Category Archives: Fort Scott

USD234 Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 21-22, NO School Oct. 25

Parent/Teacher conferences for the USD 234 School District will be held on Monday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 22.

Conferences will be
held at the following times:
Fort Scott Preschool Center – 4:20 to 7:50 p.m.
Winfield Scott and Eugene Ware – 4: l5 to 7:45 p.m.
Fort Scott Middle School and Fort Scott High School – 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

There will be no school for USD 234 students on Friday, October 25.

Classes will resume on Monday, October 28.

Contact: Ted Hessong
Superintendent of Schools
USD 234
424 S. Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701

County Democrats Elect New Chairperson: Next Meeting Oct. 20

The Bourbon County Democrats met on Sunday, September 15, and elected Kate Emmett-Sweetser as their new county chairwoman.

The previous chairwoman, Kathy Dancer, had resigned in August when she accepted a job overseas.

Other officers are Vice-Chair Clint Walker, Treasurer Shirley Palmer, and Recording Secretary Jacki Prettyman. 

The Bourbon County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, October 20, at 2:30 pm.

The location will be at the Brewhaus on the corner of Wall and National Avenue. All Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives are welcome to attend. 

The Democrats are collecting coats and other winter garments to donate to charity. Those wishing to participate should bring their item(s) to the meeting on Sunday. 

Community Health Center Extends Services

Updated Oct. 17

Krista Postai

Krista Postai, President and CEO of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, said they expanding services.

Mercy Hospital announced in October 2018 that they would be closing December 2018.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.

CHC/SEK then  assumed responsibilities, securing physicians and staff to provide a clinic to the community at the Mercy Hospital site, 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.

The CHC/SEK is currently planning to build a new facility on the Horton Street side of the former Mercy Hospital site.

CHC/SEK will be building a facility on Horton, just west of the former Mercy Hospital building.

“We have selected an architect for our new Fort Scott clinic,” Postai said.  “It’s Zingre and Associates from Ft. Scott and  we are in the midst of designing the new facility.”

“We only have a two-year lease for our current space which Mercy clearly indicated is not renewable,” Postai said. “We knew from the beginning that we would have to build a new clinic, which we’ve shared publically to the various groups we’ve talked with, including the city and county. To help make our startup affordable in Ft. Scott and give us time to plan, Mercy discounted the rent amount for us and  everyone in there, which is greatly appreciated.”

“Overhead (electricity, gas, etc.) is extremely expensive in the existing space, as is ongoing maintenance on the building,” Postai said. ” So there is no way we could assume the financial burden of a 177,000 sq. ft. building that is only being minimally utilized. Others who have evaluated ownership of the building came to the same conclusion. We know Mercy recognizes that and have evaluated options including demolition although, to my knowledge, no final decision has been reached.”

“CHC/SEK is planning on expanding its services to include dental care, mental health care, a women’s center, more accessible pharmacy, etc. which can’t be accomplished in the existing space we now occupy without a major investment in renovation in a building with a uncertain future,” Postai said.  “Our model of care also supports integration of services. For example, children coming in for their well child check may also have a visit with the dentist or someone struggling to manage their diabetes may meet with a therapist or a patient educator as part of their medical visit. Numerous support staff also coordinate care or work with special populations (e.g. expectant mothers)  which requires space within the clinic. So, we’re working with our Ft. Scott staff to determine what they want and need in a new building built specifically to support our ‘one-stop’ approach or, as our vision says, ‘Healthcare The Way It Should Be.'”


In addition, CHC/SEK also  will assume responsibility of Mercy’s clinic in Columbus in January 2020, Postai said.

” We will be combining our existing Columbus clinic with Mercy’s clinic,”  Postai said.  “Mercy will continue to manage the hospital in Columbus which is owned by the city.”

Postai said CHC/SEK is also extending its reach into Oklahoma.

“CHC/SEK was one of 77 health centers in the U.S. to receive grants to open new health centers and we will be doing so in Miami and Wyandotte, Oklahoma,” she said. ” Our center in Miami is currently operated by Mercy who asked us if we would assume responsibility and we agreed to do so. The one in Wyandotte is in a school and will primarily serve the students, their families and school staff. We will have the clinics open before the end of the year.”


The organization is also working to secure future doctors for the area, and former Mercy Hospital CEO Reta Baker was selected to administer the program to do just that.

Reta Baker is now CHC/SEK’s Vice President of Clinical Education, with the office located in Pittsburg.

“We also are working with the University of Kansas School of Medicine to establish a family practice residency program in southeast Kansas,” Postai said. “To provide administrative oversight of this program – and all of our clinical education students – is Reta Baker, former hospital CEO in Ft. Scott. She has been named VP/Clinical Education and her office is located in CHC/SEK’s system office in Pittsburg.”

With all the outreach activity of CHC/SEK, “We are nearing 500 full-time employees,” Postai said.

