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FS City Commission Minutes of July 3



Minutes of July 3, 2018 Regular Meeting #13

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held July 3rd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.


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

INVOCATION: Michael Mix, Public Utilities Director, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City and all government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Janet Braun, Denton Wescoat, Deb Needleman, Billy Keith, Darrell Parker, Travis Shelton, Rebecca Todd, Jackie Neale, Bob Duncan, Silas Todd, Diana Morriss, Deb McCoy, Larry Gazaway, Michael Mix, Dave Bruner, Rhonda Dunn, Paul Ballou, and Clayton Miller.



  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of June 19th, 2018.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1218-A totaling $776,247.88.

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




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

limit per citizen) –

Bob Duncan – Mr. Duncan read a portion of Rhonda Dunn’s letter that was sent to him regarding the code footprint for the Beaux Arts Center. The letter stated that they would have 30 days to have a plan submitted to accomplish what was needed to be in compliance. He said that they had no choice but to close their business. He stated that the code footprint is incorrect and the City needs to fix it.

Rebecca Todd – Ms. Todd said that she is the daughter of the owner of the Beaux Arts Center. She has been a resident of Fort Scott since 2009. She believes a City should be business friendly to help build a better economy, but she says that this City has done the opposite. The City has made it impossible for a small business to recover and will not work with them. She believes this whole situation could have been avoided. She ended with shame on the Board, business development, and the City Council.

Billy Keith – Mr. Keith asked about the demolition of the old Driller’s Bar that is occurring where the demolition company is digging a hole and burying the debris.

Rhonda Dunn stated that they have a permit from the State of Kansas and it is legal.

Mr. Keith also asked about the Stout building and if the City could hire the Amish to come in and gut the whole building and save the building.

City Manager said that a deal is being worked out with the property owner on this building and that it will more than likely come down. It will be used for a parking lot.



  1. Approval of Code of Conduct Policy for Buck Run Community Center – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, informed the Commission that there is currently not a code of conduct policy at Buck Run Community Center. This policy will provide the staff with rules to back them up when dealing with inappropriate behavior. This code of conduct will be posted throughout the center and will also be included with the forms that the fitness center members are required to sign. Approval was recommended.

Parker moved to approve the Code of Conduct for Buck Run Community Center. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.


  1. Approval of Motor Vehicle Report Policy for City employees – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, informed the Commission that many of the City positions require the employee to drive a City vehicle and the job descriptions state the employee must have a valid driver’s license and meet the City’s driving history requirements. We have never had a policy on what those driving history requirements entail. She worked with the City’s insurance carrier, KCAMP, to develop the Motor Vehicle Report Policy. All City employees driving records will also be reviewed annually which has not be done in the past. Approval was recommended.

Nichols moved to approve the Motor Vehicle Report Policy. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.


  1. Change in policy for Septic Haulers in Bourbon County – Michael Mix, Public Utilities Director, informed the Commission that there are a few haulers that haul grease in Bourbon County. The City’s plant is not set up to process grease.

City Manager suggested drafting up the letter and sharing it with the Commission and it could be voted on at the next meeting.

  1. Approval of contract with Zingre’ & Associates for architectural services for repairs at the water and wastewater treatment plants – Michael Mix, Public Utilities Director, informed the Commission that there are several miscellaneous masonry repairs that need completed at the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant facilities. He asked for approval for the engineering contract with Zingre’ & Associates for architectural services in the amount not to exceed $15,470.00.

City Attorney said that since these are repairs that it would not need to go out for bid. It is not new construction. The City can take bids on the different items that need fixed at the plants and award accordingly without having the repairs engineered.


  1. Director Updates: None

B. City Commission:

Adamson Nothing to report.

Bartelsmeyer Nothing to report.

Nichols Nothing to report.

Parker – Nothing to report.

Mitchell Nothing to report.

C. City Attorney: Nothing to report.

  1. Director of Finance: Remarked that he gave each Commissioner a budget notebook and asked them to review it. There will be a budget work session at 4:30 p.m. on July 17th, 2018 before the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting.

  1. City Manager:

  1. Fireworks – City Manager said that there have been many calls about fireworks being shot off other than on the 4th of July. The 4th of July is the only day waived in the City limits of Fort Scott. He thanked the Police and Fire Departments for getting everything set up for tonight’s fireworks display. The City is the only one authorized to shoot off fireworks on July 3rd inside the City limits.


Parker moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:24 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.


The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on July 17th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.








Agenda for Fort Scott City Commission Meeting July 17






JULY 17, 2018

6:00 P.M.




