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Talking trash
Household items available at landfill
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 One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, Barton County Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

He said the Barton County Landfill has items for reuse from the recent household hazardous waste collections. This is a free service.

Available are paint, various cleaners, car wax and polishes and other items. The products are still good to use with their labels intact and readable.

However, not included are herbicides and pesticides. Those have been disposed of by landfill personnel.

Anyone with questions regarding recycling, household hazardous waste, or regular household waste can call the Landfill at 620-793-1898.

Information on the program was part of County Administrator Richard Boeckman’s biweekly departmental update. Among the other highlights were:

Solid Waste

• 941.33 tons of Municipal Solid Waste

• 166.4 tons of Construction/Demolition Waste

• 5.38 tons of Special Waste

• 511 loads of waste received for disposal

• $42,341.91 of revenue generated through disposal fees

During the reporting period:

• 361 Pounds of Household hazardous waste was collected from 44 participants

• 67 mattresses were transported to the Hutchinson Correctional Facility for recycling

Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips 

Road and Bridge

• Asphalt Pothole patching.

• Asphalt mixing continued as asphalt work begins.

• Drainage and culvert work on North Washington Street and three other locations .

• Bridge repairs NE 60 Road and NE 10 Avenue.

• Signs were repaired and new signs made for the Landfill.

• Sand was hauled completing the 2014-2015 hauling contract. Facts related to hauling sand included 3,116 scale tickets and loads hauled from Knop Sand (Ellinwood) during the 2014-2015 period.

• Performed township gravel road maintenance.

 Noxious Weed 

• Staff continues with spraying of Township and County owned right of way.


Emergency Management Director Amy Miller 

On April 20, the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee, sponsored by Barton County Emergency Management, held one of its quarterly 2015 meetings. The agenda included a presentation by Jeffrey Flax, Overland Pass Pipeline, on the company’s the emergency response plan for pipeline accidents, and Mike Napolitano, Great Bend Fire Chief, discussed resources available from the Major Emergency Response Group (MERGe) and Fire Operations Response Coordination (FORCe) in the event of an emergency. 

Miller reported on the activities for Severe Weather Awareness Week in March, and provided an update on the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan.

The South Kansas Multi-Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed as a guide for Barton County jurisdictions and citizens to prepare for possible natural disaster events by taking actions to help mitigate the effects of potential hazards. The Barton County Board of County Commissioners adopted the plan on March 16, 2015. If Barton County residents are interested in reviewing the plan it is located at, under the Emergency/Risk Management tab, and then under Emergency Planning.