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November 20th, 2019

complete count committeeU.S. Census Partnership Specialist Carlos A. Urquilla Diaz talks about how important getting a correct count of the community’s citizens is at an informational meeting about the Census in October at the Seward County Administration Building. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

 

Monday, the Seward County Commission passed a resolution officially creating the Seward County Complete Count Committee to help with the 2020 U.S. Census.

The first official meeting of the committee is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the commission chambers on the second floor of the Seward County Administration Building.

An earlier meeting was more information oriented, and Administrator April Warden sent a statement from her and Commission Chairman Nathan McCaffrey via e-mail to those who attended that meeting. The release said the Nov. 21 meeting will be focused more on orientation.

“The purpose is to make (or begin making) decisions on how it will be organized and how we want to focus our efforts on making sure our community understands the importance of responding/participating in the census,” the release said. “There will be a lot of brainstorming to kick things off.”

The statement likewise invited those on the e-mail list to respond to the e-mail if they were interested in becoming an official member of the Complete Count Committee.

“Even if you cannot make the first meeting, we will make you a member and include you in additional communications about meeting dates, decisions, plans, etc.,” it said. “Or if you just want to be included on informational items only, please also let us know that. If you know of individuals who might be interested, please feel free to forward this e-mail or invite them.”

The e-mail said the goal is to have the official membership of the committee set at the meeting on Nov. 21, but it added people do not have to be present to officially become members.

“We would like a good cross section of our community,” the statement said. 

The e-mail shared a link from the Kansas League of Municipalities for some good reading materials on the planning and purpose of Complete Count committees.

“We will be relying on this material quite a bit to get us through this process,” the statement said. “We hope to see you at the meeting on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Please let us know if you have any questions.”

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