EMS, zoning issues go before County Commission

By Olivia Haselwood
Andover Leader – June 30, 2017

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Because they’re not meeting next week, Butler County Commissioners had a packed agenda Tuesday.

Not only did Butler County Emergency Medical Service get to show off their new sprinter ambulance, but they also received an award. EMS received the 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition award. The award is sponsored by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations and is based on statistics generated throughout the year on EMS stroke or heart patient transfers.

Butler County EMS met the criteria to have 12 closed leads on 100 percent of their patients who complained of non-traumatic chest pain. Of those patients, EMS responding were able to get 12 closed leads on 90 percent of patients within the first 10 minutes or less on a call. They were 78 percent in getting patients to the hospital in 90 minutes or less and into a catheter lab at a hospital who complained of chest pains. All of these practices are in an effort to quickly identify and better treat heart attack or stroke patients.

Only five departments in South-Central Kansas have received the award. Reno County also was awarded the Silver award.

Following most of the business portion of the meeting, commissioners took a break to travel to the parking lot to explore the new ambulance. Due to customs holdups, the Mercedes low-top sprinter has not yet arrived. However, design and construction of the Ford mid-top sprinter is completed.

Chad Poore showed commissioners the features of the ambulance including the completely automated lift bed and the cleaner white and yellow decal design. Commissioner Marc Murphy even tested the automated lift.

EMS crews are slowly working the new vehicle into their daily routes. Several crews are utilizing the vehicle on certain calls to get used to the new design and setup of the vehicle. Poore said so far the department is pleased with how it turned out and how it operates.

Zoning changes

Several zoning changes were approved by commissioners Tuesday.

A lot split from AG 80 to AG 40 was approved for a property at 4999 NW Highway 77 owned by Greene Brothers LTD. A variance for a single wide model home at 12266 NW 90th in Whitewater was approved for Lappan Farms.

A mortgage lot split for a property owned by Meribeth Buhr at 15320 NW 10th in Benton was approved. A property at SW 180th in Douglass owned by McClure Brothers Farms was approved. The zoning changed the property from AG 80 to AG 40.

A homestead lot split plus APO was approved for a property owned by Delores Jenson at 12242 SE 160th in Latham.


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