EMS may add stopgap shifts

Staff writer

Looking to fix a leak in the dam before the new year begins, county commissioners at Monday’s meeting asked EMS director Ed Debesis if he would be able to find extra part-time help for Marion calls because Marion runs are often answered by Hillsboro ambulances.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said he’d checked into what it would cost to add personnel for two additional 12-hour shifts for the next 19 weeks until the end of the calendar year, and found it could be done for about $10,000. The commission earlier agreed to hire additional full-time personnel after the first of the year.

Debesis was confident he could make the idea work.

The idea was not voted on because commissioner Lori Lalouette left the meeting early and Dallke wanted all three to vote on the issue.

In other business, commissioners approved a resolution granting a conditional use permit for Westar Energy to build an electric substation at 120th and Timber Rds., reviewed bids for skid steers but wanted more information, and discussed allowing a houseboat at the county lake but didn’t make a decision because of Lalouette’s absence.

Last modified Aug. 17, 2016

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