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Guy Goad retires from Water Treatment Plant

Water Treatment Plant Utility Maintenance Worker Guy Goad retired his post recently after 27 years of service with the City of Bartlesville. A small reception was held in his honor last week at the plant.

Goad began his career with the City in January 1991 as janitor for the Bartlesville Public Library.

In 1994 he moved to the Water Utilities Department, where he worked as a meter reader and maintenance worker. He transferred to the Water Treatment Plant in 2010.

“Guy has worn many hats for the City over his tenure, with the latest being the ‘mud man’ for the Water Plant,” said Water Utilities Director Terry Lauritsen. “The ‘mud man’ is not the most glamorous position, but it’s a critical one in the operation of the water treatment process.

“Guy was always consistent and conscientious about his work, and his humor and steadiness will be missed. We wish Guy well in this next chapter of his life and we thank him for all his work for the City of Bartlesville.”

Photo: Water Utilities Director Terry Lauritsen, left, helps Utility Maintenance Worker Guy Goad celebrate his retirement after 27 years with the City.

Search continues for new police chief

The search continues for a new police chief following the retirement of chief Tom Holland, who retired July 6. Capt. Rocky Bevard has been appointed interim operational director until a new chief is appointed.

Steps were taken to begin the process of replacing Holland after he announced his retirement in May. The City contracted with the employment firm SGR to help recruit for the position. Applications were accepted until June 25. About 30 applications were received in all, said acting City Manager Mike Bailey.

“We had about 30 individuals apply for the position and have narrowed that number down to 24,” Bailey said. “SGR conducted written questionnaires for these candidates, which we received earlier this week. We will be looking at those questionnaires this week and narrowing the field a little further before moving on to the next phase.”

Bailey said candidates who move forward to the next phase will be asked to complete a video questionnaire, which will be used to narrow the field even further.

The final candidates will complete on-site interviews, after which a selection will be made for the position.

Bailey said the process and selection should conclude in August.

State OKs grant for Pathfinder improvements

The City of Bartlesville was notified recently it has been tentatively approved for $132,700 in grant funds for improvements to the Pathfinder Parkway trail at Eastland Shopping Center, Grants Administrator Nancy Warring said Monday.

The grant is awarded through the Recreational Trails Program, which is a state-administered, federal aid program managed through the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Federal Highway Administration in consultation with the Department of the Interior. The intent of the Recreational Trails Program is for funds to be used on recreational trails and trail-related projects, Warring said.

“This is very good news,” she said of the notification. “This will allow us to make necessary improvements to the Pathfinder system utilizing grant funds in combination with voter-approved half-cent Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funds.”

According to Community Development Director Lisa Beeman, the money will be used to construct a new trail connection south of Eastland Shopping Center.

“This portion of the trail needs to be re-connected south of the shopping center due to the construction of Chick-Fil-A and other businesses at the center over the past several months,” Beeman said. “Currently, people using the trail have to park north of Chick-Fil-A and cross quite a bit of traffic either on foot or on their bicycle to access the trail.

“This grant money will allow us to construct a much safer and more convenient way to access the trail, as well as keep the trail off Frank Phillips Boulevard and the shopping center parking lot.”

A meeting for public input on the project was held in January. A number of citizens expressed support and provided letters of support, which were included with the application.

Warring said the grant now moves toward final approval.

“We have a few more hoops to jump through but fully expect the Federal Highway Administration to give us final approval,” she said.

ODOT starts work on guardrail project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has begun work on the guardrail rehabilitation project for U.S. Highway 75 and State Highway 60.

The project consists of guardrail replacement at the U.S. 75-Adams Boulevard overpass, as well as along the north side of Lee Lake and both the north and south sides of Adams Boulevard where the Pathfinder pedestrian tunnel crosses Adams west of Silver Lake Road. Workers will begin at the west location and work their way east.

Temporary lane closures should be expected at each location to facilitate setting new steel posts. Traffic will remain open in each direction on Adams Boulevard as the outside lanes will be the only portions closed.

