You still have time to complete the Vision 20/20 Community Strategic Planning survey, but the clock is ticking. The survey is completed every five years and covers a wide range of economic conditions and quality of life topics, including employment, retail business, recreation, housing, personal safety, tourism, and economic development. The Countywide Community Strategic Plan in the past, was key in receiving a community grant to fund various projects across Cowley County. The survey is being made available in various ways. A mailing was sent to current residents at 4,000 randomly-selected Cowley County addresses and was also inserted in the local newspapers. Surveys are also available at drop-box locations throughout the area, and online at www.cowleyfirst.com. The deadline for returning the surveys is Friday. To learn more, got o www.cowleyfirst.com.
Archives for October 2015
A man was arrested while he was in the Cowley County District Court room in Arkansas City Thursday morning. Jacob Nettrouer was in court on a case from mid-September, which included charges of criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested while there on charges including aggravated battery causing bodilty harm with a wooden bat, aggravated assault with a wooden bat, aggravated burglary on South Eighth Street, and criminal damage to property. He was booked into the Cowley County Jail with bond set at $10,000.
The Arkansas City Beautification and Tree Advisory Board met last Thursday afternoon at City Hall to discuss several items. Board members picked the Nelson Sensation Award and Yard of the Season award winners for the
months of October and November. The recipients will be announced each week on Facebook and in the ARk City Traveler. Citizens may nominate a yard for the board’s consideration for either award by emailing the address
— and, if they like, a photo — of the yard to board secretary Terice Watts at email@example.com. The board’s next meeting will be in mid-November or early December in the city manager’s office at City Hall.
An Ark City sanitation truck burned up on Monday. The truck caught fire Monday morning on North Fourth Street, and it was totaled by flames. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. It was a 1993 Ford box truck with more than 163,000 miles on it, used by the Public Works Department’s sanitation division to haul recycling for commercial customers, as well as other uses according to city officials. There was no insurance coverage for fire, as the truck was insured for liability only. While a value hasn’t been stated, city officials say the truck most likely wasn’t worth much more than what they will get for it as scrap anyway. The fire originated in the engine compartment. The driver says he smelled something, so he pulled over and checked it out, but didn’t see anything unusual. But after driving a couple of blocks, fire and smoke came through the floorboards, so those inside left the vehicle and called 911. City officials say the loss of this truck will not affect normal refuse pickup service, but it may temporarily impact the recycling service the City provides to its commercial customers.