The closure of Eureka Drive road on Wednesday might cause problems for emergency personnel needing to reach that area.
Emergency Medical Services director Larry Couchman briefed Riley County commissioners on that possibility Monday, saying the closure will cause EMS to have to either go all the way through Wildcat Creek or to drive down to Ogden and then back through Skyway Drive to get to the area. That, he added, will tack on an extra five minutes of response time.
The closure, which will continue through Aug. 31, is a part of the ongoing construction work on K-18 in that area.
Couchman said the closure won’t be as much of an issue for fire as it would be for EMS and police because the area can be accessed from the airport fire station. He asked that either some kind of access road be opened for emergency services or that the closure be delayed in order for some plan to be put in place.
County commissioners pledged to explore what could be done to reduce the possibility of a problem.
RCPD Captain Kurt Moldrup cautioned students returning for the fall school semester not to take personal and equipment security for granted.
Moldrup told students to keep cars and homes locked and to keep personal items out of sight. He referred to these crimes as “crimes of opportunity,” where criminals can get easily into cars or homes and steal items in sight. He also said to keep purses and backpacks within sight so they are not swiped off tables or other areas.
Moldrup asked people to call 911 whenever they hear or see things that are suspicious.
“We’d rather you call and it be nothing,” Moldrup said.
He cautioned students who are drinking to keep an eye on drinks and be aware of their surroundings. When leaving bars or someone’s party, they should make sure to walk in groups and stick to well-lit, well-traveled areas and to drink responsibly.
He also reminded new students that drivers are prohibited from talking on cell phones within Manhattan city limits, as is texting while driving. He also wanted to let the public know to watch out for school zones, as they are now back in effect, and to be aware of school buses.
An under-utilized space on the third floor of the county offices will be turned into a breakroom. Leon Hobson said that course was decided upon following an e-mail exchange among department heads. Hobson said the move would probably necessitate buying new appliances, although the furniture would come from surplus.