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Bourbon County Commission Agenda For Dec. 5

The Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National Avenue.

The Bourbon County Commission Room meets on the 2nd Floor of the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National Ave. at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Today, December 5, 2017, the agenda is:

9-9:45 a.m.-Jim Harris

9 a.m.-Motor Grader Bid Opening

9:30 a.m.-Open Bank Bids for 2018 Mac Dump Truck

9:45-10:15 a.m.-Commissioners consider and take action on any and all questions or issues which may arise regarding the law enforcement project.

10:15-10:30 a.m.-  Bill Martin

10:30-10:45 a.m.-KCAMP and Cereal Malt Beverages Licenses

10:45-11 a.m.-2018 Wages

11:00-11:15 a.m.-Justin Meeks

11:30-11:45 a.m.-Clint Anderson

Commissioners will be gone by noon.

1st District Commissioner is Lynne Oharah,2nd District-Jeff Fischer, 3rd District-Nick Ruhl, County Clerk-Kendell Mason.

 

 

HPA’s Annual Fundraising Event Concludes

To help meet the Historic  Preservation Association of Bourbon County’s goal to save historic buildings in Fort Scott, money has been raised since 1980 in their annual Homes for the Holidays tour. This year in addition to four homes showcased and a shopping event offered, a quilt show was added along with a Christmas tree contest.

 

This year, the Ed and Christine Lundberg home on Friday evening was the first part of the HPA’s tour, called Moonlight and Mistletoe. The home was built in 1970s contemporary style. Guests were limited to 100 and appetizers were served.

The doorman greets visitors at the Lundberg home on Lees Circle Drive Friday evening.
Deb Martin takes a photo of Carl Repp, Dande Lyon Vredenburg, Christine and Ed Lundberg at the Moonlight and Mistletoe Event.
Jeff and Vera Norris get a tour of the Ed and Christine Lundberg home.
Crystal Mason, Elaine Kirby, and Bernita Hill share a conversation during Moonlight and Mistletoe evening Friday.
Piles of food were provided by the Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County at the Lundberg home.

The Stocking Stuffer shopping event was held Saturday and Sunday at Fort Scott Middle School also as part of  Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County’s fundraising.

Mercy Hospital Auxilary volunteers work a booth at the Stocking Stuffer.
Shoppers pick out gifts at a booth during the Stocking Stuffer at Fort Scott Middle School Saturday morning.

Three Homes for the Holiday were decorated for the tour.

The Nate and Bailey Lyons home at 919  Burke was built nearly 100 years ago by Charles Gunn and completed renovated into a contemporary family home by the Lyons.

The completely remodeled kitchen of the Lyons home.
The living room, which was completely renovated in the Lyons home.

The Bob and Terri Taylor home at 315 Holbrook was built in the 1880s in the Victorian style.

Visitors admire the front room of the Taylor home Saturday morning during the tour.
A hostess tells of the home’s history during the tour.

The Shiney Studio, 2nd Street and National Avenue, is the former St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

DandeLyon Vredenburg greets visitors to the Shiney Studio in costume as Cindy Lou Who.
Visitors were given tours of the Shiney Studio which included the private home of DandeLyon Vredenburg along with other businesses.

The Presbyterian Village Christmas Tree Contest was part of the Homes for the Holiday tour for the first time this year. The village is an assisted living facility.

Pictured are some of the trees that were stationed around the assisted living facility at 2401 S. Horton.

 

A quilt show was a feature of the Homes for the Holidays tour for 2017, which was located in the Beaux Arts Center, north of the Fort Scott Post Office.

Denise Duncan stands before a few of the quilts that were part of the quilt show. The Duncan’s own the Beaux Arts Center.
Some of the quilts that were displayed as part of the Homes for the Holidays tour.

 

 

Fort Scott National Historic Site Candlelight Tour

A visitor catches the full moon over the fort on his cell phone during the candlelight tour Saturday evening.

Fort Scott National Historic Site celebrated its 175th anniversary by presenting the 36th annual Candlelight Tour Friday and Saturday evenings.

The theme for this year’s candlelight tour: “Happiness Amid Hardship.”

The tour featured five scenes from the 1840s at Fort Scott, the years that it was an active frontier military fort.

Traditionally, the site’s candlelight tour has been “ghosted,” meaning that the reenactors in the scene do not interact with or even recognize the people on the tour.

This year, the staff encouraged some audience participation in most of the scenes, which made the scenes fun and engaging.