Here is the list of CHS/SEK outreach from Krista Postai:

“Crawford County:  Our main clinic in Pittsburg plus a dental-only clinic downtown and we just opened a school-based health center in Pittsburg High School. A mobile medical van goes daily to the middle school and elementary schools. We also have the clinic in Arma.

Cherokee County … we have a clinic in Baxter Springs and Columbus.

Bourbon County … we have Walk-in Care and the main Ft. Scott clinic.

Linn County … we have clinics in Mound City and Pleasanton.

Labette County – we have a clinic in Parsons.

Montgomery County – we have a clinic in Independence and three in Coffeyville – a main clinic, one in the elementary school and one in the middle/high school.

Allen County – we have a clinic in Iola.

We will be opening two clinics in Ottawa County, OK in December – one in Miami and one in the Wyandotte Schools.

We also employ nurses in multiple schools, as well as behavioral health specialists throughout the region.”

CHCSEK offices are located at 3011 N. Michigan, Pittsburg, KS 66762. The phone number is 620-235-1867.

The CHC/SEK Clinic in Fort Scott’s number is 223-8040.

Care Packages To Military Oct. 20

Fort Scott Presbyterian Village
Welcomes you to our mission to send care packages to a Military Unit Deployed during Christmas!
“Adopt a Unit”
Accepting Donations at Walmart in Fort Scott & Pittsburg on October 20, 2019
Adopt a Unit
Let’s brighten the lives of those fighting for our freedom, while they are away from loved ones at Christmas!

2019 Ballot Question: Eliminate Census Count Adjustment?

Vote Here sign at the Bourbon County Courthouse.

In three weeks voters will be electing government representation.

In addition, there will be a question to consider on the ballot.

In the November 5, 2019, General Election you will be asked to approve removing a census count adjustment.

“The amendment question seeks to do away with a census count specifically for college students and military personnel to be counted where they come from and not where they are at the time of their vote,” according to a report on KSN TV, Wichita, Oct. 14, 2019. For the whole report click below:

Following is how the amendment will appear on the ballot, followed by the Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab’s explanation of the question.

This is how it will read:

Constitutional Amendment

Vote Yes or No

Explanatory statement. The

purpose of this amendment is to

eliminate the adjustment of

the census taken by the United

States census bureau regarding

nonresident military personnel

and nonresident students when

reapportioning the Kansas senate

and house of representatives.

A vote for this proposition would

eliminate the adjustment of

the census taken by the United

States census bureau regarding

nonresident military personnel

and nonresident students when

reapportioning the Kansas senate

and house of representatives.



A vote against this proposition

would continue in effect the

requirement for the adjustment of

the census taken by the United

States census bureau regarding

nonresident military personnel

and nonresident students when

reapportioning the Kansas senate

and house of representatives.



Shall the following be adopted?

  • 1. Reapportionment of

senatorial and representative

districts. (a) At its regular session

in 1989, the legislature shall by

law reapportion the state

representative districts, the state

senatorial districts or both the

state representative and

senatorial districts upon the basis

of the latest census of the

inhabitants of the state taken by

the authority of chapter 61 of the

1987 Session Laws of Kansas. At

its regular session in 1992, and at

its regular session every tenth

year thereafter, the legislature

shall by law reapportion the state

senatorial districts and

representative districts on the

basis of the population of the

state as established by the most

recent census of population taken

and published by the United

States census bureau of the

census. Senatorial and

representative districts shall be

reapportioned upon the basis of

the population of the state

adjusted: (1) To exclude

nonresident military personnel

stationed within the state and

nonresident students attending

colleges and universities within

the state; and (2) to include

military personnel stationed within

the state who are residents of the

state and students attending

colleges and universities within

the state who are residents of the

state in the district of their

permanent residence. Bills

reapportioning legislative districts

shall be published in the Kansas

register immediately upon final

passage and shall be effective for

the next following election of

legislators and thereafter until

again reapportioned.

(b) Within 15 days after the

publication of an act

reapportioning the legislative

districts within the time specified

in (a), the attorney general shall

petition the supreme court of the

state to determine the validity

thereof. The supreme court,

within 30 days from the filing of

the petition, shall enter its

judgment. Should the supreme

court determine that the

reapportionment statute is invalid,

the legislature shall enact a

statute of reapportionment

conforming to the judgment of the

supreme court within 15 days.

(c) Upon enactment of a

reapportionment to conform with

a judgment under (b), the

attorney general shall apply to the

supreme court of the state to

determine the validity thereof.

The supreme court, within 10

days from the filing of such

application, shall enter its

judgment. Should the supreme

court determine that the

reapportionment statute is invalid,

the legislature shall again enact a

statute reapportioning the

legislative districts in compliance

with the direction of and

conforming to the mandate of the

supreme court within 15 days

after entry thereof.

