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Dedication set for second memorial stone
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 Two weeks ago, the second engraved with the names of veterans with ties to Barton County was set in place at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial. Tuesday, plans for the official dedication on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 were announced.

The Barton County Memorial Parks Advisory Committee noted the event will take place at 2 p.m. that day at the site, located in the Golden Belt Memorial Park, located at 59 NW 50 Rd.

The update on the dedication was part of County Administrator Richard Boeckman’s bi-weekly departmental update. Other highlights included:

Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller

• The Kansas Division of Emergency Management notified Barton County Emergency Management that it has been awarded funds as part of the Emergency Management Grant Program. For FY2016 year, Barton County is eligible to receive $24,525 for its emergency management program by completing planning, exercises and other special projects outlined by the state. 

In order to receive the grant funds, Barton County Emergency Management is required to participate in exercises, attend specific training classes, work with the Local Emergency Planning Committee, develop emergency response plans and provide emergency preparedness information to the public.

County Engineer Barry McManaman

• Held pre-construction meeting with Reece Construction for the concrete box bridge replacement and extension projects north of Redwing and north of Beaver.

• Issued a floodplain determination to the City of Great Bend for a structure within the three-mile zoning area.

• Technician doing field work for future sign replacements.

• Met with a real estate agent for floodplain determination on a listed property.

• Exchange of floodplain information with a consulting firm for possible excavation work.

• Met with a business representative to discuss paperwork requirements for new construction that will be in the floodplain.

Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips 

Road and Bridge

• Staff has completed sealing of 105 miles and is now sweeping the roads in preparation for marking center and edge lines. Start time is expected the first week of November.

• Mowing continues for the final pass. Mowing started on the college road moving east, then south and then to the west. The final mowing will be a slow process and will take approximately six weeks. Weather and staff availability will determine the exact time. 

• Drainage and ditch work resumed Oct. 6.

• Ditch work at Cheyenne Bottoms occurred on Oct. 6.

Noxious Weed

• Noxious Weed staff resumed their fall spraying program. 

Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock

In the past reporting period, the Barton County Landfill took in:

• 954 tons of municipal solid waste

• 233 tons of construction/demolition waste

• 36.4 tons of special waste

• 570 loads of waste received for disposal

• $46,667.21 of revenue generated through disposal fees

The last scheduled Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Landfill is set for 8 a.m. until noon for Oct. 15 at the landfill.

Solid Waste staff has been busy with routine operation of the Landfill and preparations for winter weather.

County Treasurer Kevin Wondra

• The Treasurer’s Office processed a total of 2,030 motor vehicle transactions between Sept. 22 and Oct. 5. Of those, 1,516 were vehicle renewals and 263 were new titles. In the past two weeks, staff has renewed, registered or updated six commercial vehicles. 

• The bookkeepers are in the process of reconciling the bank accounts. All daily work is current.