Finding Answers

Carla Nemecek Southwind Extension District Director & Agent cnemecek@ksu.edu 620-365-2242 1 North Washington, Iola, KS 66749

Kansas State University provides you with research-based information through many avenues. Locally, your contact is the Southwind Extension District in Erie, Ft. Scott, Yates Center and Iola. Hundreds of publications and fact sheets, written by K-State researchers and specialists, are available through the university’s Publications Library, www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/  Another alternative is to research the information provided on the Southwind website, www.southwind.k-state.edu/

 

However, not all of our services can be found on the internet. One of the most utilized resources is soil testing. K-State Research & Extension can test soil for $12 per sample or $10 apiece for two or more. Soil testing is recommended for gardeners, farmers, testing for lawn & turf problems, or pasture management. Feed and forage testing is also offered. The only way to know for certain the quality of the feed is to get a lab analysis of it, to take a forage test. A forage test may run from $12-24 per sample, depending on what you want the sample tested for. Other tests that are available include Radon Test Kits ($6) and Water Quality Testing resources.

 

Have you ever wondered what that unidentified pest or plant lurking around your home may be, or even how you can get rid of it? The Extension Office has expertise and resources available to identify pests that are common to our area and in Kansas. This includes home and crop insects, weeds, and various plants. We can also provide information on how to remove or control the pest, depending on your situation.

 

One of our “best kept secret” products that we offer for sale are odor neutralizers.  Ecosorb ($28) is used in numerous homes, farm and industrial/commercial applications. Most of our clients seek this product to control the odor from fuel spills, mold smell, or skunk sprays.  Neutroleum Alpha ($35) is a concentrated product utilized in a similar fashion to control strong odors. Because it is a concentrate, it can be used in a larger area.

 

This time of the year, we sell quite a few Farm and Family Account Books ($4.50 – $8.50). If you haven’t made the transition to computerized record keeping, this resource allows for an accurate accounting of your finances in a form that makes completing taxes easier.

 

Extension publications are very accessible to the public, and most are free if you pick them up in the Extension Office. The Kansas Garden Guide is a new publication that is available for only $6. If you are looking for resources on planning a garden, seeding & planting, or details about a specific crop, this publication is a must-have.  Extension offers many, many publications on home gardening so please stop by if you are looking for something specific.

 

Area farmers and ranchers often utilize the Kansas Performance Tests for various crops to determine which varieties will grow best in this area of the state. Next month, the 2018 Hybrid Reports for Corn, Soybeans, and Grain Sorghum will become available in the Extension Office. This is in addition to the Wheat Seed Book that is always available in late summer after wheat has been harvested and data collected.

 

The 2019 Chemical Weed Control Guide will be published in January and provides suggestions for chemical weed control in several major crops. It offers recommendations, and guidelines for crop specific chemicals.

 

If you are involved in a club or organization that requests presentations, the Southwind District offers a “Speakers Bureau” brochure, which contains the public speaking topics offered by the Extension Agents. Let us help you with your educational topics during your meetings. We try to mail this to civic and social organizations on an annual basis, but you are also welcome to pick up a copy in any of our three offices.

 

As a consumer, you have many options for finding the answers to your questions. By choosing to use the Extension Service, you can be sure you are getting research-based, unbiased information. We encourage you to use the Southwind Extension District Offices in Erie, Ft. Scott, Yates Center and Iola to help answer your questions. Or you can find us on the web, www.southwind.k-state.edu/

Southwind District – Kansas State University

www.southwind.k-state.edu

Your local Extension Office is a tremendous resource for finding the information you need. With offices located in Erie, Fort Scott, Iola, and Yates Center, KS, we are here to help answer your questions about Lawn & Gardens, 4-H & Youth Development, Crops & Livestock, and Health & Nutrition.. Have a specific horticulture problem?

