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Larry Silver retires from Neighborhood Services

Neighborhood Services Division Supervisor Larry Silver Jr. retired his post last Friday after 17 years with the department.

A small reception was held in his honor last week at City Hall.

Silver’s retirement is his second from the City of Bartlesville. He previously retired in 2001 after serving as a Bartlesville police officer since 1979.

Shortly after his retirement from the police department, he began his new career as a Neighborhood Services officer with the Community Development Department. He was promoted to Neighborhood Services supervisor in 2006, where he worked until retiring Aug. 24.

“It has been my honor to work with Larry for over 17 years,” said Community Development Director Lisa Beeman. “He always understood that code enforcement is essential in supporting and enhancing the quality of life in our community and in creating an environment that is conducive to the overall growth of the City. Larry was able to balance his wealth of knowledge and years of experience in law and code enforcement with the right amount of common sense to effectively solve problems and manage confrontations on a daily basis.

“Many people do not know what a kind and sincere man he is and will never know all the things he did to help better other peoples’ lives and situations and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. His career reflects his sense of duty and commitment to make a positive difference in the community where he was born and raised.

“I have a great deal of respect for Larry. He was an invaluable member of our department and the City’s leadership team and he will be sorely missed.”

Program aimed at raising library awareness

BPL participates in September ‘Library Card Sign-up Month’

Bartlesville Public Library has joined libraries across the nation in teaming up to promote card holder awareness during September’s “Library Card Sign-up Month” initiative.

The event, held in association with the American Library Association, is aimed at encouraging everyone to renew or sign up for a library card — including BPL’s new digital card for those who want to use virtual services and resources only.

According to Library Director Shellie McGill, the value of having a library card is “priceless,” yet sign-up is free to those living, working or attending school within the library’s service area.

“A library card is a tool that can be used to acquire knowledge and enrich our lives like nothing else can,” McGill said. “The Bartlesville Public Library has more than 120,000 materials — including books, DVDs, Blu-rays, audio books, video games and our latest collection: The Library of Things — available for check-out to anyone who has a card. The list of resources and services available to library card holders is virtually endless.”

McGill said Library Sign-up Month is an opportunity to let everyone know the value of having a library card but also serves as a reminder to parents, teachers and students that a library card is “the most important school supply of all.”

According to the ALA, studies show that children who read at home and use library resources perform better in school. Likewise, they are more apt to continue using the library as a source of lifetime learning, and later in life they are also more likely to introduce their own children to the library at a young age.

This year BPL will be celebrating library users with a special, weekly giveaway, McGill said.

“Beginning September 4, anyone who visits the Bartlesville Public Library and checks out materials, signs up for a new card or renews their old library card may fill out a drawing entry ticket,” she said.

At the end of each week throughout September, BPL staff will draw a prize-winning ticket. Prizes will be awarded each Friday. Adults will receive $25 in “Chamber Bucks,” issued by the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Children will receive $10 in Chamber Bucks.

To sign up for a new library card, simply provide proof of address with a photo ID, such as a non-expired driver’s license or State-issued ID, and a piece of mail matching that address. Mail must be postmarked within the last 30 days and addressed to the card holder. Children’s cards will be issued to adult cardholders with no document requirements.

For more information about BPL services, visit www.bartlesvillelibrary.com, the library’s Facebook Page or call 918-338-4171.

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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 ‘On the Job’ with Korie Plummer

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.