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Air transport service ready for McCook base

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pilot Dan Bergman and paramedic Connie Heilman are two staff members of the LifeTeam critical care transport company conducting an open house for local emergency and medical care providers at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport on Monday afternoon. The company is selling individual, couple and household memberships for residents who may need air ambulance service. The company has seven bases in Kansas and plans to have a fixed-wing aircraft and staff based in McCook.
(Bruce Crosby/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Representatives of LifeTeam Critical Care Transport, including the soon-to-be flight crew, introduced themselves to the McCook City Council Monday night and thanked the city for the opportunity to service McCook and the surrounding region.

LifeTeam will provide 24-hour-a-day, seven days a week, critical care air ambulance service via a Beechcraft C90 aircraft that will be stationed in McCook.

Fire Chief Marc Harpham is particularly pleased to be working with LifeTeam. In the past, fire and EMS personnel have relied on a fixed wing airplane out of Goodland or helicopter service based in Kearney and North Platte.

"Having LifeTeam here and staffed here 24-7 can change our response time to critical care emergencies from approximately 20 minutes to five minutes," said Harpham. Harpham also said it was advantageous to have an airplane vs. a helicopter, with airplanes being more reliable during bad weather. Most motor vehicle accidents occur when the weather is bad, he said.

LifeTeam will be relocating a five-bedroom facility to the airport this weekend to house a rotation of three personnel stationed there on a full-time basis.

Other items on the consent and regular agenda;

* The proposed sewer rate increase was presented and approved upon its third and final reading required. The $1 per month increase will go into effect Oct. 1.

* The City Council also approved an addendum authorizing payment of $3,000 to the McCook Humane Society. The addendum stated the City would continue to pay for utilities not to exceed $8,180 per year, as well as for services paid in the amount of $31,281 annually.

* The second of three required readings of an ordinance authorizing the sale of two city owned lots was approved, 206 W. Seventh to Howard and Barbara Musgrave and 410 South Street to Paul Monzon.

* The 2010-11 City employee pay plan for 2010-11 was presented and approved upon its third and final reading.

* An executive session for the annual evaluation of the job performance of City Manager Kurt Fritsch. Subsequently Fritsch's proposed employment agreement and 2.1 percent annual wage increase, matching the citywide wage increase in the city employee pay plan, was approved. Fritsch will be scheduled to make just over $94,500 annually in wages. The council also unanimously approved suspension of three reading rule normally required to approve these items.

* The council approved a resolution ratifying its collective bargaining agreement between the city and the McCook firefighters union and subsequently approved a new five-year contract.

* The council also will adopted a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of McCook and McCook Police union setting the cost of living increase and increasing medical contributions by union members beginning Oct. 1.

* The City Council also approved a recommendation from city staff to award CTE Construction the roof replacement project for the Heritage Senior Center at $38,491.

* SourceGas gas was authorized an easement in order to supply the new National Guard Army Reserve facility with natural gas.

* The grant application requesting federal assistance for the third phase of the McCook walking trail was approved.

* The council approved a contract authorizing $20,868 in tax credits in support of the Keystone Business Center Project.

* Industrial Processing Technology Inc. was awarded the contract for rehabilitation work on the east clarifier at the sewer plant at $97,660.

* An application for Intercity Bus Assistance for Dashabout Shuttle was approved.

* The council approved a resolution setting the property tax request at a different amount than was set for the prior year.

* Bid details were approved for a new loader for the transfer station.

* The Waste Management Plan, part of a $84,000 grant for City Shop lighting, insulation, windows and for a boiler and chiller at the Library, was awarded.

* McCook National Bank was authorized to close a section of the alley between Norris and West First Steet on Oct. 30, 3 p.m. to midnight, for its annual Halloween Haunted Bank Tour.

* The McCook Chamber of Commerce was granted a special liquor license for the October mixer at Wagner Chevrolet scheduled for Oct. 13.

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