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April 2, 2019
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Several dignitaries and community representatives helped break ground during a ceremony held March 29 at the Tower Center at Unity Square site, located between the Bartlesville Community Center and Price Tower. Pictured, from left, are community arts supporter Narnie Roll, OK Mozart founder Nan Buhlinger, Joel Gavin of the Oklahoma Arts Council, community volunteer Bettye Williams, Price Tower Arts Center Board Chair Brad Doenges, Visit Bartlesville Board Chair Clint Musslewhite, Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Bartlesville Vice Mayor Alan Gentges, Ward 3 City Councilor Jim Curd Jr., City Manager Mike Bailey, Price Tower Trust Authority Chair Will Haskell, and Community Development Director Lisa Beeman.
Clockwise from top, left: Mayor Dale Copeland spoke during the ceremony, saying the day "was the start of something special that will become a landmark and a legacy for decades to come in the heart of town."

Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell said Bartlesville is one of the few cities in Oklahoma leading the charge to increase the state's tourism dollars.

Maria Gus, executive director of Visit Bartlesville, served as emcee of the event.

Joel Gavin, marketing and communications director for Oklahoma Arts Council, said the green space will help increase event-related spending in the state, which totals more than $540 million each year.

Local volunteer Bettye Williams read the poem "Human Family," by Maya Angelou.
YPB, LB 27 partnership

Young Professionals of Bartlesville and Leadership Bartlesville Class XXVII members present the Bartlesville City Council with a $21,200 donation during the City Council meeting on Monday. The groups have teamed up to raise money for outdoor musical sculptural instruments for the Tower Center at Unity Square. The elements will be an interactive feature at the green to encourage youngsters — and those young at heart — to experience the joy of music and art.
Project Update
Tower Center at Unity Square advances

Several steps have been taken recently to advance the Tower Center at Unity Square project. In addition to a groundbreaking ceremony held March 29 at the site, the Bartlesville City Council on Monday voted 5-0 to support the creation of a cultural arts district encompassing the site and a contract with the Bartlesville Community Center concerning oversight of the facility.

The council also accepted a $21,200 donation from Leadership Bartlesville Class XXVII and Bartlesville Young Professionals to be used to purchase and install musical sculptural instruments at the Tower Center at Unity Square. The gift was announced during the meeting, where representatives from YPB and LB 27 were on hand to present the check. The elements will be an interactive feature at the green, encouraging children and adults to experience the joy of music and art.

The groups say they collaborated on making the contribution a reality, and that the 2018 Hot Street Party served as the main fundraiser for the project. HOT Street Party was established in 2003 by YPB and continues to grow every year. The free event features live music, food trucks, kids’ space and other activities. Beginning in 2015, YPB leadership selected a nonprofit organization to benefit from the funds raised at the event. Since then, $33,000 has been raised.

“When we heard there might be a green space in downtown Bartlesville we decided to move our free block party, the HOT Street Party, to the potential location on Silas Street,” said Emily Allen-Worrell, 2017-2018 Hot Street Party event chair and YPB president elect. “Our attendance has more than doubled since making the move, and we expect it to continue to rise once the green space is complete. We know what a great addition the green space will be to the long list of reasons why Bartlesville is a great place to live, work, and play.”

According to James French, LB 27 class president, the choice to partner with YPB on the project was an easy one.

“Our Leadership Bartlesville class knew we wanted to create something that would bring people together, and the green space will do just that,” French said. “Partnering with YPB on an established event like Hot Street Party was an easy choice to make. Thanks to the Leadership Bartlesville golf tournament our class was able to provide additional funds to make this project a reality.”

Young Professionals of Bartlesville is an affiliate of the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and works to make Bartlesville "a better place to live, work and play." For more information, visit Young Professionals of Bartlesville on Facebook.

Leadership Bartlesville, sponsored by the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, is an issue-oriented leadership development program that informs, motivates and increases awareness of selected participants through seminars and interaction with community decision makers. For more information, see .

The $1.75 million community green space, for which funding was approved by voters in the 2018 General Obligation Bond Election, will be located between the Price Tower and the Community Center in downtown Bartlesville. A portion of Silas Street has been formally closed to accommodate the facility.

To inquire about donating funds for the facility, citizens may contact Community Development Director Lisa Beeman at or 918.338.4238.

Also approved Monday was a lease and operating agreement between the City of Bartlesville and the Bartlesville Community Center Trust Authority for the management, maintenance and operation of the facility. The contract spells out responsibilities for the facility once construction is complete. The BCC will provide programming of performing arts, handle reservations and revenue as well as work with the Price Tower Arts Center on maintenance issues. In addition to shared maintenance responsibilities, the PTAC will provide programming for visual arts, catering food and drink services. The City of Bartlesville will provide solid waste, water and sanitary sewer services, pay for general electrical use and oversee the management committee.

