There were a few differences that stood out from previous council meetings. Following social distancing guidelines, there were chairs spaced out from each other. The audience wasn’t super full but there was a decent turn out. Like any other city council meeting, it starting off with the approval of minutes from the previous meeting. Proceeding forward, there were 2 plaques brought for the 2 council members whose terms were over and were leaving the council. Gayle Cook was not there to receive hers and a family member received in behalf of Jim Garnnet who passed away just a few months ago. New members to the Council included Denny Rich, Ward 1, Doncella Liggens, for Ward 2, Jeff Hall, Ward 3 and Lance Sargent, Ward 4. Jeff Hall was also nominated for Mayer Pro Term City. Clerk Corry Snead had the pleasure of swearing them in for their new opportunity to serve the public.
Congratulations are due to John Bustle, M.D., Chief Executive Officer for Bates County Memorial Hospital, who received his Master in Health Care Management degree from Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston) on May 28, 2020. The hospital board and staff are proud of our CEO’s dedication to excellence and his commitment to providing leadership with vision for BCMH. Dr. Bustle has served as a family practice physician since 2010 with BCMH Family Care Clinics. He was named CEO in 2017.
Beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2020, all restrictions in response to COVID-19 were lifted for Bates County. This follows the recent announcement by Governor Mike Parson moving Missouri into phase two of recovery.
On 6/7/2020 at approximately 2130 hours, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a kidnapping that had just occurred in Butler. The female was forced into her car at gunpoint from her place of employment. Information received indicated that the vehicle would have possibly been returning to the Kansas City area. Deputies and a municipal police officer observed the vehicle northbound on I49 and attempted to stop the vehicle.