Category Archives: Bourbon County

Uniontown FFA Places 5th at Nationals

 Left to Right: Haydon Schaaf, Clay Brillhart, Makenzee Franklin, Nich Hathaway, Scott Sutton.

 

The Uniontown FFA Livestock Judging team placed 5th at the National FFA Livestock Evaluation contest held on October 30th and 31st in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Uniontown represented  Kansas at the national event after earning the opportunity with their state championship win this past May at the Kansas FFA contest.

 

Haydon Schaaf, Clay Brillhart and Nick Hathaway led the team with their gold division finishes.

Makenzee Franklin was also on the team and landed in the silver division.

On day one of the contest members had to place three keep/cull classes of livestock and complete a written exam on their own.

They were then paired up and had to complete a team breeding and marketing activity.

On day two each member had to place eight livestock classes and talk four sets of reasons.

The team is coached by Uniontown FFA Advisor Scott Sutton.

 

Franklin and Hathaway are freshmen at Fort Scott Community College. Franklin is on the livestock judging team at FSCC and Hathaway is on the meat judging team there.

Schaaf is a freshman at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma and is on their livestock judging team.

Brillhart is a junior at Uniontown High School.

 

FS Library Family Party Dec. 16

Come to Fort Scott Public Library for the 5th Annual Holiday Family  Party on Monday, December 16, at 4 p.m.
Miss Val will read and sing with everyone, and then families will experience the party in smaller groups.
Activities for teens will be held upstairs while games, snacks, and crafts for children and adults will be downstairs.
Children first grade and below must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The party will run from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Registration will open at 3:45. 
All kids and teens will receive a gift and book.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Volunteers are needed to help supervise the activities.
Please contact youth librarian Valetta Cannon at vcyouthlib@gmail.com, fill out a donation form at the library, or call 620-223-2882 if you would like to help. Happy Holidays from Fort Scott Public Library!

December Events at Fort Scott Public Library

Submitted by Valetta Cannon, Fort Scott Public Library, Youth Librarian & Assistant Director
December Events at the Fort Scott Public Library
Tuesday, December 3

Royalty Storytime, 10 a.m. at Fort Scott Public Library

Wednesday, December 4
Royalty Storytime, 10 a.m. at Fort Scott Public Library

Wednesday, December 4
Adult Coloring, 2 – 4 p.m. at Fort Scott Public Library

Wednesday, December 4
FIGHTERS Teen & Tween GroupCommunity Service, 4:15 p.m. at Fort Scott Public Library

 
Monday, December 9
Maker Monday: Winter Crafts, 4 – 5 p.m. at Fort Scott Public Library

Tuesday, December 10
Dragons & Fantasy Creatures Storytime, 10 a.m. at Fort Scott Public Library

 
Wednesday, December 11
Dragons & Fantasy Creatures Storytime, 10 a.m. at Fort Scott Public Library 
 
Wednesday, December 11
Adult Coloring, 2 – 4 p.m. at Fort Scott Public Library

Wednesday, December 11
FIGHTERS Teen & Tween Holiday Craft Night, 4:15 at Fort Scott Public Library


Monday, December 16

5th Annual Holiday Family Party, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Fort Scott Public Library
 
Tuesday, December 17
Holidays Storytime, 10 a.m. at Fort Scott Public Library
 
Wednesday, December 18
Holidays Storytime, 10 a.m. at Fort Scott Public Library 
 
Wednesday, December 18
Adult Coloring, 2 – 4 p.m. at Fort Scott Public Library
 
Wednesday, December 18
FIGHTERS Teen & Tween Holiday Games Party, 4 – 6 p.m. at Fort Scott Public Library
 
December 23 – January 1 – No Library Programs due to Holidays.

Succession planning important in rural communities

Carla Nemecek is Southwind District Director and agent.

 

Submitted by Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District Director

Kansas rural business owners, farm and ranch families continuously look at best options for feasibility and profitability– they attend educational meetings, try out new practices, assess any risks involved and talk with their neighbor or consultant. They make numerous decisions from day to day that will affect the operation both now and in the future. The holiday season is a good time to initiate those conversations with family and close friends.

Future sustainability of our local communities also depends on whether the family owned business has planned for succession. The average age of U.S. producers continues to rise and families will need to explore options for the transitional feasibility of current and future operators. Succession planning is a step-by-step process where families work together to develop a plan to incorporate the next owner and pass on knowledge and resources that will sustain the operation.

