EDMOND — A new public safety center and construction of a hotel and conference center top the short-term goals in the city council's strategic plan for fiscal year 2012-2013 approved this week.
Architects are working on design plans for a $25.5 million public safety center that will be the new home for the police department, 911 communications and emergency management operations.
Voters on Oct. 11 approved a half-cent sales tax increase for five years to build the public safety center and a second building that is expected to meet the city's needs for 20 to 25 years.
Plans are in the works to build a full-service hotel and conference center at Covell Road and Interstate 35. This is expected to be a public/private project. Agreements between the partners are being written, and land is being purchased.
Also in the plan
Council members want additional library services. To add a full-service, second library is listed among the council's goals.
Council members want to implement the parks master plan and foster public/private partnerships.
The council voted this month to spend $200,000 for engineering to design a multipurpose trail around Arcadia Lake as part of a public-private project.
Council members would like to promote and emphasize Edmond's rich history and charm by exploring options to identify uses for the Smith House and for redevelopment along historic Route 66.
Another short-term goal is to continue with communitywide drainage master plan strategies and communication to reduce flooding and protect environmental quality of the watershed.
They also want to evaluate green infrastructure strategies and develop implementation plans. Council members held their second workshop about green infrastructure strategies where council members talked in favor of such a plan.
The last of their 14 short-term goals is to continue development and implementation of a citywide traffic and communication system.
Second Street between Interstate 35 and Santa Fe Avenue is expected to be the first stretch of roadway to get equipment for the new traffic and communication system.
The strategic plan also lists seven performance targets and 13 general council policies which include semiannual reviews in May or June and updates and modifications in October for the next calendar year.
The council also wants to promote diverse, healthy and livable neighborhoods.