Bonner honors volunteers
The city of Bonner Springs is celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, by honoring its volunteers.
Nearly 200 individuals each year provide volunteer service to Bonner Springs, city officials report. The city’s volunteer departments, boards and commissions include the following:
• EMS Department — Thirty-one volunteers and five paid staff. About 10 personnel are paramedics and the remainder are EMTs. The EMS Department provides Type II advanced life support service 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
• Fire Department – Thirty-seven volunteers and one paid part-time employee. Volunteers respond to calls for fires and emergency services to injury accidents, downed power lines, floods, water rescues and provide spotters for severe weather. This department is on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
• Band Commission — Eight appointed volunteers oversee the operation, maintenance and financial needs of the City Band Program. The City Band performs concerts on Thursday evenings in June and July and during Tiblow Days.
• Board of Zoning Appeals — State law established this five-member board. The Board hears and decides requests for variances to the City’s Zoning Ordinance.
• Bonner Beautiful Committee — This 13-member committee recommends, implements and administers measures and programs to improve the appearance of the city. Their main projects each year are Adopt-a-Highway and the Arbor Day celebration.
• Cemetery Advisory Committee — A six-member advisory committee that oversees the operation, maintenance and financial needs of the cemetery.
• Convention and Tourism Committee — The seven members make recommendations about programs and expenditures to promote tourism.
• Drug & Alcohol Advisory Committee — The committee has nine members and oversees programs and city expenditures for prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.
• Library Board – State law governs this committee and it conducts the operations of the city library. The Board possesses the powers of a public corporation.
• Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission — Seven volunteers assist with the operations of the city’s parks and recreation department.
• Planning Commission — State law requires cities that have zoning regulations appoint members to a Planning Commission. It is a quasi-judicial board that makes recommendations on certain planning, zoning and subdivision regulations and amendments and approves plats and site plans.
• Senior Center Advisory Committee – Five volunteers assist with the operation of the Senior Center and the educational scholarship fund.
• Teen Advisory Committee — This eight-member committee under the direction of the mayor evaluates issues that affect youth.
• Volunteers in Policing – Six volunteers assist the Police Department and volunteer their time to answer telephones, do paperwork, direct traffic and other needed tasks.