 

Bourbon County Commission Agenda Nov. 20

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: November 20th, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-10:00-Ambulance

10:00-10:45-Jim Harris

11:00-11:30-Terry Secer-Report on 2018 Budget

11:30-12:00-Lora Holdridge-Executive Session

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-2:00-Ambulance Update

2:00-2:30-Shane Walker and Justin Meeks-unused County property

Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

KDHE Issues Food Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

 

Hotline for suspected foodborne illnesses offered

 

TOPEKA – As we enter the busy holiday season, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is sharing important food safety practices by encouraging Kansans to follow some simple tips to avoid foodborne illnesses.

 

Clean your hands for 20 seconds with soapy water before touching any food. Wash hands and surfaces often during food preparation. Always serve food on clean plates and avoid reusing plates that previously held raw meat and poultry.

 

Separate raw and cooked foods to avoid cross contamination. Use a separate cutting board for cooked foods and raw foods and always wash them after use. Do not cut raw vegetables on the same cutting board as raw meat. Wash any utensil after preparing one food item before going on to the next item.

 

Cook using a food thermometer to make sure all food reaches a safe minimum internal temperature; turkey, stuffing, and casseroles should be 165°F; veal, beef and lamb roasts should reach 145°F; and ham, pork, ground beef and egg dishes should be 160°F. When reheating, leftovers should be thoroughly heated to 165°F.

 

Chill leftovers within two hours of cooking. Keep track of how long items have been sitting on the table and discard anything that has been out longer than two hours. Keep hot foods hot, 140°F or hotter, and cold foods cold, 40°F or below. Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water bath or in the microwave.

 

Report suspected foodborne illnesses to KDHE by calling 877-427-7317. Often, calls from concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected.

 

Need more information? Visit the following food safety websites and enjoy your holidays.

 

City of Fort Scott Offices Closed Nov. 22-23

The City of Fort Scott offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd, 2018 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. The regular offices will reopen on Monday, November 26th, 2018.

The City’s tree and brush dump site located on North Hill will also be closed on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. It will be open again on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fort Scott Am. Legion Post 25 Scuttlebutt

Gently used coats, jackets, scarves and gloves are still being accepted for the Fort Scott High School Senior Class clothing drive. The set of donations was dropped off at Fort Scott High School on Friday.  FSHS Senior Madison Farmer accepted the donations from Jowers.

Drop off donations at the High School or contact Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers at 620-215- 1688 to arrange local pickup.

 

” I am pleased to announce that Fort Scott American Legion Thompson-Harkey Post 25 leads the Department of Kansas in membership again this week,” Jowers said. “This is our second week as Number 1 in membership. Our current membership is 112% and 56 members.”

November 22. Thursday. 11:30am-1:30pm. Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Lodge – 111 W. 19th St. Free-will donation. If you need transportation to this Thanksgiving Dinner or know of a Veteran who needs a ride, reply to this email or call Carl Jowers at 620-215-1688 to arrange a ride.

 

November 23. Friday.  4 – 8 PM. Carl and Myra Jowers will be dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

November 22. Saturday. 10 am – 2 pm. Carl and Myra Jowers will be dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

November 22. Sunday. 1 – 5 pm. Carl and Myra Jowers will be dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Scott Wal-Mart. Children of all ages can stop by for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations for American Legion Post 25 programs will be accepted.

 

 

From Linderhoff’s Kitchen by Martha Scott

Not everyone loves pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert and this cake is an excellent substitute especially at this time of year when cranberry sauce is on sale.     The recipe calls for a bundt pan but you could use a tube pan as well. Decorate as I did with sugared cranberries and slivers of orange peel.

CRANBERRY SAUCE CAKE

3 c. flour

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 c. mayo (not Miracle Whip)

1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce

1/3 c. orange juice

1 T. grated orange peel

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

1 t. orange extract

1 c. chopped Nuts (recipe called for walnuts but here in Kansas we’re partial to pecans)

Icing:

1 c. powdered sugar

1 – 2 T. orange juice (I needed a bit more)

In a mixing bowl, combine cake ingredients except for nuts. Mix well. Fold in nuts. Spray bundt pan with Pam. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over the warm cake.