The full moon as a backdrop to the tour added to the ambiance of the evening. Temperatures in the 50s added to the enjoyment as well.

Visitors get information from Park Guide Tiffany on the scene that is about to be portrayed on the Fort Scott National Historic Site Candlelight Tour Saturday evening.
Visitors are invited to join in dancing at the dragoon barracks in this scene.
Enlisted men are treated gruffly in this scene.
There is a discussion of reasons why soldiers are going to become Oregon pioneers in this scene at the sutler building.
Men enjoy visiting during this scene at the fort’s store.
Visitors participated in an evening social at the officers’ quarters, amidst gossiping and matchmaking activities in this scene.
There was singing of Christmas carols led by Ralph Carlson and also refreshments offered in the Grand Hall at the end of the tour.

Christmas In The Park

A sneak preview of Gunn Park before the first viewing Friday evening showed some of the hard work that had been put into Christmas in the Park, a community holiday event.

Diana Mitchell and Tom Robertson work on last minute details Friday evening before the first showing of Christmas in the Park in Gunn Park.
The big rock shelter house at Gunn Park is lit by Christmas lights Friday evening as part of Christmas in the Park.
The small rock pavilion on a hill in Gunn Park is decorated with lights for Christmas in the Park.
The nativity scene is lit in preparation for the Bethel Community Church Live Nativity.
Fort Scott Recreation Department decorated a shelter house in Gunn Park for Christmas in the Park.
The big rock shelter house was decorated for Christmas in the Park by Niece Products of Kansas.

Fort Scott Commission Agenda And Minutes

AGENDA  FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION FORT SCOTT CITY HALL COMMISSION ROOM 123 SOUTH MAIN DECEMBER 5, 2017, 4 P.M.

  1. ROLL CALL:

ADAMS BARTELSMEYER NICHOLS PARKER MITCHELL

  1. FLAG SALUTE

III. INVOCATION: Pastor Paul Rooks, Grace Baptist Tabernacle

  1. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS: Introduction of new employee
  2. CONSENT AGENDA:
  3. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of November 21st, 2017.
  4. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1204-A totaling $319,308.23.

VII. APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE:
  2. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute limit per citizen)
  3. PUBLIC HEARINGS/COMMENTS: 4:15 p.m. – Vacation of Street/Alley – 18 feet of the alley between Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12, Block 14, South Side Park Addition lying between the South line of 19th Street to the North line of 20th Street between Crawford and Eddy Streets AND the 60’ street of Crawford Street lying between 19th and 20th Street adjacent on the West of Lots 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12, Block 14, Southside Park Addition to the City of Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas and lying adjacent on the East of Lots 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11, Block 13, Southside Park Addition to the City of Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas – Approval of Ordinance No. 3521

VIII. CONSIDERATION:

  1. Consideration of a Conditional Use Permit to operate a private

secondary school at 1950 Indian Road

  1. Consideration of change of zoning from C-2 (Restricted Commercial) to I-2 (Heavy Industrial) for the property known as

AGENDA FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION FORT SCOTT CITY HALL COMMISSION ROOM 123 SOUTH MAIN DECEMBER 5, 2017 4:00 P.M. the vacant land south of 2500 Liberty Bell Road – Approval of Ordinance No. 3522

  1. Consideration of change of zoning from C-2 (Restricted Commercial) to I-2 (Heavy Industrial) for the property known as the land south of 2503 South Main – Approval of Ordinance No. 3523
  2. Consideration of change of zoning from R-2 (Residential Zoned) to C-2 (Commercial) for the property known as the northwest corner of 19th and Crawford – Approval of Ordinance No. 3524
  3. Consideration of Water Rate Increase – Ordinance No. 3525
  4. Consideration of Wastewater Rate Increase – Ordinance No. 3526
  5. Consideration of Stormwater Rate Increase – Ordinance No. 3527
  6. Rejection of Woodland Hills Golf Cart Shed Bids
  7. Consideration to set Budget Amendment date

10.Consideration of the Governing Body of the City of Fort Scott, Kansas amending the project plan and development agreement regarding the 2322 S. Main Redevelopment District within the City. Approval of Ordinance No. 3528, Project Plan and Development Agreement

11.Consideration of three year contract with KCAMP for Member

Contribution Credit and Rate Stabilization Program

12.Consideration of Proposed Salary Ordinance No. 3529

  1. COMMENTS:
  2. Director Updates:
  3. Commission:
  4. City Attorney:
  5. Director of Finance:
  6. City Manager:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

I MOVE THAT THE CITY COMMISSION RECESS INTO EXECUTIVE

AGENDA FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION FORT SCOTT CITY HALL COMMISSION ROOM 123 SOUTH MAIN DECEMBER 5, 2017 4:00 P.M. SESSION FOR ________________________________ IN ORDER TO (see below justification) DISCUSS ______________________________________. THE

EXECUTIVE SESSION WILL BE ___________ MINUTES AND THE OPEN

MEETING TO RESUME AT ________________.

