Archives for August 2015

Cowley 911 System About To Kick Off

In Cowley County, the consolidated emergency dispatch system will “go live” on Sept. 9th as long as everything stays on track. It will culminate efforts that have been years in the making according to county officials, who say the radio system has already been tested, and the phone system will be tested next week. To report an emergency, you only have to call 911. Once your call is received, dispatchers, even at the state level, will be able to pinpoint you on a map, and then give emergency responders a precise address.

Big Road Project Kicking Off In Ark City

Skyline Road will be closed to through traffic starting today, when the Skyline and 61st roads reconstruction project is set to begin in north Arkansas City. Barricades will be set up this morning just west of the intersection of Skyline and 61st roads, just east of the intersection of Eighth Street and Skyline, and north of the intersection of Hilltop Drive and
Second Street. Property owners within the closed area still will be allowed access to their properties between 61st Road and Eighth Street, but through traffic will be diverted. It’s all part of an almost $3 Million reconstruction project, which includes new street lighting, the widening of Skyline, auxiliary turning lanes, pedestrian sidewalks, storm sewer improvements, new pavement markings and signage. Construction is expected to be completed by May 31, 2016.

Ark City Commission Covers A Lot Of Ground

The Arkansas City Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a vacation request, a rezoning and a conditional use permit. The first item of business facing the commission was holding a public hearing regarding a request by a local property owner to vacate the right-of-way on Central Avenue, between 10th and 11th streets. The Utility Advisory Committee indicated it has no concerns with that proposal. An ordinance approving the vacation, with the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve it, will come before the City Commission at its meeting Sept. 1. The Planning Commission also held two public hearings regarding property owned by Jacob Bogner at 723 W. Madison Ave. that used to be an automobile repair business, but since has been unoccupied.
Bogner is interested in starting a new auto repair business there that would involve painting cars, but since the area is zoned as a C-2 restricted commercial district, that would be a nonconforming use. At one time, the existing business had a permit to continue with that nonconforming use, but since the business has closed, the legal nonconforming status has been lost.
As a result, Bogner requested a conditional use permit that would let him start the new business. Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe had some concerns about the nature of Bogner’s business, so there would be some requirements in order to issue the conditional use permit and Certificate of Occupancy. Further commets will be heard by the City Commission at its meeting Sept. 1st,

Return Of The Snake Dance!

Get ready for the Snake Dance. The beginning of school has been marked by the traditional activity for decades, but it was moved to the high school area from downtown a few years ago. But the Snake Dance will be downtown once again this year. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 21, when those participating in the dance will meet at WB Meats on South Summit Street to form the “snake”, which will wind its way through the streets to the intersection of Summit Street and Fifth Avenue, where a pep rally and various groups will perform. It will then proceed up Summit Street and end up at Center City Park (Ben Givens Park) where the Bulldog Spirit Club will host a watermelon feed. A back-to-school dance sponsored by the ACHS Student Council will be from 8 to 11 p.m. at the high school. For more information call (620) 506-7707.

Fork To The Throat Ends With Arkansas City Man’s Arrest

An Arkansas City man was arrested Saturday by Arkansas City Police in connection with an aggravated assault. 34 YEAR OLD William Robert Marsh-Vardy Jr. was booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $11,000
bond. It all began with a call to police on Saturday for help on NOrth 10th STreet, where there was some sort of disturbance happening. When police arrived, they learned from a 35 year old woman that Marsh-Vardy had thrown a weight into a wall of the house, causing damage. He then settled down she told police, only to get agitated again later in the afternoon, when she says he threatened her by pointing a fork toward her throat and saying she needed to die.

Ark City Man Charged With Kidnapping

An Arkansas City man was arrested Saturday afternoon by Ark City Police in connection with an alleged kidnapping and disturbance involving a knife in southeast Arkansas City. 26 year old William Donald Alberts was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated assault, battery-domestic violence, criminal damage to property, interference with the judicial process and kidnapping. Alberts was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in Arkansas City Municipal Court and for a probation violation through Cowley County District Court in Winfield. Alberts was booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $44,500 bond. It all began when Alberts allegedly threatened a 19-year-old Arkansas City woman with a knife and held her inside of a house against her will by using physical force.