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Missy Reynolds: New FSHS Nurse

Missy Reynolds. Submitted photo.

Missy Reynolds is a new school nurse at Fort Scott High School, since the end of August 2020.

She has been a district nurse substitute over the past several years and prior to that worked at Nevada Medical Clinic.

Reynolds graduated from FSHS in 1989, then graduated from Fort Scott Community College in 2008 with an associate of applied science degree in nursing.

She was born and raised in Fort Scott.

She has been married to Mike Reynolds for 26 years and has three children. Garrett, Kennede, and Kerigan. Kerigan is currently a sophomore at FSHS.

Reynold became a nurse to help people.

“I wanted to be a nurse to be able to help people,” she said. “I was busy raising my children but the opportunity came up for me to go back to college later in life so I was a non-traditional student.”

“The high school has not had a full-time nurse in the past so this has been a great addition for them. I see students for all basic medical needs, keep health records up to date and communicate with parents as needed. Every day is something new.”

Bourbon County Commission Minutes of Nov. 17. 2020

November 17, 2020                                         Tuesday 9:00 am


The Bourbon County Commissioners met in open session with Jeff Fischer present and Clifton and Lynne by telephone, Also present were the County Counselor and the County Clerk.


Also present were the following; (some were present for a portion of the meeting, some were present for the entire meeting), Jason Silvers with the Fort Scott Tribune, Clint and Rachel Walker, Anne Dare, Nancy Van Etten and Michael Hoyt.


Eric Bailey by phone reported that a recent windstorm knocked a few trees down near 245th & Hackberry.  He said they have hauled 50 loads of gravel to the Southeast portion of the County and will be hauling to the Northwest portion next week.  He said they are crushing rock at the Shepherd quarry and the culvert crew is installing culverts.  They are patching at 125th & Tomahawk and working towards 54 Highway and then will be working in the Northwest part of the County.  They are doing roadside mowing South and North of 54 Highway.  He said all of the dump trucks are currently back in service.  He said there have been some hydraulic issues with some of the trucks, but those issues are under warranty.  Eric said they had a tractor that sold on Purple Wave, but the buyer backed out.  He said that two road graders have a power by the hour contract that is due to be renewed; he suggested renewing.  Jeff made a motion to renew the power by the hour contract for the two road graders, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Jeff moved to amend the agenda to talk about longevity pay for the County employees, Clifton seconded and all approved.  When the Commissioners did the 2020 budget they included $51,000 total for longevity pay.  They would like to pay this out to eligible employees before Christmas of 2020.  Jeff said the wage scale is behind and suggested that the onetime longevity pay might help narrow the gap.  Jeff said loosing an employee is a significant cost, he said the longevity pay idea was to build loyalty and provide compensation to employees.  The longevity pay will be a onetime payment based on years of service.  Lynne made a motion to start identifying all eligible employees (non elected) and pay the longevity pay on December 4th, Jeff seconded, Justin Meeks questioned if the pay would be based on years of service or a flat rate to all eligible employees, Lynne said he would look at his previous notes about how the longevity pay was calculated.  Kendell will provide each of the Commissioners with an employee listing with years of service for their consideration when distributing the longevity pay.  Jeff made a motion to table the motion pending additional information and discuss again on November 24th, Clifton 2nd and all approved.


Jody Hoener gave a SPARK update; she said that Greenbush is working on the December 4th reporting and said that some entities are marked as complete.  Jody discussed the BWERC grant; she said BWERC was awarded $170,800 in grant money and said they have awarded approximately $100,000 to 20 business for website development, she said they have implemented a child care incentive to help facilities keep up with licensing requirements.  She said Kwowks is offering job seeking opportunities to individuals needing help.  She said Kansas small business development is offering business support and can also help businesses get LLC licenses.   Jeff made a motion to authorize Kendell Mason to sign a disbursement of $17,261.99 worth of CDBG funds, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Jody Hoener said she didn’t want to purchase furniture for the BWERC location where she will spend most of her time until the end of the year and asked permission to move some of her furniture from the Courthouse to that location; Lynne said they would discuss this later today.  They briefly discussed later and Lynne questioned who would use the furniture, Jody said she would use the furniture, she said she has been working there for the past 15 days and her office will be over there, she said she would still have her desk here and said her phone calls roll over to her cell phone.  Lynne made a motion to amend the agenda to have an executive session at 11:45 with the Commissioners and Jody for non-elected personnel, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Lynne asked Jeff Fischer to sign the Stryker bill and the Omni bill; Jeff signed the vouchers to be paid.


Register of Deeds Lora Holdridge met with the Commissioners regarding the holiday dinner; Covid was discussed and the concern of having employees gathered together.  The Commissioners will discuss this again next week, (possible meal, gift card or a meal at a later date).  Lora said her office is having a $10 ornament exchange for all employees that want to participate.


Jody Hoener discussed the OMNI lockbox option; she said there has been a lag in time that items are being posted regarding the EMS billing.  She said a lockbox could increase customer service, she said the County is responsible for items being posted in a timely manner, she said Patty Love, the County Treasurer feels a lockbox is needed.  Jody said there is a cost associated with the Lockbox, Lynne asked that this be tabled until he can do research; this will be discussed again on November 24th.  Jody said she will be working to enroll the EMS service as a Missouri Medicaid provider, she said we are currently a Kansas Medicaid provider.


