Category Archives: Fort Scott

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!

Christmas in the Park Dec. 7: Family Fun For Free

The big rock shelter house at Gunn Park is lit by Christmas as part of Christmas in the Park in 2017.

Christmas in the Park 2019  organizers hope to provide the community with a great holiday experience, according to Tom Robertson, one of the event coordinators. Robertson is the director of the Fort Scott Recreation Center. He and Diana Mitchell are spearheading the annual event.

Food, entertainment, crafts, and photo opportunities are provided with help from the City of Fort Scott many community volunteers who donate time and materials.

“If you haven’t been before, come,” Mitchell said. “It’s a wonderful evening. Where else can you go and spend three hours and it cost nothing.”

 

The event will take place on December 7th from 5 – 8 p.m. at Gunn Park.

 

The activities include chili for the family, a live band by Danny Brown Christmas music,  real reindeer for viewing, a live nativity by Bethel Community Church,  Christmas crafts for children to make, and a visit with Santa, portrayed by James Wood.

 

New this year is a coffee/hot chocolate bar with all the fixings and a selfie bar for fun family photos.

 

“The selfie bar will be provided by the Terrell Vann family,” Mitchell said. “You can hold crazy things up with a backdrop.”

 

Bring the camera for many other photo opportunities with Santa and real reindeer, Mitchell said.

 

All participants will be bussed into Gunn Park from parking lots at the Fort Scott Community College Nursing Department at 8th and Burke Street and the Fort Scott Professional Building at  8th and Osbun Street. Fort Scott Community College, USD 234, and some nursing homes are providing busses.

 

“We bus for the safety of participants,” Mitchell said. “Traditionally, there are about 1,600 people there.”

 

Some adventurous people walk into the park, she said.

 

“And that is acceptable, it is three-fourths of a mile to the center of the park,” Mitchell noted.

 

There will be long lines to some of the activities and patience is asked of participants.

 

The event is coordinated by members of the community in conjunction with the City of Fort Scott, according to Robertson.

 

The Fort Scott Police Department, the Fort Scott Fire Department, Fort Scott Community College, individual families, Winfield Scott Elementary School first-grade teachers and the Eye Center all are a part of the annual event.

 

“We want to provide a great holiday experience in a beautiful park in Fort Scott,” Robertson said. “It will allow our patrons to eat, listen to Christmas music, make crafts, decorate a sugar cookie, pet a live reindeer and of course… see Santa.”

 

Gunn Park will be closed to the public from Wednesday,  Dec. 4 until the event to prepare for the event, Mitchell said.

The following is where the activities are scheduled:

Park at parking lots and buses will pick up attendees at those sites.

Shelter 1-chili will be served.

Outside of a tent near this shelter will be the live band, provided by Danny Brown playing Christmas music. Inside the tent will be the hot chocolate/coffee bar and kids can decorate a cookie.

Shelter 2- the selfie bar is provided for photo opportunities, bring your camera.

Outside of the selfie bar will be live reindeer from Towanda, KS.

Shelter 6-Santa will be available for listening to Christmas requests.

Shelter 7-Christmas crafts for children sponsored by Buck Run Community Center.

Buses will transport attendees back to the parking lot to their cars.

City Seeking Citizens For Boards

The City of Fort Scott is seeking citizens for boards.

Please see below the above openings for City of Fort Scott Boards:

  • Five openings (Four City residents – One County resident) on the Fort Scott Planning Commission.

  • Three openings (Three City residents) on the Design Review Board

  • Two openings on the Airport Advisory Board.

  • One opening (One County resident) on the Golf Course Advisory Board

Planning Commission

The function of the Planning Commission is to review and adopt (as well as update) the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Fort Scott, to establish zoning districts and allowable uses, to review zoning regulations within the City and to review requests for special permits or conditional uses within certain zoning districts in the City. Also reviews site plans for planned areas and is responsible for zoning within the 3 mile limit of the City of Fort Scott. Their recommendations are given to the City Commission for final approval. They meet on an “as needed” basis.

Design Review Board

The function of the Design Review Board is to review requests for Certificate of Appropriateness in the historic district of our downtown. They meet on an “as needed” basis.

