The City Commissioners have authorized the City Manager to spend up to $20,000 for a new telephone system for the Arkansas City Police Department and Fire/EMS Department. The upgrade was necessary because the phone system at the Fire/EMS department has been inoperable for the past couple of weeks. The police phones have been intermittent during that time. The old system has had many components in place since the 1980’s. The 911 land line system has not been affected nor has the 620-441-4444 number to the police department dispatch.