The Edmond Sun

February 18, 2013

ENA plans annual Neighborhood Summit

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Neighborhood Alliance is gearing up for its 19th annual ENA Neighborhood Summit from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Multipurpose Activity Center on the grounds of Mitch Park.

Attendees are invited to discuss important issues with the speakers and city officials, said Lydia Lee, ENA president. ENA often advocates for neighborhoods at the City Council and Edmond Planning Commission.

“It’s a resource for neighborhood associations in Edmond and the residents and to provide educational opportunities and information,” Lee said.

A candidate forum will offer visitors a chance to learn more about the Edmond City Council and mayoral election. Candidates will discuss their goals for Edmond in a question-and-answer session.

Voters will choose either incumbent Mayor Charles Lamb or Richard Prawdzienski in the mayoral election. Ward 4 City Councilman Nick Massey is on the ballot with candidate Shilpa Abbitt.

“It’s my understanding that all four of them will be there,” Lee said.

A general election for mayor and City Council is set for April 2. Elected candidates take office on the first Monday in May, said Steve Murdock, city attorney. Mayors are elected for two years. Council members serve four-year terms.

This year the ENA Summit theme is “Edmond: Cherish Yesterday, Embrace Tomorrow.” Members form common bonds to preserve and improve their communities.

The ENA Summit will offer a discussion of the downtown corridor, the new Public Safety Center, upcoming sports facilities and the hotel and conference center to be located on the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Covell. Other recent developments along I-35 will be highlighted.

Visitors will have opportunities to learn more about the city’s environmentally friendly recycling, wind energy and composting efforts, Lee said.

Summit cosponsors include the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance, the City of Edmond and the Edmond Economic Development Authority. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

What’s on the agenda?

The following is Saturday’s event agenda:

• 8 a.m. Registration, refreshments and exhibitor visits;    

• 8:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions, Lydia Lee, ENA president;

• 8:40 a.m. Mayor’s comments, Charles Lamb;

• 8:50 a.m. Cherish Yesterday — Edmond’s roots, Curt Munson;

• 9:10 a.m. Cherish Yesterday — Downtown’s Impact, David Forrest, Urban Board chairman and Jan Fees, City of Edmond;

• 9:30 a.m. Break, refreshments and exhibitor visits;

• 9:45 a.m. Embrace Tomorrow in Downtown Edmond, Larry Stevens, city manager;

• 10 a.m. Embrace Tomorrow Along I-35, Janet Yowell, EEDA executive director;

• 10:15 a.m. Embrace Tomorrow All Around Town. Edmond’s preservation efforts and programs, Steve Commons, assistant city manager;

• 10:30 a.m. Today & Tomorrow, appearing before public bodies, Barry Moore, Planning Commission chairman;

• 10:45 a.m. Break for refreshments and exhibitor visits;

• 11 a.m. Roundtable discussion with audience participation, speakers, ENA board, city staff, attorney Matt Winton; and

• 11:15 a.m. Mayoral and Ward 3 candidate forum.

TO LEARN MORE about the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance, visit