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Final Yard of the Season Award for 2016 announced Dec. 30

The recipient of the Yard of the Season Award for this week — and the final yard award for 2016 — is this home at 724 North A St., which is owned by Jonathan and Christine Rothell. The weekly award is given by the Arkansas City Beautification and Tree Advisory Board to a yard that, through a combination of landscaping and flowers, presents a pleasant appearance that enhances the home itself. It also is a way to recognize homeowners who “go all out” to decorate for holidays such as Christmas. The Beautification Advisory Board met Dec. 15 at Steamy Joe, 216 W. Central Ave., to determine the remaining Yard of the Season winners for December. Each winner will receive a certificate from Steamy Joe, redeemable for one free specialty coffee. The board’s next meeting will be at noon Jan. 26, 2017, in the city manager’s office at City Hall. It will resume giving out the weekly yard awards sometime in the spring of 2017. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. Save Save Save 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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Ark City Area Chamber of Commerce gives Christmas in the City results

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas in the City campaign has come to an end this year. With events starting in the last week of November, the true number of participants was difficult to calculate. Santa Run This year’s Santa Run was expanded from a 3K run to a 5K run. Runners gathered Dec. 10 to traverse the course, which included climbing the hill on West Adams Avenue. The Santa Run winners included: first female runner to finish — Briona Woods; first male runner to finish — Michael Mora; oldest runner to finish — Donnie Ellis; youngest runner to finish — Kyleigh Schmidt. There was a three-way tie for the costume contest between Ashley Branco, Jessica Dorman and Tina Gooch. Christmas carriage rides Even thought the yearly downtown carriage rides were cut short this year, a plethora of food was donated. The rides were offered for the cost of $2 or two items of non-perishable food. The freezing weather, ice and snow caused the rides to be canceled the last weekend before Christmas. The chamber donated the food collected to local nonprofit Angels in the Attic. The carriage rides were sponsored by Graves Drug, MidAmerican Credit Union, Riverstone Family Dental, Summit Realty and United Agency. Show Me the Light The “Show Me the Light” contest had citizens and visitors alike scouring chamber businesses for special ornaments. For...

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City announces formation of CIP Committee, citizen input process

The City of Arkansas City will gather citizen input on possible future projects and form a short-term citizen committee to process those ideas in early 2017. As part of the planning for the 2018 budget and the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the CIP Committee will help staff to prioritize projects and funding, as well provide another source of ideas. The recommendations of the CIP Committee will be presented to the City Commission, along with staff recommendations, as part of the 2018 budget process in the spring and summer of 2017. There will be an insert in the December utility bills that asks residents to submit their ideas for projects they would like to see the city complete in future years. Citizens also are requested to rank the importance of a curbside recycling program to them personally. A pilot program is being considered. Forms may be mailed back or the information submitted by email to CIP@arkcity.org. The citizen input forms, which are in both English and Spanish, also may be dropped off at the Utility Billing Office. In order to expedite the planning process, residents are asked to return the forms by Jan. 31, 2017. The form also can be found online at bit.ly/CIP-form or in the Document Center at www.arkcity.org. Citizens who are interested in serving on the CIP Committee may sign up in one of four ways:...

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Cowley County Humane Society awarded $5,000 by Petco Foundation

DERBY — The Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes campaign, in partnership with Petco, awarded $5,000 to the Cowley County Humane Society on Dec. 13 at the Derby Petco store. The Cowley County Humane Society was selected as a winner from more than 5,000 stories that were submitted by animal adopters across the country, all of which celebrated how their adopted pets have changed and enriched their lives. The Petco Foundation selected more than 50 organizations from the pool of 5,000 submissions as winners. The 54 animal welfare organizations referenced in the stories as the adopting organizations will receive a total of $750,000 in grants to celebrate their life-saving work. Brenda Falkenberg nominated the Cowley County Humane Society for its role in bringing her daughter, Jody Furrh, together with an adopted service dog, Justice. Falkenberg credits Justice with giving Furrh the freedom to be a teenager, and inspiring her to raise awareness about epilepsy and service dogs. About the Petco Foundation The Petco Foundation believes that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, it has invested more than $170 million in life-saving animal welfare work to make that happen. With more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, the foundation inspires and empowers communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other...

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Equal Opportunity and Accessibility Advisory Board has first meeting

The Arkansas City Equal Opportunity and Accessibility Advisory Board met Dec. 15 at City Hall for the first time as a combined board. The board was formed from the remnants of the Accessibility Advisory Board, which had not met in several years, and the Human Relations Commission, which decided in February to suspend its activities. The board is tasked with dealing with matters of opportunity and accessibility, including age, color, disability, language proficiency, national origin, race, religion, sex and other federally protected classes. Members were selected for their objectivity, ability and broad community interest. They represent diverse segments of the public. Three have experienced some sort of disability. Several members of the new board served for years on either the Accessibility Advisory Board or Human Relations Commission. The Dec. 15 meeting consisted of introductions and a general overview of the purpose of the new board, as well a review of both its bylaws in Municipal Code and general provisions for all city boards. The board then decided to meet at 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in 2017. Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson explained that the board will need to select a chair and vice chair, as well as designate a secretary, at its first regular meeting in 2017, which will be on Jan. 5. He talked about the need for the board to review and...

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