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Trail of Lights has successful holiday season
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Great Bend City Public Lands Department employees take down Christmas decorations on the Barton County Courthouse Square Tuesday afternoon. Well over 3,000 vehicles toured the Trail of Lights in Great Bend over the holiday season. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune.

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes has put some numbers on the holiday season, numbers that were presented to the City Council Monday night.
 City Administrator Howard Partington outlined the figures when he gave his update on city departmental activities. He said Hayes has gathered and finalized the Trail of Lights data for 2012.
Partington reported that there was a total of 3,492 car tags were counted by trail greeters, the group of volunteers organized by Hayes to work each nigh Nov. 2-Dec. 23 and offer information to travelers. Of those tags, 3,377 were from Kansas, with the balance being from Missouri and Oklahoma.
Barton County logged the most tags with 2,727. The number of Barton cars was followed by Pawnee, Stafford and Rice counties.
Other items reported included:
• Submitted “Field Check” Plans to Kansas Department of Transportation on Jan. 4, for the traffic signal improvements at the intersection of 24th and Main streets.
Public works
• Continue to haul off the snow around town.
• Utility Superintendent Charles Suchy is working the governor’s office to include drought plan updates, water conservation, and to evaluate the Great Bend water supply.
• Dec. 18 – D.A.R.E. Magic Show
• Dec. 20 – I Make A Difference Party winner at Park Elementary School
• Chief Dean Akings and Sgt. Gary Davis operated another New Year’s Eve Taxi Service sponsored by local businesses. Akings said they helped 35 customers, each riding for a $5 donation to D.A.R.E. This number is down some from last year.
• Officer Jefferson Davis did a “True Lies” presentation to the Barton County Association of Churches.
• One firefighter attended a two day fire school in Pratt.
• Working with the Barton Community College to host a paramedic student for his field internship.
• Hayes is working on Icy Sidewalk Sale Promotions and Store Unification. The sale is set for Saturday, Jan. 19.
• She is also assisting with the Great Bend Bridal Affaire, collaboration of local stores and vendors to provide an experience for brides. Hayes will be a host for the event on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center from noon-5 p.m.