Airport Advisory Board

The function of the Airport Advisory Board is to advise the City Manager and City Commissioners on matters pertaining to the continued growth and improvement of the airport. Their recommendations are given to the City Commission for final approval.

Golf Course Advisory Board

The function of the Golf Course Advisory Board is to advise the City Commission in all matters referred to them regarding the Woodland Hills Golf Course. They will also independently evaluate all aspects of the operation of the Golf Course and make recommendations to the City Commission and City Manager. They meet on an “as needed” basis.

If you have a desire to serve on any of these Boards and meet the above requirements, please submit a letter of interest to the City Clerk, Diane Clay, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. She will then submit your letter of interest for consideration by the City Commission.

All of the boards and commissions serve on a volunteer basis and are not compensated.

If you would like more information on any of these boards, please contact Diane Clay, City Clerk at 620-223-0550 or dclay@fscity.org. Please submit your letter of interest by December 13th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board Formed

A board has been formed to help the local government entities keep informed of safety and other issues at Lake Fort Scott.
The chairman of the board will be determined at the first meeting, according to Robert Uhler, Fort Scott Community Development Director.
“The chairman will be determined at the first meeting. I am sending out a Doodle Poll this week to plan for the first meeting.”
“We thought it would be a good idea to start an advisory to help guide the city in all things happening at the lake,” he said. “Just like we have the design review board for the downtown historic district and the airport advisory board for the airport.”
Robert Uhler

The Fort Scott Lake Advisory Board had its organizing meeting at the Sleep Inn Hotel Meeting Room on Oct. 17, 2019.

Fort Scott City Manager David Martin called the meeting to order and explained that he is getting the group started, but would have Uhler facilitate the lake advisory board meetings, according to a press release from the city.

 Uhler then had the attendees introduce themselves and give a brief explanation of their interest in serving on the advisory board, according to the press release.

He explained the system of voting for the candidates for the board.

After a brief discussion, the attendees then voted to complete the board as per city ordinances.

After counting the votes, the following names were submitted to the Fort Scott City Commission on Nov. 5 for approval to serve on the board:

The east side lake representatives are Nancy Van Etten and Shane Wood; west side representative’s are Tom Brink and Dean Striler.

The at-large representative is Nancy Maze.

Other representatives are Jolynne Mitchell, Fort Scott City Commissioner; Jeff Fisher, Bourbon County Commissioner; Don Banwart and Marcy Myer, both city/county residents.

Others who attended the meeting:  Becky Howard, Richard Clark, Valerie Graham, Tom Graham, Harold Martin, Jon Eden, Bob Talbot,  Debbie Talbot, Dana Davis, Kerry Van Etten, Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office Major Bobbie Reed and Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Director Lindsay Madison.

 

Lake Fort Scott is located on Indian Road, southwest of Fort Scott.

Fort Scott City Commission Updated Agenda for November 19

AGENDA

FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION

FORT SCOTT CITY HALL

COMMISSION ROOM

123 SOUTH MAIN

NOVEMBER 19, 2019

6:00 P.M.

I. ROLL CALL:

ADAMSON BARTELSMEYER MITCHELL NICHOLS PARKER

II. FLAG SALUTE

III. INVOCATION: Pastor Allen Schellack, Compassionate Ministries

IV. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS:

V. CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of November 5th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1250-A totaling $295,043.24.

  1. Christmas Parade Permit Form- December 3rd, 2019.

  1. Certificate of Appropriateness – 3 W. Oak Signage

Patio Seating with gates

Addition of Outbuilding

  1. Certificate of Appropriateness – 5 East Wall Street – Sign

  1. Certificate of Appropriateness – 24 N. National – Addition to building

  1. Resolution No. 25-2019 – Notice of Hearing with Reference to alleged unsafe and dangerous structure located at 510 S Heylman Street – Public Hearing Date – 1/7/2020 at 6:15 p.m.

  1. Resolution No. 27-2019 – Notice of Hearing with Reference to alleged unsafe and dangerous structure located at 501 S. Osbun Street – Public Hearing Date – 1/7/2020 at 6:15 p.m.

