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University of Central Oklahoma recognized as having friendly work environment
The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.
Central joins Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll.
Council approves funds toward ADA update
City Council members have approved a $398,800 professional services contract with Accessology, a McKinney, Texas, firm, to establish an Americans With Disabilities Act transition plan for the city.
Title II of the ADA requires state and local governments to make their programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. It includes access to government facilities, programs and events and relevant policy changes.
Accessology was selected out of a pool of five finalists by a five-member committee to create Edmond’s plan. The firm will partner with Kimley-Horn and Associates, a design consulting firm located in North Carolina.
Edmond’s last ADA transition plan was created in 1992.
Panel approves jail services agreement
City Council members have approved renewal of the city’s jail services agreement with Oklahoma County for prisoners incarcerated at the county jail on city charges.
The current annual agreement expired June 30. It provides the feeding, care, housing and upkeep of said prisoners. Edmond uses the county jail when the city jail is at capacity.
The sheriff’s office proposed a slight increase from $46.25 to a $46.50 daily rate per prisoner. City staff said the current agreement is working satisfactorily and believe the proposed rate is reasonable. The new agreement took effect July 1. The city can hold prisoners in its current jail up to 10 days; a new jail with 10 male and five female cells will be available inside the new Public Safety Center next year when the facility opens.
Panel establishes 911 phone rate
City Council members have established the rate for the 911 emergency phone service fee for calendar year 2015
Council members set the rate at 3 percent of the recurring charges as designated by the tariff for exchange telephone service or its equivalent within Edmond beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
Fees collected by wireless and voice over Internet protocol companies are established under a separate statute. To continue collection of the locally authorized service fee on landline phone bills, local governments must approve a resolution on an annual basis to set the actual fee.
Governments must also through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments notify the appropriate incumbent local exchange carrier and competitive local exchange carrier phone companies by Sept. 1, 2015.
ACOG recommended for calendar year 2015 to maintain service fees at their current level of 3 percent.
Council approves $2.5M extra for utility
City Council members have approved the transfer of a $2.5 million appropriation for Edmond Electric.
The action was needed due to higher natural gas prices. Those increased prices caused wholesale electric purchase costs to exceed the department’s budget estimates for Fiscal Year 2013-14. To cover the increased costs, a transfer of funds from the “Transfers” category to the “Other Services and Charges” category was necessary.
It will maintain state law requirements and not increase Edmond Electric’s budget.
The action occurred during Monday’s meeting and was approved unanimously.
Oklahoma History Center Museum store sets summer sale dates
Visit the Oklahoma History Center Museum Store for its summer sale July 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers will find bargain prices on many items throughout the store, including deep discounts on items such as Christmas décor, home goods and Oklahoma music.
Sales at the Museum Store support the Oklahoma Historical Society. Additional discounts do not apply to sale-priced items. For more information, call the Museum Store at 522-5214.
Canadian County Republicans schedule runoff debate
The Canadian County Republican Party will present a candidate debate for Republican candidates facing a primary run-off election. Those races include state Senate District 22 (Mark Thomas vs. Stephanie Bice), state House District 43 (John Paul Jordan vs. Jonathan Clour) and County Commissioner District No. 1 (Marc Hader vs. Wesley Higgins).
The debate will be at 7 p.m. July 29 at the Church of Christ-South Yukon, 11700 N.W. 10th St. in Yukon.
Stephanie Bice, of Edmond, who is running for state Senate District 22, and Wesley Higgins, who is seeking the Canadian County Commissioner District No. 1, declined invitations to debate their opponents citing scheduling conflicts.
Senate District 22 includes a portion of Edmond and Deer Creek. The winner of the Aug. 26 runoff election in this race will be the next senator for the district.
Candidates in attendance without an opponent to debate will have the opportunity to answer questions and to address the voters present. The public is invited.
Edmond sex offender case, ‘Starkey law’ intersect
A convicted Edmond sex offender faces additional legal issues including failing to register and living too close to a school, an incident report states.
At about 5:18 p.m. July 7, Police Officer Page Hussey was dispatched to a report of an intoxicated citizen in the parking lot of Chelino’s, 1612 S. Boulevard, an incident report filed by Hussey stated.
Woman reports burglary during walk in Edmond park
A woman walking in an Edmond park found family photos and other items including her driver’s license had been stolen, an incident report states.
Norman historian to share early day law enforcement tales at Edmond meeting
Mike Sheriff, of Norman, has been a student of the Civil War and law enforcement in Oklahoma for more than 40 years. He will share some heroic tales of early day law enforcement in the Indian Nations of Oklahoma Territory at the Monday evening meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society in the Edmond Museum.
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