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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
Go Pink for the Cure Day
Go Pink for the Cure Day in Garfield

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international campaign by breast cancer organizations to increase awareness of the disease and to promote research and prevention.

At the September meeting of the Garfield City Council, Mayor Gary Blackburn declared Friday, October 4, 2019, as Go Pink for the Cure Day in Garfield. To raise awareness of breast cancer and options for its prevention, the City of Garfield held a Go Pink for the Cure Picture Day Event at City Hall on Friday, October 4.

See the link below for more information about breast cancer and the Go Pink for the Cure initiatives.


 

October Calendar Preview

October Events in Garfield

Fall has arrived! In case you haven't checked out the events on the City of Garfield Calendar for October, here is a preview.

On October 1, a Town Hall Meeting with Benton County Judge Moehring will be held at the Garfield Community Building in the NEBCO facilities. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.

On October 4, Go Pink for the Cure Day will be celebrated at City Hall to raise awareness of breast cancer and options for its prevention. Participate in the Go Pink for the Cure Day Picture Event; stop by City Hall between 10:00 and 12:00 PM, wearing something pink!

On October 5, the annual Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM. Bring your disposables to the City Shop, behind the Short Stop Grill. Check for acceptable and unacceptable items for disposal here.

On October 8, there will be a public forum at City Hall about a proposed ordinance to establish a new water usage fee schedule for customers in the Garfield Public Waterworks District. The forum begins at 5:30 PM.

Regularly scheduled meetings are also planned for the Garfield City Council and the Garfield Planning Commission. These meetings are open to the public.

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The Back Forty Apparel, LLC, e-commerce company based in Garfield, Arkansas
Livin' the Dream, The Back Forty Apparel

Back to the Back Forty

The woods are calling. Hunting season has commenced. It is time to return to The Back Forty — for your outdoor apparel needs.

In January 2019, Trey Kitterman of Garfield, an outdoor enthusiast, launched The Back Forty company to provide comfortable clothing for those who also enjoy the outdoors.

Hats, tee shirts, sweatshirts, and more can be conveniently purchased at The Back Forty website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The motto of The Back Forty is "Livin' the Dream." To help children in foster care live their dreams, a portion of the proceeds from The Back Forty sales are contributed to CASA (Court-appointed Special Advocates), a national organization that helps children encountering neglect or abuse to find stable homes.

If you are preparing to head to the grand outdoors to hunt, hike, or just meditate, check out The Back Forty for their latest special offers and take some comfort along.

To see The Back Forty page in the Garfield Business Directory follow the Learn More link below.

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Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas

Public Forum to Be Held on Garfield Water Usage Fee Schedule Proposal

The Garfield Public Waterworks District delivers potable water from Beaver Lake to its residential and commercial customers in the Garfield area.

A new water usage fee schedule has been proposed to establish water rates that will be charged to customers served by the two associated systems of the Garfield Public Waterworks District, namely the Garfield Rural Water System and the Garfield Rural Water System, Sugar Creek Extension.

Citizens of Garfield are invited to attend a public forum concerning the new water usage fee schedule proposal. The public forum will be held at City Hall on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, starting at 5:30 PM.

The proposed water rate changes include an assessment to offset the cost of a new water storage tank. The new water rates are detailed in a proposed ordinance to be considered by the Garfield City Council at the Council's October 8th meeting, which will start at 6:00 PM, following the public forum.

To read the proposed ordinance governing new water rates, follow the Learn More link below.

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Are you up to code?
Are you up to code?

Code Compliance Crackdown in Garfield

Is your property up to code? Citizens of Garfield have been duly warned to bring their personal and business property into compliance with the City’s codes.

At the August meeting of the Garfield City Council, Code Enforcement Officer Scott Wassman explained that henceforth ordinances governing property in the City of Garfield will be enforced by the collection of penalties, according to the provisions in each associated City legislation.

Officer Wassman specified that vehicles that are not operational or not registered must be removed. Grass that has been allowed to grow to more than one foot high must be mowed. Building projects must be compliant with the City’s codified regulations.

To access building, plumbing, and fence construction permit applications, visit the Code Enforcement Department page.

To read the complete minutes from the August City Council Meeting, follow the Learn More link below or find the City Council Meeting Minutes on the City Council & Attorney page.

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The City Council's wooden gavel at City Hall in Garfield, Arkansas
Garfield City Council Gavel

Garfield City Council Meetings

The Garfield City Council meets each month on the second Tuesday to conduct legislative business for the City of Garfield. These regular monthly meetings are held in the Alderman Terry Warren Room of City Hall, beginning at 6:00 PM, and are open to the public.

The City Council Meeting Agenda for each monthly meeting is posted online during the week prior to the meeting. No changes may be made to the meeting agenda after 3:00 PM on the Friday prior to the next City Council Meeting.

City Council Meeting Minutes are prepared by the Recorder-Treasurer and reviewed by the Mayor before being posted online. At the next monthly meeting of the City Council, Council members vote on whether or not to officially approve the minutes from the previous month, as submitted to the Council.

To see the latest City Council Meeting Agenda and City Council Meeting Minutes, visit the City Council & Attorney page.

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Garfield Water Storage Tank

Options for Financing a Garfield Water Storage Tank Discussed at Public Forum

On September 10, 2019, the City of Garfield held a public forum at City Hall to provide information about the need for a refurbished or new water storage tank.

Mayor Gary Blackburn explained that the City's old water storage tank was no longer usable and that water for the City of Garfield was being obtained directly from the Benton Washington Regional Public Water Authority via an 880,000-gallon storage tank.

The Mayor listed three options for solving the City's water storage needs: 1) Rehabilitate the existing storage tank, 2) Replace the existing storage tank with a larger one, or 3) Purchase the 880,000-gallon storage tank from the Benton Washington Regional Public Water Authority.

An estimated cost of $350,000 to $400,000 for acquiring an adequate water storage tank was given, and means for financing this essential municipal facility were discussed.

To read more about the public forum for financing a City water storage tank, follow the 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)