(d) Whenever a petition or

application is filed under this

section, the supreme court, in

accordance with its rules, shall

permit interested persons to

present their views.

(e) A judgment of the supreme

court of the state determining a

reapportionment to be valid shall

be final until the legislative

districts are again reapportioned

in accordance herewith.



The following is provided by Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason, who sent info from the Kansas Secretary of State to explain the amendment.

  1. Kansas is the only state in the nation that adjusts its census numbers.


  1. Adjustment is estimated to cost $835,000 in 2020.


  1. In the 2010 adjustment, approximately 13,000 people, out of 2.9 million, were affected.


  1. Eliminating the adjustment would give lawmakers an additional legislative session to complete redistricting.


  1. Legislative and State Board of Education districts would be drawn using the same numbers as congressional districts.


  1. The Legislature supported eliminating the adjustment with bi-partisan super majorities.



A Proposition to amend section 1 of article 10 of the constitution of the state of Kansas.

In 2019, the Legislature passed a constitutional amendment (SCR1605) with a bipartisan super majority to eliminate a provision in the Kansas Constitution requiring Kansas to adjust census numbers for military personnel and college students. Intended to slow the impact of urban migration from rural Kansas to the more populated, eastern half of the state, the requirement has, historically, had the opposite effect by marginally increasing population numbers for urban areas.

The adjustment is antiquated, burdensome and expensive because it requires the Secretary of State’s office to contact every college student and member of the military residing in Kansas to determine their official residence. Keep in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for counting individuals where they reside in the United States. They expend significant resources in communicating with Americans on the importance of the Census. Kansas is essentially asking students and military personnel the same question – at a cost of at least $835,000 – in a manner contradictory to what is asked by the Census Bureau.


Friday Night Free Concert: Eugene Ware Youth Choir

Eugene Ware Youth Choir, a vocal ensemble made up of 4th and 5th grade performers, will sing at the Friday Night Concert at the Heritage Park Pavilion (1st and Main) this Friday, October 18th from 7-8PM. In case of rain, the performance will take place at the Presbyterian Church

Pioneer Harvest Fiesta: Looking At Our Rural Roots

It is almost time for 63rd Annual Pioneer Harvest Fiesta which is held on the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, across the street from Fort Scott Community College on South Horton Street, each year.

October 18, 19 and 20 are the show dates with a parade downtown on Thursday, the 17th at 6 pm.

“We are using equipment 50 to 100-years-old to demonstrate how our forefathers annually harvested their farm crops,” Allen Warren, president of the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta board said.   “We also demonstrate how our forefathers crushed rock for the early gravel roads.”

Vendors with some of everything, including old tools will be positioned around the fairgrounds.

Tractors will be on display and also gas engines.

The featured tractor this year is the Ford and the featured engine is a Hercules.

Also included in the harvest fiesta are quilt shows along with arts and crafts vendors. They will be housed in the buildings on the fairgrounds.

Quilts to be exhibited should be brought to the Myers Building from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 17.

“If these times do not work for you, please let me know or if you have any questions,” Jackie Warren, quilt event coordinator said. She can be reached at 620-224-8161.

“The quilt show is always fun, viewing the beautiful quilts and visiting with the vendors who are always ready to help you chose a new project,” she said. “This year’s vendors are Erica with Nine Patch Quilt Shop of Nevada, Carolyn with Heavenly Kneads & Threads of Humboldt, Cassino with Country Creek Peddlers, John Newland with Hot Fix products and Bobbi Schroeder with her quilting machine.”

“Bring some handwork with you and join the others who are hand quilting and embroidering and maybe, there will be someone crocheting and knitting. Lots of visiting and learning new procedures going on.”

Don’t forget the Arts and Crafts that will be in the 4-H Building.

Any questions about the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, please call Allen Warren, 620-224-7761

The 2020 dates of the show will October 2, 3, and 4.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be held in the 4-H Building at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds Oct. 17.

The Pioneer Harvest Fiesta officers are Allen Warren, president  Larry Richard, vice president; Delphine Parks, treasurer; and Betsy Readinger, Secretary.

The mission of the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta is:

“To create and maintain an organization of persons who are interested in all aspects of equipment, machinery, and other technology characteristic of rural American culture particularly during the period encompassing the first half of the twentieth century; to provide for the collection, preservation, display and management of artifacts and/or documents contemplated above; to provide and/or promote educational and charitable activities and programs which fulfill the above purposes, and thereby advance the cultural betterment of humankind; and to receive, administer, and distribute funds in connection with any activities related to the above purposes; provided, however, that the organization shall only engage in activities that are in the purview of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 amended.”


Fort Scott American Legion Scuttlebutt

Post 25 Color Guard presenting colors at the recent FCE Conference in Fort Scott.

Post 25 Scuttlebutt


American Legion Fort Scott Thompson-Harkey Post 25 is in 2nd place in 2nd District membership. Department membership numbers have Post at 64 members or 84.21%.

