The Fort Scott Police Department daily reports can best be viewed on a computer. The FSPD is located at
1604 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 66701, the contact number is
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The Fort Scott Police Department daily reports can best be viewed on a computer.
The FSPD is located at 1604 S. National, Fort Scott, and can be reached at 620-223-1700.
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The agenda for the Fort Scott City Commission, 6 p.m. March 20 at city hall, 123 S. Main.
I. ROLL CALL:
ADAMSON BARTELSMEYER NICHOLS PARKER MITCHELL
II. FLAG SALUTE
III. INVOCATION: Dave Martin, City Manager
V. CONSENT AGENDA:
Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of March 6th, 2018.
Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1211-A totaling $284,110.34.
Resolution No. 12-2018 and Notice of Hearing With Reference to Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 1602 E. Oak – Public Hearing Date – 5/1/2018 at 6:15 p.m.
Resolution No. 13-2018 and Notice of Hearing With Reference to Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 504 S. Judson – Public Hearing Date – 5/1/2018 at 6:15 p.m.
Certificate of Appropriateness – Alterations to 22 & 22 ½ N. Main Street
VI. APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:
Mike Trim – School Resource Officer
Jackie Sellers – Senior Citizens/Taxi update
B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute limit per citizen)
C. PUBLIC HEARINGS/COMMENTS:
6:15 p.m. Resolution 14-2018 – Resolution Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure and Accessory Structure located at 1523 E. Wall Street
6:15 p.m. Resolution 15-2018 – Resolution Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure and Accessory Structure located at 1601 E. Wall Street
6:15 p.m. Resolution 16-2018 – Resolution Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure and Accessory Structure located at 13 N. Holbrook Street
6:15 p.m. Resolution 17-2018 – Resolution Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 523 S. Main Street
6:15 p.m. Resolution 18-2018 – Resolution Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 108 W. Oak Street
6:15 p.m. Resolution 19-2018 – Resolution Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 309 S. Lowman Street
Presentation of 2018 Comprehensive Plan – Diana Endicott, Chairperson, Fort Scott Planning Commission
Supplemental Agreement for Construction Engineering on the South Main (Highway 69) Widening Project and 18th/23rd Street Intersection Project
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
IX. MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT: ROLL CALL
The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held March 6th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.
Commissioners Adamson, Bartelsmeyer, and Parker were present with Mayor Mitchell presiding. Commissioner Nichols was absent.
INVOCATION: Allen Schellack, Chaplain, Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the city and all government and city officials.
AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Tim Harper, Rachel Pruitt, Clayton Miller, Frank Adamson, Paul Ballou, Rhonda Dunn, Deb Needleman, Darrell Parker, Terry Hughes, Susan Galemore, Janet Braun, Rose Good, Tom Robertson, Allen Schellack, Deb McCoy, Diana Morriss, Allyson Turvey, Jody Hoener, Roy Hoener, Jerald Mitchell, Tim Harloff, and Jason Silvers, representing the Fort Scott Tribune.
Flood Safety Awareness Week Proclamation – March 4-10, 2018 – Mayor Mitchell read a proclamation which proclaims March 4-10, 2018 as Flood Safety Awareness Week in the City of Fort Scott.
Introduction of new City employees – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, introduced Allyson Turvey as a new City employee. Ally started in April 2017 in a shared position with the Chamber and Tourism. She is now full time with the City and assists the Economic Development Director and Community Development Director as well as the Tourism Director.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND APPROPRIATIONS/CONSENT AGENDA:
Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of February 20th, 2018.
Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1210-A totaling $561,766.74.
Approval of Archer Daniels Midland Amended Agreement – purchase of treated wastewater from City of Fort Scott
Resolution No. 11-2018 and Notice of Hearing With Reference to Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure and Accessory Structure located at 310 N. Cleveland – Public Hearing Date – 4/17/2018 at 6:15 p.m.
Parker moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.
APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.