III. INVOCATION: Pastor James Collins, First Southern Baptist Church

IV. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS: Introduction of Drug Dog, Mozzie


  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of June 19th, 2018.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1219-A totaling $375,841.80.



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

per citizen)


6:15 p.m. Resolution 31-2018 directing the repair or removal of an unsafe

and dangerous structure and accessory structure located at 608 S.

Broadway Street

6:15 p.m. Resolution 32-2018 directing the repair or removal of an unsafe

and dangerous structure located at 1914 E. Wall Street


  1. Wastewater Facility Inspection Review
  1. Change in policy for Septic Haulers in Bourbon County
  1. Consideration of appointment to Fort Scott Public Library Board
  1. Adoption of 2018 Standard Traffic Ordinance No. 3536
  1. Approval to solicit bids for a mower at Airport/Parks


  1. Director Updates: Deb Needleman

Larry Gazaway

Dave Bruner

  1. Commission:
  1. City Attorney:
  1. Director of Finance:
  1. City Manager:



SESSION FOR ________________________________ IN ORDER TO

(see below justification)

DISCUSS ______________________________________. THE


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


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


FS City Budget Work Session July 17

There will be a work session of the Fort Scott City Commission held on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the City Commission meeting room at 123 S. Main Street. This work session will be held to discuss the 2019 budget. The regular scheduled City Commission meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Good Changes At Common Grounds

Changes are coming for a local coffee shop.

Local farm produce is being purchased for menu items, some new equipment has been purchased to better serve the public and a change of location is on the horizon for Common Grounds Coffee Company, 116 S. Main.

Two ministries of the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene are collaborating to bring area food that is produced locally to the public.

One part of the collaboration is Common Grounds, which is a ministry of the Nazarene church.

Stuffed green peppers, roasted zucchini, squash, and corn, along with tomato soup are on the menu of Common Grounds, using local produce.

Vicki Waldron tests the stuffed peppers to see if they are done.

These produce used for the menus are straight from a garden produced by AgPathway, which is another ministry of the local Nazarene Church. This ministry involves mentoring interested people in vegetable gardening.

David Goodyear, the coordinator of AgPathways, a ministry of the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene, is featured on a poster in Common Grounds Coffee Company. Healthy Bourbon County Action Team also provided a grant to AgPathways Ministry to lay the groundwork for a garden that allows people to learn how to garden.

In addition to AgPathway deliveries of local vegetables, Vicki Waldron, manager of Common Grounds, purchases food from the Fort Scott Farmers Market.

“This spring I started buying local produce from the local farmers market: potatoes for potato salad and onions,” Waldron said.

Motivating this change was the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team through a  Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant.

A poster inside Common Grounds telling of the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team grant participation.

The HBCAT grant helped Common Grounds to purchase a refrigerated appliance that helps keep food cold and easily accessible.

“All we had before was a refrigerator,” Waldron said. “We kept opening it and couldn’t keep it cool enough.”

Additionally, the grant helped purchase a blender.

“A more environmentally friendly, quieter blender,” Waldron said.

Vicki Waldron makes sandwiches using the refrigerated topper appliance purchased with a grant from the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team. She said a food processor was also purchased with this grant.

Another big change for Common Grounds: a move to a different location in the near future.

“We are looking at, tentatively, to be in the new place by the first of the year,” Waldron said.

The new space will be on Wall Street and National Avenue, the former Fort Scott Tribune office.

Jennifer LaRoche is the owner of the building and is also on the Common Grounds board at the Nazarene Church.

The site of the Common Grounds Coffee Company, the former Fort Scott Tribune office building on Wall Street.


Swimming Pool Closes August 12

The Fort Scott Aquatic Center will close for the season  Sunday, August 12.

“Other area pools close at that time,” FS City Manager Dave Martin said. “The week before school starts, our staff starts to have school activities.”

USD 234 has its’ first day of school August 23.

Diabetes Support Group at Mercy Hospital


 Mercy Hospital Fort Scott will host a Diabetes Support Group on Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. in McAuley Room C. The session topic is “Diabetes basics: Key behaviors to living healthier with diabetes.”

Patty Ryan, Mercy R.N. and diabetes educator, will lead the discussion and share details about options that may work for you.

The support group is open to the public. No registration is required and family members are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about this topic or other important information regarding managing diabetes, join the Mercy Diabetes Support Group. The group meets the third Monday of every other month. The next meeting date is September 17.

For more information, contact Patty Ryan, R.N., at 620-223-8412.

Library Offers Fun!

Mishken Milton enjoys the pool at a previous library pool party.

