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Council roundup: New medical loan closet coming soon to Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Wellington City Council has voted to allow space at the south annex of the former SRMC hospital building to establish a medical equipment loan closet for the community.

Dr. Tamara McCue addressed the council requesting a room formerly used for hospice therapy to set up a place in which people can donate old medical equipment for others to use. Think of it as a library. But instead of books, people can check out medical equipment for a borrowed amount of time.

“There are a lot of things that Medicare insurance won’t cover as far as medical equipment is concerned,” McCue said.

McCue said that medical equipment could be on hand at the closet for people to use at no charge.

In turn, people who have medical equipment they no longer use can donate it to the closet.

Wellington resident Ginger Wilson and McCue were recently cleaning up a house in Wichita where Ginger’s mother, Dorothy Johnston, had lived before passing. There was a hip transfer chair and a wheelchair no longer in use.

“We were going to donate it to loan closet in Wichita but thought we should start something up here instead,” McCue said. “When word got out that we were wanting old medical equipment our barn filled up with stuff.”

There are similar medical equipment loan closets in the area. Winfield currently has one.

“I think this is an excellent idea and something Wellington needs,” said Jennifer Heersche, Wellington council member.

The vote was unanimous. McCue said the closet will be opening soon and to check media sources for the future opening.

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Cowley College update

Jan Grace, Cowley College Sumner Campus operations officer, addressed the council Tuesday stating 69 students have enrolled for the fall, a slight decrease from the previous year. However, she said she wasn’t worried because high school students, which account for a significant percentage of the enrollment, won’t start enrolling until August.

She said a $50,000 grant received by the college, will be used to purchase livestock pins for students in 4-H and FFA. The college is also aggressively looking for grants, including those from the USDA, to help fund a third building which will be an agriculture center.

Grace also mentioned that the college continues to look at housing possibilities for the future which could include the building of dormitories.

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In other business:

•The council approved John K. Murray to serve on the City Airport Advisory Board.

•Upon the request of Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath, the city will purchase 14 refurbished 800 MHZ radios for $11,172 which allows the city police to communicate directly with the Sheriff and other county/state agencies via radio.

•The council voted to start the proceedings of condemnation of property at 624 W. 3rd St. with a hearing scheduled for Sept. 1.

•Wellington council member Joe Soria during his report asked that people should put out blue lights in their porch  in support of the Wellington Police Department.

“We hear so many bad things about what’s going on nationally,” Soria said. “We have really great cops here in Wellington, and I think it is important to let them know we are behind them.”

•Guy Leitch was not in attendance due to a death in his family.

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