B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute
limit per citizen) –
Terry Hughes – Mr. Hughes appeared before the Commission and told them he lives at 3rd and Hill Street and needs some Fort Scott bricks. He needs about 900 bricks to finish his project he is working on. He is pouring a pad by the alley and will install the bricks in there.
City Manager asked the Commission to let himself and Chad Brown work together with Mr. Hughes and see what the City can do.
Diana Morriss – Ms. Morriss stated she didn’t appear at the last meeting due to the weather. She expressed her concerns in a letter to the Commission last week about the closing of the Beaux Arts Center. She asked the Commission to be fair and just and when errors are made to correct them.
City Attorney said that the City did not make any mistakes. The City of Fort Scott did not do anything administratively to shut down this building. The owners did that themselves. The City is willing to sit down and talk with them. There were no errors made. The owners need to come and talk to the City.
Deb McCoy – Ms. McCoy said she is here with the same concerns. She would like to see this issue moved forward in a positive way. This closure has affected many people’s plans for this year.
City Attorney said that the City is anxious to resolve this situation and is waiting on the owners of the building to meet with them.
Rose Good – Ms. Good said that she is also concerned about the Beaux Arts Center. She moved here 17 years ago and she would like to commend Rhonda Dunn on the good job she is doing in cleaning up the City. She is glad that the codes are being enforced no matter who you are. We need to make sure that we are the best looking town we can be and keep moving forward. She commended Dave Martin as the City looks better since he became City Manager than it has for years before.
City Manager said that he is still waiting to meet with the Duncan’s. He has reached out to Bobby Duncan but has not heard anything. He does not know what else the City can do.
Mayor Mitchell said the Commission would like the building to remain open but the owners need to meet with the City officials.
Parker moved to open the Public Hearing at 6:15 p.m. Bartelsmeyer seconded. Motion carried.
OPENED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:15 P.M.
6:15 p.m. Resolution 10-2018 directing the repair or removal of an alleged unsafe and dangerous structure and accessory structure located at 1234 E. Elm Street – Rhonda Dunn, Codes Director, informed the Commission that this structure is in bad need of repair. It has been on the dangerous and unsafe status since 2010. It sold in 2014 to Jerrod Cowlishaw at a tax sale. This structure has no electricity or water to it. She recommended giving the property owner 30 days to either repair or remove this structure.
Discussion was held if less than 30 days can be given and the City Attorney advised it is up to the Commission.
Mitchell moved to give the property owner 10 days to either repair or remove this structure. Parker seconded. All voted aye.
APPROVED RESOLUTION NO. 10-2018 DIRECTING THE REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF AN UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS STRUCTURE AND ACCESSORY STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 1234 E. ELM STREET. STRUCTURE MUST BE BROUGHT UP TO 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE BY MARCH 21st, 2018 OR DEMOLITION PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN.
Mitchell moved to close the Public Hearing at 6:19 p.m. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.
CLOSED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:19 P.M.
Consideration of Fitness Bids – Buck Run Community Center – Tom Robertson, Buck Run Community Center Director, informed the Commission that bids were received on February 14th, 2018 for the purchase of two new treadmill machines for the fitness room at Buck Run. He asked the Commission to approve the bid from Mid-States Fitness Equipment of Wichita, Kansas totaling $9,300. There were other bids that were less, but they did not meet the bid specifications.
Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the bid from Mid-States Fitness Equipment of Wichita, Kansas in the amount of $9,300. Parker seconded. All voted aye.
APPROVED BID FROM MID-STATES FITNESS EQUIPMENT OF WICHITA, KANSAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,300.00 FOR THE PURCHASE OF TWO NEW TREADMILLS AT BUCK RUN COMMUNITY CENTER.
Consideration of 124 E. Wall Bids – CDBG Grant and Approval of Project – Susan Galemore, Grant Administrator for Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission, informed the Commission that this project was recently rebid a second time. There were three bids received with the low bid from Hofer & Hofer of Humboldt, Kansas in the amount of $150,084. This amount is still about $50,000 over the projected budget for the project as the grant amount is $95,000.