Submitted by Valetta Cannon Valetta Cannon, Fort Scott Public Library Youth Librarian & Assistant Director

Rock Painting Party and Hunt
Join Miss Val and local rock-painting experts, Susan Carrillo and Dani Norris, for rock painting in the library and hunting for them around the library grounds on July 23, either from 2:30 – 3:30 or from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You may register online through the following link: or on paper at any library kids’ program. Refreshments will be served and the party is free to attend.
Harry Potter Teen Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party
Middle and high school students, join Miss Val and Susan Messer at the Fort Scott Public Library on Harry Potter’s birthday, July 31, from 4 – 6 p.m. for a party to wrap up the 2018 teen summer reading program. Games, activities, and snacks will be offered based on themes inspired by the Harry Potter franchise. This party is free to attend.
Summer Reading Wrap-Up Pool Party 
Summer reading attendees, read on to see whether you qualify to attend the wrap-up party at the Fort Scott Municipal Pool on August 7, from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Attendees must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1) Attend at least four summer reading programs and meet reading goals for at least four weeks out of the summer (or have an immediate family member who meets this criterion).
2) Donate to (or be an immediate family member of someone who has donated to) the summer reading program.
3) Volunteer at (or be an immediate family member of someone who has volunteered at) a summer reading program.
Librarian Valetta Cannon submitted this article.
We will swim, snack, and enjoy one another’s company as we wrap up another great summer together. This party is compliments of the City of Fort Scott and the Fort Scott Municipal Pool, with food provided by donors and paid for in part by a grant from our local Wal-Mart, along with bottled water donated by our local G & W Cash Saver. Thank you to all who have helped to make this year’s summer reading program a success!

Annual Flushing/Burnout Starts July 16 in Bourbon County

City of Fort Scott 2018 Flushing/Burnout

Who: City of Fort Scott Water Utility

What: Is initiating our annual flushing/ free Cl2 burnout process.

When: Starting on Monday, July 16 and lasting approximately four weeks.

Where: Fort Scott – this will affect the majority of Bourbon County.

Why: In order to maintain water quality. If this maintenance is not performed in the water distribution system, the water will eventually lose all of its disinfection residual, which could cause water quality to degrade, and could cause the utility of incurring disinfectant residual violations from KDHE.

The Fort Scott Water Utility has commenced the annual flushing program along with a free chlorine burnout of the water distribution system. This burnout is a part of the necessary maintenance of the distribution system which will help maintain the disinfection residual levels required by KDHE. During this flushing and free chlorine burnout, the disinfectant used in our distribution system will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine which is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Flushing and chlorine burnouts are routine distribution system maintenance conducted by utilities with chloramine disinfection.

There are two common types of chlorine used in water treatment for disinfection purposes, combined chlorine (or chloramines) and free chlorine. Chloramines are created by combining free chlorine with free ammonia. A benefit of using chloramines is that they will retain disinfection residual longer in the distribution system and they do not lend themselves in promoting taste, or a “chlorine” taste in the water. Except during a burn out in the summertime, the City of Fort Scott Water Treatment Plant uses chloramines to disinfect the finished water before entering the distribution system. However, chloramines are not as strong of a disinfectant as free chlorine and it can allow certain types of nitrifying bacteria to grow in the distribution system. These naturally occurring bacteria feed on the ammonia found in our finished water. These bacteria are nonpathogenic – they are not a health concern. Nitrifying bacteria which naturally grow in any distribution system when using chloramines can become prolific in warm summer temperatures. They will eventually cause water quality to degrade in the warmer summer months. Also, heat alone is a major factor that will cause disinfectant residuals to dissipate.

This is why surface water systems across the State do an annual or biannual free chlorine burnout. The term burnout is commonly used because free chlorine is a much more powerful disinfectant than combined chlorine. Free chlorine will oxidize nitrifying bacteria and keep it in check.

Fire hydrants will be utilized to allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant. Customers may notice City personnel flushing fire hydrants throughout the City during this period. This free chlorine is pulled through the distribution system by flushing the entire system through fire hydrants, blow-offs, and overflowing water towers.

Occasionally during this process customers may temporarily experience low pressures, taste or odors, discolored water, or even some sediment in their water. During the flushing and burnout, you may notice that your tap water tastes different than normal. This is because most people cannot smell or taste combined chlorine in the water, however, most people can smell and taste free chlorine in the water. It could also affect the taste of fountain drinks. If you find the chlorine taste unpleasant, it can be helpful to leave an uncovered pitcher of water sit overnight. This will allow some of the chlorine to evaporate and could help improve taste during this time.

