EDMOND — Charles Lamb told Edmond business leaders Tuesday he plans to run for another term as mayor because he wants to be the city’s leader when the $27.5 million public safety center is completed in the summer of 2015.
Lamb was appointed in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of resigning Mayor Patrice Douglas. In 2013, he was elected to a full two-year term that will end in May 2015.
He first served on the city council in May 1993.
“There has been a lot of blood and sweat over that project,” Lamb said after speaking at the Edmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Seeing the completion of the public safety center was the reason Lamb ran for mayor the first time. Another reason for running came from his granddaughter, who wanted to ride with him in the annual holiday parade.
Lamb watches the construction at First Street and Littler Avenue with a close eye. He follows the money for the 70,000-square-foot building closely on paper and with his camera lens.
Followers of the mayor on Facebook see weekly updates with photographs.
The mayor’s family is on board for Lamb to serve another term.
“There is no use in saying, ‘I’m thinking about running,’” said Lamb, an Edmond resident since 1959. “I’m going to run.”
The election will be in April 2015.
The second floor of the massive, downtown building is being poured and the supports for the third floor are being constructed at this time, the mayor said
“The roof should be on before June,” Lamb said. “It will be a dramatic change. “We’re pretty excited.
“This is a big deal.”
Voters on Oct. 11, 2011, approved a half-cent sales tax increase for five years to build the two-building complex that is expected to meet the city’s needs for 20 years. The financial plan was designed to pay as they go. Healthy sales tax collections have come in higher than projected.
Lamb hopes they don’t have to spend any of the line-of-credit money they have arranged to borrow, he said.
Business leaders were given copies of the city council’s 2014 strategic plan which outlines the current and future goals, performance targets and general council policies.
“We spend most of our time on the goals,” Lamb said. “We, the council, lays out what we collectively say we want to accomplish.”
Semi-annual reviews of the strategic plan are made in May or June. Updates and modifications are made by the council members in October or November. The strategic plan is often written following an all-day Saturday session with the council and city staff.