Jeff made a motion to amend the agenda to allow Kirk Sharp with FSCC to speak about the Gordon Parks Museum, Clifton seconded and all approved.  Kirk Sharp discussed a project they are doing regarding the 1968 film the Learning Tree; they are placing signs at locations that were part of the Learning Tree, they are creating a virtual tour of the locations that were part of the filming of the Learning Tree.  He said the City of Fort Scott is supportive of the placement of signs on their easements and said they are asking the County for a letter of support and asking for permission to approve signs being placed on the County easements; he said they were not asking for the County to fund the project.  Eric Bailey will contact KDOT regarding sign placement on easements.  Jeff made a motion to support the Gordon Parks signage project and to give Eric Bailey permission to facilitate the endeavor, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Justin Meeks met with the Commissioners regarding the sewer service agreement for the sewer district; he said when the district was set up, residents on Indian road were asked if they wanted to join the district then, but didn’t.  He said someone needs to find out the capacity load of the current system, he said if it was at or near limited capacity they would need to limit who connects to the district.  Justin said the City is responsible for maintaining the district.  Nancy Van Etten said that Michael Mix reported to her that the system was designed for 60 single homes; she said the boundaries of the district are well defined.  Justin said the Commissioners had decisions to make regarding if they wanted to limit connections and said they needed to set parameters.  Jeff Fischer said he would review the capacity of the system.  Lynne made a motion to give Jeff permission to talk to Michael Mix to determine the capacity of the sewer system and then Justin will work with Susan at the City of Fort Scott regarding the sewer service agreement, Clifton seconded and all approved.


On November 10th, Gregg Motley met with the Commissioners regarding BEDCO and requested $130,000 for 2021 for economic development shared services; there was a discussion over Allen County economic development and Thrive.  Lynne said that BEDCO is a 501(3) (c) and because of this they had access to more grant opportunities.  Lynne said once they approve funding, they would look for an economic development person and then the County would eliminate our economic development position.  Lynne said all cities would be represented on this dynamic board to make sure this works.  Lynne made a motion to approve the 2021 budget request of $130,000, Clifton seconded and the motion passed, Jeff didn’t vote for or against the motion.  Lynne made a motion to give Clifton permission to speak to Gregg Motley regarding BEDCO, Jeff seconded and all approved.


Jayhawk Wind representatives Alan Anderson and Julianna Planelli met with the Commissioners; Justin Meeks said they want to move the district from the east to the west.  He said they have the ability to use any road in the county, but have to have permission to use the roads to move their heavy equipment and supplies.  Justin said they want to expand in an area where there is an oil field and on land in the Southwest corner of the County.  Lynne said they are not expanding the number of turbines nor are they expanding the megawatts, he said they are just moving locations from somewhere else to the west and said this is a request to move from the east to the west.  Clifton questioned if they were asking to use a few extra miles of roads to get to the property; Julianna said they want to utilize an additional 3 miles of roads.  Clifton questioned if they were improving the roads; Julianna said they would upgrade the roads to support the heavy equipment and said once construction is finalized they would leave the roads in a condition as they are now or better that they currently are and said an engineer would be involved with this.  Julianna said a pre-inventory (between Jayhawk Wind and the County) of the roads would be done. Clifton Beth asked Justin if what Julianna was stating was true; Justin said what she stated is in the parameters of the signed contract.  Jeff said with the current condition of the roads a significant amount of base will need to be on the roads to support their equipment.  Justin said there will be no cost to the County to maintain these roads while they are using them. Lynne asked for a legal description of what they want to expand; Justin said maps had been provided.  Lynne made a motion to allow Jayhawk Wind to expand to the west as indicated on the map and asked that the map be included in the contract, Clifton seconded, Clifton said as a person that wasn’t involved in the negotiations, he believed as a non-zoned County people could do what they wanted with their land, Jeff questioned if they would stay 3 miles from Elm Creek and Bourbon Allen lake; Julianna said there are participating landowners that have signed up near the lakes, but said no turbines will be located within 3 miles of the lakes.  Jeff didn’t vote for or against the motion.


Justin Meeks discussed the tax sale; he said they sent the majority of the demand letters to the property owners that have delinquent taxes (some delinquent back to 2016), he said there is $1.4 million in delinquent taxes.  Justin said some are starting to pay the delinquent taxes.  He said demand letters had not been sent to properties with special assessments on them, he said the City of Fort Scott will need to decide what they want to do with properties with specials attached to them.  He said they will sell properties with specials on them at the next tax sale.  There are 75 parcels at Hidden Valley Lake to be sold.  He said eventually he would like to talk to legislature about setting a minimum bid on tax sale properties and about mandating that any payments on delinquent taxes be applied to the oldest taxes due.  Patty Love presented the contract for Security 1st to do the title work on the tax sale properties for $115/parcel, Jeff made a motion to approve the agreement with Security 1st to do the tax sale title work, Clifton seconded and all approved and Jeff signed the contract.   Justin said they do not guarantee title insurance with tax sale properties.


Lynne made a motion to allow Anne Dare to speak before an executive session, Jeff seconded and all approved.  Anne discussed the changed agenda and said she wasn’t aware of Jayhawk Wind coming to the meeting today; Justin added Jayhawk Wind to the agenda on Monday afternoon, Anne suggested the Commissioners decide if they wanted the agenda sent on Friday or Monday.  Anne reported that she had met with Jeff Spangler with Apex/Jayhawk Wind to get an update; she said there are currently 118 planned turbine sites and said it won’t be any larger than 185 megawatts.  She said there are two transmission lines in the area, Anne questioned if the County had received $50,000 payment for outside employment of an outside engineer, Lynne said yes, that it was in a line item by itself and said other revenue from Jayhawk Wind will be placed in a revenue account; Anne asked if they could see foresee hiring an outside engineer, Lynne said if they need an engineer they will contact Frank Young with Ag Engineering.


Jeff Fischer made a motion to go into a 10 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel in Jody’s office, Clifton seconded and all approved, (the session included the Commissioners and Jody Hoener).  No action was taken.


