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Commission marks bike month; Council talks water meters
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The Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council both meet Monday, and both plan virtual meetings due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The meeting will be open to the public but will also be streamed live due to COVID-19.

It will be streamed through Microsoft Teams. Citizens may view the meeting through their own sign-in or by signing in anonymously. 

To participate, follow the link Those who wish to take part in the discussion of any item can call 620-793-1800 for instructions.

The agenda includes a report on the renovation of the Great Bend Housing Authority High Rise, a proclamation marking May as Nationala Bike Month and an appointment to the Barton County Planning Commission.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St. One can also view the meetings on Access TV via Cox Cable Channel 20 or live online at To participate in the meetings, one can take part via web at (Meeting ID: 720 707 2528) or by phone by dialing 877-853-5257 toll-free Or 888-475-4499 toll-free (Meeting ID: 720 707 2528) and enter participant code if you are using both the web and the phone.

If you are using your phone and do not have a mute button, press *6 so that others participating cannot hear your background noise; to unmute hit *6 again. If one is using the web base, the mute button is on the bottom left corner.

The meeting will be recorded.

The agenda includes Police Department body armor, the purchase of a pothole patching truck, ambulance service fees and an automated water meter reading system.