Our 2020 membership goal is 76. We are currently 12 members short of 100%. Help Post 25 reach 100% by renewing your membership or recruiting a new member.

Post 25 received the “Early Bird” award for attaining 75% membership by September 15th. Thanks to the members who helped Post 25 reach this milestone. I believe that only two 2nd District Posts received this membership award.


With the signing of the LEGION Act, any honorably discharged Veteran who served one day of active duty since December 7, 1941 can now join the American Legion. Please reach out to any eligible Veterans you may know and ask them to join the Fort Scott American Legion. Many eligible Veterans have never joined the American Legion simply because they have never been invited.

You can easily renew online at It’s safe and secure and takes less than five minutes

You can also mail in your $40.00 renewal to the Post 25 Finance Officer.

Darrell Spencer

1183 185TH ST

Fort Scott, Ks, 66701.

I can also arrange to meet with you to pick up your renewal.  I’m retired so I can easily work around your schedule to meet you, but no 3 AM meetings please!


Post 25’s recent Taurus raffle earned $635, which pays for two Legion program scholarships for local high school students.

Mrs. Doris Ericson picking the winning ticket for the Taurus fundraiser

As Myra and I travel to other 2nd District American Legion Posts in her position as 2nd District Vice Commander, we have observed that other Posts have unique ways of fundraising to support their Veterans and children and youth programs. One Post does an annual pancake feed. Another Post has the concessions at their community’s high school athletics events. A third Post offers community bingo as a fundraiser.

As your Post Commander and in consultation with the Executive Committee, we have scheduled a “Toy/Comic Books/Sports Cards Show.” For a few hours work on a Saturday, we will be able to raise enough money to support at least one of our children and youth programs.

Darrell Spencer and Post 25 Color Guard will operate the concession stands to generate funding for items needed by the Post 25 Color Guard.

Marilyn Matthews, Post 25 Adjutant, has pulled together a team to collect admissions and promote community awareness of the Fort Scott American Legion.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the tables at Buck Run for the toy show. Plus, Volunteers are needed to be available during the show from 9 am – 3 pm. Please let me know of your willingness to help make this Post 25 fundraiser a success.

Upcoming Events

October 17, 2019. Blood Drive at Buck Run Community Center. 1 – 7 pm. Call 620-223-5946 to schedule an appointment.

October 18, 2019. Blood Drive at Buck Run Community Center. 9 am – 1 pm. Call 620-223-5946 to schedule an appointment.

November 2, 2019. Fort Scott American Legion Post 25 Vintage Toy/Comic Books/Sports Cards Show from 9 am – 3 pm.  See attached flyer for more information.

January 31 – February 2, 2020. Department of Kansas Midwinter Forum at Fort Scott.

 Informational Items

Additional shuttle drivers are needed. The VA-provided shuttle now transports dialysis patients to Pittsburg on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays plus area Veterans for VA hospital appointments on Mondays and Thursdays. Call or email me for more information on becoming a shuttle driver.

Auxiliary Unit 25’s first outreach program is to provide support to Veteran mothers of newborn babies at the Topeka VA Medical Center.  They are currently collecting needed items for newborns and all donations are greatly appreciated.  Diapers, body wash and shampoos, blankets and clothing are among the items requested. Call Unit 25 Vice President Marilyn Gilmore at 785.214.5618 for more information or to donate items.

A special thanks to Mrs. Dorothy Taylor for providing the photos and video.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Carl Jowers. Post 25 Commander.


Talking Tigers: First Place at Field Kindley

Submitted by Angella Curran
Congratulations to FSHS Talking Tigers debate team!  Saturday they took 1st overall at Field Kindley!
In the novice division Kinsley Davis and Lillian Collins placed 3rd with a 4-1 record, 20 speaks and Hannah Vann and Sage Hill placed 1st with a 5-0 record and 21 speaks!
In the JV division, Thade Yates and Landon Doherty placed 3rd with a 3-2 record, 20 speaks and Lola Umarova and Shekhar Gugnani placed 2nd with a 4-1 Record, 20 speaks.
In the Open division Madi Toth and Mark Adams placed 1st with a 5-0 record, 15 speaks (A perfect record)!
Everyone did an outstanding job!!  Go Tigers!

Fort Scott City Commission Meeting Minutes of Oct. 1



Minutes of October 1st, 2019 Regular Meeting #18

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held October 1st, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.


