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A representative with Stryker demonstrates ambulance cots for (left to right) Chase County Clerk Debbie Clark, Imperial EMS’s Deb Hayes (back to camera), commissioners Chuck Vette, Dave Hogsett and Don Weiss, Jr. during the April 10 commissioners’ meeting. (Johnson Publications photo)

Ambulances to get upgrade on cots

    The Wauneta and Imperial ambulances will be seeing upgrades in their cots. Chase County Commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. approved the purchase of four new cots at the commissioners’ May 8 meeting.
    A representative with Stryker EMS impressed the board with a demonstration of the cots at the April 10 commissioners’ meeting.
    Last week the commissioners approved $209,182.48 for four cots, two for Imperial and two for Wauneta. Each cot will cost $1,500 to install. Each EMS squad will be asked to cover the installation costs. Delivery is expected after July 1.
    The county plans on making a $70,000 down payment and then using a three-year payment schedule.
Other business
    No members of the public were on hand for the Lakers liquor license upgrade public hearing. Lakers had been denied the upgrade  from a Class B to Class D license in the past because there was a church in close proximity to the business. With the church no longer occupied, the commissioners approved the upgrade.
    A Class B license allows for only beer sales. Changing to a Class D license allows Lakers to sell other alcoholic beverages.
    The county’s Drug and Alcohol Policy for transit drivers was updated. Changes include an extended list of drugs for which drivers are tested and the offer of counselling after a positive test.
    The commissioners also approved use of the transit bus for visitors in Imperial during Bike Ride Across Nebraska in June.
    The next meeting of the Chase County Commissioners will be May 22 at 8 a.m.


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