Lynne made a motion to go into a 20 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel in the office next to the Commission room, Jeff seconded and all approved, (the session included the Commissioners and Justin Meeks).  After the session, Jeff made a motion to authorize software training for point of service at the Landfill, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Jeff made a motion to hire temporary contracted help for $20/hour to catch up the process of the ambulance claims until the process is up to date, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Jeff made a motion for Eric Bailey to handle a non-elected personnel issue at his discretion, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Lynne made a motion to amend the agenda to approve claim vouchers, Clifton seconded and all approved.  Lynne gave Jeff permission to sign claim vouchers for the following; FSCC $20,956.22 (SPARK funds), Moes Bread $3,000 (SPARK funds), Forensic Medical $9,250, Kansas Employment fund $29.00, Jeff signed the vouchers to be paid.  Lynne gave Jeff permission to sign a voucher to pay the credit card payment as soon as possible.


Lynne made a motion to amend the agenda to adopt a resolution regarding the 2020 General Election results, to discuss the medical mall and to discuss COVID, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Jeff made a motion to adopt resolution 29-20, a resolution with the 2020 General Election results, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Lynne reported there would be a healthcare mall meeting on November 23rd; he made a motion to give Clifton permission to participate in the discussions and appoint him as a successor on the healthcare board, Jeff seconded and all approved.


Clifton discussed COVID, he said COVID is spreading and he had received communication from people asking about mask mandates, he asked for permission to contact the health board, Justin Meeks said that Jeff Fischer is on the health board.  Jeff said the health board has supported the recommended State mandates, he said enforcement is an issue, Jeff said there is an increase in cases and said that some have no symptoms, Jeff said the positivity rate is over 50% for the tests taken which suggests that COVID is less controlled than it was in the past, Jeff said a good health practice is to wear a mask when you can’t socially distance at least 6’ apart.


At 12:55, Jeff made a motion to adjourn, Clifton seconded and all approved.




(ss) Lynne Oharah, Chairman

(ss) Jeff Fischer, Commissioner

(ss) Clifton Beth, Commissioner


Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk

November 24, 2020, Approved Date



Bourbon County Commission Minutes of Nov. 10, 2020

November 10, 2020                                                             Tuesday 9:00 AM


The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with Commissioner Oharah, Commissioner Fisher, the County Counselor and the County Clerk present. Also present where the following, (some were present for the entire meeting some were present for a portion of the meeting) Jason Silver’s with the Fort Scott Tribune, Jim Harris, Nancy Van Etten, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Walker, Shane Wood, Deb McKinney, Anne Dare and Nancy Mayes.


Lynn made a motion to go into a 10 minute executive session for non-elected personnel, Jeff second the motion and the motion passed, (present for the session were the Commissioners, Justin Meeks and Eric Bailey (by telephone). No action was taken.


Eric Bailey (by phone) discussed Elm Creek Lake; he said they have identified an area on the northeast corner of the dam that is causing problems; they are waiting on Frank Young to get back to discuss if it’s solid rock or shale and then get information on a cost of drilling in that area.


Eric Bailey said the pothole patcher is working in the northwest area of the County and will be heading to the southeast area. They are also still installing culverts.


Lynne reported that the Uniontown School asked that Maple and 75th be closed on November 11th, for the Veterans Day parade, Eric said he would take care of this.


Eric reported that they had blasted at the Blake quarry and now will move to the Shepherd quarry to prepare to do a blast there.


Jeff question if the bridge load rating signs we’re all posted around the county, especially in the southwest portion of the county.  He said with the wind development starting, we need to make sure the signs are posted.  Eric said he would check for the signs. Jeff said that we needed to make sure they were following the counties right of way standards.


Jeff Fisher read a letter of support for CHC SEK (the primary care provider occupying Mercy Hospital building); the letter was to support for them to apply to be a public transportation provider. Jeff made a motion to give the chairman permission to sign the letter of support, Lynn seconded and the motion passed and Lynn signed the letter of support.


Monica Murnan with Greenbush discussed the Spark grant funds; she said they were at the point of the grant process where the Commissioners may need to make some adjustments. She said a lot of the community businesses understand the gift that this is regarding mitigating COVID-19. Monica said we may have about $10,000 not assigned and will need to delegate that money elsewhere in December. Monica will meet with the Commissioners again on December 1 and December 8. Monica said they are following up with grant recipients gathering the needed data. She said if a recipient wants to spend money where it was not allocated she will bring those issues to the Commissioners to see if they want to allow them to spend it out of a different category. She said they were going to pull the MOU for Little Tigers Daycare since they hadn’t heard from them.


Jody Hoener met with the Commissioners; she said the City of Chanute’s IT department had been awarded a $1.6 million grant for connectivity. Jody contacted them to learn to see if there was anything for our community. She got contacts at the State level for any possible future connectivity grants.  Monica suggested that Jody contact the City of Pittsburg and the Pittsburg schools regarding the grants as well.


Jody Hoener gave a BWERC update; she said the BWERC location is open at 17 S. Main Street. She said they are seeing a need for businesses to get assistance. Jody asked if she could move the furniture from her office at the Courthouse to the BWERC location (she said the furniture was purchased with Healthy Bourbon County Action team money), Lynn asked that they discuss this next week when Clifton was going to be there.


The Commissioners discussed the sewer district hookup; Justin has been working with Susan Bancroft at the City of Fort Scott regarding the sewer district.  Justin gave the Commissioners an updated service agreement for them to review.  They will discuss this again next week. There was concern over locations on Indian road wanting to connect to the sewer district and whether or not the sewer could handle all of the additional connections. Shane Wood said he had bought a lot at the Fort Scott Lake and was initially told it had sewer on the lot, he said he had worked with Michael Mix at the City of Fort Scott who told him he had sewer on the lot but he couldn’t find it, it didn’t have sewer but was told to find the line of where it connects, he didn’t have a line and said it would be about $20,000 for him to get on the sewer district, when he initially was told he had sewer. His property is on the East side of the Lake. It was stated that there is a need for sewer policies but the policies needed to be upfront so people knew what they we’re getting into. Jeff Fisher said he was OK with waiving the fees for Saint Martin’s and the Woods property, but with the proposed condominium development at the Lake they realized the sewer board needed to be organized with an inter-local agreement. Jeff Fisher said there might eventually be a fire station near the lake which could help with the insurance ratings there. Nancy Van Etten spoke as the lake advisory chairperson; she also wanted to review the document from Justin Meeks. Nancy presented a letter asking to move land from the Bourbon County fire District #3 to Scott Township fire district #5. Justin responded to her letter with a letter that said he felt the Bourbon County Commissioners had no authority over these fire districts. He said the petition is not substantial and is not in the required form and thus is not valid as presented.


