GIRARD — Crawford County Health Officer Rebecca Adamson presented the Crawford County Commission with news about early cancer detection efforts in southeast Kansas at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Adamson discussed the Early Detection Works grant, which has been awarded to the Crawford County Health Department by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE’s Early Detection Works program’s goal is to reduce death from breast and cervical cancer among women in Kansas.

The program looks to help low-income and medically underserved women in the state by funding screenings, but also works toward increasing education, awareness, resources and more.

In Crawford County, Adamson said the grant will pay in-full the expenses for a nurse and clerk to perform screenings and more through Early Detection Works. The grant will pay the salaries and benefits of the two positions, as well as cover travel expenses — Crawford County Health is the EDW regional hub for 12 counties.

“This is a one-of-a-kind grant,” Adamson said. “We don’t have to match a percentage, the grant covers everything.”

Adamson asked the commission to sign an Early Detection Works contract, allowing the health department to to obtain the grant funding.

The commission signed the contract.

In other business, the commission heard about a possible way to save natural gas utility costs at four county-owned facilities.

Pro Energy Solutions Midwest Gas Sales Representative Mike Williams has spoken to the county about cutting gas costs before, and Tuesday brought a cost analysis built from information provided by the county.

Williams would like to provide the county with gas for four of its buildings through a transfer program from Kansas Gas Service. Williams does not work for KGS, but through the program, he provides gas to the county, while KGS remains the provider — reading meters, maintaining lines, etc.

“KGS will be your provider and read the meters, that’s where they make their money,” Williams said. “But they won’t bill you for gas, I will.”

The four facilities which qualify for the program are the Crawford County courthouse, the road and bridge barn, the Crawford County Jail and the judicial center in Pittsburg.

Williams said he can offer around $2,600 of savings per year at the jail, with slightly lower numbers at the other facilities.

Williams sells gas to Denco Aluminum and FMI in Girard, as well as several other government entities, including Bourbon, Cherokee and Neosho counties.

Williams left a copy of his contract for the commission and County Counselor Jim Emerson to review.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.