The council also voted to establish a cultural arts district for the area. The district will include the Tower Center site and expand to the north along Dewey Avenue as envisioned in the 2004 Master Plan for Downtown Bartlesville. The district will open opportunities for grant funding, guidance and professional consultation through the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Your Questions
Director of Engineering Micah Siemers explains Price Road project
I have a question/suggestion regarding the work that is being continued and that has already been done on Price Road from the roundabout to the east. I read in City Beat that the work on Price Road was for the purpose of eliminating the "washboard" effect that was heard and felt when traveling that stretch of road. I drove on the "newly completed" east-bound section a few days ago and the "washboard" effect has not been diminished. If it is any better at all, the improvement is minimal at BEST. I honestly can't tell that there has been any improvement. Are they going to pour asphalt or hot mix on that stretch of road in an effort to "cushion" it? It might be a really great idea if Mr. Siemers would inspect the work before the crew hired for the purpose of eliminating this bouncy road calls it "complete," because it does not appear that it has been improved at all.

The short answer to this (mine) is to stay tuned, as the project is still underway and the "washboard" effect will be alleviated in future stages of construction. But for those of you who might prefer the details of dowel joint retrofit techniques and enjoy phrases like "saw cutting" and "diamond grinding," fear not. Director of Engineering Micah Siemers has you covered.
Price Road Rehabilitation project update
By Director of Engineering Micah Siemers

This project is really a series of phases of work to get to an end result. Concrete paving consists of “panels” of concrete separated by “joints.” Essentially, concrete is guaranteed to crack and the joints are cut or “tooled” into the concrete at intervals to tell it where to crack and make a nice clean look to it rather than just letting it crack where it wants to naturally.
That said, currently (and previously on the eastbound lane) the contractor is replacing panels that have cracked in the past, and they are also replacing joints that have deteriorated too much to be used in subsequent phases, which I’ll describe shortly.

To replace the joint they basically saw cut across the panel a couple of feet on either side of the joint, remove the concrete in between (across the deteriorated joint) and replace it. At each of these patches, including the replaced panels, they connect to the existing concrete with steel reinforcing dowels drilled into the existing paving.

They are then adding an asphalt shoulder to the road to improve safety. This is what they have completed so far on the east-bound lane and are working on the west-bound lane. Once they have all of the cracked panels and bad joints replaced, they will go back to each joint that wasn’t replaced and they will saw cut four slots into each wheel path of each lane and add reinforcing steel dowels across the joint and secure with high strength concrete. This will reinforce the joints, and the idea is to prevent future vertical deflection across the joints that makes the joints deteriorate and eventually creates the washboard effect. This process is called a dowel joint retrofit. (See photo below, left.)

Now, all of this work won’t get rid of the rough ride. So, the final phase, after they complete the dowel joint retrofit, they will diamond grind the entire surface (excluding the asphalt shoulders) which will basically shave 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch off the top of the paving to make it smooth.  (See photo, below right.) So, please bear with us, as the ride will still be rough until the final product, when they grind it all smooth.
This illustration shows how a dowel joint retrofit is applied to a roadway. A dowel joint retrofit is planned as part of the rehabilitation project currently underway on Price Road between the roundabout and U.S. Highway 75.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
This illustration shows the roadway after the completion of diamond grinding.

Photo courtesy of the Federal Highway Administration
Water Conservation
City joins mayor's water conservation effort
Mayor Dale Copeland urges residents to pledge to conserve
Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation — and in return residents can win $3,000 toward their home utility payments, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes. Plus, one lucky charity from a winning city will receive a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to serve the community.

The annual challenge takes place April 1- 30 and is a non-profit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

“As the Mayor of the City of Bartlesville, I support the mission of the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation and will encourage our residents to pledge to conserve water and reduce their impact on the environment,” Copeland said.

The City Council on Monday voted 5-0 in favor of a resolution supporting the challenge and ongoing efforts to conserve water.

Last year, residents from over 3,800 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 3 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 79.9 million pounds, and prevent more than 177,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds. The Challenge goes beyond recent drought issues and looks at the ways our water use will affect the future of our communities — from how we grow food to reducing polluted runoff.

“I encourage all residents to take this pledge so we can all do our part in conserving water,” Copeland said.

To participate, residents go to , and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Bartlesville. Cities compete in the following population categories: 5,000- 29,999 residents, 30,000-99,999 residents, 100,000-299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ residents. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category have a chance to win $3,000 toward their home utility bills and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes including Toro Irrigation Smart Controllers, ECOS home cleaning products, and home water fixture retrofits from EcoSystems Inc. In addition, residents can nominate a deserving charity from their city to receive a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Students and teachers are encouraged to take part as well.

“Bartlesville did very well last year,” Copeland said. “We ended the competition ranked the highest in Oklahoma and 22 in the nation in our population category. We also showed a substantial water savings during the period of the challenge.”

The 8th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, EcoSystems Inc., and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).

Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through community events, education programs, and public art projects. .
Fair Housing Month
City promotes Fair Housing Month in April
The Bartlesville City Council on Monday approved a resolution recognizing April as Fair Housing Month. The step is required for the City to maintain its status as a Community Block Grant recipient, which the City has received every year since 1992.

"As part of that effort, we have adopted a fair housing ordinance that is enforced on a complaint basis by the Community Development Department," said Community Development Director Lisa Beeman.

Beeman said the City ensures that building construction meets the seven basic design and construction requirements for accessibility where applicable.

The City is also sharing information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on our social media outlets to educate and inform the public on the importance of fair housing in community development and share information through posters and flyers during the month of April.

Fair Housing Month began nationally in 1968, when then-President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Civil Rights Act of 1968 and fair housing became the law.

According to the Housing and Urban Development website , the Act originally prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on color, race, national origin and religion. Later, the Act was amended to prohibit discrimination based on sex, disability and familial status.

If you have questions about your rights, as a property owner or aspiring tenant, contact HUD at 1.800.669.9777.
News & Updates
Under construction

Construction on a police and fire memorial at the Bartlesville Public Safety Complex got underway last week. The memorial consists of constructing a small concrete plaza with landscaping, flag poles and a granite monument in the space between the new police building and the renovated Central Fire Station. The memorial is expected to be substantially complete by May 15, in time for Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Locust Road closed for Price Road project

Locust Road is closed between Price Road and just south of the north entrance of the Jo Allyn Lowe Park parking lot to facilitate the ongoing Price Road Rehabilitation project.

“This is being done to facilitate expedited removal and replacement of the approach of Locust at Price Road as part of the Price Road Rehabilitation project,” said Director of Engineering Micah Siemers. “The process of replacing the approach could be done half at a time, but this would drag out how long the intersection would be disrupted. So we have opted to close it completely and replace the entire approach at the intersection.”

It is expected the road will be closed approximately one week.
Free leaf, grass collection is May 6-10; limbs accepted

The City's free leaf and grass collection for Bartlesville residents will be held May 6-10. Residents should place their bagged leaves or grass at the curb on their normal trash collection day. Collection is for private residences only. No commercial collections will be made. There is no limit on the number of bags a resident can put out for the collection. Tree limbs will also be collected if cut into 4-foot lengths and bundled. For more information, call 918-338-4130.
2 locations for Operation Clean House

Operation Clean House will be held April 13. Items will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at two drop-off locations: Phillips Parking lot, on Adams Boulevard just west of the railroad tracks, and Dewey Washington County District 2 Barn, on Ninth Street two miles east of U.S. Highway 75. For more information contact the Washington County Commissioners at 918.534.1170.
In Recognition
Public Safety TeleCommunicators Week

Special Assistant to the Police Chief Rick Silver, left, and Mayor Dale Copeland present a certificate proclaiming April 14-20 National Public Safety TeleCommunicators E911 Professionals Week. In attendance at the meeting to receive the recognition were 911 dispatchers Greg Oates, Ali Pittman, Lisa Baker and Hannah Harbour-Secondine. City Manager Mike Bailey commended all of the City's 911 dispatchers, saying they are a "critical link" to the City of Bartlesville. "It fascinates me to see all the things they do," Bailey said. "Most people think there's a call, they dispatch the call and their job is done. That is not the case. They are surrounded by more technology than most of us will ever see in our lifetime, and they're expected to utilize all of that while answering the radio and talking on the telephone. They're not often seen, but they are never forgotten. From me, SA Silver and (Police Chief Tracy Roles), thank you all for everything you do."
Around Town
Barry Switzer to attend ribbon cutting at Price Fields

Retired OU football coach and Super Bowl champion Barry Switzer is expected to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at Price Fields at 1:30 p.m. on April 9. Youth Scoreboards plans to install eight electronic score boards at the complex this week. The cost of the boards will be recouped by the company via advertising.

To attend the ribbon cutting, RSVP to Lynn Davis at by April 5.
WCWI launches community assessment survey

The Washington County Wellness Initiative recently launched their Community Assessment survey.

The assessment, which is done every five years, is important in helping WCWI in assessing community needs.

The survey takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete and does not have to be completed at one time. The survey must be taken before April 15. Answers are secure, anonymous and compliant with medical privacy laws.

Complete the survey by visiting
Volunteer Opportunities
Board, Committee & Commission Openings

The City of Bartlesville has numerous boards, committees and commissions that are driven by citizen volunteers. All citizens are encouraged and welcome to apply.

Board applications are located  online  and  in the city manager’s office, located on the second floor of City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave. Applications are kept on file for two years. To view a complete list, see  Boards, Committees & Commissions  .

The City currently has the following committee/board openings:

  • One opening on the Board of Adjustment

For more information, visit the City's
Help Wanted
Job Listing

The City of Bartlesville is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Abatement compliance officer - Community Development
Accountant - Accounting & Finance

For an application or more information, visit the City's  website  or the  Human Resources Department , located on the second floor at City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave.
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