New ambulance stations in Moran and Humboldt received more than a passing nod at Tuesday’s Allen County Commission meeting.
Currently, the county leases buildings in the outlying towns, and in both cases a number of deficiencies have been noted, from lack of space to inferior living conditions.
Commissioners directed County Counselor Alan Weber to meet with Mike Burnett and Iola Fire Chief Tim Thyer to name a steering committee to see what can be done. Among things that may be considered are a Community Development Block Grant, which would pay much of construction and outfitting costs of new stations, “at least 50 percent and perhaps more,” Weber said. The downside is that a CDBG would require federal wage scales that would increase costs by 20 to 30 percent.