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Ottawa Herald (Newspaper) - July 3, 2015, Ottawa, Kansas Page? Friday, July 3-5,2015 Have news to report? Call The Herald at (785) 242 4700 or (800) 467-8383; or send email lo news@oitawaherald.com On the Record (tíiHgald Tommy Felts, managing editor online at www.ottawaheratd.com Death ROY KDOAR El)* SWANK Roy Edgar “Ed” Swank, 88, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his home in Ottawa. Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m., Thursday, July 9. 2015, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family plans to meet with friends 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 8,2015. at the mortuary, Interment is set for Princeton Cemetery, Princeton. A complete obituary is expected later.Marriages May Lance Matthew Town and Marie Michelle Roberts Jared Matthew Morris and Kelsi Toumber-iin Levi D. Allenderand Maria Elanna Aguirre Andrew Scott Davis and Taylor Michele Gordon David L. Sherman Jr. and Pamela .Anne Wheeler Craig B. Durbin and Kathrine May Powers Brock Zachary Brown and Katherine Rose Campbell (*hristopher LeRay Fawl and Jill Charlene Bigham Brian Keith Patton and Barbara J. Oshel Jacob Ian .Moore and Alison Suzanne Brimbiecom Adam Thomas Horstick and .Marissa Ann Cox Heath Michael Burgess and Rebecca Ann Long June Brian Ferrell and Courtney Micheál Crim George William F’atrick and Laure A. Harris Ollie Curtis John.son and Kare.ssa Chantel Lewis Johnathan James Bosserman and Natasja Diane Marie CarlsonDivorces May Shane Valentine vs. Tonja Valentine Jason B. Corwin vs. Sandra Corwin Gabrielle Rice vs. Clarence Edward Rice Daniel D. Damron vs. Amanda L. Damron Dana L. W'hite vs. Scott A, White Rebecca Leigh Schmoe vs. Darin Schmoe Bradley A. Owen vs, Emily i)wen W'illiam B. Haughton vs. Jennifer Haughton John H. Heathman vs. Kathryn Elizabeth Heathman June Ceira Reney Wheat vs. Samuel Scott Wheat Steven S. Vantasell vs. Patricia A. Vanta.sell Brian E, Harris vs. Lucille Lenora Harris Sue Carol Cathcard vs. Norman E. Cathcard Amanda Leah Avery vs. Michael A. Avery Carol A. Bruning vs, Michael K. Bruning Sylvia Lois Velez vs. Alberto Olmos Menus Mid-America Nutrition July 640 • Monday: Chicken lasagna rollup, Caribbean blend, bread, apricots; • Tuesday: Fish, mac and cheese, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, blueberries and ba nanas; • Wednesday; Swiss steak, augratin potatoes, brussel sprouts, bread, plums; • Thursday: Baked chicken, baby bakers, peas, bread, pear cranberry crisp: • Friday: Pulled pork, raw- vegetable salad, bun, apple pie bite.Sheriff: 911 dispatchers work overtime he Ot'fa^ Herald OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER ■ For FfaHdn County ■ fix the Cities (d Lane, Ottawa. Pomona. Ftii;eta,8anlot4.8^^ WeitsviMeandWiiamatMxg SUBSCntPTiÚNHAÍES liflttt Ism fi,.iMaü 111_L¿£» IW(«stalB) $11»    $3113    $6112    $117.26    $9.22/f!io MaKouiiXstafet $13.01    $39.53    $79.07    $15614    %nMm. M rates «f «Airi to apolKiOie'govmmeittM No Papar: If no deiivefy by the U.S. Postal Service by 5 p.m., Tuesdays. Thyrsd^ and Saturdays, please cal The Heraid't orcul^ department Address: 214 S. Hickory St.. Ottawa. KS 66067 Ptwoe: (785) 242-4700 Of toH-free (800) 467-8383 Webstte wiww ottawahefald.com SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL POl ICY; for you cofwenience, substripoons are aulomaaca«y rerwwed art (»«nues at the cunem rate unless ou office is noOhed otherwise By AMELIA ARVESEN Herald Staff Writer_ The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office hopes to add two new dispatcher positions to respond to a rising number of calls for service. Sheriff Jeff Richards requested an increase in personnel costs for the 911 Dispatch Fiscal 2016 budget in an Ottawa City CommLssion study session Monday, The total budget recommendation accounts for nearly $106.000 to cover the salaries of the two requested positions. Results from an outside study conducted by an organization regulating dispatch center practices found the county's center is operating with 2,5 dispatchers fewer than it should to account for the number of callers, Richards said. In 2014, the center received just under 43,000 total calls, according lo a report prepared by Richards. On a list of 25 counties in Kansas, Richards said Franklin County ranks at the top for calls, but at the bottom for number of dispatchers. He said the job induces a high level of stress, making it hard for centers to recruit employees. “The staffing issues we have are not unique to us," Richards said. “Dispatch centers all over the country are going through that right “We know that dispatch is understaffed. We know that dispatch is going to be over budget on overtime. We know that no matter what we do, we are going to spend the money anyway.” — Franklin County 911 Dispatch report now and have been for quite some lime.’’ The county’s dispatch center now employs 11 people including a director. three dispatch shift supervisors and seven trained dispatchers. They are responsible for answering calls, responding to radio traffic from law enforcement officers, rural fire departments, the Kansas Highway Patrol and other agencies in the county — a total of 18 agencies. The center would hire an assistant director and training coordinator who would offer training expertise and would be able to dispatch. Tiie other hire would be a level one dispatcher, considered probationary while in training. The total recommended 911 dispatch general fund is $708.289 to cover the two new positions, a proposed 2,5 percent annual performance raise and proposed 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment. This year Richards budgeted $585.583. The city's actual 2014 budget for 911 dispatch was $290.000. The city budgeted $292.000 for 2015. Scott Bird, city finance director, said in a message. With double the number of callers since 1990, the center still operates with two dispatchers per shift. Overtime in 2014 was 2,399 hours costing $56,201, a majority paid for by the county, according to Richard’s report, Sara Caylor, city commissioner. questioned Richards about why the (*ity of Ottawa has historically paid half of the dispatch budget when other cities in the county also receive service. She asked Richards whether other entities w'ere paying and if they received the same level of service as Ottawa. “We strive to provide the same quality of service no matter who’s calling and w’here they're calling from." Richards said. Richards said about 44 percent of call volume is from Ottawa for police department and fire department services. He said other cities, such as Wellsville, had not been part of budget talks in the pa.st. Jon Holmes, county administrator, said the 911 dispatch recommendation has been introduced to county commissioners in budget meetings. “As you can see, the county has a few items that have yet to be decided,’’ Holmes said in a written summary. “The final numbers should not rise from what has been presented; there is a chance that the final numbers would be lower depending on what the county commissioners approve in the budget work-sessions." The report's conclusion read, “We know that dispatch is understaffed. We know that dispatch is going to be over budget on overtime. We know that no matter what we do, we arc going to spend the money anyway." Richards said he would like to add an additional position by 2017 to meet the study's recommendation, though he would rather take hiring process bit by bit, Amelm Arvesen ts a Herald staff writer. Email her at aarvesendiottawa-heratd.com. Follow her on Twitter at dAmehaAr-msen. SEMPLE: Property’s future lies with owner, city says 'Continui'd from Page 2 “if the historical society wanted that place, they missed their chance in the ‘70s when it was still fixable, and worth saving. Now it’s mostly a headache,” Smith said in a recent letter to The Herald. Smith has paid taxes on the property for 30 years, she said, and is frustrated she didn't have the ability to build what she wanted at the Locust Street site. .At Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners Sara Caylor and Shawn Dickinson commented they were sad to see the building’s current state, but agreed it is unsafe and dangerous. Dickinson said he contacted individuals who have saved other historical properties, who told him they thought the structure was beyond repair. If the city gains the right for removal of a structure, it wdll seek a bid from a licensed contractor. The size of the building, close proximity to adjacent homes and level of deterioration will contribute to the cost. Demolitions can cost between $3,000 and $8.000 depending on the amount of work, Lee said. The property owners win then pay taxes to the city for the work once it is complete. In the same meeting, commissioners “If the historical society wanted that place, they missed their chance in the ‘70s when it was still fix-able, and worth saving. Now it’s mostly a headache." — Bonnie Smith, owner of the former Sempie sanitarium discussed resolutions to condemn two other properties. Like the .Sempie house, other resolutions approved condemning structures while also giving owners an opportunity to take action, Lee said. If the owners fail to do so in the timeline established, the city is given the right to proceed. A single family residential structure located at 716 S. A.sh St. was found by city inspectors to have a caving foundation and other deterioration, Lee said. A local licensed concrete contractor recommended demolition, she said. Commissioners voted 5-0 with no public comment to pass the resolution for condem nation. The second structure, located at 820 N. Locust St., was found by inspectors to be unfit for human occupancy on July 8. 2014, according to a planning and codes document. Inspectors identified deterioration of the roof and improper heating, “It hasn't been aban doned, it just has some needs,” Lee said. in the public hearing, the owner, Joseph Espi-no.sa. asked for a year extension due to a pend ing loan. The home has been in his family since the 1940s and he would like to afford to repair it. he said. He said he has since moved out of the home to find other housing. Commissioners voted 5 0 to continue the resolution in 60 days in order to give the owner time to determine permit status. Amelia Arvesen ts a Herald stqff writer. Email her at aan esen&ottawa herald.com. 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