Day: November 21, 2017

Three Hospitality Management properties earn Best Western awards

WICHITA — Three of Hospitality Management LLC’s Best Western-branded properties have earned the hotel chain’s coveted M.K. Guertin Award for 2017. Named in honor of the chain’s founder, the awards went to Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn in Arkansas City; Best Western Plus Norman in Norman, Oklahoma; and Best Western Blackwell Inn in Blackwell, Oklahoma. Only 39 hotels across North America were so honored this year. “This is the third consecutive M.K. Guertin Award for Best Western Blackwell Inn, the second consecutive award for Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn and the first award for Best Western Plus Norman, which just opened last year,” said Steve Martens, president of Hospitality Management and winner of Best Western’s 2016 Developer of the Year Award. “I am immensely proud of the team we have assembled at each hotel. It is their hard work and fierce commitment to customer satisfaction that earned these honors. I applaud every single team member for their loyalty to the brand and to our company.” In presenting the awards during Best Western’s annual convention this week in Nashville, Tennessee, Best Western President and Chief Executive Officer David Kong said, “I am thrilled to recognize you and your staff for your dedication to providing the superior service our guests have come to expect from Best Western, and for representing our brand with great pride.” Hospitality Management operates three...

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Arkansas City continues stormwater pollution prevention effort

The City of Arkansas City is renewing an effort this autumn to raise citizen awareness of the dangers of stormwater pollution and help to prevent it entirely. This stormwater pollution prevention campaign is being directed by the Public Works Department. The campaign consists of a mailer in residents’ utility bills, posts on Facebook and other social media, and decals affixed to stormwater release outlets to warn citizens of the dangers of dumping. The blue and green decals warn “No Dumping — Drains to River” and urge residents to “Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution.” Volunteers are requested to help to distribute and affix the decals. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Assistant Public Works Director Mike Crandall at (620) 441-4488 or To learn more about stormwater and view a related video, visit or Dangers of stormwater pollution Stormwater pollution can have a multitude of undesirable and detrimental effects on the ecosystem. For instance, sediment in water reduces the ability for light to penetrate it, which can hinder aquatic plants from properly using photosynthesis. Yard waste and other organic materials in stormwater can produce bacteria that use up the oxygen in the water, thus harming or killing aquatic animals. Most important, stormwater eventually drains into waterways and bacteria produced by waste poses a threat to human health for downstream communities that draw their drinking water...

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Building Trades Board vets final changes to building regulations on Nov. 16

The Arkansas City Building Trades Advisory Board voted 5-0 on Nov. 16 to approve final changes to and recommend the passage of a new ordinance. The ordinance, which makes quite a few adjustments throughout Municipal Code Chapter 14, would amend building regulations, licensing and permitting of contractors, and the board’s composition. Among its recommendations are the creation of new definitions and Class D licensing requirements — but not testing requirements — for backflow prevention contractors and tree trimming contractors. This is the same class of license given to “handymen” and other limited contractors who do not engage in structural changes to buildings. Anyone applying for such a license has to pay a $150 fee. If the proposal is approved, either contractor would have to present proof of insurance in the amount of $300,000, but no specialized testing would be required. Permits would be required on individual jobs. Homeowners or renters trimming trees in their own yards are exempted from the new requirements because their homeowners insurance should pay for any damages. It is only for commercial work. The ordinance now will proceed to the City Commission for consideration, probably at a meeting in December. It must be approved by a majority of the commissioners before it can become law. Other changes Other changes proposed in the ordinance include requiring each trade to pull its own permits on construction projects...

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