VII. APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE: Seth Needham

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

C. PUBLIC HEARINGS/COMMENTS:

6:00 p.m. Lake Sewer District Sewer Increase Public Hearing

VIII. CONSIDERATION:

  1. Consideration of Resolution No. 26-2019 authorizing for sale of General Obligation Temporary Notes, Series 2019-1, of the City of Fort Scott, Kansas – River Intake Project

  1. Approval of financials

IX. COMMENTS:

  1. Director Updates: Allyson Turvey

Robert Uhler

  1. Commission:
  1. City Manager:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

I MOVE THAT THE CITY COMMISSION RECESS INTO EXECUTIVE

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

X. MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT: ROLL CALL

Website Being Developed to Aid Renting Houses/Apts. in Fort Scott

Frank Adamson. Submitted photo.
Over the last year, local businessman Frank Adamson has been developing a rental property website called GrowFortScott.
He is currently accepting landlords and local businesses to the website and joining is free.
“The platform was designed to gather the local rental market and renters, to one place, to fulfill their combined needs,” Adamson said.
“We understood that endless calls between landlords and potential renters seemed a bit outdated.”
Click below to view the site:

“Inspiration for the site came from Ryan Sparks in Iola,” he said. “He has www.growiola.com. However, there have been many people involved with the development of the (GrowFortScott) project. Local landlords and business owners have contributed. And most importantly Isaac Robinson, formally from Uniontown,  facilitated the website construction. YouAreNowOnline.com.”

“I am the main developer of the site functionality and concept. I have spent many hours making sure that all of the functions were “User-Friendly” before launching the platform to the community,” he said.

There are three core components to the service: rentals and renters, local businesses and local job openings.

 

“We have been developing relationships with local landlords and businesses to find out what some of their needs and wants would be,” he said. “We identified the biggest needs and have developed around them.”
When fully functional, the website  www.GrowFortScott.com will consolidate rental properties, from multiple landlords, that are available now.
“You can search for rent, bedrooms, bathrooms and if it is pet-friendly,” he said. “View multiple photos and read the description of the rental. All from the comfort of wherever you may be. Then once you have determined what rental you would like to inquire about, you fill out an on-line application to the landlord. They will receive it, review it and respond to you. You will then be able to schedule a time to meet at the rental and finalize the renting of the property.”
“Access to local businesses and local jobs just fit as an intricate part of the community,” Adamson said. “We have made it simple for the local businesses to join and provide simple access to their business location, basic information, and potential job openings they may have.”
Frank and his wife, Cheryl Adamson are the owners of the Courtland Hotel and Spa.

Talking Tigers Take 2nd

FSHS Talking Tigers competed at Independence High School Saturday, November 16.
The Talking Tigers placed 2nd overall.
In the open division Mark Adams and Hannah Vann placed 8th with a 3-2 Record, Elizabeth Ngatia and Zoe Self placed 4th a 3-2 record and Jorden Willard and Jessden Kiwan placed 3rd with a 4-1record.
In the JV division Landon Doherty and Thade Yates placed 3rd with a 4-1 record.
In the novice division Gavin Warfield and Isaiah Self placed 3rd with a 5-0 record.
Congratulations on your success Tigers!
Submitted by Angella Curran

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

 

Fort Scott City Commission Minutes of Nov. 5

CITY OF FORT SCOTT

CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 5th, 2019 Regular Meeting #20

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held November 5th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.

ROLL CALL:

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

INVOCATION: Pastor Michael Apfel, Trinity Lutheran Church said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City, our Government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Dave Bruner, Travis Shelton, Darrell Parker, Deb McCoy, Tony Krsnich, Patrick Wood, Michael Mix, Lindsey Watts, Burton Harding, Kevin Allen, Jason Gorman, Susan Bancroft, Brian Allen, Rachel Pruitt, Paul Ballou, Robert Uhler, Deb Needleman, Clayton Miller, and representing the press, Jason Silvers of the Fort Scott Tribune.

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS:

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND APPROPRIATIONS/CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of October 15th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1249-A totaling $391,129.40.