It can be challenging and difficult to begin developing a succession plan and find guidance moving forward. This is where a succession planning facilitator plays a key role.

The facilitator can help the family identify strengths, barriers and opportunities as they pass the farm business on to the next generation. They guide family members to resources and individuals who can help them find the information they need to develop an effective succession plan with help from facilitators and mediators from Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services, a program administered by K-State Research and Extension.

A facilitated meeting is described as guiding participants through shared discussions about important issues. Facilitators help families set an agenda and guide the process for planning their succession. The facilitator works to enable all voices to be heard within a respectful environment. While the facilitator remains neutral with the content of the discussion, they help everyone keep track of the substantive issues and options raised by the family as they chart their path forward.

Trained facilitators have experience working with Kansas farm and ranch families. They offer guidance and support as families cultivate options for creating a succession plan. Facilitation services can be requested by calling Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services at 800-321-3276.

Families may also visit the succession planning website and navigate through a variety of resources, such as “Transition Planning: 12 Steps to Keep the Family Farming” and more topic-focused areas such as estate planning or “FamilyTALK.” The website is available at Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services.

Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services is administered by K-State Research and Extension. The program supports Kansas producers in resolving a variety of agricultural-related concerns and maintains confidentiality during the process. Information and guidance on any ag-related issue will be provided at no cost through our toll-free hotline, 1-800-321-3276 FREE or visit our website at Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services.


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

Bourbon County Commission Agenda for Nov. 19

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: November 19, 2019

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45 – Jim Harris

9:45-10:00 – Patty Love – Executive Session – Non-elected

10:00-10:30 – Jody Hoener – Property Tax & NRP

10:30-11:00 – David Neville – Elevator Repair

11:00-11:15 – Justin Meeks – Executive Session

Free Luncheon For Local Entrepreneurs Nov. 19

Calling all local entrepreneurs &
aspiring entrepreneurs!
You are invited to a
FREE LUNCHEON
in celebration of
Global Entrepreneurship Week!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
12 to 1pm
Empress Event Center
Downtown Fort Scott, 7 N. Main St.
(parking in both front & back)
Click here to RSVP for lunch.
Agenda will feature:
Erin Vann & Trisha Newton
Local entrepreneurs
with remarks on experience
with e-commerce business Highway3
In addition to:
Several FSHS Students
in the Business/Entrepreneurship Class
sharing their YEC Projects they are working on in preparation for a March contest hosted by the
Bourbon County E-Community.
With time for networking and questions.
We hope you will join us!
For more info. on GEW, click here.
For info. on YEC, click here.
Event hosted by:
Bourbon County E-Community
A program of the
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
In partnership with Network Kansas

American Legion Riders Chapter 25 Chartered

ALR Area Director: Rodney “Whiskey” Robson and ALR Chapter 25 President Jessica “Woman” Allison.

American Legion Riders Chapter 25 was chartered yesterday by Kansas ALR Area Director: Rodney “Whiskey” Robson.

The following Chapter 25 Officers were elected:

Director. Jessica “Woman” Allison
Assistant Director. Larry “Larry” Hillburn
Treasurer. Darrell ‘Big Red” Spencer
Secretary. Carl “Dog Robber” Jowers
Sgt. at Arms. Robert “Jake” Campbell
Asst. Sgt. at Arms. Marcus “Marcus” Page.

Also in attendance were new members Marilyn ‘Lady M” Gilmore and Myra “Sassy” Jowers. James “Big Sexy” Allison submitted a new member application but was unable to attend the meeting. Several other Legion Family members have expressed interest in joining ALR Chapter 25, but have not yet submitted their applications.

ALR Chapter 25 will be accepting new charter member applications until December 2.

To join, you must own a motorcycle of at least 250 cc’s or have a motorcycle endorsement but be unable to ride due to health issues. Also, you be a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion.

Post 25 invites all Riders from nearby American Legion Posts to join ALR Chapter 25. You DO NOT have to transfer your Legion membership to join us. Just be a current member in good standing at your Post.

ALR Chapter 25 will be accepting new charter member applications until December 2.

To join, you must own a motorcycle of at least 250 cc’s or have a motorcycle endorsement but be unable to ride due to health issues. Also, you be a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion.

