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