The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously Oct. 4/Tuesday night to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the Arkalalah all-class reunion concert on Oct. 27 in Wilson Park.

The ordinance approved by commissioners is only for the hours of 6 p.m. to midnight on that day.

Matt Miers, with Bottle Service LLC in Winfield, holds a state caterer’s license and requested permission to serve alcohol in the designated area of the park, which will include the rotunda, according to a diagram distributed to the commissioners.

The Arkalalah Executive Committee will provide security for the event. Only strong beer will be served at the event — no hard liquor.

Entrance to the secured area will be possible only with bracelets given to those who are 21 years old or older.

The concert will feature Wichita-based band Annie Up, according to Arkalalah executive secretary Tasha Bucher.

Cemetery will not expand

City Manager Nick Hernandez recommended to the commissioners not to move forward with the purchase of a parcel of property to expand Riverview Cemetery.

As the cemetery currently stands, it will be an estimated 124 years left before there will are no plots left.

However, in researching the longevity of the cemetery, an increased trend toward the interment of cremations was observed by city staff.

Hernandez also suggested the addition of a columbarium, which could house multiple sets of cremains in niches. He recommended looking into it as part of the budgeting process for fiscal year 2018.

Incorporating a columbarium into the cemetery plan could provide more affordable burial options and prolong the number of years the cemetery will have available plots.

In other business, the commission:

  • witness Mayor Duane Oestmann issuing proclamations designating the week of Oct. 9-15 as Fire Prevention Week and Oct. 18 as Unwavering Support for Uncommon Heroes Day in Arkansas City.
  • unanimously approved the consent agenda.
  • approved a resolution authorizing an addendum to the contract agreement between the City of Arkansas City and Smith & Oakes, Inc. for engineering design and inspection services for the Summit Street paving improvements project, for an amount not to exceed $33,050.