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

INVOCATION: Pastor Paul G. Rooks, Grace Baptist Tabernacle, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City, our Government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Robert Uhler, Deb McCoy, Clayton Miller, Travis Shelton, Deb Needleman, Dave Bruner, Derick Burke, Devin Tally, Dana McKenney, Seth Simpson, Alex Simpson, Paul Rooks, Susan Bancroft, Rachel Pruitt, Christi Keating, Rhonda Dunn, Robert Leisure, Paul Ballou, Randy Cason, Susan Porter, Bobbi Kemna, Nick Ruhl, Susan Galemore, Barbara Schmidt, Krista Postai, David Creitz, Tom Graham, Pete Allen, Paul Milks, Dr. Max Self, Karen Self, Barbara Ritter, Lindsey Watts, Kevin Allen, Penny Pollack-Barnes, Clayton Miller, Dr. P. K. Gugnani, Burton Harding, City Attorney, and representing the press, Jason Silvers of the Fort Scott Tribune.


Recognition of Bobbi Kemna – Second Annual Art in the Yard Event – Mayor Parker recognized Bobbi Kemna for her second annual Art in the Yard event. It was very well attended with 36 vendors and six food vendors. The Commission thanked her for holding this event.

Bobbi Kemna thanked the Commission for her Certificate of Recognition. She thanked the many volunteers who assisted with the event and all the vendors who came. The third annual event will be held again next year.

Healthcare Recognition – City Manager reminded the Commission and the public that a year ago today, Mercy announced that it would be closing the hospital. He said that we are so blessed to be able to reflect on where we are and who has stepped up and provided health care for our community. He presented the following with a Certificate of Recognition:

Community Health Care of Southeast Kansas – Krista Postai of CHC/SEK said that there is a picture in her office with a quote in it that says, “Welcome to the first day of our lives; nothing will ever be the same.” She said that is true for them and for the community of Fort Scott. She thanked the medical staff from Mercy that stayed true to their profession. They are the heart and soul of this community. They have land and a Fort Scott architect to design a 25,000 square foot facility to build a clinic and design the future of rural health care in Kansas. Dr. Max Self and Dr. P. K. Gugnani both spoke also about how proud they are to be in this community and provide health care.

Ascension Via Christi – Randy Cason of Via Christi and Kayla, who is the head of the E.R. in Fort Scott, Kansas 66701 both appeared and accepted the Certificate. Randy thanked them for the recognition and said they are humbled and honored. The entire team in Fort Scott is former staff of Mercy that they were able to transition. He is proud of the work they were able to get done in a fairly short amount of time to open the E.R. which was on February 18th, 2019.

Bourbon County Commission – Nick Ruhl, Bourbon County Commissioner, accepted the Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Bourbon County.

City Manager said that the county stepped up to the plate to provide emergency services to our community. The City and the County have worked very well on this venture together.

Bourbon County Emergency Medical Services – City Manager presented Robert Leisure, Bourbon County EMS Director, with a Certificate of Recognition to the team at Bourbon County EMS.

Robert Leisure, EMS Director – City Manager presented Robert Leisure, EMS Director, with a Certificate of Recognition.

David Bruner, Deputy Fire Chief – City Manager presented Dave Bruner, with a Certificate of Recognition.

Christi Keating – City Manager thanked Christi Keating for her hard work in helping bring this transition all together. Christi was the former Director of Mercy E.R. He presented her with a Certificate of Recognition also and thanked her for all of her work.

Dave Bruner also thanked Christi Keating for her hard work in the transition. She was instrumental in getting the ambulances and equipment transferred over from Mercy to the Bourbon County EMS.

Introduction of new Finance Director – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, introduced the new Director of Finance, Susan Bancroft, who will replace Rhonda Dunn. Susan worked for the City about ten years ago and then with the USD 234 School District and has over 10 years of experience.

Susan said that she is excited to work for the City again. She said being a part of this community is exciting for her and she is anxious to get started.


  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of September 17th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1247-A totaling $1,612,495.39.

  1. Parade Permit – Pioneer Harvest Fiesta – October 17th, 2019

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




Penny PollockBarnes – Tri-Yak-A-Thon – Gunn Park – October 12th, 2019 – Penny Pollock-Barnes informed the Commission that she is representing Gunn Park Trails. They will be hosting the Tri-Yak-A-Thon on Saturday, October 12th, 2019. It will consist of a 5K run, a 5K kayak race, and a 10 mile bicycle race. The event will be begin at 10 a.m. She asked for approval to close the back of the park for this event.

Nichols moved to close the back of the park for the Tri-Yak-A-Thon to be held at Gunn Park on October 12th, 2019. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.


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

limit per citizen)

Barbara Schmidt – Ms. Schmidt appeared before the Commission to ask their help with a storm drainage issue in the 1800 block of Richards Road. She said the water comes around so fast behind the front and back of her house and makes the ditch full so it completely surrounds her house. She asked that her ditch be dug out as well as the two houses to the north of her. Her address is 1808 Richards Road. She gave the City Manager her cell number also.

City Manager said that he and the Public Works Director would get in touch with her.


Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, informed the Commission that Susan Galemore is here also tonight with the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission. She reminded them about the CDBG grant through the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Department of Commerce partners with Kansas communities to help enhance their livability by providing financial, technical, and business assistance. They distribute federal funds to Kansas cities looking to improve their community. To receive funds, a project must meet at least one of the following federally mandated criteria:

  • The project benefits low and moderate income families.

  • The project removes or prevents slum or blight conditions.

  • The project eliminates an urgent need created by a disaster when local funds are unavailable.

The City qualifies in the “benefits low and moderate income families”. The timetable on this grant is as follows:

  • February 19th – The City received a notification of the new census data which allows the City to automatically qualify for CDBG funding if we have a city-wide beneficiary project.

  • March 19th – The City received the announcement of the new eligibility.

  • April 5th – The City received confirmation from the Kansas Department of Commerce that the ladder truck qualifies as a city wide beneficiary project.

  • November 1st – This is the due date of the CDBG application.

  • January/February 2020 – This is the timeframe when the grant will be awarded.

This should be a strong application. Application scoring is as follows:

  • Documentation of the need – 35 points

  • Project alternatives – 10 points

  • Past efforts to address need – 10 points

  • Project readiness – 5 points

  • Leverage – 20 points

  • Local effort – 20 points

  • Total points – 100 points

Rachel said that this is a 50/50 grant. She asked Dave Bruner to bring up his powerpoint that documents the need for the new ladder truck.

Dave Bruner informed them that the current ladder truck is a 1993 E-One Hurricane Ladder Truck with a 75’ ladder. It is 26 years old, with a mileage of 20,338, and engine hours of 1349. According to National Fire Protection Association 1911 Standards, trucks that are over 25 years old should be replaced. The purchasing history for a ladder truck is as follows:

  • 1956-1993 – 1956 GMC 75’ Ladder Truck was purchased

  • 1993 to Present – 1993 E-One 75’ Ladder truck was purchased.

In 1992, the ladder truck failed which was why the ladder truck was purchased in 1993. He showed comparisons of 75’ ladders versus 100’ ladders and what to look for in the future for the next 25 years. He shared two photos where the 75’ ladder would not reach at the top of a structure. He also shared a company in town where the ladder will not reach the top of the building. He discussed ladder operations versus platform operations and his recommendation is the platform operation for safety for the firefighters and the public. He discussed communication with the firefighter at the tip of the ladder.

Nichols moved to open the Public Hearing at 6:51 p.m. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.


6:00 p.m. Public Hearing – CDBG Application to apply for Fire Department Ladder Truck – Susan Galemore, S.E.K.R.P.C. informed the Commission that the public hearing is needed to describe the project and allow the public to comment on the proposed project. She came to answer any questions. Once comments are heard, you will need to approve the documents needed to apply. The specific project application to be discussed is for the acquisition of a new, fully equipped, NFPA compliant, 100’ Platform Ladder Truck. The truck will be housed at the main fire station, 1604 S. National, and will service the entire City of Fort Scott. The specifications will include the following:

* 100’ aerial tower, aluminum body

* 300 gallon polypropylene water tank

* Minimum of 800’ of 5” large diameter hose

* Wheelbase no greater than 265.00

* Minimum 76,000 gross vehicle weight

* Tilt type custom chassis

* Maximum clearance height 10’8”

The estimated project cost is approximately $1,330,606.00 with a maximum grant request of $665,303.

Mayor Parker asked for comments from the public.

Deb McCoy said this is a surprise to them and they had no idea it was happening.

Commissioner Bartelsmeyer said that this was published in the local newspaper.

Susan Galemore said that it was published on the 21st of September.

Rhonda Dunn said that this public hearing is just about applying for a grant. They will not be making a decision on buying a truck.

Tom Graham said years ago he was a Deputy in Bourbon County and had the opportunity to go through the firefighting school at Kansas University. He can’t explain to you what it is like to go walking into a house that is on fire. You turn on your flashlight and the smoke comes completely down to the floor or it just radiates back to you. You can’t see anything. These firefighters do this every single day and I believe we need to give them the best equipment to do their jobs and keep them safe every single day.

Deb McCoy said that she had a couple of questions that had been raised over this entire process. Is there a clear cut answer on where’s the money coming from? Is there an allotted fund? It’s been stated and talked about and speculated and she doesn’t know if she had a clear cut answer. If it didn’t go to the fire truck, where else could it go? Could it go to fire fighter’s salaries? Where else could it go? Can you clarify that?

Rhonda Dunn said that if we apply for and receive the grant, the balance would be funded through a lease financing program. In the 2020 budget, the payments have been budgeted out of the debt service fund. It will be paid as a debt going forward for the next 15 years most likely. It could be used for something else but all you would have would be the annual payment on the truck. You can’t borrow the money and spend it on firefighter’s salaries.

