Press releases

The following press releases have been issued by the City of Bartlesville Communications Department. For information specifically concerning police matters, see Bartlesville Police Department. For information about fires or fire department-related activity, see Bartlesville Fire Department.


Local ‘Take Back Day’ event ranks No. 2 in state, BPD says

More work needed to stop leak at Lee Lake

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

Clean-up program on ‘hold’ pending review

Police radios provided to BPD officers thanks to Phillips 66 donation

Library to host popular ‘One Book, One Bartlesville’ program


Budget & Finance


City Council hears presentation on ‘GO Bonds- 101’

City Administration


City offices closed January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


City closed Presidents Day

Auction for surplus property

City Council


Downtown on tap for first in series of Ward 4 town hall meetings


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

Dr. Joseph Callahan appointed to Ward 4 seat

Ward 4 appointment postponed

Applicants sought for City Council Appointment

City Council to consider ward boundary changes

Review process begins for Ward 4 applicants

City News (column)


City News: September is Literacy Month

City News by Lisa Beeman Pokemon Go

City News: Bartlesville’s water needs — past and present

City News: City begins 2016-17 budget process



CPTS recognized for public transit program grants management


CityRide Senior Shopping Days press release

CityRide offers discounted fares during Ridership Appreciation

Cimarron Transit WorkRide

CityRide offers reduced fares for youth in June, July

CityRide Senior Shopping Days


Reduced fares offered November 2-6

Community Development


20M in construction plans under City review


Storm shelter permits, registration

Door to door sales citizen rights

On the Job with Mike Wickham

Larry Silver named Code Enforcement Officer of the Year


City not ending public transit program



City of Bartlesville sales tax AFTER Oct. 13, 2015

COB tax election press release LAST Oct. 9, 2015

COB sales tax press release Aug. 4, 2015

COB tax questions vote Oct. 7, 2015

Engineering (Projects)


Silver Lake Village traffic signals to be activated this week

2017 Projects (Internal & External media)


Bartlesville Public Safety Complex media update

Second Phase of Price Fields project to get underway this month

Public Safety Complex project breaks ground

Contractor recognized for Community Center project

Use of rear exit limited for construction project

Construction to start on Public Safety Complex


COB demo delay public safety complex

COB Public Safety Complex press release

COB Community Center roof overlay press release

Fire Department

(Note: Press releases regarding fires and most other fire department information is produced, managed and retained by the Bartlesville Fire Department. Please contact Public Information Officer Bill Hollander for more information.)


Bartlesville Fire Department marks 112 years of service

Fire Department launches Honor Guard, marks 112 years of service

Donations fund firefighter dry suits for cold water, ice rescue

Fire Department ‘command vehicle’ purchased with CIP funds


Bartlesville firefighters participate in emergency vehicle driving course

Visible addresses speed response times during emergencies

Knox HomeBox now available

Josh Monday named American Legion Firefighter of the Year

Knox Box online ordering now an option


City of Bartlesville and Red Cross smoke detector press release

COB Topping promotion press release

Grants Administration


Countywide program offers storm shelter assistance


ODOT awards City grant for Shawnee sidewalk

City Council OKs Safe Routes to School grant

City sponsors grant writing workshop

LASO presentation


COB walk to school day press release Oct. 5, 2015

COB bullet-proof vest grant press release

Community works together for ‘Walk to School Day’

