Hospital committee gets new member

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

The Hospital Facilities Committee, named to aid commissioners in deciding how to upgrade medical care in Allen County, changed slightly before ever meeting.
County Clerk Sherrie Riebel told commissioners Tuesday morning Deb Tynon, LaHarpe, declined appointment. Commissioners then moved Iolan Terry Sparks from alternate to full-time member, and selected Karen Lee, Iola, as the new alternate.
Other committee members are David Toland, Mary Ann Arnott, Mary Kay Heard, Dr. Daniel Myers and Barbara Culbertson, Iola, Robin Betts, Savonburg, Don Copley, Humboldt, and Mark Boyd, Humboldt.
The committee isn’t expected to meet until a consultant, to survey structure, finances and medical care delivery at the hospital, is on board. The deadline for consultants to apply is Friday.
At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Gary McIntosh was elected chairman for this year. Commissioners recognized Terry McDonald, TJ’s Towing, for pulling Public Works and deputies’ vehicles from snow drifts without charge.
“It’s not often that the rescuers get rescued,” Sheriff Tom Williams said. “I want to do whatever I can to help the people of Allen County,” McDonald said.

COMMISSIONERS made no commitment, but said they would discuss further with Zach Perez of Kwikom Communications and John Vogel, who has had a wireless company for six years he is merging with Kwikom, use of the radio tower at the soon-to-open new 911 dispatch center, 410 N. State St.
Kwikom had a lease for tower space with Heartland Electric, previous owner of the property, that expires Feb. 6. The sticking point, which Perez and Vogel said they were eager to resolve, is positioning of antennas on the tower to service wireless companies. An apparent alternative is for Kwikom to mount antennas on Iola water towers.
The county’s concern is interference with radio signals beamed from the dispatch center.

COMMISSIONERS will meet next Jan. 26. Tuesday they will be in Topeka for County Government Day activities.