Jon Garrison prepared a spreadsheet which reflects the grant in the amount of $95,000, the City of Fort Scott contribution of $30,000, and the Economic Development Grant in the amount of $3,000. The owner’s contribution is $49,759.00 total. The total project is $177,759.00.
Jody Hoener thanked the City for all their assistance with this project.
Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the low bid from Hofer & Hofer of Humboldt, Kansas in the amount of $150,084 with the payments approved as shown. Parker seconded. All voted aye.
APPROVED LOW BID FROM HOFER & HOFER OF HUMBOLDT, KANSAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $150,084 FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE BUILDING AT 124 E. WALL STREET.
Consideration of Tourism Center Upgrade Bids – Dave Martin, City Manager, informed the Commission that the upgrade of the tourism center was recently rebid after specifications were drawn up by AG Engineering. There were three bids received: Buildet, LLC of Nevada, Missouri in the amount of $13,800; Great Expectations of Fort Scott in the amount of $15,169.71; and JBHS, LLC of Uniontown, KS in the amount of $19,885.11. City Manager recommended the Commission approved the local bid from Great Expectations. It is 9% higher or $1,367.71 more than the low bid. This amount will be split between the CVB, Economic Development and Community Development budgets.
Mitchell moved to approve the local bid in the amount of $15,169.71 from Great Expectations of Fort Scott for the upgrade at the Tourism Center. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.
APPROVED LOCAL BID IN THE AMOUNT OF $15,169.71 FROM GREAT EXPECTATIONS OF FORT SCOTT FOR THE UPGRADE AT THE TOURISM CENTER.
Consideration of Memorial Hall Rental Contract – Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, informed the Commission that she has had no contact from the buyer who was interested in purchasing Memorial Hall a couple of years ago. She has not heard from him since the fall of 2017. Discussions were held between staff about making Memorial Hall a revenue generator. The building houses the Codes Department still. She said that Larry Gazaway looked at over ten different facility contracts. He came up with a contract for individuals or organizations who would like to rent the facility. It has been approved by the City Attorney. She said that for profit events will be treated differently than not for profit events. She stated that with the revenue that is made from the renting of the building that upgrades will be done to the building such as painting and updating of the windows.
Bartlesmeyer moved to approve the Memorial Hall Rental Contract. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.
APPROVED MEMORIAL HALL RENTAL CONTRACT.
Consideration of Ground Lease Bids for land at Wastewater Treatment Plant – Dave Martin, City Manager, informed the Commission that bids were taken for the lease of approximately 104 acres at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. There were four bids received with the high bid from J.W. Endicott in the amount of $15,000. Approval was recommended.
Parker moved to approve the high bid from J. W. Endicott in the amount of $15,000 to farm the 104 acres at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.
APPROVED THE HIGH BID FROM J. W. ENDICOTT IN THE AMOUNT OF $15,000.00 TO FARM THE 104 ACRES AT THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.
Director Updates: Rhonda Dunn – Rhonda gave the Commission an update on the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team and the Food Alliance Board. She also updated the Commission on the PedNet program, which is focusing on sidewalks, crosswalks, bicycling, and trails.
B. City Commission:
Adamson – Nothing to report.
Bartelsmeyer – Nothing to report.
Nichols – Not present
Parker – Nothing to report.
Mitchell – Thanked the individuals who spoke tonight for their comments.
C. City Attorney: Nothing to report.
Director of Finance: Nothing to report.
City Manager: Nothing to report.
Parker moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:46 p.m. Mitchell seconded. All voted aye.
ADJOURNED MEETING AT 6:46 P.M.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on March 20th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
DIANE K. CLAY
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Schedule of Special Events in Fort Scott, Kansas
March 16 –18, 2018
Visit the Chamber & Tourism Center for more attractions & activities!
