A kitchen fire Thursday afternoon at a home in Arkansas City is believed to have been caused by a faulty electrical outlet. The fire was first reported around 3:45 yesterday afternoon at the house in the 300 block of East Birch Avenue. When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from the back of the house. Investigators say the fire began in the exterior wall in the kitchen, and then spread between the wall in the kitchen, drawing oxygen from the outside and causing moderate damage. There was moderate smoke damage throughout the rest of the interior of the house. Westar Energy was called in to disconnect power until the wiring can be repaired. No damage estimate, and no word of anyone being hurt.
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Arkansas City will shift to a three-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all City offices July 4-5 in observance of Independence Day. The Cowley County Landfill also will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. All of Monday’s route and part of Tuesday’s route will be collected Monday, July 1. The part of Tuesday’s route to be collected Monday is from Madison Avenue south to the Mill Canal, from Summit Street east to E Street and southeast through Sleeth Addition, and from Summit Street east to C Street between Birch Avenue and the C Street Canal. The remainder of Tuesday’s route, all of Wednesday’s route and part of Thursday’s route will be collected Tuesday, July 2. The part of Thursday’s route to be collected Tuesday is from Birch Avenue north to Kansas Avenue and from Sixth Street west to 15th Street. The remainder of Thursday’s route and Friday’s entire route will be collected Wednesday, July 3. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups. No recycling will be collected Saturday, July 6. The F Street Limb Disposal and Compost Site also will be closed July 4-7, reopening July 8 with normal hours.
A shooting Thursday afternoon in Winfield sent one person to a hospital in Wichita with what have been termed non life threatening injuries. It happened just after 3:30pm yesterday at Canterbury Village Apartments on St. James Court. No names or other details have been released.
Beginning today, fireworks again will be legal for sale and discharge within the city limits of Arkansas City. The sale and discharge of fireworks are permitted from 10am to 10pm, starting today and running through July 3rd, and from 10am to midnight on July 4th. City officials urge everyone to enjoy their fireworks responsibly, observe local ordinances governing their use, and be respectful of their neighbors as they celebrate the holiday. A number of public fireworks displays are planned, and to help to support them, you can make a donation through Visit Ark City at its office on S. Summit Street. For questions about donating, contact them at (620) 442-0230. For questions about fireworks safety, call the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department at (620) 441-4430. If you see any violation of Arkansas City ordinances involving the sale of fireworks, you are asked to call the
Arkansas City fire prevention division at (620) 441-4430.
3 people from Arkansas City have been arrested in connection with a burglary that occured last Saturday at the Paris Park Pool. 18 year old Caleb Curtis and 19 year old Dakota Gaskill, face felony charges including burglary of a non-dwelling, and criminal damage to property and theft. Curtis and Gaskill were taken into custody by Arkansas City Police, and locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bond each. 15-year-old boy… whose name is not being released due to his age… also was arrested. He was released to the custody of his parents. The three damaged the concession stand’s window and stole items from inside the stand sometime during the overnight hours Saturday. The total value of loss was more than $800.
The 2019 Outdoor Family Movie Series will continue this Friday in Arkansas City with an animated hit at the Wilson Park rotunda. “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” will be shown at 8pm. It’s a PG-rated film, and it’s being cosponsored by the Arkansas City Public Library and The Stock Exchange Bank. It’s an hour and 47 minutes long. Four more movies are planned this year, including a fourth edition of the popular “pool movie” and
free swimming event next month at Paris Park Pool. “Aquaman” will be shown at 8:30pm on July 12th at the pool. Free admission starts at 7. Three more movies will be shown in the fall. In case of bad weather on any movie night, the movie will be postponed to the next Friday. If you would like information about being a sponsor of an upcoming movie night, just contact City Manager Nick Hernandez or Andrew Lawson at 441-4415. Sponsorship rates by the way, have not changed from last year.
In Cowley County, summer time means camping, hiking, picnics, swimming, and baseball. But it also means high temperatures and the risks associated with them. Heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke are all common forms of heat related illness that are
prevalent in our area. While everyone who spends time outside or indoors without air
conditioning is at risk, the elderly, infants and young children, the obese, and those with chronic ailments such as heart disease or high blood pressure are at the greatest risk.
Symptoms of heat related illness may vary, but they typically include elevated body temperature, headache, nausea, weakness, dizziness, muscle cramps, or confusion. If you’ve been outside for an extended time frame and are experiencing any of these
symptoms, get to an air conditioned location if possible, rehydrate, and contact your physician. Prevention can be as simple as planning ahead. Ensure shady areas are
available, have plenty of water handy, avoid sugary drinks such as soda and juice, wear
weather appropriate clothing, use sunscreen, and try to avoid heavy exercise during the heat of the day. Never leave pets or children in cars, even with the windows cracked, as temperatures can quickly soar. Check on your friends, neighbors, and family members. The elderly, the sick, and those without air conditioning are at high risk.
The City of Arkansas City is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program, with work proceeding all across west-central Arkansas City this week. The Environmental Services Division is now flushing Section 4, which contains a total of 148 fire hydrants along and north of West Fifth Avenue, north to West Kansas Avenue, and east of First Street.
Flushing will continue in Section 4 through at least July 1st. All flushing will be conducted between 8am and 3pm Mondays through Fridays only. Water customers in this area might experience temporary discoloration or low water pressure during this fire hydrant flushing program. Most discoloration can be corrected by flushing a faucet for a few minutes, but if flushing does not correct the problem or if you continue to notice a pressure loss, call (620) 441-4480 or (620) 441-4492. The Public Works Department advises that you do not wash laundry if your water is discolored because that can stain the items. If laundry does become stained, please leave the items wet, call them, and a detergent designed to remove the stains will be delivered to your address.
As summer approaches and the temperatures outside continue to rise, so does the possibility that scammers impersonating your utility company are going to show up at your doorstep or call over the phone. The first type of utility scam generally occurs when severe weather has caused a power outage. Someone claiming to be from your local utility company shows up at your door claiming that you need to make a cash payment in order to have your service restored. More now from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt…
The Arkansas City Public Building Commission and City Commission of Arkansas City will meet Tuesday night to complete a major bond refinancing process. The anticipated issuance of Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2019, could save Arkansas City taxpayers more than $11 million over the original bond issuance to construct the Arkansas City hospital. The Public Building Commission… composed of the five city commissioners and four members of the public, is the entity that issued the debt service for South Central Kansas Medical Center’s new facility, which opened in March 2011. The PBC will meet at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon in the commission room at City Hall to complete the process by issuing the Series 2019 bonds, authorizing supplemental leases and approving a trust
indenture. Afterward, it will adjourn into a City Commission meeting to approve a resolution of ratification. The bonds, which will be issued and offered for sale Tuesday, are expected to be at interest rates varying between 3 and 5 percent, with an anticipated net interest cost of 3.17 percent… seen as a dramatic improvement over the Series 2009
Refunding Bonds used to construct the hospital, which varied between 4- and 7-percent interest rates, with an average interest rate of 6.75 percent on the remaining bonds. The original $23.205 million in hospital financing was secured by an unconditional lease payment from the City, supported by its issuance of Series 2009 bonds. Although the hospital currently is responsible for making annual bond payments, with the aid of the one-cent Health Care Sales Tax, the new Series 2019 bonds will be obligations of the City and PBC under a new lease agreement regarding the hospital. The new lease arrangement is aimed at getting SCKMC to become more financially solvent in the long term by removing the debt burden from the medical center.