The Edmond Sun

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August 21, 2012

Board alters City of Edmond's softball complex plan

EDMOND — The Stormwater Drainage Advisory Board met recently to discuss the stormwater detention requirement at the Adult Softball Complex being built at State Highway 66 and Post Road.

The board will advise the City Council to waive the detention requirement and fee after learning it serves no purpose to create detention in the middle of the Coffee Creek basin flood plain.

“They (Jacobs Engineering) looked at detention and the only way they could do more detention was to build more berms out there and create a bigger problem,” said Steve Manek, city engineer.

Development is not allowed in a flood plain except for recreational usage, said Charles Lamb, mayor.

“We are developing more accurate current data with the study of Cross Timbers and Coffee Creek than what the FEMA maps represent,” Lamb said.

Long-term plans calls for the construction of eight full fields, said Steve Commons, assistant city manager. In December it was announced that only a four-field softball complex will be in a new community park near Post Road and State Highway 66 at a cost of $4 million. Commons plans to ask the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force on Tuesday to consider funding an additional $1 million to get the additional four fields built.

The city purchased the park property in 2007 for $1.5 million with money from the city’s 3/4-cent permanent sales tax approved by voters in December 2000 for capital improvements.

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