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Council electees sworn in; Commission handles housekeeping
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The Great Bend City Council will meet Tuesday night and the Barton County Commission will meet Wednesday morning, and both plan virtual meetings due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions.

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at City Hall, 1209 Williams. One can also view the meetings on Access TV via Cox Cable Channel 20 or live online at The meeting will be recorded.  

The agenda includes:

• The oath of office to newly elected council members.

• The selection of a council president.

• A public hearing for an unsafe structure at 214 Locust.

• 2022 non-budgeted transfers.

• A fee schedule resolution.

• The purchase of a 2023 Massey Ferguson tractor for flood control levee mowing.

• A crack seal project change order.

• An executive session to discuss matters of attorney-client privilege.

The County Commission

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday 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 Those who wish to take part in the discussion of any item can call 620-793-1800 for instructions.

The agenda includes:

• The designation of official depositories for county funds.

• A resolution on reissuing of outdated checks and submission of payments to the Kansas State Treasurer, Unclaimed Property Division.

• A resolution creating a cost application for the installation of culverts or entrances.

• The repair of a 2012 Ford F-350 for the Road and Bridge Department.

• The use of Equitable Solutions to handle mass appraisal analysis for the county.

Given that three new Commissioners will be sworn-in on Monday, limited study sessions will be held.  These will include resolutions presented by District 1 Commission Kirby Krier concerning procedures for economic development expenditures and a salary policy for elected officials.