County EMS will treat kids to movies

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Allen County Emergency Medical Service responders told county commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting they will provide child care for parents to do holiday shopping.
ACEMS will show movies for kids ages kindergarten through fifth grade at Marmaton Valley High School gymnasium on Dec. 5, old Emprise Bank (soon to be City Hall) in Humboldt Dec. 12 and at the National Guard Armory in Iola Dec. 19.
Jason Nelson, EMS director, said his crews were selecting movies.
“I know ‘Polar Express’ has been mentioned, but I’m not sure yet exactly what will be shown,” Nelson said. “I’m leaving it up to the crews.”
Times for the showings, as many as three each Saturday, will be posted in the towns. ACEMS will offer safety tips to the kids as part of the showings.

EMERGENCY medical technician classes taught by EMS personnel will start Jan. 19 and run several weeks, Nelson said. Course work will be paid by a grant from the state Board of EMS with the stipulation that those participating will work a year for the county.
Nelson said he also was seeking a $112,000 grant from the state board that would pay for sophisticated monitors to be installed in each of the county’s four ambulances. The devices will have electrocardiogram and other capabilities that can be transmitted to hospital receivers.
Following 15 minutes of executive sessions, commissioners approved a resolution that would permit them to trade property they own for that they want to obtain. No specifics were mentioned.
Commissioners approved expanding from two to four the number of handicap parking stalls in a lot the county owns south of Townhouse East. Carol Ross, Iola Housing Authority director, made the request.
County Clerk Sherrie Riebel and her deputy, Jill Allen, were given certificates and pins for 16 years of service to the county. Register of Deeds Cara Barkdoll was recognized for 24 years of service to Allen County.