It is anticipated the City of Bartlesville will receive advance notice of the closure of the clover-leaf ramp for northbound U.S. 75 traffic wishing to take 60 West during that portion of the project, Director of Engineering Micah Siemers said.

“Due to the single lane of this ramp, there will be a period of about four hours that the ramp will be closed completely once they get to this point in the project,” he said. “This will be the last area of work, so there will be a notice before that phase begins.”

Additionally, the pedestrian tunnel at Adams Boulevard west of Silver Lake Road will be closed for a portion of the project in the interest of safety for trail users.

“Closure of the trail should be limited to a couple of days,” Siemers said.

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Features

Project Narcan: BPD officers equipped with life-saving rescue drug

Unintentional opioid drug poisoning has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., with thousands of Americans dying from overdose each year. Combined with methamphetamine, the drugs were to blame for 899 deaths in Oklahoma in 2016 alone, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Thirteen of those deaths were in Washington County.

In an effort to help stop the death toll from climbing, all Bartlesville Police Department officers were recently issued naloxone kits — a life-saving rescue drug that voids the effects of opioid-based drugs in the body.

Project Narcan: BPD officers equipped with life-saving rescue drug

Bartlesville Fire Department marks 112 years of service

According to records from the Bartlesville Area History Museum, the Bartlesville volunteer fire department, organized by the Bartlesville Commercial Club, made its first fire run on Jan. 31, 1905, to the Piazza Hotel, located at Third Street and Keeler Avenue.

Despite its 12 volunteer members, including “experienced” firemen Chief F.N. Buck and Capt. Eli Spayd, things didn’t go well as hoped on that first run, records show.

Fire Department launches Honor Guard, marks 112 years of service

Long-time councilor retires seat, vows to keep working for Bartlesville

Ted Lockin may be giving up his seat on the Bartlesville City Council when his term ends next month, but the long-time councilor and former mayor says he won’t stop working for Bartlesville.

Long-time councilor retires seat, vows to keep working for Bartlesville

‘On the Job’ with Kim Inman

At first glance, White Rose Cemetery looks like any other cemetery: a mausoleum, rows of graves, flowers, flags and headstones marking the lives of those buried here. But talk to Cemetery Relations Coordinator Kim Inman for just a minute and you’ll see there is more to the City of Bartlesville-owned cemetery than meets the eye. Everything here, from the flowers on the graves to the symbols on the stones, helps tell the stories of the past — a past that Inman is dedicated to preserving.

Story available at On the Job with Kim Inman

‘On the Job’ with Mike Wickham: Success story

Mike Wickham’s career with the City of Bartlesville is often referred to as a “success story.” From his early days as an abatement officer — the person responsible for mowing too-tall grass and weeds, picking up junk, trash and rubbish and hauling it off — to his current role as senior Neighborhood Services officer, Wickham has worked about every aspect of “codes enforcement.”

Story available at On the Job with Mike Wickham

‘On the Job’ with SRO Korie Plummer: Relationships matter

School Resource Officer Korie Plummer seems born to do the job she has chosen. With just the right mix of “mom” and “cop,” she is as at home in her role as informal counselor and mentor to students as she is peace keeper at the Bartlesville High School campus.

Story available at COB Korie Plumber SRO press release

Studies & Reports

2017 Waste Water Facilities and Water Re-Use Report

This report contains information about the City’s Waste Water facilities and Water Re-Use Plan.

2009 Park and Recreation Master Development Plan

This citizen-driven development plan looks at long-range goals for the City of Bartlesville’s parks and recreation system.

General Obligation Bond Report 2017

This report contains information about the City’s bonding capacity, it’s G.O. bond history and general information.

Capital Needs Report

This report summarizes the City’s capital needs, current and into the foreseeable future.

Water Quality Report 2017

This annual report gives the most recent status of the City’s potable water system.

2016 Bartlesville Fire Department Report

This annual report contains the most recent information on incidents responded to by the Bartlesville Fire Department.