World Blood Donor Day is Friday, June 14, and it is also the day the Atchison County Wellness Committee invites eligible donors to join the effort to offset the ongoing emergency blood shortage.
In partnership with the Community Blood Center, the Wellness Committee comprised county employees is hosting a blood drive from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 819 Commercial St.
Wellness Committee Chairwoman Kim Pruett, also serves as the county’s communications director. Pruett might be more recognizable to some in need at the times of a traumatic crisis as one of the calming voices heard in answer to 911 emergency calls.
“Anyone can give blood,” Pruett said. “Walk-ins are most definitely welcome and everywhere is in need of blood donations.”
The Wellness Committee started a blood drive initiative within the past few years as an incentive to enhance their Health Savings Accounts, Pruett said. The event has since broadened.
“We have 32 slots to fill and I would love to have them all taken.” Pruett communicated in an email to the Globe.
Potential blood donors must be 16 years of age or older. Parental consent is required for 16-year-old donors to participate. All donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and teens aged 16 to 18 years old are subject to additional height and weight restrictions. All donors must provide photo identification or a non-photo ID with first name, last name and signature and allow eight weeks between whole blood donations.
Some medical requirements and restrictions do apply for some blood donors. For more information call Community Blood Center at 877-468-6844 or log on to www.savealifenow.org.
Concerning some other county matters, commissioners:
Signed Resolution 2019-1451 on Tuesday, June 4 intent to authorize the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds in the amount of $3million and sales tax exemption on materials and labor to 1913, LLC, for purposes associated with financing a project in development to renovate property at 325 Commercial Street in effort to convert the “old Y’ into residential apartments.
The Wichita-based Gilmore & Bell, P.C., serves as bond counsel for the project in accordance with Kansas Economic Development Revenue Bond Act.
Justin Pregont was present on behalf of 1913, LLC, the named tenant. According to terms of the financing agreement, payments are the responsibility of the tenant, not the county.
Adopted the respective 2020 budgets as presented by Staci Waggle and Kim Pruett department heads for Atchison County Solid Waste Management and Atchison County Joint Communications operations.
Both departments operate on revenue generated from the 1993 voter-approved countywide 1 cent sales tax. Commissioners also approved a $23,000 payment to Manhattan-based engineering firm Schwab Eaton for consultation and costs related to the construction demolition landfill at site No. 1 and the tire monofil near Effingham.
Authorized an expenditure not to exceed $14,900 to Trautloff Excavating to replace a failing septic system and hook up to city of Atchison sewer system at the Atchison County EMS and Emergency Management facility located along the western fringe of Atchison city limits.
Signed off on the Kansas Disaster Proclamation making Atchison County eligible to receive federal funding assistance to make road, bridge and levee repairs and restore infrastructure conditions prior to the flooding this season.
Convened in two different executive sessions. The first was to discuss a matter relevant to attorney client privilege related to a discussion earlier in the day. The second matter was for 30 minutes to related a nonelected personnel matter in the presence of Human Resource Director Jamie Madison and County Counselor Patrick Henderson. No action was taken after public session resumed.
Some of the information for this story is based off of the unofficial meeting notes recorded by Atchison County Clerk Michelle Phillips and www.atchisoncountyks.org, Government, Commission Meetings on Video YouTube.