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Volunteers needed for baseball tourney
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 The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed. 

This tournament is operated by Great Bend residents and Hayes said they need extra volunteers to assist with the efforts May 28 and 29. Those interested can contact the Great Bend Recreation Commission at 620-793-3755 or Hayes at 620-793-4111 to volunteer. The information on the tournament fell under City Administrator Howard Partington’s departmental update. Other highlights included:

Public Works

• Removed trees and stumps and put in new posts and fence on ring levee. 

• Patching at drag strip and painted lane lines. 

• Replaced 2 storm drain boxes in Quail Creek.

• Assist contractors on the 10th street water main replacement project.

• Cleaning catch basin inlets due to the rain.

• Sanitarian: 405 year to date complaints, 70 new complaints (23 by citizens and 47 by staff), 38 complaints completed by citizens four abatement notices sent, 36 overgrown vegetation abatement notices sent, one abatement performed and four vehicles brought into compliance. 


• Police Chief Cliff Couch and current K-9 officer Cpl. Adam Hales did two news interviews in reference to the announcement that the department will be purchasing a new drug dog.


• Kansas Board of EMS conducted an inspection the ambulances along with a review our protocols and operational policies. Had two minor deficiencies that were corrected while the inspector was on site. 


• Auditors were on-site for the city’s 2014 Audit this past week. Most of the work was completed on-site. They will complete the audit off-site and will be in contact once they are ready to go over the findings.

• Finalizing the 2015 June Jaunt Marketing plans, working to ensure that registrations and information can get out to the public.

• This past weekend was a success at the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association dragstrip for the Lucas Oil races. Participants said the track is great with pavement to pit stop. Even though it rained Saturday the event drew racers from Wichita, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and beyond. “We have a great facility and great team of partners with SRCA crew,” said Hayes. 

• Hayes’ college intern started this week. Sydney Rugan will be a senior at Kansas State majoring in public relations, leadership and business. “She has helped with June Jaunt in the past as a volunteer and is excited to spend the summer working in Great Bend,” Hayes said.