Bill Martin, Bobby Reed, Ben Cole and Rachel Thompson (videotaping) met with the Commissioners regarding the COVID-19 leave time; Bobby discussed the COVID-19 pandemic he said he is pro employee and thinks the County handbook needs to revised to define what the County can do for employees who have contracted Covid at work. He said he had an employee that went into the hospital due to COVID-19, he said this employee had no sick or vacation time and used all of the 80 hours of COVID-19 leave time given to them. Bobby felt we needed to do something for all employees, he said he thought the County needed to take better care of our employees. Lynne said he talked to KCAMP regarding the 80 hours of Covid leave time, emergency personnel could be excluded from this 80 hour policy and that it would be up to the elected officials to allow them to use this leave time.  Bobby wants something beyond the 80 hours for the employees. Bill said the outdated policy needs to be addressed. Bill said this could affect all of the employees, Bobby said he contacted KCAMP and Kworcc and that Covid is not covered under work comp. Bobby said the Covid leave time runs out on December 31 and asked what we were going to do after that. Jeff Fisher said he saw everyone in the room except Bill and Bobby wearing their masks right, (Bill and Bobby did not have their masks covering their nose) Bobby said everyone has their own opinion on wearing masks. Lynne said they would have a discussion over this.


Greg Motley with BEDCO met with the Commissioners with a BEDCO budget request. He discussed economic development and suggested the most advantageous structure for economic development is a 501(c) (3), which could qualify them for a range of grants and programs that municipalities cannot. He discuss Thrive Allen County which has a seven-figure budget and eight employees, he said they help municipalities write grants and provide other services which helps keep the expenses incurred local. He asked for the Bourbon County Commission to fund the initial effort in the amount of $130,000. Greg said their focus would be to bring outside money to us. The Commissioners did not make a decision on this but will discuss this again next week.


Patty West, Lynette Westhoff and Brad Hartman met with the Commissioners regarding the Counties property and work comp. insurance. Patty and Lynette had been gathering data to quote the counties 2021 insurance, but were recently told that the Commissioners had decided to stay with KCAMP and Kworcc for the 2021 year. Patty said they were very disappointed that they were shut down in the quoting process.  Lynne said the County had not put the insurance up for bid for 2021, but said they would put it up for bid for the 2022 year.  Jeff said our current insurance companies also provides a lot of risk management services, Patty said their companies can also offer this.  Bill Martin said he had sent a mass email to different Sheriff’s departments, he said he believed in buying and living local.  He said KCAMP is located in Topeka and their board is made up of all County officials, he said EMC is located in Iowa and the directors are not local.  Bill said some of the counties were in support of KCAMP and some were in support of EMC; Bill said he recommended KCAMP, he said the biggest liability for the County is the Sheriff’s department and the jail.  Lynnette asked Bill for the copies of the emails he received so that she could research the statements made regarding claims for EMC.  If the County selected Travelers Insurance Patty West would be the local contact and if the County selected EMC Insurance Lynnette Westhoff would be the local contact, but both would be available to assist the County.

Justin Meeks said there was an issue brought up by Michael Hoyt; he said a protest petition was filed regarding the City of Fort Scott purchasing a fire truck, Justin said general obligation bonds were not being used to purchase the truck and said grant money is being used to purchase the truck.  Justin said Mr. Hoyt was submitting a question to the AG’s office regarding this issue.  Justin said he would issue a formal letter to Mr. Hoyt.

Jeff made a motion to go into a 20 minute executive session for confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships, Lynne seconded and the motion passed, (the session included the Commissioners, Jody Hoener, Justin Meeks and Bill Brittain).  No action was taken.

Jeff made a motion to go into a 10 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel, Lynne seconded and the motion passed, (the session included the Commissioners and Jody Hoener).  No action was taken.


The 2020 General Election canvass is scheduled for 10:00 am, November 12th; the Commissioners are the canvassing board (Lynne and Jeff plan to attend).


Jeff made a motion to allow Lynne to sign a non-disclosure agreement; Lynne seconded and signed the agreement.


Eddie Harrison asked the Commissioners what the status was regarding the leak at Elm Creek Lake; the Commissioners said Eric Bailey reported that Ag Engineering said the problem is located at the northeast corner of the lake and said they were going to drill samples there.


Don George with KDWP met with the Commissioners regarding Elm Creek Lake; he said Elm Creek is a WPA project with quality workmanship.  Don said they want to be involved with the project and said when they were looking for grant money for the Lake he might be their source.  He said their grant money would need to be applied for by the 2nd week of May and said the grants max out at $40,000.  He asked that the Commissioners call him and said together they would look at other projects in the County that are part of KDWP.  Jeff asked Don George to contact Frank Young regarding Elm Creek Lake.


Deb McCoy and Nancy Van Etten met with the Commissioners regarding Fire District #3 and #5 and the possibility of transferring land from one to the other.  Justin said they needed to learn how the Scott Fire District was formed.  Jeff said that Scott (FD #5) wants to build a fire station near the west side of the Lake.


Lynne made a motion to amend the agenda to allow for executive sessions, Jeff seconded and the motion passed.


Lynne made a motion to go into a 30 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel, Jeff seconded and the motion passed, (the session included the Commissioners, Justin Meeks, Eric Bailey (by phone) and Kendell Mason).  No action was taken.


Jeff made a motion to go into a 15 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel and to move the session to a different location on County property due to confidentiality, Lynne seconded and the motion passed, (the session included the Commissioners, Eric Bailey (by phone) and Justin Meeks.  No action was taken.


