Archive for February, 2012
City projects and future enhancements to Edmond will be on the agenda this weekend at the 2012 Edmond Neighborhood Alliance Summit.
The Edmond Neighborhood Alliance is a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve and improve the quality of life for all homeowners of Edmond. The theme of this year’s annual summit is “Edmond, it all ties together,” and ENA members will be able to share development plans for the city as well as other information that will help enhance the livelihood of the residents. The local government of Edmond has always been supportive of the organization’s mission and, in fact, has demonstrated its support for the past 18 years by co-sponsoring the event.
One of the highlights of this year’s summit will be a presentation by Steve Commons, Assistant City Manager, on the development of recreational facilities in the city. Commons will discuss the newest developments on a $22 million competitive swimming complex and a $4.2 million community park with eight adult softball fields and a trail system to Arcadia Lake. Other speakers for the event will include Mayor Charles Lamb, Edmond Electric Director Glenn Fisher, City Manager Larry Stevens, Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell, First American Title Insurance Co. Escrow Manager Shawna Rhines, and Attorney Matt Winton.
The event will take place on Saturday, February 25th, at the Multi Activity Center at J.L. Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, from 8:00 in the morning until 12:00 noon. Admission is free and there will be informational packets, breakfast snacks, and door prizes
Oklahoma Cityresidents will soon be enjoying a new library when the 35,000 square foot Patience S. Latting Northwest Library opens its doors in May. The newest addition to the library system will be located at 5600 NW 122, Oklahoma City.
Despite construction delays during the past few months, the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library is near completion and all that remains is the organization of the interior. According to library manager, Julie Ballou, a lot of people are already expecting the library to open due to its completed exterior, but weather issues have unfortunately been the cause of two delays. Initially, the library was slated to open in Fall 2011, but it was delayed until March of this year and then was pushed back further to May.
Although patience has been tested at times during construction, all of the waiting will be worth it. Kim Terry, Director of Metro Library System, said that there will be new features in the library that people cannot find in other branches. The new library will be equipped with an automated return system that allows borrowers to simply put their books in a slot, where they will be automatically sorted and returned. There will also be four self-checkout stations in the library for added convenience to borrowers. In addition, the new library will also include a reading room for children that can also be converted to a safe room and ample space to house 40 public computers. Shelves will be able to hold at least 150,000 books plus other materials.
Remodeling a house can result in a lot of waste, ranging from paint spills to scattered materials and left-over construction pieces. If you are remodeling your house, you will soon discover that some pieces of waste might actually still be useful, while others must be disposed of immediately to avoid accidents inside the house.
When you begin nearing the end of your remodel, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you will deal with your construction waste. Here are some great tips to follow when determining what you should keep and reuse, what you should recycle, and what should simply be thrown away…
- Collect all of your construction waste and group materials into piles or sections based on what needs to be thrown way, what can be recycled at home, what can be donated or given away, and what can be sold.
- Large remaining pieces of wood can still be useful as long as they are still intact, free from termites, and durable enough for use. You can repurpose the wood to build a new side table or headboard, for example, or even a shelf in your new room or garage.
- Save unused paint and keep it on hand in case you need to touch up scratches later down the line or end up doing additional remodeling in the room. If you don’t think you’ll have a use for it, offer it to a friend or neighbor who might.
- Call waste removal contractors to pick up any construction waste that is not redeemable, and they will dispose of the materials for you and leave your property looking clean.
- Used aluminum siding, metal, and steel materials can be sold to metal collectors and scrap metal yards, who recycle them.
- Cardboard and paper materials can be reused in many ways, even if they have already been used. You can simply recycle them or use them to create a unique piece of art for your home.
- Recycle trash bags and other plastic materials. You can even donate them to plastic recovery programs, which will handle it for you.