Harvey County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program looks for a community-wide project every year, and this year the project will be to collect emergency blankets, gloves and stocking caps that will be given to first responders who will give them to people during emergencies and dangerous weather conditions.

“Not only does our community get the opportunity to show their appreciation for our first responders by donating suggested items that will certainly be of aid in the upcoming winter months, but our community also gets an opportunity to add to the inventory of supplies that our first responders will access to deliver their services to the community,” said Gary Denny, Harvey County emergency management director.

The donation drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Newton Wal-Mart, 1700 S. Kansas Ave. Department on Aging Director Robert Carlton informed the Harvey County Commission on Monday that personnel from Newton, Halstead and Hesston departments will be on-hand for the drive.

The drive was discussed with the Harvey County Commission Sept. 18. 

This drive coincides with the program’s 9/11 community project, which Carlton noted focuses on supporting and demonstrating appreciation for fire, EMS, communications and law enforcement.

The specific emergency items will be on display at Wal-Mart.

"The items will be ready to go for people just to stop by and grab, put it in their cart, go shopping, and when they get done paying for it, then they’ll drop it off at our collection area outside of Walmart,” said Mary Adams, Harvey County RSVP coordinator. 

RSVP is a federally granted program sponsored by Harvey County. The program, which maintains one of the largest volunteer databases in the county, is funded as part of Senior Corps through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In other business, the county commission:

Approved Resolution 2017-18 for continued participation in the South Central Kansas Economic Development District for fiscal year 2018 (through June 30, 2018).
Heard an update from Emergency Management Director Gary Denny on new guidelines for any facilities that receive Medicare patients (i.e. long-term care homes), which were reviewed at the Kansas Emergency Management Association conference last week. With the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida showing the need for such plans, Denny noted he will be leading a tabletop exercises with such facilities on Oct. 11 and 12 to help create a plan to meet the new guidelines.
Accepted Resolution 2017-17, vacating portions of certain roads (including Main, Lake and Kansas streets) and alleyways in the west half of Patterson Townsite.