ELLINWOOD — At its meeting on Tuesday, the Ellinwood City Council heard a report from Emergency Medical Technician Director Debbie Glenn on the upcoming mass casualty drill at Ellinwood High School at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
The drill will involve 22 emergency services personnel from throughout the county including the Ellinwood Police Department, Barton County Sheriff, Kansas Highway Patrol, all four county hospitals and other services. In addition, Eagle-Med will land at Ellinwood District Hospital.
On that day, a call will be made to 911 that there is an active shooter at Ellinwood High School. The purpose of the event is to provide training for the 150 to 200 individuals involved.
"One thing we want to provide hands-on training," said Glenn. The drill will allow emergency services to test their disaster plans.
Glenn reported that there have been other disaster drills in the county, there have been none of this size. High school students will participate in the drill as victims.
When responding, none of the emergency vehicles will use red lights, and no live ammunition will be allowed in the school. Officers will use training weapons.
In other business, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will present an award to the community on Sept. 29 for the city’s green efforts. City Administrator Robert Peter reported that the KDHE clipping service saw an article he had written concerning the city’s recycling efforts and the Rotary Club’s theme for the After Harvest Festival and chose Ellinwood for the award.
The council heard that a new transmission line has been added to the electric utility from the north which should add more reliability and fewer outages to Ellinwood residents. There are now a total of three.
In addition, the city added a new transmission line to the Ellinwood Airport.
City employees from the water department will participate in a promotional commercial for municipalities. It is sponsored by the Kansas Municipal Utilities.
In final business, the city approved:
•Appointing Peter as delegate to the League of Municipalities. Kim Schwartz was appointed as alternate.
•Amending the liquor license to match that of the state of Kansas.
•Changing the date of the November council meeting to Nov. 16.
•A bid from Krier Dozer Service for $5440 to demolish a property at 400 E. 4th St. The start date is Oct. 4.