History Museum


BAHM nominates City Oil Built for state award

City of Bartlesville recognized for role in preservation project



Overdrive service 101- Class to cover e-book, audiobook services at BPL

Bartlesville Public Library kicks off LEGO Club with October events

BPL health and wellness programs set for March


Improved health and wellness focus of free classes at Bartlesville library

Bartlesville Public Library offers health literacy options

Health and wellness classes kick off in January at public library

Let’s talk about it Oklahoma

Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma reminder

Open Minds literacy tutor training

Bartlesville Public Library to showcase Oklahoma authors

Bartlesville Public Library offers health literacy options

The Edge of Nowhere library event


COB Health Literacy program press release

COB Joan Singleton press release

COB interim transitional library director press release

Parks & Recreation


Johnstone Park Pavilion ready for use

Public meeting set for Lee Lake lighting project


Second phase of Price Fields project to get underway this month

Netting not permitted at City-owned lakes press release

City Council OKs contract for Johnstone Park Pavilion Project, Phase 2

City Council OKs contract for Johnstone Park Pavilion, Phase 2

Construction underway on Johnstone Park Pavilion project

Leash law in effect for dogs in City parks; citations planned for violations

Cooper Dog Park Rules help keep off-leash dog park safe, clean

Work day planned for Lee Lake

Arbor Day cermony April 23 at Lee Lake

Lee Lake open for watercraft

Outdoor fitness equipment coming to Johnstone Park

Johnstone Park to close for Fantasy Land of Lights

Fields closed during rennovation project at sports complex

Duck blind drawings this week at Hudson Lake

Pathfinder closed for WWTP project

Duck blind drawings set for October 21 at Hudson Lake

Adult fitness in Johnstone Park to open April 1

Bids to be considered for park pavilion project


Pathfinder riverbank project (November 18, 2015)

Lee Lake opening announced November 2, 2015

Portion of Pathfinder closed for project November 2, 2015

COB Arbor Day press release Oct. 12, 2015

COB duck blinds press release 2015

COB play tower press release

COB MJ Lee Lake press release

Police Department

(Note: Press releases regarding crimes and most other police information is produced, managed and retained by the Bartlesville Police Department. Please contact Capt. Jay Hastings for more information.)


BPD K9 Supporter Program

Koby Pierce donates to BPD K-9 program

Inside look at E-911 dispatchers

Show to raise funds for BPD K-9

BPD K9 Night


Johnson named FOP 2015 Officer of the Year

On the Job with Korie Plumber

Public Works


Spring coupon good for 1 free trip to landfill (2017)

Operation Clean House set for April 22

Free yard waste collection set for May 1-5

Spring programs aid clean-up efforts

Free yard waste collection set for May 1-5

Spring coupon good for 1 free trip to landfill (2017)

Alternate trash routes in place next week for President’s Day

Trash routes amended for New Year holiday


Free leaf collection set for November, December

Fall Cleanup coupon good for one free trip to landfill

City offices closed for Memorial Day; trash routes amended

Leaf, grass collection campaign

Spring Clean-up reminder

Spring clean-up set for April 16-23 (2016)


Free leaf collection December 2015

City closed trash routes holidays

Christmas tree mulching

City offices closed Thanksgiving November 23, 2015

COB free leaf collection press release

COB 2015 fall clean-up press release

Road Closures


US 75 bridge rehab to start next week; lane, trail closures expected

Quapaw, 4th Street intersection closed for ONG repairs


Fifth Street to close to accommodate construction project

Road closures planned this week in downtown area

Work to start on 14th Street overlay project

Closed lanes on Tuxedo, Keeler to re-open Monday

Projects prompt temporary lane, road closures downtown

Water line repairs prompt lane closures at Swan and Rolling Meadows

14th closed for sewer repairs

Water line replacement work start downtown; lane closures expected

Lanes on Penn Avenue to close for asphalt repair

Asphalt resurfacing projects Sept 19-23

Asphalt resurfacing project planned for September 19-23

Waste water project prompts lane closures on Adams

Cherokee waterline project

Interurban drainage project


COB FPB asphalt starts press release Oct. 7, 2015

COB FPB milling overlay press release

COB street resurfacing press release July 24, 2015

COB Keeler closure press release

COB Johnstone closed press release

COB FPB milling overlay press release

COB FPB asphalt overlay press release Sept. 22, 2015

COB FPB delay press release Sept. 24, 2015

COB press release street resurfacing

Storm water drainage complete at Rolling Meadows and Swan

Storm water drainage project to begin Monday

Water Department


Wastewater testing to begin Monday at Caney River

Water conservation encouraged during dry months


Water rate increases update

Water rate increase presentation

fire hydrant flushing continues

Fire hydrant flushing, testing begins April 24

Utility Billing


Utility billing address change


OTC rate cards show new tax rate

White Rose Cemetery


Luminary Service set for November 19 at White Rose Cemetery

On the Job with Kim Inman


COB White Rose Mausoleum Days Oct. 13, 2015

Other archives


Bartlesville businesses finalist for Main Street awards

Bartlesville to host 2017 GAC Basketball Tournament from March 2-5


City of Bartlesville Doann Nguyen 3030 Next Gen award

Studies & Reports

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 2015

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.