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Great Bend city government reorganizes for another year
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City Clerk Wayne Henneke administers the oath of office to city officials Monday night. Being sworn in are, left to right, council members Dana Dawson, Allene Owen, Mitch Haney, Dale Westhoff, and Mayor Mike Allison. - photo by Chuck Smith

Great Bend City Council reorganized Monday night, implementing the decisions that local voters made in the April 5 election.
Mayor Mike Allison and council members Mitch Haney, Dale Westhoff, Allene Owen and Dana Dawson were sworn into office. They were all reelected in the election.
Owen was chosen by the council as its president, a position that fills in if the mayor is absent.
And the council also approved the official city depositories, following with the same list that was used this past year, according to City Clerk Wayne Henneke.
Those positions include Farmers Bank and Trust; Sunflower Bank; Landmark Federal Savings Bank; First Kansas Bank; Community Bank of the Midwest; American State Bank and Trust; Bank of the West; and Bank of America.
The council also took action on the disposition of a city building.
City Attorney Bob Suelter explained the fitness facility at 1917 17th — located on 17th a block east of Main — was purchased in 1992 for use by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. It paid for the facility and has covered all costs for upkeep and repairs.
However, the rec commission could not hold title, so the city did.
Now the commission has access to the Morrison School facility and it wants to sell the structure at 1917 17th.
The council approved allowing the sale and approved Mayor Allison being allowed to sign off on the deed when it does sell.