Tell your friends you’re here! Check in on Facebook! @ Visit Fort Scott KS
@ Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce 800-245-FORT (3678) * www.fortscott.com
231 E. Wall Street Fort Scott, KS 2 Pages on Facebook: Visit Fort Scott KS & Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce 800-245-FORT (3678) * www.fortscott.com
FRI & SAT – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Livestock Sales – Fort Scott Livestock Market – 2131 Maple Rd. You don’t have to be a buyer to watch the sale and visit the café.
FRI, SAT & SUN – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Art Project: New Faces New Neighbors Fort Scott National Historic Site – History & Art come together. Kids have created textile works of art that
encompass the change of Fort Scott NHS throughout its history.
FRIDAY, March 16th
8:00 am – Water/Ways Exhibit on display- Fort Scott Regional Tourism Center – 231 E. Wall St
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Trolley Tours on the hour, leave from the Tourism Center, 231 E. Wall, $6a/$4c, last tour@3pm.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Lenten Fish Fry– Every Friday through March 23 at Kennedy Gym 705 S. Holbrook
6:00 pm – 8:00pm – FSCC “Escape the Fort” Escape Room – Contact Matt Glades at email@example.com or call 620.223.2700 ext. 3520 to set up a time. “May the odds be ever in your favor”-Hunger Games
SATURDAY, March 17th
Shamrock Saturday! Wear your green & Shop the Fort! Ask about Drawings, Deals & Discounts
St Patrick’s Day Nightlife & More –
Crooner’s Lounge/Liberty Theatre –St Patrick’s Day on the Patio– All Day
Nate’s Place – St. Paddy’s Day Specials All Day
The Boiler Room Brewhaus Specialty Brew– Feckin Red, Irish Red Ale
Holmtown Pub – The East Siders Band – Live with music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s –8pm
Sharky’s – Opening at 7 am for an St. Paddy’s Day Breakfast -”You can’t drink all day if you don’t start early!
10:00 am – Water/Ways Exhibit on display – Fort Scott Regional Tourism Center – 231 E. Wall St.
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Trolley Tours on the hour, leave from the Tourism Center, 231 E. Wall, $6a/$4c, last tour@3p
12:00 pm – 12:00 am – Annual Marvin Colegrove Memorial Pool Tournament – Elks Lodge –
1:00 pm – KJBA –Kansas Junior Bullriders Association – Bullriders Finals held at FSCC Indoor Arena:
1:00 pm – Free Screening of the 1951 Classic “Show Boat” held at the Empress Event Center 7 N. Main
SUNDAY, March 18th
Walk Kansas Begins Today through May 12th – Contact your local K-State extension office for details
6:00 pm – Lenten Worship Services – Trinity Lutheran Church, 2824 S Horton St.