I sugared fresh cranberries and slivers of orange peel for decoration.

Martha Meinsen Scott is a Fort Scott foodie who creates from her home, called Linderhof.

FSCC Math Relays: Thomas Jefferson Is First Place

Third place is Girard High School.
College Heights Christian School is second place.
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is first place.

The Fort Scott Community College Math Day for area high school students was Nov. 16.

Submitted were the top schools photos.

 

Obituary for Larry Chester Elam

Larry Chester Elam

Larry Chester Elam, born February 21, 1944 in Dallas, Texas, passed away peacefully in his home on November 15, 2018, in Fort Scott, KS. He was a proud American, an Army veteran who served multiple tours in Vietnam between 1968-1976. He enjoyed helping others, playing pool, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Oleta Elam and his brother Tommy Elam. He is survived by his wife Carol Elam, of Fort Scott, KS, his daughter, Kimberly and Denny Baurousa of Mesquite, TX, his son John Elam of Austin, TX, his stepson, Johnny Powders of Fort Scott, KS, his stepdaughter, Lori and Jason Lewis of Fort Scott, KS, and grandchildren Jacob, Hunter, Peyton and Ainslee, and his
sister, Juanita and Gary Morrow of Nocona,TX.

Military honors will be held Graveside on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Scott National Cemetery, KS.

Fort Scott City Commission Minutes, Nov. 6 Meeting

CITY OF FORT SCOTT

CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 6, 2018 Regular Meeting #21

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held November 6th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.

ROLL CALL:

Commissioners Adamson, Bartelsmeyer, Nichols, and Parker were present with Mayor Mitchell presiding.

INVOCATION: Pastor Matthew Hunt, Faith Christian Center, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City and all Government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Janet Braun, Travis Shelton, Rhonda Dunn, Robert Uhler, Darrell Parker, Larry Gazaway, Dave Bruner, Paul Ballou, Deb Needleman, Christy Humerickhouse, Curtis Wondra, Elaine Buerge, Michael Mix, Matthew Hunt, Lori Smith, Kenny Howard, Ally Turvey, Jean Tucker, Don Tucker, Mark McKenney, and Clayton Miller, and representing the press, Jason Silvers, Fort Scott Tribune.

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS:

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND APPROPRIATIONS/CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of October 16th, 2018.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1226-A totaling $467,651.58.

  1. Parade Permit – Veteran’s Day Parade – November 10th, 2018

Bartelsmeyer moved the Consent Agenda. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.

APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE: None

B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute

limit per citizen) – None

  1. PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Mitchell moved to open the Public Hearing at 6:14 p.m. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

OPENED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:14 P.M.

6:00 p.m. Vacation of alley – Michael & Megan Rogers, 3RK LLC, and Robert & Patricia Love, and Stuart & Haley Troutman – Alley between Lots 7, 9, 11, 13 & 15, Block 4 and Lots 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, Block 4, McDonald’s Addition – Approval of Ordinance No. 3540 – Rhonda Dunn, Finance/Codes Director, showed the Commission a map of the proposed vacation of alley which is by Shepherd and Mosher Streets. The three property owners all signed a voluntary petition to vacate this property.

There were no comments from the audience.

Nichols moved to approve Ordinance No. 3540 vacating the alley by Shepherd and Mosher Streets. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3540 VACATING THE 18’ PLATTED ALLEY WHICH RUNS NORTH AND SOUTH BETWEEN LOTS 7, 9, 11, 13 & 15, BLOCK 4, MCDONALD’S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT, KANSAS AND LOTS 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, BLOCK 4, MCDONALD’S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT AND THE PLATTED ALLEY WHICH RUNS EAST AND WEST LYING DIRECTING NORTH OF LOT 7, BLOCK 4, MCDONALD’S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT.

Mitchell moved to close the Public Hearing at 6:17 p.m. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

CLOSED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:17 P.M.

Bartelsmeyer moved to open the Public Hearing at 6:18 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

OPENED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:18 P.M.

