Edmond City Council will consider a proposal Monday to make the Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau a division of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce.

Since the 1980s, the City of Edmond has matched the chamber’s investments for a visitor development program. But in 2004, the CVB became a city department.

CVB Advisory Board member Martha Hall said earlier the bureau is unique because “no infrastructure is needed to operate.”

Larry Davenport, vice chairman of the Economic Development Division, said “a lot of synergy can be gained” by folding the bureau under the chamber’s umbrella.

He said as much as $30,000 could be saved in 12 months by sharing resources.

Council also will consider an agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems in Edmond.

The system makes use of information collected by traffic surveillance devices to smooth the flow of traffic.

In February, the city approved a consulting contract for a $158,000 ITS study. This resolution would allow the city to receive a federal reimbursement of up to $71,000.

In other action, the council will consider an amendment to an agreement with Howard Fairbarn Site Design for design of the Bickham-Rudkin Community Park Phase II project. Thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and the Greater Oklahoma City Tree Bank Foundation, the city will be able to plant an additional 175 trees.

The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Downtown Community Center at 28 E. Main.

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