Justifications for Executive Sessions:

  • Personnel matters of 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 or representatives 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
  1. MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT: ROLL CALL

CITY OF FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 21, 2017 Regular Meeting #21

CITY OF FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 21, 2017 Regular Meeting #21

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held November 21st, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.

ROLL CALL: Commissioners Bartelsmeyer, Nichols and Parker were present with Mayor Mitchell presiding. Commissioner Adams was absent.

INVOCATION: Pastor Paul Martin, Children’s Minister, Community Christian Church, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the city and all government officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Travis Shelton, Rachel Pruitt, Deb Needleman, Cheryl Adamson, Chad Brown, Bill Lemke, Daryl Parker, Barbara Ritter, Bryan Ritter, Jody Hoener, Roy Hoener, Paul Martin, Clayton Miller, Michael Mix, Rhonda Dunn, Jessica Schenkel, Cory Schenkel, Justin Dye, Blake Sloup, Margo Stockert, and Jason Silvers, representing the Fort Scott Tribune.

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS:

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND APPROPRIATIONS/CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of November 7th, 2017.
  2. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1203-A totaling $191,896.81.
  3. Christmas Parade Permit Form- December 5th, 2017.

Nichols moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.

APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE: None
  2. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute

limit per citizen) – None

  1. PUBLIC HEARINGS: None

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CITY OF FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 21, 2017 Regular Meeting #21

CONSIDERATION:

  1. Approval of updated Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention – Ordinance No. 3520 – Michael Mix, Public Utilities Director, informed the Commission that the current ordinance regarding cross connection and backflow prevention was adopted in 1992. This ordinance prohibits the cross connection between the public water supply and any other water or substance of questionable or unknown quality or any substance which would degrade the public water supply and to provide for maintenance of a continuing effecting cross control program. Over the years, the City has updated their codes, but this ordinance has never been updated. He thanked Bill Lemke for his hard work with this ordinance.

Bartlesmeyer moved to approve Ordinance No. 3520 providing for Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3520 REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 3048 AND REPLACING WITH ORDINANCE NO 3520 REGARDING CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL AND BACKFLOW PREVENTION AND PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES THEREOF.

  1. Adoption of PedNet Coalition – Healthy Bourbon County Action Team Plan – Jody Hoener, Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, informed the Commission that a public unveiling of the plan was held last Tuesday. The purpose is to adopt a non-motorized transportation plan which will help address barriers towards a healthier community and provide more access to transportation options and healthy food choices. The plan is broken out into four sections: Trails; Bike Infrastructure; Crosswalks and Signage; and Sidewalks. The total budget for this plan is over $4,000,000. These projects will be focused on one at a time and take many years to complete. She asked the City Commission to formally adopt the Master Non-Motorized Transportation Plan for the City of Fort Scott.

City Manager said that this plan will eventually incorporate into the City’s Comprehensive Plan and can be referred to when projects are looked at.

Nichols moved to approve the adoption of the Master Non- Motorized Transportation Plan for the City. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE ADOPTION OF THE MASTER NON- MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT.

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CITY OF FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 21, 2017 Regular Meeting #21

COMMISSION/STAFF:

  1. Director Updates: Rachel Pruitt – Rachel introduced two guests that were present at the meeting from Sol Purpose. Blake Sloup and Justin Dye were present and gave an update on their company. They recently finished up a solar renewable energy project at Sharky’s where they installed solar plates at the roof of their building and also installed energy efficiency upgrades. They have saved the company approximately $1,600 in energy costs already. They said they would be willing to visit with any commercial business or residential household that is interested in solar renewable energy.

Rachel also introduced Brian and Barbara Ritter with the Boiler Room Brewhaus who had just received their State licensing to open up the brewery at 102 S. National. They plan to have an open house on January 6th, 2018 and invited all to attend.

