GB Council sets unsafe structure hearing; County Commission talks overlook improvements

The Great Bend City Council will meet Monday night and the Barton County Commission will meet Wednesday morning, and both plan virtual meetings due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions.

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at City Hall, 1209 Williams. One can also view the meetings on Access TV via Cox Cable Channel 20 or live online at meeting will be recorded.  

The agenda includes:

• Setting a public hearing for a property at 814 Monroe.

• A Great Bend Events Center bathroom remodel.

• A bid for crack sealing city streets.

• An airport letter agreement with engineering firm Burns & McDonnell for improvements to the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

• The leases for two airport hanger.

County Commission

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The meeting will be open to the public but will also be streamed live due to COVID-19.

It will be streamed through Microsoft Teams. Citizens may view the meeting through their own sign-in or by signing in anonymously. 

To participate, follow the Those who wish to take part in the discussion of any item can call 620-793-1800 for instructions.

The agenda includes:

• A proclamation for May as National Bike Month.

• A proclamation for May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

• Support for a Kansas Department of Transportation Transportation Alternatives Program project involving K-4 scenic overlook improvements.

• The sale of county sandpit property south of Ellinwood.

• A review of the county’s 2020 budget planning meeting last Monday night.

• A review of the Kansas County Commissioners Association Conference  in Salina last week.

Following the agenda meeting, the following appointments are scheduled:

•  10 a.m. – review of bids for the Airport Road overlay project and the Federal Funds Exchange for 2022 with Barry McManaman, county engineer.

• 10:30 a.m. – glass recycling project with Sunflower Diversified Services with Shawn Bates, Sunflower Diversified, and Phil Hathcock, solid waste director. 

• 10:45 a.m. – engineering services for the County Landfill with Hathcock.

• 11 a.m. – burn ban level discussion with Luke McCormick, Great Bend fire chief. 

• 1:15 p.m. – executive session for matters of attorney/client privilege. 

• 1:45 p.m. – water and wastewater improvements with Chris Komarek, Ellinwood city manager.

• 2:30 p.m. – regular business discussion with Matt Patzner, director of operations. 

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