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City Manager Mike Bailey, center, presents City of Bartlesville firefighters Bret Chew, left, and Blake Chew with free movie tickets and a $25 Chili’s gift card. Both firefighters were named the Employee Advisory Committee’s Employee of the Month for February. They will also receive eight hours of special vacation.

EAC names Employees of the Month

Blake, Bret Chew recognized for aiding family in lake incident

Bartlesville Firefighters Bret Chew and Blake Chew have been named Employees of the Month by the City of Bartlesville Employee Advisory Committee.

According to a letter submitted to the EAC by Ryan L. Dingman, the father-son duo were spending the Christmas Eve holiday fishing with family on Oolahah Lake when calls went out regarding a boat that had sunk on the lake.

“The Chews were contacted with the location of the vessel, which happened to be less than a mile from their location,” Dingman writes. “With no hesitation, they ended their fishing trip and went straight to the stranded family, who had managed to get mostly out of the 40-degree water and climb into a tree.”

Dingman said the four victims were rescued by the Chews.

“This currently put nine people in their boat,” Dingman said. “Another local fisherman arrived shortly after who took the four victims on his boat and back to the ramp where EMS crews were waiting.

“While there were several people and agencies involved I feel these men fulfilled their duty as firemen to the fullest by not hesitating to do whatever it took to rescue these victims while being off duty … I hope these men can get the recognition they deserve.”

Do know a City of Bartlesville employee who deserves special recognition? Let the EAC know! Email your information to

Palmetto Drive Project gets OK from council

The City Council voted 5-0 to approve a contract for work on the Palmetto Drive Rehabilitation Project — an Oak Park street project that includes rehabilitating the pavement on Palmetto Drive from Sooner Road to Virginia Avenue.

The rehabilitation includes approximately 3,125 square yards of concrete panel replacement and 364 feet of curb and gutter replacement. The council approved a contract with KSL Dirt Works to complete work on the project at a cost of $276,045.

The project, which is one of the City’s preventative maintenance projects approved as part of the 2018-19 Fiscal Year Capital Budget, utilizes savings from the 2014 issuance of the 2012 General Obligation Bond. A total of $350,000 is budgeted for the project.

Work on the project is set to begin in March.


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Around Town

Submitted articles about the Bartlesville community.


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.