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 42-2018 – directing the repair or removal of an alleged unsafe and dangerous accessory structure located at 302 S. Lowman Street – Rhonda Dunn, Finance/Codes Director, informed the Commission that the owner is present tonight. She inherited this house but was in a bad car accident and has been unable to make repairs due to her limited means of income. There are four buildings on this property including the main house. Rhonda said that she has contacted the Good Neighbor Action Team to assist this property owner with repairs on the main house. There is one accessory structure on the southeast corner that she recommends demolition on.

Lori Smith said that she inherited this property. Her daughter and family lived there for a while but moved to Lees Summit, Missouri. She is getting ready to have back surgery on Friday at K.U. Medical Center. The water and electric have been updated at the main house and the roof is solid and does not leak. She plans to pay the City back for the demolition costs of the accessory structure.

Rhonda asked approval to repair or remove this structure in 7 days.

Parker moved to approve Resolution 42-2018 directing the repair or removal of this accessory structure by November 19, 2018. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED RESOLUTION NO. 42-2018 DIRECTING THE REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF AN UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS ACCESSORY STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 302 S LOWMAN STREET. ACCESSORY STRUCTURE MUST BE BROUGHT UP TO 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE BY NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 OR DEMOLITION PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN.

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 43-2018 – directing the repair or removal of an alleged unsafe and dangerous structure and accessory structure located at 421 W. 5th Street – Rhonda Dunn, Finance/Codes Director, informed the Commission that this structure is owned by the McKenney family. Mark McKenney is here representing the family tonight. This structure has had codes issues since 2005. There have been no changes in the last two years. The porch was shored up. There are windows out of the structure and the roof is bad. There are no utilities to the house. She recommended giving him 30 days to either repair or remove the structure.

Mark McKenney said that at one time Tim McKenney had chosen to tear the structure down but changed his mind. Tim recently took bids to have siding put on the house but is waiting on another bid. He said he would talk with the family, and if they want to demolish the structure that their family would do it.

City Attorney reminded the Commission that they just have to declare that the house is dangerous and unsafe and give them a time frame for repairs. If an extension is needed by that time frame, one can be given if approved.

Nichols moved to approve Resolution 43-2018 directing the repair or removal of this structure and accessory structure by December 14th, 2018. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED RESOLUTION NO. 43-2018 DIRECTING THE REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF AN UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS STRUCTURE AND ACCESSORY STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 421 W. 5TH STREET. STRUCTURE MUST BE BROUGHT UP TO 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE BY DECEMBER 14TH, 2018 OR DEMOLITION PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN.

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 44-2018 – directing the repair or removal of an alleged unsafe and dangerous accessory structure located at the Vacant Lot south of 711 S. Barbee Street – Rhonda Dunn, Finance/Codes Director, informed the Commission that the property owner has removed this accessory structure.

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 44-2018 – directing the repair or removal of an alleged unsafe and dangerous structure and accessory structure located at 1110 Scott Avenue – Rhonda Dunn, Finance/Codes Director, informed the Commission that this structure has an issue with the porch. It is owned by Mark McKenney. He has placed some scaffolding by the porch but no repairs have been made yet. This house has a new roof and the inside is in good condition. She recommended giving him 30 days to either repair or remove the structure.

Mark McKenney said he would have the repairs made to the porch in 30 days.

Parker moved to approve Resolution 44-2018 directing the repair or removal of this structure and accessory structure by December 14th, 2018. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED RESOLUTION NO. 44-2018 DIRECTING THE REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF AN UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS STRUCTURE AND ACCESSORY STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 1110 SCOTT AVENUE. STRUCTURE MUST BE BROUGHT UP TO 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE BY DECEMBER 14TH, 2018 OR DEMOLITION PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN.

Mitchell moved to close the Public Hearings at 6:32 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

CLOSED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:32 P.M.

