Lawrence Memorial Hospital trustees laid the groundwork for a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging expansion Wednesday by approving a $112,000 bid for concrete work.
Construction on the hospital's east side, near the Maine Street entrance, is expected to begin next week. The MRI will be housed in a ground-floor expansion to the hospital's radiology department.
Altmar Inc., Topeka, put in the lowest bid for concrete and excavation work on the project, and was awarded the job.
In December, trustees approved spending up to $2 million to purchase an MRI system, build space to hold it and possibly lease another system. The MRI system has not been bought yet.
Unlike X-ray machines, an MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create a clear picture of internal body structures and is used primarily to diagnose patients.
Car hits gas meter,
Perry -- A car ran over a natural gas meter Wednesday at 117 Main in Perry, causing a gas leak that forced the evacuation of one city block.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's department said no one was injured, and no one was in the house were the meter was hit. Within 20 minutes after the car hit the meter, the leak was plugged temporarily by emergency management personnel. KPL was en route Wednesday night to fix the leak.
The car hit the meter about 10 p.m. No additional information was available.
Free trail passes
part of celebration
Hikers and bikers will be able to use the Prairie Spirit Trail for free Saturday. The free trail passes are part of the ribbon-cutting celebration for the nearly completed second phase of the 33-mile linear park which links five towns, from Welda to Ottawa.
The first part of the trail between Welda and Richmond opened in 1996.
There will be simultaneous celebrations in Ottawa and Garnett on Saturday.
Ottawa activities will include a bike rodeo for children ages 5-10. There will be vendor booths and a drawing for a free bicycle.
Garnett will host the ``Square Fair,'' which will feature food booths, arts and crafts vendors, and a display of railroad memorabilia at the Garnett Depot.
Passes will be available at trailheads in Richmond, Garnett, Welda and Ottawa.
For additional information contact the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce at (785) 242-1000, or the Garnett Chamber at (785) 448-6767.