Special thanks to the businesses below for their Chamber membership & support of the community!RESTAURANTS:
Downtown Historic District Holmtown Pub 206 N. National 620-223-1477
Nu-Grille 24 N. National 620-223-9949
Sharky’s Pub & Grub 16 N. National 620-223-4777
La Hacienda 24 N. Main St. 620-223-4400
Papa Don’s Pizza 10 N. Main St. 620-223-4171
Crooner’s Lounge (5-9pm) 117 S. Main St. 620-224-9787
Common Ground Coffee Co. 116 S. Main St. 620-223-2499
Nate’s Place (Lyons Twin Mansions) 750 S. National 620-223-3644
Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-2pm, Sat-Sun 8am-2pm, Cocktails & carry-in Thurs-Fri 5-8pm
Southern Fort Scott
Sonic Drive-In 1700 S. National 620-223-3630
Domino’s Pizza 1709 S. National 620-768-5533
Subway 1715 S. National 620-224-2420
Marsha’s Great Plains Deli 6 W. 18th St. 620-223-6432
McDonald’s 2224 S. Main St. 620-223-6760
Dairy Queen 2328 S. Main St. 620-224-2226
El Charro 2503 S. Main St. 620-223-9944
Penny’s Diner 2505 S. Main St. 620-768-7000
Downtown Historic District: Bids & Dibs 19 S. National, 620-224-2437: New & consignment home décor, clothing, & accessories
The Bunker 108 Scott Ave: Shooting sports retailer & firearms training facility
Country Cupboard 12 N. Main, 620-223-5980: Country accents, Victorian décor, quilting fabrics, Primitives, collectibles, and souvenirs. John’s shoe & boot repair located in the back of the store
Electronics Store 2 N. National, 620-223-4501: Electronics, toys and games, cell phones and accessories
Fort Scott Munitions 523 E. Wall St., 620-223-1277: Manufacturer of premium ammunition & firearms
Iron Star Antiques & Such 3 N. Main, 620-223-2929: Unique gifts, home décor, furniture, ladies apparel
J & W Sports Shop 20 N. Main, 620-223-3690: Athletic clothing and shoes
Main Street Gallery & Gifts, and other Collective Booths 23 S. Main, 620-223-2210
Mayco Ace Hardware 205 Scott, 620-223-2670: Hardware, garden and more
Miller Feed & Farm 15 W. Wall, 620-223-3420: Feed, boots, animal care & accessories
Redbud Farms & Nurseries 1291 240th St., 620-223-1811: Greenhouse & Nurseries
Ruddick’s Furniture 117 S. National, 620-223-2510: Furniture and home décor
Rustic Charm Flea Market 212 E. 1st St. 620-644-8645: Antiques and furniture
The Shiney Studios 123 S. National Ave. 620-215-5019: Yoga studio, wellness center, clothing, candles, & more
Sunshine Boutique Gifts and Cosmetics 18 E. Wall, 620-223-6007: Gift items, candles & cosmetics
Trader Dave’s Antiques & More 15 S. Scott, 620-224-0079: Unique items ranging from antiques to gently used items
Treasure Hunt Flea Market 6 S. Main St. 620-223-3522: Antiques, furniture, collectibles & gifts
Additional Shopping Locations:
Bartelsmeyer Jewelry 1519 S. National, 620-223-2070: Fine jewelry
Fort Scott Gun & Pawn 1402 E. Wall, 620-223-0583: Visit their showroom!
HairBow Center 2326 Kansas Rd., 620-223-9898: online & warehouse ribbon & bow accessories
Heidrick‘s True Value & Nancy’s Gift Corner 1508 S. National, 620-223-2660: Hardware and gift corner Pot Pantry 1366 215th St., 620-224-7480: Unique hand-made pottery, call Bobbi to see if open to shop
Sekan’s Occasion Shop 2210 S. Main, 620-223-5190: Furniture, home décor, and party supplies
Shirt Shack 11 E. 18th St., 620-223-4680: T-shirts, jeans and other clothing
Tractor Supply Company 2420 S. Main, 620-223-4900: Farm supplies, clothing, shoes and more
Walgreens 2229 S. Main, 620-223-2402: Cosmetics, health and beauty aids, pharmacy and much more
Wal-Mart 2500 S. Main, 620-223-2867: Discount store plus groceries
Fort Scott National Historic Site *Free Admission* (8am-5pm): Self-guided tour, cell phone tour, 20 min. the film always available.
11 buildings & exhibits. Gift shop with books, shirts, historical toys, & other souvenirs.
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes *Free Admission* 1 S. Main, 620-223-1312, (Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm): Informative exhibits on unsung heroes & other award-winning exhibits. Also sells award-winning book, movie, and teaching materials.
Gordon Parks Museum & Photo Exhibit *Free Admission* 2018 S. Horton, Ellis Fine Arts Center, 620-223-2700
(Tues-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-2pm, & by appt.): 1st black photographer for Life magazine, photographer, poet, filmmaker. The gift shop also sells books, t-shirts, mugs, and other gift items.
