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Leaf Donations Accepted at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for Mulching

Leaf Donations Accepted at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for Mulching

If you have piles of dried leaves on your property and want to get rid of them, consider donating them instead of just throwing them away. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is now accepting leaf donations to be used as mulch for its gardening program called Urban Harvest.

Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program that was created to promote organic farming and more efficient gardening techniques. Through the production of organic fruits and vegetables from the program, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has been able to distributed healthier foods to their feeding programs.

Aside from organic production, Urban Harvest is also reaching out to the community through gardening trainings and education to assist gardeners and partnerships with other gardens.

Donated leaves will be converted into mulch and compost for use in the Urban Harvest gardens. Partner gardens of the organization in the city will also received some of the materials. Those who want to donate leaves can email Mason at mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org or go to their main office at 3355 S. Purdue Avenue, Oklahoma City. Donations will be accepted until December 18.

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Federal Funds Offered to Low-Income Oklahomans for Energy Bills

Federal Funds Offered to Low-Income Oklahomans for Energy Bills

Summer has officially started, and people will be turning up their air conditioning and fans as the days get hotter and hotter. This increased energy consumption means that their  energy bills will inevitably go up as well. Unfortunately, for low-income families, it can be difficult to keep up with those bills all summer. Oftentimes, they end up either compromising their comfort and well-being by not cooling their houses, or they end up spending all of their income on their bills, leaving very little to live on for the rest of the month.

That is why the federal government is stepping in.  According to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, about $16 million of federal funds are being made available to low-income Oklahomans to help them cover the costs of their summer cooling bills.

Starting on July 9 applications for the program will be available at DHS county offices. Families with a maximum monthly income of $1,024 for a one-person household to $3,565 for an eight-person household are qualified to submit their applications.

There will be no deadline for applications until the entire fund is depleted, at which point DHS will stop accepting further applications. Those who want to apply will have to pay a one-time fee of $120 to $180, depending on the number of people in their household.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Kickoff Luncheon to Help Promote Autism Awareness

Kickoff Luncheon to Help Promote Autism Awareness

Autism has become more frequent in children than it used to be, and families that have kids with autism are deeply affected by the condition as well. They know how difficult it is to meet their child’s special needs, especially when it comes to communicating and socializing with other people.

To help promote autism awareness and kick off Autism Awareness Month, a Kickoff Luncheon will be held on March 7. Proceeds of the luncheon will benefit the programs of Autism Oklahoma, a charitable organization that provides special programs for families affected with autism.

The luncheon and auction will be from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Will Rogers Theater. The luncheon is free and has a maximum capacity of  300 people. For the silent auction, many packed and individual items will be available, including a custom framed Jason Blackmon autographed print. Goodies from local bakeries will be part of the dessert auction.

In addition to the luncheon and auction, a raffle will be held during the event. Raffle tickets are available for sale without any limit on the number of tickets to be purchased. Ten tickets can be purchased  for $20.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Senior Housing Development Approved by Edmond Planners

Senior Housing Development Approved by Edmond Planners

Senior citizens in Edmond will soon have more options when it comes to housing. There are currently no nursing homes or assisted living communities in the city, but Mon Abri, a proposed housing plan, would introduce an 87-unit housing development, including duplexes and offices for rent.

Mon Abri is being proposed by R.W. Development and will be located along Broadway and Covell Road. The plan proposes 87 units of duplexes and triplexes and up to five office building units. About 10.18 acres will be allocated to the housing units, while 1.59 acres will belong to the office buildings.

The Edmond Planning Commission has already approved the preliminary plan for Mon Abri with a vote of 4-1. Chairman Barry Moore disapproved of the plan due to the fencing issue brought about by the residents of Rock Hollow, a neighboring community.

According to R. W. Development, Mon Abri is ideal for seniors age 55 and above, but there will be no restrictions on the age of interested renters. Units up to five bedrooms will be available for rent with prices ranging from $850 – $2,000 per month.

A 18,000-square foot office building is planned for construction in front of the property, and there will be four more built in front of the Boulevard.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Edmond Sees Increase in December Sales Tax Collection

Edmond Sees Increase in December Sales Tax Collection

Since pre-holiday shopping encourages major spending among consumers, it is no surprise that the City of Edmond will be collecting more sales tax revenue.  Edmond officials recently announced an increase in sales tax revenue by 3.25 percent, and although it’s not entirely credited to pre-holiday shopping, it exceeded expectations with significant growth compared to last year.

An 8.25 percent sales tax is paid by shoppers on each of their purchases with 4.5 percent going to the state and 3.75 percent to the city. There was a $4,439,437 increase in the city’s tax collection in December as compared to last year.  That is about a 19.97 percent increase since July, which amounts to $26,669,492.

Of that amount, 2 percent will go to the general fund for operations, amounting to a total of $2,736,018, which is an increase of $652,442, or 31.31 percent, as compared to last year. In addition, $4,102,999 has been collected from the new half-cent sales tax, which is going toward the public safety center.

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Oklahoma City Realtors
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Sealing and Protecting Your Asphalt Driveway

Sealing and Protecting Your Asphalt Driveway

Aside from its essential functional role of providing a smooth pathway for your vehicles, a well-maintained driveway can also add more beauty to your property. Just compare two driveways: a driveway filled with cracks and holes and a smooth driveway. Which would you prefer?

One way to maintain your driveway is to add more protection to your asphalt through sealing. Sealing adds a layer of protection to your driveway so it can withstand wear and tear from extreme weather condition, harmful external elements, and continuous traffic. It keeps your driveway looking new despite frequent use.

Here are some specific advantages of using sealant on your asphalt:

  • Protects your driveway from harsh weather conditions like extreme heat and snow, which can otherwise cause your asphalt to deteriorate.
  • Shields your driveway from oil and gas leaks coming from vehicles. Oil spots on the road can be unpleasant to look at and they also attract more dirt and dust, leaving your asphalt dirtier than ever.
  • Prevents your driveway from becoming dull and gray. If you don’t want your asphalt road to look old and worn out, sealing it will help it maintain its look.
  • Adds curb appeal to your property. Whether or not you sell your house or property, a well-maintained driveway adds more value to your property.

But, before you seal your driveway, check it first for any possible needed repairs. Clean your driveway thoroughly, so dirt, dust, oil leaks, and stains are not trapped by your sealant.  If you don’t, they will make your driveway look old despite fresh sealing.  Try to scrub oil stains first and then sweep your driveway thoroughly.  Then, look for potholes and cracks and properly fill them. The idea is to smooth out your driveway and make it look like new before sealing it.

If you are ready to seal your driveway, make sure to use the proper sealant for your particular type of asphalt. Read the instructions first so you apply it correctly and know what to watch out for to remain safe throughout the process. If you feel unsure about your ability to seal your driveway yourself, hire an expert.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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New Business Park Proposal Approved by Edmond Planning Commission

This week, the Edmond Planning Commission approved the preliminary plans for the proposed site development of Harris Business Park. The development will cover a 2.3-acree property on the south side of East Second Street and the east side of Wade Martin Drive, which is zoned for open display. Wade Martin Drive is currently in poor condition and changes are being granted with the agreement of six property owners within the area.

Though the new business park will be along the east side of Wade Martin Drive, there will be no access to the property from that street. According to the developers, there will be a fence placed along the road in order to separate it and reduce the chances of it affecting other surrounding areas.

Based on the preliminary plan, two buildings will be constructed in the business park with separate uses for an automotive repair shop and a karate studio. The development project will be under HAS Holdings.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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