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Hawk Steps Down As Mitchell County EMS Director

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The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday morning. EMS Director Kelly Hawk and Assistant Director Eric Hamel met with the commissioners for an executive session. Following the session, it was announced that Hawk will step down as Mitchell County EMS Director later this month and Hamel will move into that role. Hawk will continue to work for Mitchell County EMS as a paramedic. The commissioners thanked Hawk for his time and effort and the improvements that have come along during his tenure. Particularly with the new reporting and billing system.

Hawk then delivered his final monthly report for October. The EMS responded to 57 calls for the month. Forty-nine of those were in the Beloit community. The remaining eight runs were dispersed equally between Cawker City, Tipton and Glen Elder. There were 30 patients transported as a result of these calls.

The busiest time of day, on average, for emergency calls was between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The busiest days for the service were Sunday, Monday, and Thursday even though they were closely split with the exception of Tuesday where there was only one call for the month. The average run time summary indicated that the average response time for the EMS was about four minutes, forty-five seconds from unit en route to arrival. The average span from the time they received the call to departing the station was about one minute.
The average patient age was in a range from 70-89 years old, comprising 35 percent of the total patients served in the month. The service also made seven trips to Salina Regional Health Center, and one each to Salina Surgical Hospital and Via Christi in Wichita.

The EMS billed a total of $31,857 for the month. After insurance adjustments and payments thus far, the balance due to the department is $14,921.
Jerry Boettcher then appeared before the commissioners to discuss ongoing efforts to refurbish and maintain the Little Red Schoolhouse at the roadside park along Hwy. 24 in Beloit.

Boettcher said, “I have concluded that sufficient interest exists in the project for us to take the next step and prepare a more formal proposal for renovation, future maintenance, and potential activities at the school.”

He said that his family and the Boettcher Companies will fund the restoration efforts in terms of material costs which are estimated in upwards of $15,000. He is asking for a commitment from potential sponsors and entities with interest in the project to raise or provide funds for the future maintenance and monitoring of the structure.

Boettcher also suggested a committee be formed. Comprised of representatives from interested or vested entities. These could be the county, area schools, the City of Beloit, the Mitchell County Historical Society or others. He suggested that such a committee would be responsible for the creation of an operating document which would be signed by all parties as to their commitment now and in the future. Such commitments would include a program for visitor access, monitoring of the building and grounds, periodic meetings to address issues, developing a plan for future maintenance, and the arranging of trips for students to experience what a one room school was like.

Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe addressed the commissioners regarding sharing geological information data between the city and the county. This was a preliminary discussion and has not yet been considered by the Beloit City Council.

The commissioners then canvassed the results of the general election from last week and made them official. They filtered through provisional ballots which are those that were questionable in terms of voter eligibility for any number of possible factors. No changes in the unofficial election results were made following the canvassing. It was noted that City of Scottsville had their mayor and five city council positions open and no votes were cast.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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