City Manager said that it all comes back to planning. We have paid off debt. We have done a good job in giving our employees a fair salary. Three years ago we gave public safety employees a 6% increase. We have made an investment in streets for next year. There is only so much to go around and we try to do the best with what we have.

Deb McCoy said that funds have been set aside then and you’ve been planning for it.

Kevin Allen said that one thing he was thinking and didn’t know how it would go with a grant but what about the 3rd Street underpass and cutting under it.

Rachel said that the specifications were made to make sure it will go under the underpass.

Kevin Allen said if it would cost extra to join with the railroad and lower the underpass and look into this.

Chief Ballou said that it was lowered to the level it is now. There is a storm drain there also.

Pete Allen said his question is why if there’s grant money available now why was it not available eight months ago when we first tried to cram it down the citizen’s throats of paying $1.7 million for trucks. Why did we not go for the grant then, instead of waiting until after the citizens had to get a petition up to block it?

Mayor Parker said that Rachel has said it was not available eight months ago.

City Manager said as soon as we were made aware this CDBG grant was available we started discussing it.

Deb McCoy asked if the City got three bids on the trucks. She was told that there were no bids and you just went forward on the trucks you wanted. With that big of an expenditure, aren’t you supposed to get three bids from three different companies?

Rhonda Dunn said that this hearing is only about the grant. They have not gone through the process yet.

City Manager said that to get the bonds, if we would have went that direction, we would have went out for bid then. If we had the funding, we would have went out for bid then. We never did get bids. We had an idea, but we had to have the funding first. Once the grant is approved and the funding is in place, that’s when we will go out for bid.

Bartlesmeyer moved to close the Public Hearing at 7:08 p.m. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.


City Clerk informed them there are four different motions that need made.

  • Approval of Resolution 20-2019 Certifying Legal Authority to apply for the 2020 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Authorizing the Mayor/Commissioner to sign and submit such an application

Nichols moved to approve Resolution No. 20-2019 to apply for the grant for the ladder truck. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

Approved Resolution No. 20-2019 Certifying Legal Authority to apply for the 2020 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Authorizing the Mayor/Commissioner to sign and submit such an application.

  • Approval of Resolution 21-2019 Assuring the Kansas Department of Commerce that funds will be continually provided for the operation and maintenance of improvements to the fire truck to be financed with Community Development Block Grant Funds

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve Resolution No. 21-2019 approving the City will fund their part of the grant if awarded. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

Approved Resolution No. 21-2019 Assuring the Kansas Department of Commerce that funds will be continually provided for the operation and maintenance of improvements to the fire truck to be financed with Community Development Block Grant Funds.

  • Approval of other required documents to submit the application

Nichols moved to approve the Mayor to sign all other pertinent documents relating to the grant application. Parker seconded. All voted aye.


  • Approval for Administrative Agreement for S.E.K.R.P.C. to administrate the grant if awarded

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the Administrative Agreement for S.E.K.R.P.C. to administer the grant if approved. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

approved the Administrative Agreement for S.E.K.R.P.C. to administer the grant if approved.


  1. Purchase of Replacement Vehicles – Police Department (One administrative vehicle – One Lake Patrol truck) – Chief Shelton informed the Commission that this year he is budgeted to replace an administrative vehicle which is a Dodge Durango, and the Lake Patrol truck. He asked permission for him to work with Tom Coffman, City Mechanic, to purchase two vehicles not to exceed $25,000 each.

Parker moved to approve the purchase of two vehicles – an administrative vehicle and a Lake Patrol vehicle not to exceed $25,000 each. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

approved the purchase of two vehicles – an administrative vehicle and a Lake Patrol vehicle not to exceed $25,000 each.

  1. A.W.O.S. Grant – (Replace existing A.W.O.S. system at Fort Scott Municipal Airport through a KDOT grant that was approved) – Seth Simpson, Airport Manager, informed the Commission that he is seeking approval to replace the existing A.W.O.S. (All Weather Operating System). A grant has been approved by K.D.O.T. for this project and matching funds have been set aside. The A.W.O.S. system will be relocating by the radio controlled field so it will not need to be relocated for future projects.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve to replace the A.W.O.S. system at the Fort Scott Municipal Airport. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

approved to replace the A.W.O.S. system at the Fort Scott Municipal Airport.

  1. Consideration of approval to obtain bids for a machine shed at the Fort Scott Municipal Airport – Seth Simpson, Airport Manager, informed the Commission that he is requesting to go out for bids for the construction of a machine shed at the airport. Currently, equipment is stored in the Ellis Hangar and moving the equipment from that hangar would free up hangar space that could be rented. The doors on this hangar are on a pulley system and when the weather is bad, sometimes the doors cannot be opened. It is estimated to cost around $25,000 and is a budgeted item.

Parker moved to approve to obtain bids for the construction of a machine shed at the Airport. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

approved to obtain bids for the construction of a machine shed at the Airport.


