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April 3, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Construction of new ambulance stations in Moran and Humboldt inched closer Tuesday morning.

Allen County commissioner agreed to pay an architectural firm $3,150 to provide conceptual drawings. One set will be all that’s necessary, said County Counselor Alan Weber, “because they will be cookie-cutter” structures will no appreciable differences between them.

Preliminary estimate of cost for “a building that looks nice, functional and durable is $300,000,” Weber said.

No locations have been identified in either city, although Herder said he had three possibilities in mind for Humboldt, without being specific.

Iola operates the county-wide ambulance service, dispatching ambulances from the Iola fire station. Humboldt and Moran have facilities that are considered less than adequate. New stations, among other advantages, are expected to make recruitment of paramedics and other personnel less of a chore.

In other business, commissioners:

— Signed a proclamation, on behalf of Court Appointed Special Advocates and Hope Unlimited, recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Aimee Daniels, CASA director, said children in need of care numbers had continued to increase in recent years, with 206 children removed from their natural homes in the 31st Judicial District during 2017, “more than ever before.” The district contains Allen, Wilson, Woodson and Neosho counties.

— Agreed to waive a $50 a month payment for Humboldt’s ministerial association for its use of a part of the city’s senior center for a food pantry and clothing distribution point.

— Purchased a pickup truck for the appraiser’s office from Twin Motors, Iola, for $27,500.

— Received just one bid for chemicals used to suppress dust on county roads, from Scotwood Industries, Overland Park. Gallon cost will be $1.10 for magnesium chloride, $1.47 for calcium chloride. Rural residents who wish roads near their homes be treated will be charged $1.59 per linear foot.

— Approved bids for various road oils from Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Kansas City, Kan., ranging from $1.61 to $2.27 a gallon. Ergon was one of three companies to bid.

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