Sheriff seeks communications funds

By ANNE KAZMIERCZAK
Register Reporter

Allen County Emergency Management Coordinator Pam Beasley asked for something a little unusual at Tuesday’s county commission meeting. She and Sheriff Tom Williams requested permission to un-apply for a grant.
The monies were sought in January of 2008 through a Department of Agriculture program. Once withdrawn the county can apply for a law enforcement and emergency management grant to purchase an emergency communications trailer, the duo said.
The mobile emergency operations center would allow the county to share disaster management capabilities with neighboring counties, Williams said. The new funds would also come through the agriculture department.
The commissioners agreed to withdraw the previous application.
A five minute executive session led to no action on a potential site for the county’s 911 center. More research needs to be carried out, Commissioner Dick Works said. Beasley mentioned the possibility of using disaster mitigation funds received after the flood of 2007 for securing a site.

THE SHERIFF’S department will sell a used four wheel drive patrol vehicle to Jason Nelson, director of county emergency medical services, for use as a first responder vehicle, Williams said. The interdepartmental transfer required no commission action, but Williams said he likes to keep the board apprised of department activities. Cost to EMS will be $13,400.
New to EMS is an “inter-osseous needle used to access bone to administer intravenous medicines in emergency situations,” Nelson said. “It’s a new piece of equipment we placed on the trucks the first of July,” he said. The needle allows injections into bone when venous access is not possible. Video demonstrations of the procedure will be shown at the Allen County Fair.
Alan Weber, county counselor, informed the commission that three more flood properties were purchased by the county last week, two south of town and one west. After inspections for asbestos, the houses will be razed, Weber said. The southern property owners would like to lease the lands back after that for agricultural uses, he said.
In addition, “We’ve got our application in with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get our funds back for what we’ve purchased so far,” he said.