The burnout process normally takes four to five weeks after which we can return to the combined chlorine residual and the excellent tasting water to which we are accustomed. We are extremely fortunate to have such a quality water supply available to us. Quality water helps promote quality of life. Much of the rest of the world is not as fortunate as we are in water supply and water quality.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please contact Michael Mix or Scott Flater at the Water Treatment Plant at 223-5160 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

It’s REALLY Cool: Tropical Joe’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice Comes to Fort Scott

On July 6, Joe Pauly opened his  Tropical Joe’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice business in the parking lot of Family Video on South National Avenue.

“I started the company for two reasons,” Pauly told FortScott.Biz. “I loved shaved ice, it’s so good and such a fun business where you get to put smiles on faces. And reason two is I have six children, the oldest being 11. My hope is that someday this will be their summer job to teach them about work, business, communication and how to serve people.”

Pauly lives in Pittsburg and wanted to open his first store there.

“However, there is already an established shaved ice business there and my supplier said ‘Why not Fort Scott?’,” Pauly said.  “He had a shaved ice business there for years, Tad’s Shaved Ice, and said it was a great town that supported the business.”

Pauly listened to the advice and went to where the demand was.

“It’s been great,” he said. “The people of Fort Scott love their shaved ice and I am glad to be able to bring it back to them.”

Joe’s Tropical Ice employee, Mariam Mix, waits on a customer Monday afternoon.

Many people have thanked him for putting the business in Fort Scott.

“Some said they had been driving to Nevada and Pittsburg for shaved ice,” Pauly said.

Customers purchase some shaved ice Monday afternoon.

Pauly plans to remain open through September, he estimated.

The business is open seven days a week from 2 to 10  p.m. and is located at the corner of 18th Street and National Avenue in the Family Video parking lot.

The many flavors of Tropical Joe’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice.
More flavors and the pricing of the product.

FSHS Thespians Benefit from International Thespian Festival

Top left to right: Dominic Cannon, Grant Coffman, Mackenzie Peoples, Kathelra Murray, Audra McFarland, Mark Bergmann. Middle: Levi Bin, Alyx Brooks, Mary Gladbach, Mesa Jones, Kaitlyn Hanks, Ivy Bailey, Angie Bin. Front: Carlee Studyvin, Addy Labbe, Katie Button, Lexi Bailey, Hunter Adamson, Karina Kantilal.


Nineteen Thespians from Fort Scott High School Troupe #7365 attended the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska June 25-July 1.


The students joined 4,500 others from around the world to experience a week of intensive theatre-related workshops and classes and attend top-notch student theatre performances. This year’s festival had over 700 workshops taught by Broadway professionals, university faculty and theatre educators and over 55 performances.


“Going to any sort of Thespian Festival, either state or international, I’ve connected with other people and shared the love of theatre with them. We’ve seen many beautifully done shows and enjoyed being there,” said senior Karina Kantilal.


Seniors Alyx Brooks and Hunter Adamson joined 650 other students in auditioning for college scholarships. Over sixty colleges gave out scholarships at the festival and both seniors were called back by numerous colleges.

Thespians dressed to attend an evening formal dance. L to R: Addy Labbe, Karina Kantilal, Hunter Adamson


In addition, Adamson, the FSHS Thespian President and a KS State Thespian Officer and FSHS Thespian Vice President and KS State Thespian Representative Mesa Jones, a junior, attended special leadership classes throughout the week.


“Getting to go to the leadership workshop helped open my eyes to ways of being a helping hand and all around better leader for my troupe. I met amazing young activists and feel as though I understand the positive influence theater is for young minds more. The trip was outstanding and I loved every second,”  Adamson said.


FSHS Thespian Director Angie Bin, FSHS English Teacher Mark Bergmann, and Thespian parent Amy Labbe were sponsors for the event.


“It is truly the most amazing experience. The incredible workshops are taught by successful industry professionals and are invaluable to students seeking careers in the biz. The shows are full of the most talented young people who are the future Broadway stars of our country. It was the best week of my year!” Labbe remarked.


Students worked throughout the school year to fundraise the $790 registration fee for the festival. Many were able to attend last year’s festival for free due to a Send a Troupe grant won by FSHS from the Educational Theatre Association and were determined to experience the festival again.


Junior Kaitlyn Hanks said, “I can’t wait to come back. International Thespian Festival is truly like a second home to me, it’s the happiest place on Earth for a bunch of Thespians, from the great people to the amazing teachers and extraordinary shows.”