By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post
The Barton County Commission took care of few housekeeping items at Monday’s meeting as the New Year starts to take shape.
One of the agenda items was to designate the official county newspaper. The Commission approved the Great Bend Tribune to once again be the official newspaper, but Commissioner Jennifer Schartz asked County Administrator Phil Hathcock if the county needed to be more mindful when publishing notices since the Tribune dialed back their publication dates.
"We definitely have to pay more attention to when we publish because a lot of the statutes we follow require 10 days," said Hathcock. "We are paying attention to when its published so we can meet that statutory requirement."
In mid-December, the Tribune went from five publications a week to three printed newspapers a week.
County Counselor Pat Hoffman informed the commissioners that most of the requirements for printing notices and resolutions are based on days and not the paper’s circulation numbers.
"There is no law that I am aware of that bases the publication on circulation," said Hoffman. "Whichever day you pick as long as you are 10 days in advance, you are fine."
The newspaper selected must meet the qualifications as prescribed by KSA.