Commission approves gas contract – GREAT BEND TRIBUNE


The Barton County Commission Meeting at a Glance

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

• Holding of a public hearing on the solid waste management plan followed and approval of a resolution adopting the plan.

Barton County’s solid waste management plan must be reviewed and updated every five years, said Phil Hathcock, director of solid waste.

• Approved a resolution establishing a public records, documents and inquiries policy for Barton County.

In order to help the public obtain information from county offices and to ensure an orderly manner of doing so, the policy replaces current policy 512, Public, County Councilor Patrick Hoffman said.

This is only a review of current policy, he said.

• Approval of the purchase of four rotary mowers for the road and bridge service.

The ministry accepted offers for four new mowers through the supplier registry. The offer included the exchange of three used John Deere mowers, county construction manager Darren Williams said.

The offer was awarded to KanEquip for the Land Pride RCM 5715 mowers at a cost of $ 59,509.96 including trade-in.

The expected delivery date is between April and September of next year.

This is the first time the county will have four mowers, which will make ditch mowing more efficient, Williams said. Tall grass traps snow, causing roads to close and provide shelter, making deer harder to see.

• Approved the purchase of a mowing tractor for the road and bridge service.

The offer was awarded to BTI of Great Bend for a John Deere 6155M at a cost of $ 139,386.40. It wasn’t the lowest bid, but it did come with a five-year warranty instead of three years, which will likely offset the higher cost as the tractor will accumulate around 1,000 hours per year.

• Accepted a mini-grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for injury prevention for a community baby shower next summer.

The county received a mini injury prevention grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment of $ 4,550 for fiscal year 2022 for a community baby shower, said director of health Karen Winkelman. Scheduled for next summer, the event features community partners delivering an interactive outdoor exhibit designed for new and expecting parents, their support people and community service providers.

Areas of focus include safe sleep and fire prevention, she said.

• Approved the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds to help Fire District Number 1 purchase 800 MHz mobile radios, portable radios and pagers.

On May 20, Barton County received $ 2,503,634.50 in ARPA funds. The Fire District has requested $ 88,141.76 for equipment to improve public communication efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sue Cooper, Grants and Compliance Officer, and Fire Chief Doug Hubbard provided details.

• Approval of a natural gas sales agreement with WoodRiver Energy of Denver, Colorado, to help balance the county’s gas bills in extreme cold weather. WoodRiver supplies the county’s natural gas. The three-year deal means the county will pay $ 5.37 per million British thermal units.

Given the extreme weather events such as sustained sub-zero temperatures that Barton County experienced in February, the commissioners spoke with WoodRiver Energy about how the county buys natural gas, and WoodRiver has offered various buying options. said director of human resources / finance Matt Patzner.

One of them is the fixed price option. This would fix the county’s gas at a fixed rate giving fiscal certainty and eliminating both monthly and daily upside risks, he said.


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