Director Updates: Robert Uhler – Robert stated he just wanted to update the Commission on their recent trip to D.C representing the City to our elected officials there. Just to review, our strategy is working with them to enhance our overall visibility and accessibility to our National treasures: The Fort, The National Cemetery, Lowell Milken Center, and The Gordon Parks Museum.

We visited with each elected official’s office: Sen. Roberts, Sen. Moran, Rep. Watkins and we added in Rep. Marshall (as, he has announced his campaign for Sen. Robert’s seat).

Our visits were comprised of, reminding them of our past meetings and follow-up conversation on our “Strategic Implementation Program” which has helped identify priorities for community/economic development and related institutional and capital investment needs. The goal of these efforts is to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to leverage local assets to attract additional resources at the State and Federal levels, in addition to encouraging additional private sector investment.

  1. Authorization Request for up to $20 million in the next Surface Transportation Bill for the US Highway 69/Fort Scott Transportation and Economic Development Corridor.

    1. Asking for directed spending, in the Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization Bill; In the Surface Transportation Program (STP) account:

      1. For improvement of the “off-system” connecting roadways.
      2. Local enhancements for Safety, Energy Efficiency, and Connectivity

      3. Multi-modalism – by bringing other modes of transportation into play.
  1. Authorization Request for $15 million in the next Water Resources Development Act for Ft. Scott/Bourbon County Water, Waste Water Infrastructure Program, and Watershed Management.

    1. Directed spending to broaden, and better manage and utilize our critical water resources assets. Using the Administration’s Infrastructure Plan and the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

      1. This includes – Marmaton River, Lake Fort Scott
      2. Continue to work with USDA, US Army Corp of Engineers additional revenue streams…

Next steps will be follow-up letters and phone calls to keep Fort Scott top of mind when the right ups start to happen.

Rhonda Dunn – Sales Tax Update – Rhonda Dunn gave an update to the Commission on sales tax and the effect of 2019 versus 2018 with the closure of Price Chopper.

Rhonda said that there was another item she needed to bring up. The air conditioning unit on the north side needs replaced. She asked for quote from three local companies and only received one quote which was from Norris Heating and Air Conditioning. The quote was for $19,755.88. They quoted two different units and she recommended the Allied brand. This will be paid from the capital projects budget.

Commissioner Nichols asked about the energy efficiency audit and if there is one unit that will fit our needs better than the other one.

Robert Uhler said they are both better units than what we have now.

City Manager said that Robert will check into this tomorrow.

Nichols moved to approve the purchase of the Allied unit from Norris Heating and Air Conditioning provided the City checks with the energy audit people to make sure it meets our needs. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.


  1. City Commission:

Bartelsmeyer Remarked that she appreciated all the comments made tonight at the meeting.

Mitchell Not present.

Nichols Remarked that he appreciated all the recognitions tonight. He said that the tournament this past weekend was outstanding. He recognized Steve Anthony and Ben Cole for their hard work. Special Olympics was funded well through this event. This course has brought in quite of bit of funds through tournaments.

City Manager said that Fort Scott Munitions flew out to pick up Amy Bockerstette and her family in Tennessee. It was a great event.

Adamson – Nothing to report.

Parker – Also thanked those who assisted with the golf tournament as it was as great day in Fort Scott.

  1. City Manager:

  1. Lake Advisory Committee – City Manager said that there are 24 applicants wanting to serve on this committee. He wasn’t comfortable in selecting the board members. He will be having an evening meeting soon and invite all candidates to attend. A recommendation will be brought before them at a later date.

  1. 2019 Bob Ady Scholarship Award – City Manager recognized Rachel Pruitt for being awarded the 2019 Bob Ady Scholarship to attend the 2019 Economic Development conference to be held in Chicago.


Bartelsmeyer moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:41p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.


The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on October 15th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.




Fort Scott City Agenda for Oct. 15

Fort Scott City Commission agenda for the meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at city hall, 123 S. Main.






III. INVOCATION: Pastor Matthew Hunt, Faith Church

IV. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS: Recognition of Labconco Corporation, Peerless Products Inc., Timken Company, Niece Products of Kansas, Inc., Fort Scott Community College, and the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for participating in Manufacturing Day 2019.

Recognition of Office of Minority & Women Business Development – Kansas Department of Commerce 2019 Award Winners:

Lindsey Watts – Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Perry’s Pork Rinds, LLC – Supplier/Distributor of the Year


  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of October 1st, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1248-A totaling $517,421.93.

  1. Street Closing Request – Community Christian Church – October 31st, 2019 – Annual Trunk or Treat Event


  1. APPEARANCE: Jerry Witt, Approval of Resolution to apply for Grant

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



  1. Approval of memorial bench in Unsung Heroes Park

  1. Approval of financing for purchase of pumper truck


  1. Director Updates: Paul Ballou

  1. Commission:
  1. City Manager:



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