Voters to decide street, drainage improvements in March 6 election

February 20, 2018

The following is the second in a three-part series of informational columns concerning the City of Bartlesville’s upcoming General Bond Election on March 6, 2018. More information will be covered in the next installment. For the previous installment, see City Beat archives.

On March 6, registered voters who reside within the city limits of Bartlesville will have the opportunity to decide funding for a variety of community projects and other improvements.Three questions on this General Obligation Bond ballot seek approval from the voters for $5.12 million to be used for street improvements, $1.125 million to be used for storm drainage improvements and $1.995 million to replace outdated city equipment.

Projects included in each of these three categories come from citizen input, surveys, citizen committees and strategic plans which prioritize repairs, improvements and upgrades to city infrastructure.

For storm drainage, voters will be asked to approve $1,125,000 to be used for the following three projects:

  • To replace an existing concrete channel and box culvert in Woodland Park that runs downhill from Evergreen Drive to Cherokee Hills Drive, draining much of the neighborhood to the east ($523,700)
  • Replacement of 500 linear feet of underground storm drainage pipe in Colonial Estates that runs downhill south of Camelot Drive and west of Candlestick Court that drains much of the residential area to the north of Camelot Drive ($366,600)
  • Replacement of an existing 24-inch clay tile storm drainage pipe (1,300 linear feet) in Downtown Bartlesville located on Eighth Street between Shawnee Avenue and Chicksaw Avenue ($234,700)

In the City Equipment question, voters will be asked to approve $1,995,000 to:

  • Replace a 20-year-old fire pumper truck at Station 3, located on Tuxedo Boulevard ($619,200)
  • To replace the records management system for the police station so that officers in the field will have access to real-time data ($482,200)
  • Upgrade computer servers that are used by all city departments to more efficiently provide service to its customers ($304,500)
  • Replace the gradall excavator used by the street, sewer, water and park departments ($355,300)
  • Replace the aging HVAC system at the Bartlesville Public Library ($213,200)
  • Replace the worn-out Christmas decorations that are placed on the street lights along Frank Phillips Boulevard during the holiday season ($20,000)

Needed street projects are identified through the 2012 Pavement Management Analysis Study and reviewed and recommended by the Street and Traffic Committee. Projects to be funded in this G.O. Bond Election are:

  • Streets in the Downtown Central Business District, lying north of Adams Boulevard and west of Cherokee Avenue, specifically Jennings, Keeler, Johnstone, Dewey and Osage Avenues, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Streets ($2,030,300)
  • Cudahy from Virginia to Johnstone Avenue ($526,100)
  • Frank Phillips Boulevard from Park Avenue west to Sunset Boulevard ($786,700)
  • Thirteenth Street from Cherokee Avenue to Garden Drive which provides access to Kane Elementary School ($456,800)
  • Minnesota Avenue from Washington Boulevard to Madison Boulevard ($778,800)

For more information about the City of Bartlesville’s General Obligation Bond Election, see GO Bond Election 2018 FAQ, or GO Bond Election Presentation.

Micah Siemers is the director of Engineering for the City of Bartlesville.