  1. City Commission:

Adams – Not present.

Bartelsmeyer – Nothing to report.

Parker – Nothing to report.

Nichols – Nothing to report.

Mitchell – Shared a flyer with the Commission that she received at the Fort Scott Public Library Board meeting showing all the benefits they offer.

  1. City Attorney: Nothing to report.
  2. Director of Finance: Nothing to report.
  3. City Manager:
  4. Bridal Veil/2nd Street Park – City Manager said that there is a group that is looking at this park and will come to the City with a proposal in the near future. It was removed from the agenda due to this fact.
  5. Employee Christmas bonus – City Manager asked the Commission if they would consider giving the Christmas bonus to City employees again this year with the exception of the City Attorney and himself. He recommended $100.00 to full time employees, $50.00 to regular part time employees and $25.00 for part time employees.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the Christmas bonus. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

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CITY OF FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 21, 2017 Regular Meeting #21

APPROVED THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BONUS OF $100.00 FOR ALL FULL TIME EMPLOYEES, $50.00 FOR REGULAR PART TIME EMPLOYEES AND $25.00 FOR PART TIME EMPLOYEES. THIS BONUS WILL EXCLUDE DAVE MARTIN, CITY MANAGER, AND BOB FARMER, CITY ATTORNEY.

  1. City Christmas Party – City Manager reminded the Commission the City Employee Christmas party is December 12th, 2017 at Buck Run Community Center at 6:00 p.m.
  2. Next City Commission meeting – City Manager reminded the Commission that the next Commission meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. on December 5th, 2017 due to the Christmas parade.
  3. City Manager wished all a Happy Thanksgiving! He is excited about

all that is happening in our community.

ADJOURNMENT:

Nichols moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:35 p.m. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

ADJOURNED MEETING AT 6:35 P.M.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on December 5th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

RECORDED BY:

____________________ DIANE K. CLAY CITY CLERK

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Beacon Still Has Older Children In Need of Christmas Presents

Sue Emmons, executive director of The Beacon.

The Beacon is a helping agency that during the Christmas season is the go-through agency for Adopt-A-Child.

This program helps provide Christmas presents to families with children up to fifth-grade age.

Currently, all families have been adopted, but “I have a few families that have older children that need presents,” Sue Emmons, executive director of the Beacon said. “Several grandparents on fixed incomes are raising grandchildren.”

For the Christmas Adopt-A-Child, sponsors are asked to choose only one clothing item and/or one gift item for each child, with a $30 per child limit.

Stated needs are asked to be purchased before toys.

The gifts are asked to be gift wrapped and tagged with the child’s first name and family member and delivered to Community Christian Church, 1919 Horton, not later than December 18, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“We also handle the Elks Christmas Food Basket,” Emmons said. “It’s a generous Christmas basket they deliver.”

For more information contact Emmons at 620-223-6869 during office hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As a helping agency, the Beacon follows these guidelines:

Food Assistance Guidelines

 

 

Presbyterian Village Christmas Tree Contest

Anicia Robinson, activities director at Presbyterian Village shows one her favorite trees in the contest Thursday morning while waiting for the judges to arrive.

New to the Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County’s Homes for the Holidays Tour, December 2 and 3, is Presbyterian Village, an assisted living facility at 2401 S. Horton.

“At this location, we are showcasing the Christmas tree decorating contest in Fort Scott where over 15 trees were entered and are all uniquely decorated using creativity and class,” Ginger Nance, executive director of Presbyterian Village, said.

Christmas trees are displayed throughout the facility.

Dr. Grant Hartman, daughter, Zoey, and wife, Dr. Heather Davis, decorate a tree Thursday morning for the Presbyterian Village Christmas Tree Contest. They own Hartman Spine and Joint.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals could enter the tree decorating contest.

Since Presbyterian Village is in the Homes for the Holidays tour the Christmas trees will be on display the same hours on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information contact the village at 620-644-4362.

 

 

Fort Scott Christmas Parade Dec. 5

The theme of this year’s Fort Scott Christmas Parade is Christmas Vacation. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Third and Main Streets, heading north on Main to Skubitz Plaza.

“People can have fun with that,” Lindsay Madison, executive director of Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce said. “They can play off the movie by the same name or what they do on Christmas vacation.”

To register for a parade entry go online to http://fortscott.com 

or stop by the Chamber office at 231 E. Wall.

