Edmond Turns Red Cedar into Mulch for Public Landscapes

Edmond Turns Red Cedar into Mulch for Public Landscapes

It is always a nice addition to any community to have landscaping surrounding public areas and along the highways. All of this natural beauty adds up to equal a progressive city, maintaining a natural-feeling atmosphere despite the outcropping of buildings and highways.

However, as beautiful as landscaping and scenery can be – it also requires a lot of upkeep cost for the city to maintain these plants and trees.

In Edmond, one way to maintain public landscapes while saving the city a significant expense is to convert trees into necessary resources. Edmond’s Urban Forestry Department is harvesting eastern red cedar trees around Arcadia Lake and converting them into mulch.

According to the Forestry Department, there is an abundant growth of red cedar trees around the lake. By cutting and removing some of these trees, other parts of the lake will be open for additional kinds of plants, such as native grass or other types of tree cover, to begin growing.

Instead of getting rid of the red cedar trees, the Forestry Department will convert them into mulch that will be distributed to different public landscaped areas. This will save the city a significant maintenance cost given that they will no longer need to buy mulch commercially but instead will have their own supply.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

How to Arrange a Bookshelf

Bookshelves are one of the most useful pieces of furniture you can have. Bookshelves come in many different styles and sizes and can range from something small to fit in a nook to main focal points that go from floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall. Not only are bookshelves functional, but they also provide you a opportunity to decorate a room in personal and unique ways.

Here are several tips and ideas for how you can arrange your bookshelves in a creative and visually appealing way:

  1.        Consider size when lining up your books, so you can organize them in an artistic manner. Arrange and stack your books in a way that makes your bookshelf a showcase and not just a storage spaces.
  2.        Do not fill an entire shelf from one side to the other. There should be at least 10 percent of free space on any given shelf. In addition, do not place objects or other books on top of a row of books, as it looks cluttered and can damage the books.
  3.        Decorate the bookshelf with a vase filled with flowers or a small house plant. This can be a great way to add some different colors to the area, while  at the same time lightening up the space.
  4.        Put some framed pictures on your bookshelf, whether they be photos of your friends and family or professional artistic photographs.  Make sure to match the style of the frame to the style of the shelf and the room.
  5.        Remember to keep it simple. Do not try to pack in every accessory on a shelf. Keep it clean by carrying your room’s color scheme through your bookshelf, which will give the room a sense of continuity. Storage boxes can also help you conceal items such as toys that you may not want to be seen out in the open.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Terms and Design Set for First MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center

Terms and Design Set for First MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center

The MAPS 3 plan of Oklahoma City includes the construction of senior health and wellness centers, designed to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of senior citizens and increase their opportunities for social interaction. A new phase of development for the proposed construction has been set forth, and the $933,120  design plan for the first center has been approved by the City Council.

City Council approved the design contract contingent upon certain requirements. Fees for the center must meet the needs and budgets of lower-income senior citizens. so all seniors can afford to use the facilities. There must also be sufficient access to the center with a minimum of 65 hours per week with 4 consecutive hours on one weekend day per week.

The first senior health and wellness center will be operated by Healthy Living & Fitness, Inc. and will be located near the Putnam City Baptist Church on NW 117 and Rockwell Avenue.  Healthy Living will operate the center without a subsidy from the city, but the nonprofit organization can rent the center’s facilities that are not being used.

The project is expected to be completed and opened by mid-2016.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

How to Maintain Oriental Rugs

How to Maintain Oriental Rugs

One of the most popular and exquisite decor items you can purchase for your home is an oriental rug.  Oriental rugs are more than just floor coverings – they are works of art that are full of rich textures and colors that create a warm and inviting feel to your home. They have a natural beauty, versatility, and durability that makes them a worthwhile investment if you are looking for a piece that will last you for years and years to come.

