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Garfield: A Northwest Travel Nexus

Discover the Garfield connection . . .

The City Hall of Garfield, Arkansas

 

                     Garfield City Hall . . .

                        the heart of City life

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Southern Garfield and nearby Beaver Lake

Nestled in the Ozarks: predawn blush viewed from southeastern Garfield, Arkansas

Nestled in the Ozarks

Predawn blush viewed
from southeastern Garfield 

Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve near Garfield, Arkansas

Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve

A place to relax . . .
a place to explore . . .
within and bordering
Garfield City limits

Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve near Garfield, Arkansas
Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas

Beaver Lake provides potable water for communities in Northwest Arkansas, including Garfield. The Garfield Water District has been supplied from a water storage tank owned by the Benton Washington Regional Public Water Authority while the Garfield City Council has taken steps to repair or replace the City’s water tank.

In October 2019, the Garfield City Council accepted the proposal of Liquid Engineering and Pittsburg Tank and Tower to refurbish the City’s water tank. At the January 2020 meeting of the City Council, a progress report on the Water Tank Storage Project was given.

See the link below to learn more about the Water Tank Storage Project and other business conducted at the January City Council Meeting.


 

February Calendar Overview for Garfield, Arkansas

Take the Leap into February 2020

Were you expecting 2020 to be a Leap Year? Since 2020 can be divided evenly by 4, it satisfies a rule for determining a Leap Year. February 2020 will have one extra day; so, 2020 will have 366. Read more below, following events in Garfield this month.

On Tuesday, February 11, starting at 5:00 PM, a public forum about the March Special Election on a City sales and use tax increase will be held at City Hall. The forum will be followed at 6:00 PM, by the monthly meeting of the Garfield City Council.

Of course, Friday, February 14, is Valentine’s Day, a prime time to show some love and kindness. Happy Valentine's Day!

The Garfield City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of President’s Day. In Arkansas this holiday is called George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day. Bates was a civil rights activist who advocated for the desegregation of the Little Rock School District.

A second public forum about the March Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 25, at City Hall, starting at 5:00 PM.

The Garfield Planning Commission will meet on the last Thursday of the month, February 27, starting at 6:00 PM, at City Hall.

Saturday, February 29, Leap Day, provides that extra day needed to keep the calendar in sync with the astronomical seasons, since the Earth orbits the Sun every ~365.25 days.

Watch the City Calendar for important events in Garfield each month.

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February 2020 public forums provide information about the upcoming special election in March

February Forums Are Prelude to March Election on City Sales Tax Increase

The Garfield Water Storage Tank Project, which is now nearing its completion, was initiated in 2019 to resolve the inadequacy of the City's water storage tank.

In September 2019, the Garfield community was notified at a public forum about the need for the City water storage tank to be repaired or replaced.

In October 2019 the Garfield City Council accepted the proposal by Liquid Engineering and Pittsburg Tank and Tower to refurbish the existing water storage tank. Work began on the City water storage tank in January 2020.

At a special meeting of the Garfield City Council in November 2019, the Council passed two ordinances (Ordinance 182 and Ordinance 183) that together establish a special election on the levying of a one-half percent increase in the City sales and use tax to be applied to infrastructure needs of the Garfield Water System. The date of the special election was set for March 3, 2020.

To better inform the Garfield community about the upcoming March Special Election, two public forums have been scheduled in February by Mayor Gary Blackburn.

The public forums on the March Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 25; both meetings will be held at City Hall and begin at 5:00 PM.

Follow the link below to read more about the Garfield Water Storage Tank Project, Ordinance 182, and Ordinance 183.

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Fees set by City Council to repair water meters

New Ordinance Sets Fees for the Repair of Damaged City Water Meters

In April 2019, new water meters were installed for customers of the Garfield Water System. The new Hydrus electronic meters by Diehl enable accurate measurement of water usage.

Due to the cost of these advanced water meters and their installation, the Garfield City Council proposed an ordinance to establish fees for the repair or replacement of damaged water meter components.

The first reading of the proposed ordinance was made at the October 2019 meeting of the City Council. As noted by Mayor Gary Blackburn at the following monthly meeting, in November, the endpoints of some of the new water meters were being damaged by lawnmowers.

At the December 2019 meeting of the City Council, the proposed ordinance concerning damaged water meters was passed by a unanimous vote. The new ordinance, Ordinance 185, provides for a range of fees, from $50 to $885, that may be assessed for the repair and/or replacement of water meter components.

Water meter components include the electronic meter, container lid, connection cords, and radio.

In addition, the willful violation of the terms of Ordinance 185 may result in a penalty of up to $300.

To read more about the passage of Ordinance 185 and to access a copy of the ordinance, follow the Learn More link below.

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Welcome to the City of Garfield Website!


Gary Blackburn, Mayor of Garfield, Arkansas, and faithful companion Smoki
Mayor Gary Blackburn and Smoki

Abraham Lincoln’s barber, William de Fleurville, was about to shave his beard, when Mr. Lincoln said, “Willie, let’s give them a chance to grow.” And grow they did.

I believe, the day will come when people will say, “They gave the City of Garfield a chance to grow and grow it did.”

On behalf of the Garfield City Council, I welcome you to our new City of Garfield website. I believe you will find the contents of this site to be informative, enlightening, and entertaining.

As you browse about, please pay attention to our local business partners. When you “Buy In Garfield,” you automatically become a B.I.G. Spender, and thereby further the growth of the City of Garfield.

If you are a first-time visitor to our website, I encourage you to browse content about the historic Garfield Elementary School, with its iconic Bell Tower, and our own Hamilton Park. Also, Garfield is near travel destinations in the region, including Beaver Lake, Lost Bridge Village, the Pea Ridge National Military Park, and the Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve. No trip to Northwest Arkansas would be complete without a visit to one or more of these local jewels.

Iconic Bell Tower of the historic Garfield Elementary School

Lastly, it is my hope that this website will be the “tie that binds us together,” as citizens, tourists, businesses, and government. God Bless America, and God Bless Garfield.


"Garfield is probably one of the only cities in America where ordinary citizens are reading ordinances and are actively participating in public meetings." (Andy Shook, Planning Commissioner)
"I love the Short Stop burgers and ice cream! We drive from Pea Ridge to get them!" (Connie Dingman of Pea Ridge)
"Garfield is . . . located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. . . . We love the small-town atmosphere and friendly people. We are just a few miles from Beaver Lake, as well as other cities. . . . Garfield is one of God's Blessings to us." (James Teeselink, Alderman)
"I pass through Garfield frequently from Southwest Missouri heading down to NWA. I love that your elementary school looks like a castle." (Adrienne Jones of Southwest Missouri)
"We love Garfield--a small, supportive community of 'Neighbors helping Neighbors.'" (Kathy Shook, Alderman)
"We moved our family to Garfield because of the natural beauty and ability to enjoy the outdoors in our own backyard." (Devin Mulvania of Garfield)
Love living in this small town by the lake :) it's beautiful here :) (Sherri McCasland, Serendipity Salon Owner)
"I love our location, Garfield address but just a few minutes from Pea Ridge and Rogers and yet close to the Lake and camping also!" (Cerena Rogers Pruitt of Garfield)
"Garfield is a laid back town and close enough to bigger towns for shopping." (Allen Koonce of Garfield, Arkansas)