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License reading cameras catch a crook
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Police Chief Steve Haulmark told the city administrator that license-plate reading cameras helped solve another crime last week.

City Administrator Brandon Anderson described reports from his department heads, including Haulmark, at Monday’s city council meeting.

A stolen truck out of Wichita showed up on Great Bend’s license plate reader cameras last Tuesday, June 11, he said. On Thursday, police tracked the truck down and then were able to track down a camper that was in La Crosse. With paraphernalia in the vehicle, additional crimes will be investigated, he said. “So, the license plate cameras work very well.”

Continuing his report on the GBPD, Anderson said the police department recently lost one officer but is hiring another, and three potential employees are undergoing background checks, “so they’re four short right now.”

GBPD was set to host a training on legal updates and current trends in law enforcement at the Events Center on June 18. Eighteen GBPD officers and a dozen more from other area agencies were signed up.

City interviews for Street Supervisor

Anderson next reported on Public Works, saying interviews for the Street Supervisor position would start on Tuesday, June 18. There are four applicants.

Also on Tuesday, they’ve started doing concrete work on the 2500 block of Russell Parkway.

Street painting has begun; they’ve done Kansas, Broadway, Odell to Morton, Williams, Lincoln to Broadway and then they will continue on Broadway, 24th, McKinley, Patton Road, 10th St. and 17th St. Terrace, as long as the wind will allow them. Streets around the schools will be painted before school starts.

Action items

In other business Monday, the board approved the appointment of Cindy Brooke to the Golden Belt Humane Society Board and a replacement vehicle purchase for the Police Department. The 2024 Ford Police Interceptor will be purchased from SERV for $50,903. Insurance will pay for $44,102 of that. The 2023 vehicle it replaces was in a wreck on April 30. The wreck was not the officer’s fault.

The board set a public hearing for Aug. 5 on whether to declare an accessory building at 1441 9th St. a dangerous building.