CONSIDERATION:

  1. Consideration of Bid – Cutting of Waterway – 23rd Street to Highway 69Rhonda Dunn, Finance/Codes Director, shared photos with the Commission of the removal of the brush at 7th and National. This company did a great job on that location. She asked for approval for the other part of this bid which is the removal of the brush at the waterway from 23rd Street to Highway 69. The same company, SMM Holdings, LLC was the low bid at $6,925.00.

Parker moved to approve the bid from SMM Holdings, LLC in the amount of $6,925.00 for the brush removal at 23rd Street to Highway 69. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED BID FROM SMM HOLDINGS, LLC OF FORT SCOTT, KANSAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,925.00 FOR THE REMOVAL OF BRUSH AT 23RD STREET TO HIGHWAY 69.

Rhonda also gave the Commission a short update on a couple of Codes issues.

She informed them that there is a bedbug infestation at a house on Oak Street. She said that the owner is a hoarder. This property cannot be treated until it has been cleaned up. The debris they are removing cannot go to the local landfill and has to go to Arcadia. There is a dumpster behind the house. It is her hopes that no one is removing anything from the dumpster as that would spread the infestation.

City Attorney recommended putting up No Trespassing signs on the property and the dumpster.

Rhonda also gave an update on the structure at 310 N. Cleveland. This structure is owned by the Peterson’s. The First Steps program has been working with the owners without much progress. The G.N.A.T. was also involved but no progress has been made by the property owners. There have been no utilities to this structure since 2016 and they still live there. She will now work with the City Attorney to start legal proceedings to remove the owners and demolish the structure.

  1. Consideration of Fort Scott Public Library appointment – Diane Clay, City Clerk, informed the Commission that Gabrielle Studer and Jared Witt have both resigned from the Library board. Letters of interest were received for these two open positions. There were four letters of interest received: Deborah Hall, Maybelle Mertz, Lissa Gorman, and Bob Eckles. The Library board met on October 17th, 2018 and recommended that Lissa Gorman and Bob Eckles be appointed to their board.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the appointments of Lissa Gorman and Bob Eckles to the Fort Scott Public Library Board. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED APPOINTMENTS OF LISSA GORMAN AND BOB ECKLES TO THE FORT SCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD.

  1. Consideration to waive bid process for purchase of three sets of bunker gear for the Fire Department – Paul Ballou, Fire Chief, informed the Commission that he is requesting the Commission waive the bid process in order to purchase three sets of bunker gear for the Fire Department. This gear is needed for the three newest firefighters. The condition and fit of the current gear will not work for the new firefighters. He asked for approval to purchase three new sets of gear from Weis Fire Safety in the amount of $6,968.10.

Parker moved to approve to waive the bid process and approve the purchase of three sets of bunker gear for the Fire Department in the amount of $6,968.10 from Weis Fire Safety. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO WAIVE THE BID PROCESS AND APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF THREE SETS OF BUNKER GEAR FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,968.10 FROM WEIS FIRE SAFETY.

  1. Presentation of preliminary Energy Audit by CTS Energy Group – Michael Mix, Water Utility Director, introduced to the Commission, Curtis Wondra and Christy Humerickhouse of CTS Group to share with them information regarding an energy audit.

Curtis Wondra shared with them the goals and challenges of saving energy. He shared how the process works beginning with a Preliminary Infrastructure Audit completed, the RFQ for qualified providers and then the selection of a partner, the detailed analysis and design, the project implementation, and ongoing measurement and verification. He has toured some of the City facilities, especially Memorial Hall and Buck Run Community Center, and gathered information. The next step is a RFQ and then the selection of a firm.

Parker moved to approve to go out for Request for Qualifications for this project. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO GO OUT FOR REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE ENERGY AUDIT.

  1. Consideration of quotes to replace windows at Water Treatment Plant – Michael Mix, Water Utility Director, informed the Commission that there are several windows at the Water Treatment Plant that need replaced due to a broken pane or unsightly etching due to the loss of the seal. Many of these windows have not functioned for many years and many were filled with foam for some reason. He requested quotes from the two local window vendors located here in town. The low quote was from Peerless Products in the amount of $21,982.00. This is a budgeted item.

