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Downtown film a hit
City planning next Thank you Thursday
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June’s Thank you Thursday, Summer Street Stroll, City Band concert and outdoor movie were great successes, according to Community Coordinator ChristinaHayes in her report to the City Council Monday night.
Shown was the John Wayne western “McClintock” and there were  a little over 100 people stay until the end of the movie. Next movie will be on Thursday, July 18, and the theme for the evening is rock and roll. They can’t legally announce the movie until the week of the show, but “‘Summer Nights,’ will be fun on Thursdays in Great Bend,” Hayes said.
Hayes’ report was part of City Administrator Howard Partington’s update on departmental activities given during the Council meeting. Other highlights included:
 Public Works
• Assisted with youth academy.
• Stock piling dirt from Airport job
• Removed tree limbs and other debris from streets after storm on June 27.
• Poured approximately 180 yards of concrete on Stone St. from 17th to 18th.
• Assisted Great Bend Police Department late night June 29 with incident on 18th. St.
• New employee, Patrick McSwain started for the Water Section.
• Checked catch basins after the storm and helped Street Section check for down tree limbs after storm.
• Continue to paint Streetscape light poles down town.
• Sanitarian: 776 year to date complaints, 38 new complaints (15 by citizens and 23 by staff), 70 complaints completed by citizens, nine abatement notices sent, four abatements performed, and eight cars brought into compliance.
• Several Officers attended the Kent Williams Seminar thru the Lee Turner Lectureship Series at Barton Community College.
• Officer Chason Lueth started his 14 weeks of training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, KS.
• Hired Michael Bradley as a Police Officer
• June 28 – Youth Academy Class number 38.
• Received bids for the Lakin Street Improvements project on June 20.
• Received a draft copy of the upcoming statewide MS4 permit revisions for review for public comment????? .
• Issued the “2013 Residential Street Resurfacing” plans for bidding.
• Mark Orth is inspecting fireworks stands
• Working with other city departments and the farmer to insure a safe fireworks display on Thursday.
• Participated in youth academy
Park and Zoo
• Clean up from the storm last Thursday evening was extensive especially around Brit Spaugh Park.
• Community Coordinator Christina Hayes reported they started working on promotions for two upcoming retail focused events: Summer Sidewalk Sale set for July 27 and the Back to School Stores Pay Sales Tax for You Sale set for Aug. 10.
• Displays at the Zarah Mall Corner on Lakin and Main will continue. Hayes said she and her helpers are working with various stores to provide displays that promote upcoming month’s activities while showcasing items available to purchase in town. Goal is to decorate the windows until the end of the year, then reevaluate the time spent getting them done.
• The Goals Session was successful and updated goals were added to some of the long time goals. This year the Governing Body voted on the priority of each goal in each of the three sections. 
 • The final City Youth Academy for 2013 was held last Friday. “A big thank you to all of the departments that made such a great effort to show our youth in the community that the City cares about them,” Partington said. “We received a lot of good ideas from this group and we will be following up on the ideas during the next school year.”