National Cemetery No. 1 900 E. National Ave.: Numbered 1 of 14 cemeteries declared National cemeteries in 1861 by Pres. Lincoln.
Lyons Twin Mansions *Free Tour* 750 S. National Ave. 620-223-3644: Offers complimentary tours, any-time of day.
Courtland Hotel & Spa 121 E. 1st St. 620-223-5657: Spa/Massage/Salon Retail Outlet
Re:freshed Aesthetics 750 S. National Ave. 620-215-2694: Beauty products, facials, waxings, & more
The Shiney Studios 123 S. National Ave. 620-215-5019: Yoga studio, wellness center, clothing, candles, & more
Vinedo del Alamo Winery 2304 Poplar Rd.. 620-215-6311, (Fri.-Sat. 3-9pm, Sun. 12-6pm): Wine tastings, and purchase from a local vineyard. North on 69 Hwy. to Poplar Rd. exit, turn east 1 mile across RR tracks.
Woodland Hills Golf Course 2414 S. Horton, 620-223-5060
Gunn Park 1010 Park Ave.: 155-acre Scenic Park, 7 shelter houses, 2 lakes, 6 mi. of trails, 18-hole disc golf course
Kansas Rocks Recreational Park 18 miles NW of Fort Scott, 130th St. Mapleton, KS. (Sat. 8am-5pm, Sun. 9am-4pm): 30 miles of trails for Jeeps & 4-wheel drives, biking, & hiking
Hunting, Fishing, & Watersports: Multiple lakes & fishing/hunting areas at Fort Scott Lake, Rock Creek Lake* Bourbon County State Lake*, Elm Creek, Cedar Creek, Timber Hills Ranch, T&C Wildlife & More! *Waterfalls at these locations.
The 2018 Annual Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Awards Celebration was held at the Liberty Theater, March 15.
On the agenda were the social hour, silent auction, dinner, a live auction, and award presentations.
Guest speakers were Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.
The Fort Scott Farmers Market group met Thursday evening to review 2017 and look to this season possibilities.
The market sets up stalls in front of the Fort Scott National Historic Site at the north end of Main Street starting in May on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until noon and Tuesday evenings from 4-6 p.m.
It continues until October.
Market stall fees are $5 per day and there is a $5 application fee to reserve a vendor space. Or there is a discounted fee of $4 per day if pre-paid in the amount of $108 for the 27-week market space.
A new president of the market was elected, Stacey Atkins.
Beverly Brown was re-elected as treasurer.
Atkins was the secretary in 2017 and that position is still open.
In 2017 the group facilitated:
The group is looking for honey producers, at the request of community members.
Group member Vickie Shead said she has some honey but production has been difficult with the drift of herbicides that have helped to decimate her bee population.
Traditional offerings of this market are veggies, fruit, eggs, crafts, jellies/jams, baked goods, herbs, live plants, nuts, and pottery.
This year Fort Scott Kiwanis has offered to do Breakfast on the Bricks the first Saturday in May, according to Mickie Kraft, a group member.
Group member Ronnie Brown told about the Bourbon County Food Alliance that he is a part of.
“They were talking about how they could help us, possibly furnishing entertainment, breakfast, public relations, and help with the business part,” Brown said. “They want to see this farmers market extended.”
Brown also mentioned Project 17, which is a regional economic development and community engagement initiative in the southeast region of the state, according to a K-State website.
“Bob Marshall helped initiate it,” Brown said. Marshall was a Kansas Senator from 2009 to 2013.
“Local food is a by-word now,” Brown said. “There is a lot to look forward to, a lot of enthusiasm.”
Newly elected President Stacey Atkins told the group about a program through a Pathways Grant that is seeking input from local food producers.
“On May 3, a Buy and Sell-Meet and Greet will be at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall,” Atkins said. “This meeting will be to bridge the divide between local gardeners and retail food sellers.”