Day: April 5, 2017

Train Park under way: Hernandez announces restoration, fundraising plans

Big plans are being made for the train engine in Wilson Park. During the April 4 City Commission meeting, City Manager Nick Hernandez provided an update on Wilson Park master plan progress. The train was fenced off to the public recently in an effort to begin removing lead paint that was found when the planning process was wrapping up. So far, the refurbishment of the train has included removing excess earth around the base of the train and the rails on which it sits. The city also is looking at adding fall zone protection. A rough estimate for the final restoration work is somewhere around $100,000, Hernandez said. L.G. Pike Construction has offered to lend its staff on a volunteer basis to help with any metal fabrication that needs to be done. “We’re trying to keep this (work) as local as possible,” Hernandez said, adding that other folks have volunteered their services to fabricate metal and the like. Train enhancements “We’re going to light the train so that you can see it in the evening, from the ground up,” Hernandez said. In addition, the front light, marker lights in the front and rear, and cab lighting all will be rewired through existing conduits so they light up at night. “We’re going to get the bell ringing again,” Hernandez added. At one point, the bell’s clapper was removed because of...

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Police department announces pending enforcement of out-of-state tags law

The Arkansas City Police Department announced its intentions to crack down on illegal out-of-state vehicle tags in a Facebook post April 4. “If you live in Cowley County, you must register your vehicle in Cowley County,” the post states. The two legal exceptions to this law are if the individual is a college student or part of the military. In the next two weeks, residents might receive a letter from ACPD that explains how the current state laws regarding vehicle tags will be enforced. “If you do not receive a letter and you have out-of-state tags in violation of the law, you are still required to register your vehicle correctly,” the post says. ACPD’s goal is to notify as many residents as possible before citations are issued so citizens can comply with the state law before active enforcement starts. The issuance of warning citations will begin May 1 and issuance of actual citations with fines will not begin until June 1. Residents of other states who work in Kansas do not need to worry that they will receive a citation. “If your primary residence is in another state and you work in another state, you are not required to register your vehicle here,” ACPD said. “Each state requires you to register your vehicle where you live. If you live in Kansas and you own a second home in another...

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Conservancy officials journey to Topeka for House’s Etzanoa resolution

TOPEKA — Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City, has arranged for Etzanoa and the Etzanoa Conservancy to be recognized with a resolution April 5 in the Kansas House of Representatives. Several individuals who have been involved with the project will meet with Judd-Jenkins at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. They include Etzanoa Conservancy members Foss Farrar and Hap McLeod, City Manager Nick Hernandez, and Commissioner Jay Warren. Many other people have been involved in the process of discovering and exploring the ancient Quivira Indian settlement of Etzanoa, including: Don Blakeslee, professor of archaeology at Wichita State University; V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation trustees Otis Morrow, Grant Wilkins, James M. Wilkins and Karen Zeller; Arkansas City Historical Society President Terry Naden; Robert Hoard, Kansas State Archaeologist; Richard Hensley; Adam Ziegler and Jann Ziegler; Carol House and Jason Smith; Bert Wilson; Greg and Tami Norwood; Ark City Country Club President Kevin Campbell; Meredith Mahoney, adjunct professor at Wichita State and Cowley College; Sandy Randel, Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum director. Judd-Jenkins also has arranged for the documentary film, “Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains,” to be shown during the day in the visitors center at the Capitol. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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