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Council talks funding requests, commission recaps Ellinwood meeting
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The Great Bend City Council will meet Monday 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. Monday, 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 profit-sharing plan for uniformed first responders.

• Curb and gutter improvements on 10th Street.

• The purchase of a motor grader.

• A study session to hear funding requests from outside agencies and to discuss city projects.

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:

• Appointing Operations Director Matt Patzner as the county contact for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

• An overview of the commission’s joint meeting Wednesday night with the Ellinwood City Council.

Following the agenda meeting, the following appointments are scheduled:

•  9:30 a.m. – payroll with Pam Wornkey, register of deeds.

• 10 a.m. – Great Bend Economic Development Inc. report with Sara Hayden, director.

• 10:30 a.m. – HB 2380 motor vehicle fee bill update with Jim Jordan, county treasurer. 

• 11 a.m. – regular business discussion –with Matt Patzner, director of operations.

• 11:30 a.m. – the commission will serve at the Barton County Employee Picnic. The picnic is held on the south side of Jack Kilby Square.