Oriental rugs are hand woven using certain specific techniques. Thus, it is important to know how to maintain, preserve, and protect them from wear and tear over time. Here are a few simple tips for caring for your oriental rug:

  1. Use padding. Good quality padding can protect and double the life of the rug, especially in heavy traffic areas. Adding padding underneath the rug extends the life of the rug by cushioning the impact between the hard floor surfaces and the sole of a shoe. It is recommended to use synthetic fiber padding with rubber backing to keep the rug from moving and wrinkling.
  2. Regularly rotate the rug.  Rotate your rug at least once a year – or more if it is located in a high-traffic area. Regular traffic will create a worn path or pattern in the rug, which will affect both the quality and appearance of the rug. Follow the same procedure if your rug is exposed to sunlight, as ultraviolet rays can fade the dyes used to color the fibers.
  3. Check for moths. Moth can cause extensive damage to oriental rugs. Their larvae eat the pile and knots on the back of rugs. Spray both the front and back of a rug about every six months with an oriental rug-safe moth spray to avoid any damage.
  4. Sweepin. Use a broom to sweep away loose soil that accumulates on the rug. A rug should be swept at least once a week to maintain the natural patina or sheen of the rug.
  5. Have it professionally cleaned. Take your rug to professional cleaners for a more thorough cleaning every one to three use, depending on its use, location, and climate.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Pay Increase for Oklahoma State Employees Passed as House Bill

Pay Increase for Oklahoma State Employees Passed as House Bill

Every government body needs to have a competitive workforce in order to function well. Having more high-quality state employees can help accelerate and improve government projects, thereby better serving the community. In Oklahoma, many state employees are retiring or transferring to private sector jobs due to higher pay. Based on reports that have been conducted, state employees are paid 20 percent less than those with similar jobs in the private sector.

This prompted Rep. Leslie Osborn to submit a bill that would provide more competitive wages to state employees in order to attract and retain top recruits. House Bill 3293 has passed in the Oklahoma House of Representative and is now heading to the state Senate for consideration. The bill will increase the salaries of state employees to 90 percent of private sector wages over a four-year period.

Three percent of the payroll for a previous fiscal year will be allocated for the salary adjustments of an upcoming year. The Office of Management Enterprise Services will be granted the jurisdiction to set the pay structures and evaluate if adjustments are necessary.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Home Maintenance Tips For Spring

Home maintenance

The arrival of spring brings more than just warmth and light of the sun. Though we may find ourselves storing away our snow-shovels, we are also digging the hoses, fertilizer, and lawn-mower our of the garage. Winter time can be hard on your home because of all the ice and wind. Because of this, it is always a good idea after the last frost of winter to do a quick once-over of your house to ensure nothing is drastically damaged. You might find your plants have died during the cold season, the gutter seems to be overflowing with dead leaves, and the yard is in disarray.

Here is a checklist to help you target the aspects of your home that might need work after winter.

  1. Check for loose or leaky gutters because improper drainage will divert water into basements or crawl spaces. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear of debris.
  2. Check your chimney for any damage to its exterior. It would be best to acquire the services of a certified chimney sweep to inspect and clean its interior.
  3. Check your home’s external paint job and look for chipped, cracked paint. Scrape off any failing paint and sand it down so there are no rough edges. Prime any bare wood surfaces and coat them with a high quality paint product.
  4. Schedule a HVAC check-up as soon as possible. Scheduling it later until June and discovering a problem may result in you spending more than a few days suffering from the heat of summer.
  5. Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage.  Turn on the water and place your thumb or finger over the opening. Being able to stop the flow of water means the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. Check the garden hose as well for dry rot.
  6. Spring is also the best time to wash pillows and curtains to help reduce allergens and dust mites.

Proper home maintenance is very important should be done on a regular basis. By taking care of your home, you ensure that you and your family protect your investment and have a comfortable place to live.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

$70 Million Expansion Planned for Will Rogers World Airport

$70 Million Expansion Planned for Will Rogers World Airport

Travelling will soon become even more convenient in Oklahoma City with the scheduled expansion at the Will Rogers World Airport. Soon, travelers will have faster access to security as well as more gates to accommodate their flights.

According to airport leaders, Will Rogers is accommodating about 12,000 passengers each day. Such an increase in travelers will require an expansion of the airport, in addition to the supplemental gates.

Based on the expansion plan, the airport will need to expand its screening location into one centralized checkpoint. The goal is to enhance the security check of passengers thereby making it faster to get through security.

Included in the expansion plan is the addition of nine new airline gates. The 12,000-square-foot cargo building next to the east side of the terminal will be demolished, giving way to six new gates. The terminal will also increase in size to add a new space for three more gates. After the construction of the new gates, the airport will have a total of 26 gates.

The cost of the expansion project is estimated at $70 million. The project’s design is set to span two years, followed by construction two years after. Completion of the project is expected in the year 2017.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate