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Council approves HorsePower on the Plains
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Sara Hamlin, supervisor of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, addresses the city council Monday night. - photo by Dale Hogg, Great Bend Tribune

Here are highlights of other items from Monday’s Great Bend City Council meeting:
• The council authorized blocking off all parking spaces around Jack Kilby Square except on Broadway from 5-9 p.m. on May 13 for the HorsePower on the Plains Cruise Night gathering with the 620 Club. The council also authorized non-street legal cars to cruise through town on a designated path and utilize parking around the square.
 • Great Bend Tribune Managing Editor Dale Hogg spoke as a member of the Be Well Barton County group, seeking endorsement of city’s portion of the bicycle/pedestrian master plan. The council approved a motion to support the plan in general and to evaluate each activity and suggestion as they come up for formal action.
• Council approved the request to provide bike rack installation. Brandon Steinert of the Barton County Young Professionals requested permission, noting BCYP raised $3,5000 at its YP5K and Half Marathon last October. Part of the money will be used to enhance the next event, and part of it will be to purchase 20 bike racks to install around the county.
• Public comments were heard and a trailer at 26 Hickory St. was declared an unsafe and dangerous structure that  should be razed and removed.
• Change orders were approved for the Events Center Office remodel. City Administrator Howard Partington said this is the first and final change order for the remodeling project, and that it lowers the final cost by more than $400..
• City Attorney Bob Suelter provided an update on the status of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, describing problems he encountered at the state level. The grant was handled the same as in the past, but is not acceptable; he said the City of Ellinwood will have the same problem. The news prompted Mayor Mike Allison to comment, “As of right now, we do not have Neighborhood Revitalization.”
• Mayor Allison was authorized to sign a letter of support from the city for a Fire Department Safer Grant Application. Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said he is in the process of submitting a grant that will provide wages and benefits for two years for three additional firefighters – one for each shift.
• The council approved the installation of a stop sign on Prairie Rose Drive at 24 Street.