Young professionals set ‘Trunk or Treat’

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Iola Young Professionals will have a Trunk or Treat Treasure Hunt for local youngsters up to age 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. on the Allen County Courthouse lawn Oct. 30.
Crystal Mattox asked commissioners’ permission Tuesday to use the lawn. They gave a thumbs up.
Mattox said IYP members would decorate the trunks of their cars in Halloween themes and face them toward the sidewalks for youngsters to be treated at each stop. Costumed youths will then hunt for Halloween candy hidden on the lawn, much as they do Easter eggs in the spring. Jana Taylor, Iola Area Chamber of Commerce director, said IYP would like this to be a yearly event. In the future it will be held on the same day that children have their in-school Halloween parties.
Taylor also confirmed the county would pay for paint for IYP to spruce up the retaining wall near Allen County Hospital facing U.S. 54 where it curves around hospital grounds. Painting will be done Friday at about noon, Taylor said.
The group planned to paint the wall earlier in the year, Taylor said, but found preparation “much more involved than we thought it would be. We have it ready now and want to get it done before Farm-City Days.”
She and Mattox also encouraged young professionals, aged 21 to 40-something, to join the group, by contacting either of the women. Taylor said the upper age limit was “kind of what you want it to be.”

COMMISSIONERS purchased a six-inch pump for the landfill for $8,032 from Iola Auto Supply, which had the lowest of three bids.
They also accepted a proposal from Schwab-Eaton, a Manhattan engineering firm, to inspect the county’s 224 bridges for $78 each, a total of nearly $17,500. Schwab-Eaton has done the inspections for years and Bill King, director of Public Works, assured commissioners the $78-per-unit charge was as reasonable as they could expect.
“Several others said they didn’t know how Schwab-Eaton could do it that cheaply,” he said.
“Probably because they have all the prior information in their laptops,” Chairman Dick Works opined.
Jason Nelson, Emergency Medical Services director, told commissioners a two-day school on handling hazardous materials would be here Nov. 2 and 4. The school will be open to Allen County, Iola, rural and other emergency services employees.
Nelson also said he soon would visit with Humboldt officials about expanding and remodeling ambulance quarters there.