Lynne made a motion to go into a 10 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel and to move the session to a different location on County property due to confidentiality, Jeff seconded and the motion passed, (the session included the Commissioners, Clifton Beth and Eric Bailey (by phone), and Justin Meeks.  After the session, Jeff made a motion to give Lynne the authority at his discretion to handle a non-elected personnel issue, Lynne seconded the motion and the motion passed.  Justin Meeks said he would be doing some HR functions with Lynne in the next 48 hours and said KAC had been contacted this morning regarding an issue.


At 1:20, Jeff made a motion to adjourn, Lynne seconded and all approved.




(ss) Lynne Oharah, Chairman

(ss) Jeff Fischer, Commissioner

(ss) Clifton Beth, Commissioner


Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk

November 24, 2020, Approved Date








New Skating Rink on the Horizon For Fort Scott

Buck Run Community Center is the site chosen for the skating rink. It is located at 735 S. Scott, just east of the aquatic center.

A new skating rink is on the horizon for Fort Scott.

“This project came from community discussion about a need for more kid-friendly activities,” said Allyson Turvey, Fort Scott Tourism and Community Development Manager.  “Memorial Hall was used as a roller rink back in the ’80s, so the initial idea was really just to give that another go. It will benefit the community’s youth, and will hopefully draw families from the larger region as well. ”

“Originally we had hoped to use Memorial Hall, but the cost to resurface the floor is simply too high,” she said.  “So for now we are focusing our attention on the old gym at Buck Run. Ideally if this goes well we could eventually look to investing in the floor of Memorial Hall since it is a larger venue.”

Allyson Turvey. Submitted photo.


Turvey is the project leader.


“Leah Bowman has helped a lot with research,” she said. “But this project simply wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous amount of community support we’ve received”

“Craig Campbell and Angie Rhodes Kemmerer along with her class have been heavily involved in the planning, and have also thrown out many ideas we had not considered. It’s also fantastic to have a project with not just community involvement, but student involvement. Students are excited and working really hard to make this thing a success.”

Logistics such as staffing, insurance needs, and safety requirements are being considered.

“But we really have two priorities at this point, the rink itself, and the skates,” Turvey said. ” Without these pieces locked down, we won’t be able to move forward. We’ve now decided on the ideal location, so we need to find the skates. The cost to purchase enough skates to run this type of facility isn’t really feasible, so Angie and Craig have put us in touch with roller skate rental companies. We’re hopeful to have a solution for skates soon.”


The skating rink project is for the area youth.


“The target population for the rink is of course local youth,” she said.  “It’s been a widely held opinion that Fort Scott needs more activities for kids. This will certainly meet that objective. The students that have been helping with the project are really excited about the possibilities and have lots of ideas of how we can make it successful.”


“Our goal is to make this happen by the beginning of the year,” Turvey said. ” We do have logistics that will need to be worked out very quickly. And as I mentioned the whole project currently hinges on securing roller skates”.



What is the cost to the city?

“At this point, I don’t have an exact cost estimate to offer, but the use of Buck Run will allow for fairly low startup costs,” she said. ” Use of Memorial Hall for this project would have required a significant initial investment. We don’t feel this is a feasible solution at this time, and are working to make this project as cost effective as possible.”



Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Keep Your Family Safe With These Carbon Monoxide Tips

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 24, 2020 – November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month and Kansas Gas Service is sharing information to help avoid carbon monoxide exposure.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, sometimes called “CO,” is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas created by the incomplete or improper burning of fuel and can occur any time of year. Overexposure can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can result in illness or even death

How can you reduce the probability of carbon monoxide exposure?

  • Install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector, available at most retail and hardware stores.
  • Pay attention to the color of the flame on your natural gas appliances – a yellow flame instead of a blue flame is a potential warning sign that the appliance is not operating or venting properly. If you see a yellow flame, turn off your burner and call Kansas Gas Service.
  • Never use a natural gas range or outdoor space heater to heat your home.
  • Check for proper ventilation of your appliances and chimney flues.
  • Maintenance is key! Clean or replace your furnace filters regularly and have a qualified contractor inspect your heating equipment and natural gas appliances annually.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure?

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

If you experience the symptoms mentioned above or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, immediately leave the house or building, then call 911 to request medical assistance.

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Scooter’s Coffee Drive-Thru Opens Nov. 30

Fort Scott’s Scooter’s Coffee Drive-Thru opens this week.

A coffee franchise, Scooter’s Coffee Drive-Thru, is opening on  Nov. 30 at 5:30 a.m. according to Ashley Copple-Dunn, the Fort Scott Scooter’s manager.

Scooter’s is located at 2402 S. Main in front of the Hibbett’s Store.

Hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

“Our goal is to offer amazing service, with amazing people, amazingly fast,” said Shawn Bouwen, one of the owners.  “We want to provide people the highest quality experience each and every time they come to visit our store.”

In addition to coffees, teas, hot chocolate, smoothies, and blenders the shop offers breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, cookies, “a little bit of everything,” Demi Bouwen, another owner, said.

One can see the menu, prices, and nutritional values of the products on the Scooter’s Coffee app, she said.

The website is http://scooter’

They currently have 15 employees, she said, and are still taking applications.

The owners of the franchise areDemi along with her dad, Shawn Bouwen, and his wife, Tracy.

“We have been involved with Scooter’s Coffee since 2004,” Shawn said.  “The three of us currently own and operate seven locations and are growing.  My wife and I also have another group of partners that own and operate an additional 40+ Scooter’s Coffee locations in a four-state region.  Scooter’s Coffee has been around since 1998.  Don and Linda Eckles are the original Founders of the Company.”


“We really love the demographics here in Fort Scott,” Demi said. “We love to be in a small town where you can be involved with the customer.”

Owner Shawn Bouwens and manager Ashley Copple-Dunn stand in front of the new Scooter’s Coffee Drive-Thru, Nov. 2020.