Prizes will be awarded for first place, $75; second place, $50 and third place, $25. Briggs Automall of Fort Scott is providing the prize money.

New this year is a theme decorated golf cart category, with a $25 prize for the winning entry.

Fort Scott Recreation Department will offer free hot chocolate before and during the parade.

The parade entries will exit the parade at Skubitz Plaza, past the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The tree will be lit following the parade by Mayor JoLynne Mitchell.

Pre-register for children lucky-draw prizes at Papa Don’s Restaurant, 10. N. Main prior to the parade. Pre-registration is from Friday, Dec. 1 until Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. when the parade starts.

Names for lucky-draw prizes will be drawn following the parade for children. Categories are as follows: ages 3-8, both boys and girls; 9-14, both boys and girls and one prize for children 14-18 years old. The drawing will take place after the Christmas tree lighting.

Mayor Mitchell will give some brief comments, then Santa will go to Papa Don’s Restaurant Celebration Room for children to visit with him.

Each child that comes to visit Santa at Papa Don’s will receive a book, compliments of USD 234.

Fort Scott High School Pride Club students will have Christmas crafts for children to do while waiting in line for Santa in the big room of the restaurant.

Walgreen Drug Store will take a free 4 X6 inch photograph of children with Santa. The photo may be picked at the store, later.

 

 

 

Werling Book Signing

Local author Cathy Werling will have an author reading and book signing of her book “Why Did Grandpa Cry” at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, December 9 at the Lowell Milken Center, Wall and Main Streets.

For more information contact the center at 620-223-1312

KState Extension: Christmas Trees-Tips for Selection and Care

Submitted by Krista Harding, KState Extension Southwind District

The selection and purchase of a Christmas tree has become an annual tradition for many families who chose a real tree over an artificial substitute. For many, bringing home a tree is often the kick-off of the holiday season. Today, live trees can be found just about anywhere you look such as retail lots, shopping centers and the ever popular choose-and-cut farms. Of course, real trees do require some extra care to keep them looking good through the holiday season.

When choosing a tree, freshness is the most important factor. Purchasing trees that have already been cut for a period of time are probably the most difficult trees to keep fresh and fragrant due to the length of time from cutting until the tree is placed in the home. A fresh tree should have a healthy, green appearance without a lot of dead or browning needles. As you stroke the tree, needles should not come off into your hand. Another good test to do before buying a tree is to raise the trunk a few inches off of the ground and then drop the tree on the cut end. When this is done, only a few, inner dried needles should fall, and certainly not any green outer needles.

Once the tree is brought home, its continued freshness will depend on the type of care that is provided. A 1-inch re-cut across the bottom of the tree should be made. This will remove any clogged wood that may not absorb water. Put the tree into a stand or container of warm water and place it in as cool a spot as possible. Avoid placing it in an area where there is a heat source such as a fireplace, wood-burning stove, heat ducts and even television sets. This will help to preserve the freshness, reduce water loss and lessen the fire danger.

Depending on the size and species of tree, the use of a gallon of water in the first day would not be uncommon. Therefore, the tree should be checked frequently and re-watered as necessary. If the tree does become dried out, it probably will not absorb water. It may be necessary to take the tree down and re-cut the bottom to allow the absorption of water. This is inconvenient, but it is the only way to prevent early needle loss if a tree has become dried out. In the past, some have thought that adding aspirins, copper pennies, soda pop, sugar and bleach to the water may prolong the life of a tree. This has not been proven.

Should you choose a living Christmas tree, they definitely require special care. Once the tree is brought home, it should be conditioned before being placed in a heated room. Leave the tree in an unheated garage or building for a couple of days. After conditioning, the tree can be brought in and placed in a cool location away from direct sunlight. Watering a live tree should be done prior to placing it in the home, by moistening the root ball.

Living trees should not be kept inside for more than 10 days. Exposure to warm temperatures may cause the dormant tree to break buds and start to grow. Before removing the tree and planting it outside, it should be allowed to acclimate itself the same way before it was brought inside. The planting hole should be dug before the ground freezes. Once planted, water well and place some mulch around it to prevent the soil water from freezing.

With proper selection and care, you can enjoy a fresh tree throughout the holiday season. And with a real tree, you don’t have to worry about storing it for a year before using it again! They just take a little more work while on display.

Krista Harding is a K-State Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to Southwind District. She may be reached at kharding@ksu.edu or 620-244- 3826.