Walmart Manager Mark Chickadonz was awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the City Commission of Arkansas City on Nov. 7.

Mark Chickadonz receives Good Neighbor Award
Photo by Andrew Lawson/City of Arkansas City

FROM LEFT: Walmart Manager Mark Chickadonz and Mayor Dan Jurkovich.

“He’s done a lot of things in the community that have been above and beyond,” said Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. “He was extremely helpful here in the last couple of weeks with the train re-dedication ceremony.”

Chickadonz agreed to donate a large portion of food for the event.

“He brought it down personally to the church where they were preparing everything. He stayed and made sandwiches. He even stayed and handed out food,” Lawson said.

“As mayor … thank you for your service,” Mayor Dan Jurkovich said to Chickadonz while handing him the award.

“Mark, I’d like to thank you … for all of your donated time. We really appreciate it,” said Commissioner Charles Tweedy III.

“It’s my pleasure,” Chickadonz said, adding that he was glad there are so many efforts with which to be involved in Arkansas City.

“Thank you very much. I appreciate it,” he said of the award, which the Beautification and Tree Advisory Board voted unanimously last month to give to him.

Direct Primary Care update

During a hospital update, South Central Kansas Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson confirmed the forward momentum toward the creation of a new Direct Primary Care program.

The Direct Primary Care clinic will be housed in what now is the Outpatient Services Building, east of the hospital.

The first direct care specialist has been hired, Watson said. Local nurse practitioner Cherie Bahm already has attended Skype-based training.

Watson confirmed that the program will be up and running by the end of this month.

The commission unanimously voted to schedule a study session at noon Nov. 17 to learn more about the program and a potential city contract with the clinic.

In other business, the commission:

  • heard a proclamation from Jurkovich designating November as National Adoption Awareness Month and Nov. 18 as National Adoption Day in Arkansas City.
  • unanimously approved the consent agenda, consisting of the Oct. 17 regular meeting minutes and two board appointments — one of JoAnn Bierle to the new Community Spirit Award Committee; the other of Angela Bruce to the Public Building Commission.
  • unanimously approved an ordinance modifying Arkansas City Municipal Code to allow three-year vaccinations of dogs and cats.
  • unanimously approved an ordinance amending Arkansas City Municipal Code to create a new Land Bank Board of Trustees, consisting of the five city commissioners and support staff.
  • approved a resolution adopting bylaws for the Land Bank Board of Trustees and the land bank’s policy directives.
  • unanimously approved the purchase of a 2016 Chevrolet command vehicle for the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department from Superior Response Vehicles, for an amount not to exceed $56,000.

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