Hancock’s Proposal To The City of Fort Scott

Jeff Hancock. Taken from

The community may wonder why the Fort Scott City Commission selected Managment Partner’s Jeff Hancock as the new interim city manager.

The city provided with the contract made with Hancock. See the prior story

Under the scope of services section in the contract with Management Partners mention was made of a letter of proposal to the city on Nov. 10, 2020.

Fort Scott Human Resource Director Deb Needleman provided the proposal letter, below.

November 10, 2020

Deb Needleman, SPHR, IPMA-SCP

Director of Human Resources

City of Fort Scott

123 S. Main Street

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Dear Ms. Needleman:

Thank you for the opportunity to submit a proposal to provide interim city manager services to the City of Fort Scott. Management Partners has the expertise and skills necessary to provide this interim assistance and we would be pleased to do so. Before we tell you about our approach and the consultant we propose for this effort, we would like to share some brief information about our firm.

About Management Partners

Management Partners was founded in 1994 with a specific mission to help local government leaders improve their service to the public. We are a national consulting firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Management Partners has a well-established track record of helping public sector organizations throughout the United States, including all of the services provided by cities, counties, towns and special districts at the local level.

During our 26 years of service, we have earned a national reputation by delivering quality, actionable work products to our clients. We bring extensive experience to this project, along with first-hand knowledge of local government operations. We are distinguished by the fact that each team we assign is led and staffed by associates who have actual experience in direct public service and experience working together as a team. The work we do is not an academic exercise; it is grounded in the real world of customer service and accomplishment in the public sector. As a result, we have a bias for producing value-added work for each client that will be actionable and will be implemented.

The firm is staffed with about 100 professionals who are experienced public service managers as well as qualified management consultants. This group includes generalists as well as subject-matter experts. Our consultants have years of experience working in all aspects of local government management and have built a track record of extraordinary quality service for our clients.

The firm has extensive experience helping improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of local government services. We have completed organizational staffing and improvement projects in virtually every type of local government service, including reviews of entire governments as well as selected studies of individual departments and functional activities.

Management Partners’ services include everything required to support a local government leader, elected or appointed. Our full range of services includes the following:

  • Organizational Analysis and Performance Audits – Also called efficiency studies and organizational reviews, identifies improvements to an operation’s efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Performance Management – Encompasses a wide range of management tools that can be and often are developed independently of one another, including performance management and measurement, process management, performance budgeting, employee performance evaluation and strategic and process benchmarking.
  • Process Improvement – Examines the processes by which customers are served, an important technique for developing a program for operations improvement, including process mapping.
  • Strategic and Business Planning – Can be an important tool for focusing the efforts of an organization and fostering communication between leaders, staff and important stakeholder groups.
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting and Analysis – Assists clients in analyzing their finances and planning for the effective and efficient use of taxpayer or customer dollars.
  • Organizational Development and Training – Helps clients develop organizational capacity, a key to developing high performance organizations. Services include executive coaching, customer service training, employee and customer surveys and conflict management workshops.
  • Sharing and Consolidation of Services – Offers a more efficient way to provide services, particularly on a regional basis. Options range from the complete integration of previously separate jurisdictions to sharing or consolidating the management of individually delivered services and operations.
  • Interim Management – Assists government leaders by providing executive staff during transitional periods. Rather than just “treading water,” our approach to interim management combines continuation services along with organizational effectiveness analysis to provide a solid foundation for a new permanent employee.
  • Executive Recruitment – Identifies top candidates for chief executive officer positions and department director level jobs in local governments.

We offer a balance of perspectives with a practitioner’s bias and a proven track record of successful consulting engagements. This experience gives us a sensitivity that produces positive outcomes. Each of our projects is individually tailored to the unique needs of the client. We have a deep understanding of the service environment of local government and we are proud to say that as a result of our quality work, many of our clients ask us to complete subsequent assignments.

Understanding of the Engagement

We understand you have need for interim city manager services, and possible help recruiting a new permanent city manager. One of our consultants, J. Jeff Hancock, is based in Missouri. He has many years of experience as a city manager/administrator in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. We are proposing that Jeff would provide the interim services and assist with recruitment, if desired. He could begin providing interim services to the City in November on a date to be mutually determined. He is available to serve in this capacity for approximately four months. His brief qualifications are attached.

Jeff would work for and at the direction of Management Partners, while providing the full city manager service you need on an interim basis. Management Partners will provide all insurance, training, and administrative support (including company equipment) as necessary during the assignment. Our commitment is to provide continuous and seamless management services to you during this transition period.

Management Partners will provide interim management consulting services on a monthly basis at a cost of $6,000 per month inclusive of all expenses In addition to Jeff Hancock, Management Partners has other consultants available to provide assistance to Fort Scott, as needed and requested.

We are enclosing a draft contract for your review, and await further direction from you.

We appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance to Fort Scott. Please feel free to contact either myself at 805-320-1702 if you have any questions about this proposal.



Andrew S. Belknap

Senior Vice President


J. Jeff Hancock, Special Advisor

  • Professional manager with 45-year local government career that includes serving as city manager/administrator in seven different cities.
  • Has also served as interim city administrator, assistant city manager, budget officer and manager of economic development; cities served range from 7,700 to 495,000, mostly in Missouri
  • Functions supervised include financial management, human resources, marketing, strategic planning, economic development, airport construction and management, capital improvements, fire, parks and recreation, community services to meet the delivery goals of efficient and effective service.
  • Active leadership in community and regional economic development efforts.
  • Life member of ICMA and Missouri City Management Association; former president of MCMA and Central Missouri Development Corporation and board member of the Missouri Municipal League; active in Lake of the Ozarks Council of Governments, Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council, Johnson County Economic Development Corporation.
  • Recognized with the 2009 Missouri Municipal League’s Innovation Award and the 2005 Missouri City Manager Award.

