Monday, May 13, 2013

Happenings of May 13th...

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What's happening this week??
  • Grizzly Way Phase 2 begins...this will run from Washington Avenue to St. Louis Street. Check out the Facebook page for pictures and progress.
  • We'll be planting 16 trees at Galloway Park along the railroad tracks. This will create a future sound buffer. :)
  • The City is applying for a TRIM grant. This will help with our Tree City recognition. We can assess the trees in our parks first and any dead limbs or trees will be taken out.
  • Ozark Independent Living will be donating a bench to Galloway Park. We are so thankful for their donation and can't wait to get it in place and ready to use!
  • The Rotary Club had a work day on Saturday at Galloway Park. They did some spring clean-up work and spreaded some mulch. There is new playground equipment for all the kids to enjoy!
  • The Street Department will be working on Luna Drive to finish up some dirt work, will be doing dirt work at the new Transit Bus Barn site.
  • We always ask during this time of year to be mindful of our mowing crews as they are out mowing right-of-ways and near the roadways. Be cautious as you drive!
  • The Electric Department is experiencing a NEW change. Jeff Hanshaw has been named Electric Superintendent, taking Jim Davidson's place as he is set to retire May 31. Jeff has been a leadman for the city for several years and will do great! The Electric Department will continue work at the Lanton Substation and will be clearing ditches along Kay Drive.
  • Planning & Zoning will meet Tuesday, May 14th at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Grand Opening of Wayhaven Park will be Wednesday, May 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will serve hot dogs, chips, water, have a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. and will have the equipment where all the kids can play!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 4, 2013

What's Happening??

Here's a brief recap of what will be happening in the City of West Plains this week.
  • Trent Courtney, right-of-way specialists, will be in the process of getting easements from property owners along Thornburgh for the Thornburgh Bridge replacement project. If you have questions please contact City Hall and ask to speak to Trent, 256-7170.
  • Midland GIS Solutions are continuing work around the Meadow Vista Substation area.
  • Frame work is completed for the pavilion at Don Warden Park and it's possible roof work could begin this week by Feller Construction. Three pads need to be poured for picnic tables and one pad will need to be poured for a bench that was donated by Ozark Independent Living.
  • Site Work will begin this week for new playground equipment at Kelly, Lofton, Wayhaven, and Butler Park.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thank YOU, WPFD for your Dedication & Service!

This year was a big year for the Fire Department. Several firefighters were given service pins for their years of service.


Front row from left: Shawn Bice (12 years), George Milligan (10 years), Bud McMillen (6 years), and Billy Tiger (5 years). Second row: Dale Smith (45 years), Chief Tim Bean (28 years), Captain Kurt Wilbanks (16 years), Corbin Thompson (15 years), Assistant Chief Roy Sims (14 years), and Lieutenant Wayne Cormier (13 years). Not pictured Raymond Blake (20 years) and Gary Brower (8 years).

Together, this totals 192 years of service for the West Plains Fire Department. Together, these guys have served on various other departments and total over 200 years of service in the fire safety field.

THANK YOU WPFD for your dedication to our citizens. Your job requires you to be away from home and your family, miss special occasions, and work when conditions are not always favorable. We appreciate your dedication and know that you all are the definition of 24/7 EXCELLENCE!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Welcome to the West Plains Fire Department

In October the West Plains Fire Department hired two full-time firefighters. Shawn Bice was hired and transferred from the Water Treatment Plant to the Fire Department and Casey Griffin was hired from Arkansas. The month of November the guys have been busy training and learning the ropes around the stations and in town. If you see them around town welcome them aboard! We’re glad to have you both!


Pictured: Shawn Bice, Fire Chief Tim Bean, and Casey Griffin

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

That’s right! The holiday season is upon us and West Plains will begin to look festive this week. City Electric crews have been around town today and will continue this week until all decorations are set.

Remember our different departments and all of the crews that work outside. This morning it was raining, but the show must go on! Decorations still went up despite the weather. Thank you Electric Department for making West Plains sparkle!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We all know someone who has been stricken by this terrible disease and we all continue to HOPE for a cure, some day.

The West Plains Fire Department fully supports Breast Cancer Awareness month. Throughout October you will see our firefighters sporting their bright pink shirts supporting the cause.

Thank you for supporting such a great cause, WPFD!


What’s Happening? 10/22/12

The West Plains City Council met in regular session last night, 10/22/12. Royce Fugate was sworn in by City Clerk Mallory Thompson at 5 p.m. and the City Council then reorganized. Fugate Oath 10-23 3 col (2)

Photo courtesy of WP Daily Quill

During the reorganization part of the meeting the council decided Lou Citro will remain Mayor Pro-Tem and serve over the Departments of Accounts and Finance, Councilman Burtrum will remain serving over Streets & Public Improvements, Councilwoman Smith will continue to serve over Parks & Public Property, Councilman Fugate will serve over Public Utilities and Mayor Pahlmann will serve over Public Affairs and Public Safety.

During the regular meeting John Nunally spoke on his concern of air dust products and the danger they can be to children and adults.

A Resolution was passed to authorize an agreement between the City and Rick and Tawnya Rothermich pertaining to the use of airport land.

Several bids were approved including floor covering for the Civic Center. This will be part of the Capital Improvement Tax money. Two liquor licenses were approved; Jackie’s Goods & Gifts, LLC (Leslie Collins) and Wild Vine (Toni Johnson).

Planning and Zoning recommendations were approved. A site development plan for proposed Arby’s Restaurant and a revised and amended plat for Butler Plaza were part of the meeting.

The Council adjourned the closed session for legal issues.

The Street Department is continuing work on Luna Drive this week. Today a crane was on site to place box culverts, which will be eliminating the low water crossing. Luna Drive remains closed between Good Hard Drive and Lisa Street. We are hopeful it will be open by the end of the week. The Street Department has worked very hard and it looks great! Thank you!

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