  1. Parade Permit – Veteran’s Day Parade – November 9th, 2019.

  1. Consideration of Resolution No. 23-2019 – Support for a Moderate Income Housing Grant with the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

E. Approval of Change Order #1 – Request Proposals 2 through 6 – River Intake and Dam Project – Credit of $49,350.10.

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

APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.

APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE: Brian Allen, President, H.P.A.

City Manager said that the City has an opportunity to transfer ownership of the parking lot at Wall and Scott where the depot is currently located. The depot is owned by H.P.A. and the parking lot is owned by the City. They have a project they have been working on for the last two years. He asked the Commission to give him authority to work with our City Attorney and H.P.A.’s attorney to transfer ownership of this parking lot to H.P.A. with two conditions. The first condition would be with Trader Dave’s to make sure that property which adjoins has a shared driveway so they can get to their doors. The next condition is that they have two years to complete the project or the property will revert back to the City. This contract would come back before the Commission at their next meeting for their approval.

Brian Allen, President, H.P.A., said that they have been working with an investor for some time about a development for the depot. He doesn’t want to open a business without owning the land the business is sitting on. They are excited about the revenue that they will receive from this sale. They will be able to move their artifacts inside the depot to the Old Congregational Church and upgrade the church also and be able to display them. They are also wanting to take some of the proceeds and use for some of the downtown buildings and assist in saving them. He cannot go into any detail at this time about the investor. This is the oldest M.K.&T. structure in the world Mr. Allen said. They also plan to have a clause in their agreement that if the owner decides to close the business after five or ten years, the building will revert back to H.P.A. or have the right of first refusal.

Adamson moved to approve for the City Manager to work with the City Attorney and H.P.A.’s attorney to draw up a contract to transfer ownership of the parking lot at Wall and Scott to H.P.A. with the above stipulations. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED FOR THE CITY MANAGER TO WORK WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY AND THE ATTORNEY FOR H.P.A. TO DRAW UP A CONTRACT TO TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF THE PARKING LOT AT WALL AND SCOTT TO H.P.A. WITH THESE STIPULATIONS: WORK WITH TRADER DAVE’S BUSINESS TO ALLOW AN ADJOINING DRIVEWAY SO THEY CAN GET TO THEIR BUSINESS; AND ALLOW H.P.A. TO HAVE THIS PROJECT COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS OR THE PROPERTY WILL REVERT BACK TO THE CITY.

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

limit per citizen) – None

  1. PUBLIC HEARINGS: None

CONSIDERATION:

  1. Consideration of appointments to Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board – Robert Uhler, Community Development Director, informed the Commission that he notified all of the individuals who had submitted letters of interest to serve on the Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board. There were 21 interested individuals. A meeting was held on October 17th, 2019, and Robert had each of them introduce themselves and give a brief explanation of their interest in serving on the board. All of the attendees then submitted a vote for a representative. The following names were approved to be submitted to the City Commission:

East Side Representatives:

  1. Nancy K. Van Etten

  2. Shane Wood

West Side Representatives:

  1. Tom Brink

  2. Dean Striler

At Large Representative:

  1. Nancy Maze

Other Representatives:

  1. JoLynne Mitchell, City Commissioner

  2. Jeff Fisher, County Commissioner

  3. Don Banwart, City/County Resident

  4. Marci Myers, City/County Resident

Mr. Uhler asked for approval for the above individuals be appointed to the Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the above individuals be appointed to the Fort Scott Lake Advisory Board. Mitchell seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS BE APPOINTED TO THE LAKE FORT SCOTT ADVISORY BOARD:

East Side Representatives:

  1. Nancy K. Van Etten

  2. Shane Wood

West Side Representatives:

  1. Tom Brink

  2. Dean Striler

At Large Representative:

  1. Nancy Maze

Other Representatives:

  1. JoLynne Mitchell, City Commissioner

  2. Jeff Fisher, County Commissioner

  3. Don Banwart, City/County Resident

  4. Marci Myers, City/County Resident

  1. Consideration of KCAMP board member appointments – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, informed the Commission that the voting and alternate delegates need to be appointed for the KCAMP Board, which is our property and casualty insurance carrier. Her recommendation is JoLynne Mitchell as the voting delegate and Dr. Randy Nichols as the alternate delegate. Approval was recommended.