City Signs On Interim City Manager

J. Jeff Hancock

On November 17, 2020 the City of Fort Scott agreed to hire Jeff Hancock, Camdenton, MO with Management Partners, Inc. as interim city manager, according to the contract shown below.

Management Partners, Inc. is an organization that provides interim managers, Fort Scott  Human Resource Director Deb Needleman said in an email interview. The commissioners were the ones who contacted Management Partners, she said.

The hiring follows the retirement of former city manager Dave Martin in October, 2020.

Hancock’s employment will be for four months (120 days) and may be extended by the city with 15 days written notice prior to the expiration of the initial 4-month term, according to the contract.

Hancock will assist in providing personnel to handle responsibilities as interim city manager.

He will be allowed to establish an appropriate work schedule to meet the needs of the City of Fort Scott.

That work schedule will include, in general, 24 hours worked by Hancock on a weekly basis, with three days on-site in the city.

The compensation is $5,500.00 a month.



To view the entire contract see below:

THIS AGREEMENT, made this 17th day of November, 2020, by and between the City of Fort Scott, Kansas, (hereinafter referred to as the “City”), and Management Partners, Inc., (hereinafter referred to as “Partners”).


WHEREAS, the City wants to obtain interim city manager services, and

WHEREAS, Partners has the ability to provide such services to the City; and

WHEREAS, City desires to engage Partners to assist in providing personnel appropriate to handle responsibilities as interim City Manager for the City. Such interim personnel shall be given all authority to act as the City Manager under state law, or applicable city policies, in addition to any power specifically granted by the Mayor or City Commission to the City Manager. The parties agree that J. Jeff Hancock (“contractor”) shall handle these duties during the term of this Agreement. and Partners is willing to provide such services.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual obligations herein, the parties hereto do mutually agree as follows:

  1. Scope of services. Partners shall assist the City by executing the project described in the proposal submitted dated November 10, 2020 , which is hereby incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit A, in a satisfactory and proper manner in accordance with direction provided by the City Commission or their designee.
    1. Time of Performance. Services of Partners shall be available upon receipt of an approved copy of this Agreement and shall commence on or around November 17, 2020. Services rendered to City by Partners shall be for four months (120 days) and may be extended by the City with 15 days written notice prior to the expiration of the initial 4-month term.

1.2 Compensation and Method of Payment.

Contractor shall be compensated for services rendered to the City of Fort Scott, Kansas pursuant to this agreement in the following manner:

A. The City of Fort Scott understands that the contractor shall be allowed to establish an appropriate work schedule and that the schedule shall be appropriate to the needs of the City of Fort Scott provided that such work schedule shall include, in general, 24 hours worked by the contractor on a weekly basis, with three days on site in the City. The City of Fort Scott shall allow the contractor to faithfully perform his or her assigned duties and responsibilities.

B. In consideration of above Section A, City shall compensate Partners a fee of $5,500.00 a month.

  1. City Responsibilities. City agrees to furnish the assigned contractor all information required to perform services under this Agreement including access to all records of the City. J Jeff Hancock, the assigned contractor, acknowledges that as Interim City Manager, he is subject to all confidentiality requirements of applicable law.
  1. Independent Partners. Neither Partners nor its employees are considered to be employees of the City of Fort Scott, Kansas, for any purpose whatsoever. Partners is an independent contractor in the performance of the services herein described.
  2. Personnel. Partners represents that it has, or will secure at its own expense, all personnel required in performing all of the services required under this Agreement. Such personnel shall not be employees of or have any contractual relationships with the City. All the services required hereunder will be performed by Partners or under its supervision and all personnel engaged in the work shall be fully qualified and shall be authorized or permitted under state and local law to perform such services.
  3. Discrimination Prohibited. In performing the services required hereunder, the Partners shall not discriminate against any person on the basis or race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, age, physical handicap, or disability as defined in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, as now enacted or hereafter emended.
  4. Reports and Information. At such times and in such forms as the City may require, there shall be furnished to the City such statements, records, reports, data, and information, as the City may request pertaining to matters covered by this Agreement. Unless authorized by the City, the Partners will not release any information concerning the work product including any reports or other documents prepared pursuant to this Agreement until the final product is submitted to the City.
  5. Establishment and Maintenance of Records. Records shall be maintained by the Partners in accordance with applicable law and requirements prescribed by the City with respect to all matters covered by this Agreement. Except as otherwise authorized by the City, such records shall be maintained for a period of three (3) years after receipt of final payment under this Agreement.
  6. Assignability. Partners shall not assign any interest in this Agreement and shall not transfer any interest in this Agreement (whether by assignment or novation), without the prior written consent of the City thereto.
  7. Termination for Convenience of City. The City may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving at least fifteen (15) days’ notice in writing to Partners. If Partners is terminated by the City as provided herein, Partners will be paid for the services actually performed to the time of termination.
  8. Insurance and Indemnity.

10.1 The parties agree that the assigned contractor(s) will be serving in the capacity of a public official for the City, and shall be entitled to all the immunities, privileges and protections of that status as set forth by applicable law. City agrees, to the extent allowed by law, to hold Partners and its assigned contractor harmless from any and all claims, actions and damages, including a reasonable attorney fee, resulting from performance of Partners’ services under this Agreement, except for (i) any dishonest, fraudulent, criminal, willful, wanton, intentional or malicious act or course of conduct of the assigned contractor; (ii) any act or course of conduct of the assigned contractor which is not performed on behalf of the City; (iii) any act or course of conduct which is outside the scope of contractor’s service with the City; (iv) any lawsuit brought against assigned contractor or against Partners by the City; (v) any act or omission contrary to or not in furtherance of any adopted city ordinance or policy; or (vi) workers compensation claims, which are covered in a different manner and subject to the provisions of the Kansas Workers’ Compensation Act, K.S.A. 44-501 et seq..