Post 25 invites all Riders from nearby American Legion Posts to join ALR Chapter 25. You DO NOT have to transfer your Legion membership to join us. Just be a current member in good standing at your Post.

Anyone interested in joining ALR Chapter 25 and the American Legion family should email Carl Jowers at ksalrchapter25@gmail.com for more information.

 

ALR Chapter 25 Charter

 

American Legion Riders Charter Nov. 16

American Legion Post 25 has reached 102.63% in membership.  The 2020 goal was 76 members. Today’s Department membership report has Post 25 at 78 members, including nine new members.
This is the 4th consecutive year for reaching 100% membership.
American Legion Riders Chapter will be chartered Saturday, November 16 at 10 am in Memorial Hall.
Riders membership is open to any American Legion family member who owns a motorcycle of at least 250 c’s.
A spouse of a motorcycle owner can also join the American Legion Riders, provided they are also a member of the Legion, Auxiliary or Sons.
Carl Jowers can sign up any eligible Legion family members tomorrow before the chartering ceremony. Plan on arriving early to complete the membership application.
Please share the word about the Riders Chapter chartering ceremony tomorrow.
Carl Jowers. Post 25 Commander.

No Parking on Clay Street For Those Picking Up West Bourbon Elementary Students

Effective December 1, 2019, as ordered by the City of Uniontown in agreement with USD#235, there will be no parking on Clay Street between Third and Fifth Streets.

This decision was made in light of a near accident and with the safety of all our walking students in mind.

Signage has been ordered and will be posted as soon as it arrives.

We would ask for your compliance with this decision despite the inconvenience it may cause.

 

West Bourbon Elementary students who are being picked up will be required to enter the gym and be picked up along the east side of the building.

Adequate supervision is available to ensure that students are picked up in a safe and timely manner.

Students who are walking home will be escorted to Clay street.

 

Submitted by Uniontown City Clerk Sally Johnson.

Bourbon County Commission Minutes of Oct. 21

 

October 21, 2019                                                    Monday 9:00 am

The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with Commissioners Oharah and Fischer, the County Counselor and the County Clerk present.

Tammy Helm with the Fort Scott Tribune was also present.

Jim Harris & Jerad Heckman with Road & Bridge met with the Commissioners; they have been making ice chips, making asphalt for the City of Fort Scott and hauling gravel to the Garland area.  They have been working on Xavier between 85-95th, as well as working near the Phillips property at 205th & Justice Lane.  Jerad reported they had bladed Zinc between Highway 39 & 115th.  They plan to start reclaiming the road North of KOA Campground this week.  They will finish Yale Road this week.

Jim Harris said they will be installing an electronic crossing for USD 235 on October 25th.

Justin Meeks said he would prepare a resolution regarding budgeting for ambulance service.

Emergency Manager Will Wallis met with the Commissioners to discuss the debris removal from the damage after the summer flooding; Will said he had received four bids for debris removal, but is expecting two more bids.  Will asked the Commissioners to decide who should win the bid once he receives all bids.  Justin Meeks will draw up a contract for the debris removal.  Will said they have a burn permit at the Landfill for the debris.  The County will do the burning and burying of the debris.

Jeff discussed a letter from the Kansas Renewable Energy Conference from Governor Laura Kelly; the letter discussed the growth in the renewable energy sector in Kansas.

Gregory Vahrenberg with Raymond James Public Finance met with the Commissioners, also present were Ben Cole, Bobby Reed, Bill Martin, Leslie Herrin (videotaping) and Patty Love.  Bill Martin said a comment was made during budgeting about a decline in the jail sales tax so he asked Mr. Vahrenberg (Mr. Vahrenberg previously worked for Piper Jaffray and did the financial aid feasibility study when the jail was voted on) to do an analysis of the jail sales tax.  Mr. Vahrenberg said in 2015 the voters approved .40% sales tax to be used for the construction of the jail; $6,850,000 was paid for the construction and $1,770,000 for the jail pods.  The additional money collected from the sales tax was to be used to pay additional money on the bonds, refurbish or remodel the old jail space and operations.  The Commissioners asked Mr. Vahrenberg for clarification on the ballot language that was voted on.  Mr. Vahrenberg estimated in 2018 that there would be $8,654 in the annual excess sales and use tax revenue (this amount is expected to increase each year) after the jail series 2015 debt service, the pods 2016 debt service payments and the $200,000 in operating expenses were paid; he estimated the annual excess sales and use tax to grow each year and said that this excess could be a cushion used in years when the sales tax revenue is down.  Mr. Vahrenberg said the sales tax would have to drop dramatically for the County to not be able to make the payments, he said sales tax is tricky to predict and can be deceiving.  He said he didn’t see something that stands out as a concern and said he didn’t see a reason to be alarmed.  Bill questioned when the County should be alarmed; Mr. Vahrenberg said a 25% decrease in tax collection would be a concern.  Currently the County is down approximately 9% in sales tax revenue.  He said $200,000 has been budgeted in operating expense that could be used as a cushion if needed.   Mr. Vahrenberg said there will be years when there will be a growth in sales tax and years where there is a decrease in sales tax.

