As of this past weekend, fire crews continued to work active fires across the state and they continued to monitor all fires for hot spots and flare-ups. According to figures from local county officials across the state, the estimated total number of acres burned now stands at over 1,000 square miles.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes proclamations Great Bend High School Panther girls' bowling team as 5-1A girls state bowling champions and recognizing Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a extension district operational agreement with Ellis County, public fire safety awareness and 911 addressing issues in the county.
It isn't ideal, but building a new police station east across the street from the current facility on what is now a city-owned parking lot will better meet the Great Bend Police Department's current and future needs, Police Chief Cliff Couch said.
A public hearing on the proposed adoption of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for Great Bend that started during the City Council meeting Monday night will be reconvened when the council next meets March 20.
The Great Bend City Council had intended Monday night to honor former mayor and longtime community supporter Bob Parrish in person. However, Parrish died last Thursday, one day shy of his 90th birthday.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution transferring and carrying over 2016 unexpended funds to the capital improvement totalling $496,000 and equipment replacement funds totalling $752,000.
For several years, the county has worked with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to make improvements to the K-4 Cheyenne Bottoms overlook near Hoisington. The project is finally moving forward.
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Work on scenic overlook underway
With the number of people reporting influenza-like symptoms on the rise in north central Kansas, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said shots for the disease are still a good idea and they are still available.
After considerable discussion Monday morning, the Barton County Commission on a split vote approved the purchase of a new 6,000-pound Yale forklift from Berry Material Handling of Wichita for $24,846.20 for the Road and Bridge Department.