10.2 City recognizes and agrees that all persons assigned by Partners are independent contractors, and not the personnel of Partners. City agrees to hold Partners harmless from all claims it may hereafter have by virtue of any action of the contractor assigned by Partners to City unless Partners, through its own actions or omissions, is wholly or in part at fault.

  1. Construction and Severability. If any part of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such holding will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other part of this Agreement so long as the remainder of the Agreement is reasonably capable of completion.
  2. Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties and supersedes any and all other agreements or understandings, oral or written, whether previous to the execution hereof or contemporaneous herewith.
  3. Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Kansas, and the laws, rules, and regulations of the City of Fort Scott.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the City and Partners have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.

City of Fort Scott, Kansas

Jolynne Mitchell, Mayor



Diane K. Clay, City Clerk

Management Partners, Inc.

Gerald E. Newfarmer, President and CEO

Annual Key Sale Moves To Former Gordman’s Building Nov. 21-28

The 2020 Key Warehouse Sale is located in the former Gordman’s Storefront at 2400 S. Main.

Key Industries Inc. has a long history in Fort Scott.

110 years of experience in the workwear clothing industry, to be exact.

Key provides workwear for rugged use at the best value, according to a press release.

Key Apparel originally made overalls for ranchers, and through the decades has evolved to also make worksite, high visibility,  and fire-resistant apparel.

For several years they have had a warehouse sale in November.

2020 Key Warehouse Sale hours.

“Our 2020 Warehouse Sale is back and bigger than ever,” said Kaden Wimmer, Key’s Social Media Coordinator, in a press release.

There will be local health protocols in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Wimmer.

“With the expansion of the warehouse sale, KEY Industries has decided to move the sale to the former Gordman’s location located at 2400 S Main St., Suite 500 Fort Scott,” he said.

Kids overalls. Submitted photo.

The hours are Saturday, Nov. 21  from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be closeouts on men, women, and kid’s apparel. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Credit Cards will be accepted.

Kid’s tee shirts. Submitted photo.
Overall section. Submitted photo.


“The Annual Warehouse sale has become a Fort Scott community tradition for over a decade,” Wimmer said. “Allowing the community to purchase quality apparel at a discounted price for the holiday shopping season. The warehouse sale brings thousands of community members to Fort Scott for this week-long shopping event.”

Pant section. Submitted photo.


“The expansion of the 2020 Warehouse Sale will provide customers with a more extensive selection of their favorite KEY and Polar King gear. Including Work, Office, Flame Resistant, and Hi-Vis apparel,” he said.


The large space also provides customers a larger space to maintain social distancing while shopping at the event, Wimmer said.

Kids outerwear section. Submitted photo.


“KEY is dedicated to our customer’s health and safety and will take the necessary steps to ensure that the warehouse sale will follow local health protocol,” Wimmer said.




Holiday Pop Up Shop At Old Factory Connections Storefront

Thanksgiving cookies will be for sale at the Creative Sugarplum Shop. Submitted photos.

Local crafts people will have a place to sell their wares at a newly created holiday pop-up shop.

The Creative Sugarplums Pop-up Holiday Shop will be open at the former Factory Connections storefront weekends from November 20 to December 26 along with the weekdays the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The store is located on South Main (aka Hwy. 69) next door to Tractor Supply.
“Due to Covid-19 many individuals who create gifts out of their homes are not able to attend their usual events,” owner Emilia Whiteaker said. “This is my way of helping them.”
There will be community vendors and vendors from neighboring towns, she said.
” We have many great vendors, Locust Hill Lamanchas Goat Milk products, Sew Special Creations, Simply Blessed, Tom’s Benches, 2 Southern Ladies, CR Rustic Creations, RustnStuf and more.”
“We will also have Bijou Confectionary from Humboldt and Sweet Designs Cakery from Pittsburg creating sweet treats to go along with our old fashion candy.”
Samples of candy. Submitted photos.
 “Customers can also Adopt a Grandparent by purchasing an ornament and we will deliver them to all the residents at Fort Scott residential care facilities,” she said.
Submitted photos.
“Momentum Youth Development Foundation will have a photo where, for a donation, families can take their Christmas photos.”
The family photo area at the Creative Sugarplum Holiday Shop. Submitted photos.
There are also youth crafters involved.
 “The youth vendors have handmade soaps, crocheted items and more,” she said.
Submitted photos. A youth vendor booth at the pop-up shop.
“Visitors can also view the Christmas displays featuring vintage toys, ” she said.
Vintage toys will be on display. Submitted photos.
  There is still space available for both youth and adult vendors.
  Contact Whiteaker through e-mail for more information.

Heather Geiger: New FSMS Nurse

Heather Geiger, RN. Submitted photo.
Heather Geiger, RN, is a new nurse at Fort Scott Middle School.
She was born and raised in Fort Scott, graduating from FSHS in 2002.
Geiger then received an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Nursing from Fort Scott Community College in May 2008.
She worked at Mercy Hospital for over 10 years, until they closed in 2018.
“I have three children: Caleb, a senior at FSHS; Cody, a freshman at FSHS; and Cooper, in kindergarten. I have been married to my husband, Thaine, since 2003,” Geiger said.
Geiger began a career in nursing because she liked helping people.
“I decided to become a nurse, a couple of years after graduating high school, because the medical field was something that I found very interesting and I knew that I would always enjoy taking care of people, ” she said.
Her duties?
“As a school nurse, I will be helping all of the students with any medical needs and always be available to help them with anything that they might need,” she said.
“This year, we are blessed to have a nurse at each school: Stacy Sauerwein at Winfield Scott, Tausha Platt at Eugene Ware and Missy Reynolds at FSHS,” Geiger said.
Geiger is replacing Erin Beisley, who worked at both the middle school and high school last year.
She started at the middle school last week, but began training for the position a few weeks ago, she said.
“CHC (Community Health Center) employs the nursing staff now, and that is how we have more positions available,” she said.