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The Barton County Commission Meeting at a Glance

Here’s a quick look at what the Barton County Commission did on Tuesday morning:

• Refused to offer $ 17,192 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to Rural Water District No. 1, Ellsworth Count, at this time.

On May 20, Barton County received the first of two ARPA funding installments of $ 2,503,634.50. The district has requested the money to help install 17 automated meters for residents of Barton County.

However, the county has spent the installment to: Make improvements to public communications for first responders, such as updating 911 consoles with improved remote operations capability; bonuses paid to county employees for work performed during the pandemic and recognizing essential government functions; payroll for workers performing essential COVID-related tasks and COVID-related legal advisors; and a single federal funds audit.

The commission did not oppose the proposal and said it would reconsider the request if and when the second installment would be available next spring.

• Approved the letter of support for Rosewood Services’ grant application to the Kansas Department of Transportation for mobility of the elderly and disabled.

• Approved offering county support for Great Bend Economic Development Inc.

GBED’s mission is to improve the quality of economic life for working families in the community, said GBED President Sara Hayden. The Town of Great Bend supports GBED with $ 250,000 per year. The commission approved the county’s offer for the same amount.

• Approval of grant requests for the improvement of the facade.

The committee also heard an update on the front grants program from Grants Coordinator Sue Cooper.

• Approved acceptance of a Drug Free Communities grant for juvenile services in the 20th Judicial District.

Barton County has received an award notice of $ 125,000 per year for a five-year strategic prevention framework program that will engage a “peer-led youth task force to reduce youth substance use. Said Director of Juvenile Services Marrisa Woodmansee. Funding can be used for staff and related expenses, including travel and training, youth events and consultations.

“This is a collaborative effort with the Central Kansas Partnership to build healthy and safe communities,” she said.

Grants coordinator Sue Cooper said it was a 100% in-kind match through existing staff time, benefits and operational expenses.

Funding, which must be approved annually, comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Drug Free Communities program.

• Approved the purchase of a thermal camera for the Barton County solid waste landfill for $ 6,716.99 from NexTech Security.

The Barton County Information Technology Department invited submissions for the camera. It will be used to analyze the disposal areas of the landfill to determine “hot spots” as a means of preventing fires, said solid waste manager Phil Hathcock.

• Approval of the voice recorder maintenance contract.

In 2018, Communications partnered with the county attorney’s office to purchase a voice recorder that creates audio recordings from phones, radios, microphones, and other sources that improve emergency services and make prosecutions easier. criminal.

The contract ends Nov. 30 and was due to be extended for a year, with communications and the DA’s office sharing the expense, 911 manager Dena Popp said. The total cost is $ 8,920 (most of which is paid for by the 911 tax) and just over $ 1,600 is covered by the county attorney’s office.

• Approved repair of a guardrail on a bridge that crosses the flood control ditch west of Great Bend on West Barton County Road.

On September 23, a vehicle severely damaged the guardrail at one corner of the bridge. County engineer Barry McManaman said. He received a quote for the removal and replacement of the damaged rail and posts – from J&J Contractors Inc. of Iola in the amount of $ 13,110.

Once repairs are complete, efforts will be made to recover repair costs from the driver’s insurance company if possible.

• Approval of a revised County Executive Recruitment Consultant Agreement.

On October 12, the commission reached a personal services agreement for the search for county administrators with Osenbaugh & Deardoff Consulting. After that date, the county was asked to pay for services rendered to Donald W. Osenbaugh, as shown on the W-9 for the company, county councilor Patrick Hoffman said.


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