City Council OKs projects for April elections

January 28, 2020

Voters to decide General Obligation Bond Issue, CIP funding

The Bartlesville City Council voted 5-0 Monday to approve a list of capital projects to be put before voters in elections tentatively set for April 7. The council is expected to officially call for the elections during a regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 3.

The council put its stamp of approval on $16 million in projects proposed for General Obligation Bond funding as well as $13.6 million in Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funding. Voter support would extend the half-cent CIP sales tax for another five years. The tax has been approved by voters every five to seven years since 2008. Additionally, approval of G.O. Bond projects will not result in an increase in taxes, as the City’s mil levy would remain at 15 with approval of the issue, having no impact on ad valorem taxes.

Voters will decide the outcome of both sources of funding on April 7, if ultimately approved by the council. Each will appear on a separate ballot.

The proposed projects include a combined total of $10.8 million for Streets and Bridges, $5.6 million for Equipment, $4.1 million for Buildings and Facilities, and $4.2 million for Parks and Recreation.

A partial list of proposed projects include:

Proposed for G.O. Bond funding

  • 95-foot tower/ladder fire truck
  • Bridge rehabilitations for the Tuxedo Bridges over Caney River and for Sunset Boulevard over Butler Creek
  • GPS/camera (chalkless) parking enforcement system
  • Central Fire Station roof replacement
  • Numerous street upgrades and repairs
  • Lighting for Robinwood Park Soccer Fields
  • Sunset Pathfinder extension and pedestrian bridge
  • Upgrades to Johnstone Park ring road, construction of a roundabout in the park, and improvements to park access drives and angled parking
  • New basketball courts with a Gaga ball pit at the former Oak Park School
  • Parking lot upgrades at Sooner Park and Jo Allyn Lowe Park
  • Douglass Park shelter
  • Security lighting in parks
  • Pickleball courts at Johnstone Park
  • Greens rebuild (nine of 18 holes) at Adams Golf Course

Proposed for CIP funding

  • Body-worn cameras for police
  • Vehicle replacement including police emergency vehicles
  • Several mowers and various equipment for the Parks Department and Adams Golf Course
  • City Hall boiler, cooling tower and window replacement and roof repair
  • Numerous street repairs and reconstruction
  • Downtown landscape improvements
  • Pathfinder Parkway improvements
  • Sooner Pool and Frontier Pool epoxy repairs
  • Parking lot improvements at Douglass Park and Lee Lake
  • Replacement of shade structures at Sooner and Frontier pools
  • Bartlesville Community Center security system replacement and new speaker system

See next week’s City Beat for details about these projects and other election information.