specific use permit for a new Crossing Community Church south of Covell Road and west of Covell Village Drive.

The two-story, 35,000-square-foot church will be built on 6.29 acres near Cheyenne Crossings and Glen Cove of Covell Village.

City council members are to make a final decision during their Aug. 25 meeting.

Plans call for 311 parking spaces based on 900 seats, which is about one parking space for every three seats in the sanctuary. If the oil well and tank battery on the west side of the property is ever plugged and the site cleaned up for reuse, 46 additional spaces are planned, said Planning Director Bob Schiermeyer.

The church is requesting one sign even though the church qualifies for two 8-foot-tall, 54-square-foot signs, he said.

New teachers recognized

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce’s new teacher reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Oak Tree Country Club. The goal of the reception is to give the Edmond business community an opportunity to welcome teachers from Edmond and Deer Creek public schools, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University and Francis Tuttle Technology Center. The event is free for teachers and their spouses or significant others. The cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Teacher can RSVP by calling 341-2808. Chamber members can RSVP online at

It’s a fact

Edmond is home to many firsts in Oklahoma Territory, including the first church building, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, dedicated June 24, 1889; the first public schoolhouse, completed in August 1889. .

What’s next

Edmond City Council will be meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

The 17th annual Lake Swipe at Arcadia Lake is from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Spring Creek Park, located two and a half miles east of Interstate 35 on 15th Street.

Need answers?

Got questions about Edmond and its road construction, the public safety center, traffic or anything? Email your questions to Edmond Exchange will find an answer.

Diana Baldwin



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