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County Commission to review the use of SPARK funds
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The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Room 106 of the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main, Great Bend. The meeting will be live-streamed through Microsoft Teams. Citizens may view the meeting through their own sign-in or by signing in “anonymously.” Follow this link: Anyone who wishes to participate in the discussion of any item should call 620-793-1800 for instructions.

Items on the agenda include the distribution of SPARK funding to cities and school districts, and information about this funding at the health department. Coronavirus Relief Funds are awarded via the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce, as a component of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman will also provide details about using SPARK funding to purchase voting equipment to improve social distancing at voting locations.

Other items on Monday’s county commission agenda are proclaiming it as “National Recovery Month,” reviewing the Central Kansas Community Corrections year-end outcomes for Fiscal Year 2020, payment of a $10,000 deductible for an insurance bill submitted by Employers Mutual Casualty Co., and purchase of a radar recorder that the Engineering Department can use for traffic counts and/or speed data on county and township roads.

Following the close of the agenda meeting, the commission will continue to meet. Scheduled appointments for discussion topics (approximate times) include:

- 9:45 a.m. Road Vacate on NE 70 Road, between NE 10 Ave. and NE 20 Ave.

- 10:45 a.m. Financial update and Red Barn Tax Abatement

- 11 a.m. - Telephone system upgrades for Health Department and Courthouse

- 11:15 a.m. - Personnel - Barton County Attorney Levi Morris