Vice Mayor Alan Gentges, left, and City Councilor Jim Curd help thank Annah Fischer, Kyle Hubbard and Earl Sears of Arvest Bank for the bank’s gift of $10,000 for the Tower Center at Unity Square community gathering space. The check was presented during the City Council meeting on Monday. The green space project was approved by voters in the March General Obligation Bond Election, and design plans were approved recently by the City Council. Project consultants say construction on the space could be complete as early as next fall.
City employees honored for service
The Human Resources held its annual Service Awards luncheon honoring City employees for 40, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 and five years of service.
City Manager Mike Bailey presented each employee with a certificate. Employees selected from online gift selections as a token of appreciation.
“It takes all of us to make this work,” Bailey told employees being recognized. “I appreciate the hard work you all do every day in service to our community and its citizens.”
Employees recognized include Jimmy Bowers, right, (with City Manager Mike Bailey), who has worked for the City of Bartlesville for 40 years.
Others recognized include:
30 years — Jon Bridges, Jeff Crawford, Denise Goff, Craig Gordineer, Tony McCammon, and Rickey Shull.
25 years — Rhonda Branson
20 years —Kevin Bridges, Robert Robinson, Jessie Tabler, and Ronald Williams.
15 years — Randy Tayrien
10 years — Dan Basler, Thomas Brink, Jason Butterfield, Nadine Hawke, Steven Johnstone II, Karen Kerr-McGraw, Ray Masters, Ray Raley, Shayne Sloan, Rene Stefanopoulos, Rebekah Swan, Brandon Watson, Mike Wickham, and Levi Wilson.
5 years — Troylee Ali, Daniel Elkins Jr., Bo Fornby, Larry Hampton, Jennifer Hart, Heath Houser, Ethan Long, Denver Millard Jr., Jamie Parsons, and Paul Williams Jr.
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There are no utility issues or outages at this time.
There are no major road closings to announce at this time.
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.
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.
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.
‘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
This report contains information about the City’s Waste Water facilities and Water Re-Use Plan.
This citizen-driven development plan looks at long-range goals for the City of Bartlesville’s parks and recreation system.
This report contains information about the City’s bonding capacity, it’s G.O. bond history and general information.
This report summarizes the City’s capital needs, current and into the foreseeable future.
This annual report gives the most recent status of the City’s potable water system.
This annual report contains the most recent information on incidents responded to by the Bartlesville Fire Department.