Nichols moved to approve the low quote from Peerless Products in the amount of $21,982.00 to replace the windows at the Water Treatment Plant facility. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

approveD the low quote from Peerless Products in the amount of $21,982.00 to replace the windows at the Water Treatment Plant facility.

  1. Consideration to replace service truck for Water Treatment Plant – Michael Mix, Water Utility Director, informed the Commission that he had budgeted to purchase a service truck for the Water Treatment Plant. Their current pickup they use has over 100,000 miles on it and has some engine issues. They would continue to keep this vehicle at their plant still. The newer, used service truck would be used to go to all the various locations that they service.

City Manager asked for approval to purchase a service utility vehicle up to $28,000 and work with Tom Coffman, the City’s mechanic and Michael Mix. This purchase will be made locally if at all possible.

Mitchell moved to authorize up to $28,000 to purchase a used service truck for the Water Treatment Plant. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO AUTHORIZE UP TO $28,000 TO PURCHASE A USED SERVICE TRUCK FOR THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT.

  1. Consideration to solicit RFQ’s for Scope of Services for 2018-2019 for Water Treatment Plan Evaluation for our drinking water – Michael Mix, Water Utility Director, informed the Commission he wants to solicit RFQ’s to evaluate the City’s drinking water. He wants to pursue excellence in our drinking water. There is no cost for soliciting RFQ’s. Approval was recommended.

Nichols moved to solicit RFQ’s for the Water Treatment Plant drinking water evaluation. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO SOLICIT REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR AN ENGINEERING FIRM TO EVALUATE THE CITY’S DRINKING WATER.

  1. Consideration to change membership section of the Employee Council Bylaws – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, informed the Commission that she and Dave Martin both sit on the Employee Council for the City. It was originally made up of eight members from different departments. Due to the size of the departments, the Employee Council discussed combining some of the departments taking the members down to six. The departments will be combined as follows:

Fire Department/Communications (Dispatch)

Police Department

Streets/Water Distribution

Wastewater/Wastewater Collections/Airport/Parks

Water Production

City Hall/Codes/Tourism/Golf Course

The Employee Council met on November 1st and approved this change to the bylaws.

Dave Martin also said that at each of the meetings, opportunity is given for the members of the council to ask questions of him or Deb. Also, there are suggestion boxes at various locations throughout the City where employees can place any suggestions they may have. These are read at the Employee Council meetings and discussed.

Mitchell moved to approve the membership section change on the Employee Council bylaws. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE MEMBERSHIP SECTION CHANGE ON THE EMPLOYEE COUNCIL BYLAWS.

COMMISSION/STAFF:

  1. Director Updates:

Larry Gazaway – Larry recognized Allyson Turvey, Administrative Assistant for the City for the recent awards she was given. TIAK is the Travel Industry Association of Kansas. They are involved in training, education, and advocacy in the State of Kansas. The Kansas Destination Certification Program is designed to familiarize and further one’s knowledge of the State of Kansas, tourism marketing, and leadership. To achieve this certification, one must complete three book reports; one on Kansas history, one on marketing, and another on leadership. One must also spend several hours a year in training, live or from webinars, and finally visit an attraction at least 50 miles from your home. Ally successfully completed all the requirements and two weeks ago, during the TIAK Conference, she was one of only six individuals to receive this certification. In August, Ally also received her Kansas Certified Professional Travel Counselor Certification. This certification comes from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and assures that Ally delivers high quality travel information services. She is only one of three in the State of Kansas that has this certification. Ally will also be handling all the co-op advertising for TourKs, which is a statewide organization that is tasked with attracting bus tours to the state. She will be working with 63 cities and counties to make sure the State of Kansas is represented in various print magazines throughout the country.

