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Julie Govert Walter of the North-Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging speaks with the Lyon County Commission Thursday.

The Lyon County Commission met with Flint Hills Technical College, North-Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging for budget requests at its regular action session Thursday.

FHTC Vice President of Instructional Services Steve Loewen and President Dean Hollenbeck asked the commission to consider funding new Health and Humanities Division equipment for $58,460. Equipment they are interested in adding or updating include digital vital sign machines, CPR monitor manikins, hospital beds and more.

Loewen said 55 percent of health care program students come from Lyon County, and many stay in the county after graduation. FHTC is looking to partner with Tyson Fresh Meats and Simmons Pet Food for staff medical training.

Executive Director of North-Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Julie Govert Walter proposed a 2020 budget request of $218,000 for contracted services and community services like Friendship Meals. Walter said they have received great feedback on their services.

Aside from budget requests, Healthier Lyon County Grant Manager Daphne Mertens proposed the commission consider a walking track or trail at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.

In 2017, Healthier Lyon County received a $500,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to invest in nutrition and physical activity. For the nutrition portion of the grant, $23,000 was put toward expanding the Farmer’s Market into Olpe and Americus.

For the physical activity portion, they are interested in building a walking track or trail at the fairgrounds. Undersheriff John Koelsch said $25,000 will probably not be enough to use solely concrete, so Healthier Lyon County will look into building the base out of a different material and may look toward KDOT for pedestrian-related funds.

The commission will consider further upon the gathering of more specific details.

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