Mitchell moved to approve the voting and alternate delegates for the KCAMP Board of Directors. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED JOLYNNE MITCHELL AS THE VOTING DELEGATE AND DR. RANDY NICHOLS AS THE ALTERNATE VOTING DELEGATE FOR THE KCAMP INSURANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

  1. Consideration of Resolution No. 24-2019 determining the advisability of issuing taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds – Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, informed the Commission that approval is needed for the approval of Resolution No. 24-2019 for the purpose of providing a sales tax exemption for the Union Lofts Building.

Rachel said that she also wanted to update the Commission that she has submitted our CDBG application for the ladder fire truck. As part of that application process, was to quantify our capital investment for the past five years. She and Susan Bancroft actually documented over $37 million in capital investment over the last five years. Private investment was also included. Over $20 million was spent in the downtown area, which is a staggering amount. A lot of that credit does go to Flint Hills Holding.

This new residential complex, Fort Scott Lofts, will have 25 units in the downtown area and will result in this being an $8 million project.

Susan Bancroft, Director of Finance, informed the Commission when Industrial Revenue Bonds are issued, that it is not anything the City is liable for. This helps stimulate growth in the economy here in Fort Scott and will allow the owner assistance with the sales tax exemptions for his labor and materials. That is what this Industrial Revenue Bond is for. This is similar to the last I.R.B. that was approved for Jennifer LaRoche.

Tony Krsnich, Flint Hills Holdings, appeared before the Commission and informed them that this project unfortunately had hit a snag and he apologized for that. He was able to secure additional tax credits at the State and Federal levels. With the assistance of the Industrial Revenue Bonds, that will help them secure a bondable general contractor to stand behind this job. He has received two bids so far and is close to awarding this project. He thanked the Commission for their support with this project.

Mitchell moved to approve Resolution No. 24-2019. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED RESOLUTION NO.24-2019 OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT, KANSAS DETERMINING THE ADVISABILITY OF ISSUING TAXABLE INDUSTRIAL REVENUE BONDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, AND EQUIPPING OF A COMMERCIAL FACILITY LOCATED IN SAID CITY; AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF RELATED DOCUMENTS – FORT SCOTT LOFTS BUILDING.

  1. Consideration of Water Rate Increase – Ordinance No. 3551 – Susan Bancroft, Director of Finance, informed the Commission that this water rate increase is for 3% and was put into the 2020 budget. It will be effective January 1, 2020. Approval was recommended.

Susan said that she is planning to do an analysis of our water rates in 2020 and make sure we are in line with other communities in this area.

Nichols moved to approve Ordinance No. 3551 increasing the water rates by 3% for 2020. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3551 SETTING NEW WATER RATES AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 3545 FOR THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT, BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS, PURSUANT TO THE FORT SCOTT MUNICIPAL CODE, CHAPTER 13.04.030.

  1. Consideration of Wastewater Rate Increase – Ordinance No. 3552 – Susan Bancroft, Director of Finance, informed the Commission that this sewer rate increase is for 3% and was put into the 2020 budget. It will be effective January 1, 2020. Approval was recommended.

Susan mentioned that the sewer rates at Lake Fort Scott have not been increased since the inception when they were put on. She will be mailing a letter to Bourbon County notifying them of a rate increase and also a public hearing will be held regarding this rate increase at our November 19th, 2019 Commission meeting.

City Manager said that they have discovered there is not a Lake Sewer District Board so one will need to be appointed at some time in the future.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve Ordinance No. 3552 increasing the sewer rates by 3% for 2020. Mitchell seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3552 INCREASING THE BASIC MONTHLY CHARGE FOR SANITARY SEWER RATES IN THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT BY AMENDING CHAPTER 13.24.110 OF THE FORT SCOTT MUNICIPAL CODE AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 3546.

  1. Consideration of Storm Water Rate Increase – Ordinance No. 3553 – Susan Bancroft, Director of Finance, informed the Commission that this stormwater rate increase is for 3% and was put into the 2020 budget. It will be effective January 1, 2020. Approval was recommended.

