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April 17, 2013

Restroom inclusion discussed for Legacy Park city project

NORMAN — Plans for Legacy Park have hit another hitch — the location of the public restrooms.

In February, the TIF Oversight Committee expressed concerns about performers having bathrooms available near the stage of the Legacy Park amphitheater. The committee asked the Norman City Council to reconsider the park’s design to accommodate facilities to serve the stage area.

One proposed change could cost $400,000.

For now, council members aren’t biting – the public restrooms will stay where they are. Infrastructure will be put in place to add facilities later if needed near the stage. Council members were more amenable to upgrading fountains within the park’s pond to allow for special effects.

The council also discussed a request by Cascade Homeowners Associations to transgress the rights of way. The HOA wants to dig a private well to provide irrigation and water to a private swimming pool. Spokesmen for OEC and OG&E expressed concerns about already crowded rights of way. The council suggested HOA members visit with the utilities department and see if it can be worked out.

Attorney Harold Heiple said OEC would request the HOA abide by the same requirements as public utility companies.

Rights of way are city-owned and usually run from the outside of the sidewalk to the sidewalk.

“The rights of way are very busy underground. They are very crowded, and they’re getting more crowded all the time,” Norman Utilities Director Shawn O’Leary said.

Additionally, a salt water injection well may be located in the area, and a new well could hit a contaminated area, making the water useless.

HOA President Vince DiCastro said no electric lines are located where the water lines would be placed.

Joy Hampton

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jhampton@

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