Subdivision residents at county lake may change addresses for EMS clarity

Subject to approval by 911 Emergency Medical Services, residents living in the Wilden Subdivision at Marion County Lake will have their addresses changed to Lois Lane rather than Lakeshore Drive.

The Marion County Commission voted 3-0 Monday to make the change.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said that a previous commission had decided not to allow driveways on Lakeshore Drive prior to construction of many Wilden Subdivision homes.

That decision led to confusion when emergency services are required at an address on Lakeshore Drive when actually it was a person at a Lois Lane location with a driveway on Lakeshore Drive, Dallke said.

Commissioners said they have received complaints about the situation from Wilden residents.

Dallke said the U.S. Post Office usually only wants to be notified of street address changes rather than being in on decisions about them.

The commissioners approved signing of the final contract with St. Luke Hospital for leasing of a former rest facility for offices of the county health department with a change of rental payment due on the fifth of a month rather than the first.

St. Luke CEO Jeremy Ensey confirmed that the hospital will take care of property insurance.

The commissioners approved purchase of a new paper copier from Document Solution of Wichita for $5,675 for the health department and a purchase for the same thing used for six months for $4,200 from the same company for environmental health and planning and zoning.

Health Administrator Diedre Serene said that even during a down month like last month, her department had run 4,000 copies, and the old machine, a Xerox, was seven years old and too worn out to move.

Alternative copier bids of $5,675 by Century Business Systems of Abilene and $3,999 from Xerox in Wichita couldn?t match the lower maintenance advantages of the selected bid, she said.

County Clerk Tina Spencer said the county received $53,965.51 for regular sales tax and $47,078.92 for special jail sales tax in January.

Sheriff Rob Craft met with the commissioners in executive session for 15 minutes for non-elected personnel.