Mitchell moved to approve Ordinance No. 3553 increasing the storm water rate by 3% for 2020. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3553 AMENDING THE FORT SCOTT STORMWATER USER CHARGE AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 3547 FOR THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT, BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS, PURSUANT TO THE FORT SCOTT MUNICIPAL CODE, CHAPTER 13.24.121.

7. Consideration of award of low bid for Water Treatment Plant Clarifier painting and sand blasting – Michael Mix, Water Utilities Director, informed the Commission that this project was rebid in October. He asked for approval for the low bid from Insco Industries of Shawnee, Kansas in the amount of $75,757.00. This project will not begin until the Spring of 2020 as it is too cold to paint now.

Mitchell moved to approve the low bid from Insco Industries of Shawnee, Kansas in the amount of $75,757.00 for the Water Clarifier painting project. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED LOW BID FROM INSCO INDUSTRIES OF SHAWNEE, KANSAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $75,757.00 FOR THE WATER CLARIFIER PAINTING REHAB PROJECT WHICH WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL SPRING OF 2020.

COMMISSION/STAFF:

  1. Director Updates:

Robert Uhler – Robert informed the Commission that he wanted to update the Commission on Schneider Electric and the energy audit project. At the November 19th meeting, there will be a proposal presented from Schneider Electric with recommendations of all the City facilities for the Commission to review.

Dave Bruner – Dave gave the Commission an update on EMS training for EMS and Fire employees. Janet Taylor, who is a flight nurse from Kansas City Life Flight and an EMS educator, came here and conducted a wilderness emergency class which was held at Gunn Park. There were 14 different scenarios held to treat and transfer patients. The next upcoming class will be on difficult airways.

Dave also updated the Commission on the Bourbon County EMS call activity. In September there were 236 calls for service with 86 transfers, 56% to Pittsburg, 62 dry runs, 174 total transports, 13 medical alarm lifts, 1 fire standby, 13 event standbys, and 2 mutual aid requests. In October there has been 194 total calls for service, 126 total transports, 68 dry runs, 56 transfers, 54% to Pittsburg, 13 medical alarm lift assists, 10 event standbys, 2 fire standbys, and 1 mutual aid request. The eight-month total is 1,638 calls for service, 1,213 total transports, 618 transfers and 425 dry runs.

Commissioner Adamson asked him for a report on fire department calls. He will bring that to the next meeting.

Dave also informed the Commission that he is working on expanding some of the health care items for our annual health fair for City employees. This will be in accordance with the 1582 guidelines that was addressed at an earlier meeting on firefighter safety. We will begin offering vision, hearing, chest x-ray, ekg’s, chest, lung function test, and stress test. More information will be forthcoming on this. The City currently does a fit for duty for new employees and employees returning to work, employee assistance program, random drug testing, employee wellness incentive program, and employee wellness newsletter. Police, Fire and EMS also have access to a regional critical and stress management team that covers the twelve counties in this area.

  1. City Commission:

Bartelsmeyer Nothing to report.

Mitchell Wished all the candidates running for office good luck tonight.

Nichols Remarked that there has been an issue during this election season with our ordinance and resolution and he has created a new ordinance for the Commissioners to review. He asked them to look this over and get back to Diane Clay, City Clerk, with any changes they would like to see made on this or any comments. He has talked with the League of Kansas Municipalities about this and they have looked at it and is awaiting their feedback. We can look at adopting this at a future meeting.

Adamson – Remarked that she is excited to see good things happening in the downtown area.

Parker – Remarked that she is excited about the $37 million investment in this community. She thanked all the directors for working together to accomplish much.

  1. City Manager:

  1. City Manager remarked that he will be glad when the election is over. He is very proud of his staff and how they have acted. We aren’t telling our story as well as we should and need to work better on this. He feels responsible that there is perception that things weren’t done right. There has been nothing done wrong. We will continue to work the way we have to move this City forward.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mitchell moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

ADJOURNED MEETING AT 6:40 P.M.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on November 19th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

RECORDED BY:

DIANE K. CLAY

CITY CLERK