Humboldt to gain medical clinic



October 11, 2016 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — Beginning Nov. 21, Humboldt will have a medical clinic.
Tony Thompson, Allen County Regional Hospital CEO, told council members Monday night arrangements were being made to open a five-day-a-week clinic at 111 Ninth St.
Dr. Brian Neely, who has been at the ACRH clinic on South Washington in Iola since July 2015, will spend Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Humboldt.
A physician’s assistant will be there all day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
“We still have a few things to do, add an examination table and hook up phone lines and computer,” Thompson said. “But otherwise the building is about ready.” Office hours will be announced later.
Thompson said he and City Administrator Cole Herder had been working on opening the clinic for several months. “We’ve very pleased to have it here,” Herder said.
HERDER GAVE an assessment of the storm that hit Humboldt just before dusk last Thursday. He said volunteers were evident throughout town on Friday and over the weekend — high school students, private citizens and B&W Trailer Hitches employees. A crew and several dump trucks also were dispatched from Chanute.
“Pizza Hut was closed but they had four pizzas left, opened up and fed city workers the night of the storm,” he reported. “Others chipped in to help in many ways.”
According to the National Weather Service no tornado occurred, but it was a severe rain-wrapped thunderstorm, Herder said. Limbs were laid out in easterly and northerly fashion indicating the wind changed as the storm plied the skies.
“He thought the wind here reached 70 to 90 mph, maybe even 100,” Herder said.
Pickup of limbs will continue through the week. Many have been piled next streets, the procedure the city wants residents to follow.
A COMMITTEE considering a bike path along Ninth Street (old U.S. 169 running north-south through town) is looking at a marked lane along the west side of the street, said Councilwoman Cindy Hollingsworth. That would leave the east side for trucks to stop at convenience stores and for easy turning onto Central Street for grain trucks en route to the Beachner elevator.
A public meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Humboldt library to discuss in open forum what might be done. A team from Thrive Allen County, and Humboldt, will survey people living along Ninth Street about their feelings on Oct. 18.
Council members passed a charter ordinance that means to make City Clerk Staci Johnson, her assistant and Chief of Police Brian Dillow employees of the city, rather than their positions being appointive. City Attorney Fred Works said with elections changing to the fall and terms starting in early January, this was an opportune time to make the change. Works described the change as bringing more professionalism to the city’s management. The new structure likely would have the three answering to Herder.
Remaining on the appointment list will be city attorney, municipal judge and city treasurer.
TWO BASINS at the water plant were cleaned and inspected, with “the equipment in both basins being in pretty good shape,” Herder said, “although some paint was beginning to fail and metal was corroded.” No zebra mussels were found in the basins or the plant. The mussels, which tend to congregate and cause blockages, were found during a recent underwater inspection of riverside intake pipes.

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