Larry also reminded the Commission about the upcoming Veterans weekend. Friday night is a reception at the Boiler Room Brewhaus. Saturday morning is a program at Memorial Hall, 5:00 p.m. is the Veterans parade, and Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. is the Grand Ball at Memorial Hall. On Sunday at 9:00 a.m., is the church service at Community Christian Church. At 11:00 a.m. is the service at the National Cemetery and a luncheon to be held at the V.F.W. at noon. He also announced that there was a $4,000 grant awarded for this event for 2019 from the Community Foundation.

Dave Bruner In regards to the recent announcement of the closing of Mercy Fort Scott, as we all are probably aware, this also effects the ambulance service. Mercy EMS will no longer be operating as of March 31st. With that announcement, Bourbon County has been faced with a difficult task to come up with a solution for an EMS service for the residents of Bourbon County. A task force was formed to develop a working relationship between the County and City to continue to provide emergency medical services to the residents once April 1st arrives. Last week an announcement was made by the Bourbon County Commissioners that they will assume ownership of the ambulance service which will be called Bourbon County Emergency Medical Services. That being said, the City was approached by County officials in a meeting on Monday in an effort to work out the details for the City to partner and continue the current relationship in which the City and Mercy EMS formed dating back as far as 15 years ago. Fifteen years ago, Mercy EMS and Fort Scott Fire Department worked out a contractual agreement to provide a second staffed ambulance. Most recently, another relationship was formed between the Fire Department and Mercy EMS to house the duty ambulance and staff at Fire Station #1 in efforts to attract personnel.

How does this look? The County will be taking on Mercy’s role and contract services from the City.

Staffing: The City will provide human resource services to full time positions for the service. All current Mercy EMS employees will be transitioned. An EMS Director position will be added to the staff. All staff will report to the Fire Department administration as well as City administration.

Bourbon County will reimburse for salaries and operational cost.

Our team of personnel from the Fire Department and Mercy EMS are prepared and experienced to take on the challenge for the efficiency of the taxpayers. We are looking forward to working with County officials to build this service and continue to provide the quality service that Mercy EMS has provided since 1991.

He asked the Commission for their approval to continue with the development of the EMS service.

City Manager said that Deb Needleman will be involved in hiring the EMS Director and testing individuals as she does now.

Mitchell moved to authorize the continuation of the development of the EMS service between the City and the County. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE CONTINUATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EMS SERVICE BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY.

Kenny Howard – Kenny shared photos of the beach pavilion and improvements that have been made to it recently. The pavilion was built in 1964. They repaired the inside and installed a new picnic table. They completed all these repairs for around $1,800.

Commissioners told him that it looked great!

B. City Commission:

Bartelsmeyer Thanked all who are working on the health care project. It is a big project.

Parker – Thanked the Fire Department who helped honor a man who served his country for a long time today. This is a great hometown that honors their own!

Adamson Nothing to report.

Nichols Nothing to report.

Mitchell Nothing to report.

C. City Attorney: Nothing to report.

  1. City Manager:

  1. Change of time of December 4th, 2018 City Commission meeting to 4:00 p.m. due to Downtown Christmas Parade

Parker moved to change the time of the December 4th meeting to 4:00 p.m. for the Downtown Christmas parade. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO CHANGE THE TIME OF THE DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 MEETING TO 4:00 P.M.

  1. Health Care – Dave stated that Mercy is not willing to come to the table currently. He is still working with the task force to get health care here.

  1. Police Department Night Training – Dave said that Mike Trim informed him that the Police Department will be doing night shooting training on November 7th and November 14th. He encouraged the Commission to go and watch this training.

  1. Wreath Ride Fundraiser – Dave said that Cole Wagner has requested permission to hold a fundraiser on April 13th, 2019. It will be a Ruck Run. Participants will wear vests and run/march from the Crossfit facility to the National Cemetery.

Nichols moved to approve this fundraiser to hold a Ruck Run on April 13th, 2019. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO HOLD RUCK RUN FUNDRAISER ON APRIL 13TH, 2019.

ADJOURNMENT:

Nichols moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:24 p.m. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

ADJOURNED MEETING AT 7:24 P.M.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on November 20th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

RECORDED BY:

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DIANE K. CLAY

CITY CLERK