Lyon County Commissioners approve appropriation for FHTC as part of jam-packed agenda Thursday Featured

Lyon County Commissioners approve appropriation for FHTC as part of jam-packed agenda Thursday Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Appropriations and updates were the main focal point of the Lyon County Commission during their weekly action session Thursday morning.

During the consent agenda portion of their meeting, commissioners approved a $50,000 appropriation to Flint Hills Technical College. The appropriation was originally requested in June of last year and sought funding for the purchase of new equipment for the college's Health and Human Services Division.

During the original request in June, FHTC President Dr. Dean Hollenbeck called the appropriation an investment in both the college and the county. Commissioner Scott Briggs shares this sentiment stating it will allow the college to provide students with the best quality education, it will also help entice them to seek employment locally after graduation.


The approved funds will help purchase:
Three hospital beds
Two digital vital sign machines
One Hoyer lift with sling
Two #2 digital sensors
One child advanced cardiac life support manikin
Six sets of CPR monitor manikins
Six sets of baby manikins
Thirty-two airway heads
Four overhead light fixtures for above the bed lighting

In other business, commissioners were given three separate updates from local organizations beginning with a year-end review from Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness CEO Amanda Cunningham. According to the report, Crosswinds provided services to more than 1,200 children, 17 school districts and provided just over $148,000 in free services to uninsured customers.

Additionally, Crosswinds welcomed five new partner level constituents through their Celebrate Crosswinds fundraising program. All five partners have committed to donating $1,000 per year for a period of five years.

Cunningham says the program helps ensure they do not have to rely solely on state grant funding or local appropriations in order to operate.


Following Cunningham's presentation, ESU President Allison Garrett presented a college update similar to the one presented to Emporia City Commissioners Wednesday. Flint Hills Community Health Center CEO Renee Hively closed out the updates by presenting the FHCHC fourth quarter report.

Additionally, commissioners also approved signing the annual recertification application for continued participation in the Consumer Rating System program and approved a bid of $19,482 from D&L Trailers for a 2020 Diamond C 35 Foot Gooseneck Trailer.

The Lyon County Commission will hold their weekly action session again next Thursday at 9 am inside the Lyon County Courthouse.

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