At 12:05, Lynne made a motion to break for lunch and reconvene at 1:00, Jeff seconded the motion.

Nick Ruhl arrived at the Commission meeting.

The Noxious Weed department sprayed chemicals at the Law Enforcement building and billed them for the chemicals; Bill Martin didn’t feel they should have to pay for the chemicals.  Lynne made a motion to keep the billing the same as it is and bill them for the chemicals, Jeff seconded and all approved.

Jeff made a motion that the Commissioners sign a real estate contract and warranty deed to give the former Noxious Weed building in Uniontown to the City of Uniontown for $0, Nick seconded and all approved and signed the contract and warranty deed.

On 10/30/2019, Jeff plans to attend a moderated conversation meeting regarding wind energy in Hepler and in Fort Scott.

Lynne made a motion to go into a 10 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel, Nick seconded and all approved, (the session included the Commissioners and Justin Meeks).  No action was taken.

At 3:40, Lynne made a motion to adjourn, Jeff seconded and all approved.

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

Lynne Oharah, Chairman

Jeff Fischer, Commissioner

Nick Ruhl, Commissioner

ATTEST:

Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk

10/29/2019, Approved Date

Bourbon County Commission Minutes of Oct. 15

October 15, 2019                                           Tuesday 9:00

The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with Commissioners Oharah and Fischer present.  The County Counselor and the County Clerk were also present.

Jason Silvers with the Fort Scott Tribune, Nancy & Kerry Van Etten and Julie Saker each attended a portion of the Commission meeting.

Michael Hoyt met with the Commissioners to clarify his request from the last time he met with the Commissioners; he said he would like for the County to engage Emergency Manager Will Wallis to test or evaluate all EOP plans in place to see if there is room for improvement.  Mr. Hoyt said the USD 234 plan fell apart in two areas on September 3, 2019 when there was an intruder; the 911 system and notifying the parents of students of the incident.  Lynne Oharah said he had a conversation with Will Wallis and asked what the County’s responsibility was for those plans; Will said he was asked to critique USD 234’s plan, he said he did and felt it was a good plan.  Mr. Hoyt said they had an event or incident and said there was no reason why the County leadership couldn’t take control and evaluate the plans.  Lynne said he would discuss this with Will Wallis again.

Jim Harris and Jerad Heckman met with the Commissioners; Jim said they are mowing and crushing.  He said they are making chips at the Beth Quarry.  The County is making 1,400 tons of asphalt for the City of Fort Scott.  He said they did a 23,000 ton blast.  Jim Harris said they will be doing a snow drill this week.

Lynne said there are potholes at the north end of Devon that need filled and said a culvert may be needed; Jim said they would send the pothole patcher to the area.

Jeff made a motion that Kendell send all department heads a memo asking that they watch and control their overtime since we are over budget in employee benefits (taxes and KPERS are based on compensation, and are elevated due to the extra overtime), Lynne seconded the motion.  Jeff said we need to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money and said if we don’t reduce expenses it will require a reduction in force.

Jeff discussed the work done on Ironwood and the collapsed culvert there; he said the County did an amazing job there; he complimented the work that Jared Lord did.

Jeff discussed Mr. Phillips property on Justin Lane; he said there is water running from a spring or from a runoff, Mr. Phillips asked that ditching be done there.  Jim Harris said he would view the area.

Lynne reported that 125th & Osage going east and west needs gravel.

Lynne made a motion to go into a 5 minute executive session for confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships, Jeff seconded and all approved, (the session included the Commissioners Justin Meeks and Jody Hoener).  No action was taken.

