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[JULY 17, 2004] 

Not so slick

A recent incident with an ambulance will cost the county $938.48, at least temporarily. The county owns the ambulances used by the Logan County Paramedic Association.

Paramedics drove the vehicle after an oil change to pick up a patient in town and then drove the patient to Springfield. There it was discovered that the oil stopper was left off or something, and the engine was running without oil. The diesel, fuel-injected motor had extensive damage. A rebuilt engine will replace it.

The unnamed individuals who performed the work did not have insurance at the time the work was performed. The county may have to pursue litigation to resolve the matter.

Buildings and grounds chairman Dick Logan said that he has spoken with Mr. High about the pigeons that have returned to roosting on the courthouse. High said there was a five-year guarantee that is still in effect, and he will return to get rid of them.

Estimates are being sought for courthouse dome repairs. The dome is leaking.

Park preened

Scully Park has been getting a lot of needed tender care from various entities, Dick Logan reported. Volunteers from the Maple Ridge staff are cleaning and painting benches in Scully Park this week. Other work has also been done in the park by county maintenance staff. The fountain was drained and painted. It has also undergone some renovations.

Everything under control at Animal Control

Everything continues to improve at Logan County Animal Control. A lot of work has continued to take place at the facility, including an additional air conditioner in the dog unit. Donations of pet food and funds from the recyclable cans drive have been a great assistance and appreciated, chairman Patrick O'Neill says. Bill Sahs donated a replacement refrigerator last month. The facility budget has improved significantly as well.

The fee for pet owners who bring their animals in to the Logan County Animal Control facility for euthanasia is going up by $10. The increase is simply to meet rising costs of the procedure.


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O'Neill said the facility will have a booth at the Logan County Fair again this year, and they are looking for volunteers to man it. The fair dates are Aug. 3-8.

Be prepared if you go visit the Logan County Animal Control facility. County board chairman Dale Voyles paid a working visit to the premises and went home with a 6-week-old Chihuahua whimpering on his shoulder. He said it was for his wife, but the smile on his face and the look in his eyes begged to differ.

Road improvements

A low bid of $15,529 was accepted from Struck and Irwin Paving Co. for Mount Pulaski Road District construction.

Seal coating assistance for Middletown has been approved.

ETSB vacancy filled

A vacancy was created on the Emergency Telephone System Board when it took over operating the E-911 dispatch room. Employees of the room became employees of the ETSB. Officer Mark Mann resigned his position with the city to become an ETSB employee. He then had to resign his position on the board.

However, Sheriff Steve Nichols, who co-managed the room with Lincoln Police Chief Rich Montcalm, is no longer an employee, with that changeover making him eligible to serve on the board. County board chairman Dale Voyles proposed that Nichols replace Mann.

A moment of lighthearted humor evolved during the pre-appointment process. After Voyles recommended the sheriff, a motion was called for and made. But, during standard discussion, county board members missed hearing several requests for a second. Then recognizing the oddity of the situation and the delay at approving the sheriff as a trustworthy emergency services servant, they played it out a little longer until all were chuckling at the absurdity. Then the second was given readily.

Nichols has been appointed to fill the vacancy.

[Jan Youngquist]

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