Bill Martin, Ben Cole, Bobby Reed and Leslie Herrin (who was videotaping the meeting) met with the Commissioners to discuss a bill the Sheriff’s department received from Noxious Weed.  Bill said he had requested gravel (which they have not received) for an area on the north side of the Sheriff’s building.  Bill said they received a $566 bill from Noxious Weed for chemical spraying done by the Sheriff’s building.  Bill suggested that the bill be written off since the property belongs to the County.  Jim Harris said Noxious Weed has to purchase the chemicals and said if Noxious Weed sprays at the Landfill then the Landfill pays for the chemicals.  Jeff questioned how the bill for spraying is different than the bill for fuel delivered to the Law Enforcement Center for the generator; Bill said the fuel for the generator should be paid out of operations.  Jim Harris said they mow the area, but do not send a bill for mowing.  Lynne said they would discuss the bill for spraying with Nick Ruhl when he returns.  Jim Harris said there is a $506 delinquent bill owed from the Law Enforcement Center to Road & Bridge for fuel that was delivered for the generator; however, it was later stated that the $506 bill had been paid.

Julie Saker briefly met with the Commissioners; she announced that she was planning to run for Sheriff in 2020.

Jody Hoener met with the Commissioners; she discussed the event center, she said she and Rod Markin had attended a work group meeting and did site visits.  She said the next step is to do business (to see if there is a need for the facility) & resident surveys.  Jody said she needed to put out a press release to businesses and residents to identify long term property tax goals. Jody said the average mill levy for Bourbon County is 180.77 (which is the 11th highest in the state of Kansas).  Jody suggested adding value to help reduce the mill levy and to obtain a long term goal (by 2030) of an average mill levy of 158.61.  Lynne made a motion to accept this goal, Jeff seconded and the motion passed.    Jody said that Jim Keller and Steve Buerge had both made contributions towards having the market demand study done.

Jeff Fischer discussed the St. Martins Academy on Indian Road; he said he had met with Daniel Kerr, Mr. Kerr said they did not want regulations or restrictions, but asked that the County place school zone signs (without restricting or reducing the speed limit at this time).  Jim Harris recommended 45 mph since this was the current speed limit in the area.  Jeff said that St. Martins had constructed a bridge and pathway for the students to use to keep them from walking on Indian Road.  Jeff made a motion to direct Jim Harris to install school zone & warning signs with a 45 mph speed limit, Lynne seconded and the motion passed.

William Laporte from Hidden Valley met with the Commissioners; he said they have received good service from the Sheriff’s department.  He said recently the club house alarm had gone off, but it was a false alarm;

he said he wanted to contact the Sheriff’s department to notify them of the false alarm so they didn’t make the trip to Hidden Valley, but said he had to call 911 to cancel the call, but said his 911 call went to Linn County.  He questioned if it was true that only 2 deputies were on duty at one time and asked if it was too expensive to add more deputies; Lynne said the tax payers do not want their taxes to go up.  Mr. Laporte asked about Yale Road; Lynne said it would eventually be paved.

Sparky Schroeder met with the Commissioners and Jim Harris; he said the base on 230th is coming apart, Jim Harris said the asphalt came apart but said the base did not.  Jim said they did a good job on the base of the road and said if it fails they will fix it.  Mr. Schroeder said if it’s a blacktop issue, what are they doing to fix; Jim said it is unpredictable in what asphalt will do.

Mike & Judy Wilson met with the Commissioners regarding Unity & 75th Terrace; Mr. Wilson said the gravel had washed off of the road and said the road needs a crown or peak so that the water can run off.  Jim Harris said they would view the road.

Justin Meeks reported that the City of Uniontown had accepted the real estate contract for the Noxious Weed building in Uniontown; he said he would discuss this at the next Commission meeting when Nick was present.

Lynne gave Justin Meeks permission to attend the KAC conference in November, Jeff seconded and the motion passed.

Justin Meeks discussed the tax sale and said that the tax sale is progressing; he said the publication for the tax sale cost $10,000.

Lynne made a motion to go into a 5 minute executive session for consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship, Jeff seconded the motion, (the session included the Commissioners and Justin Meeks).  No action was taken.

At 11:23, Lynne made a motion to adjourn and Jeff seconded.

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

Lynne Oharah, Chairman

Jeff Fischer, Commissioner

ATTEST:

 

Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk

10/21/2019, Approved Date