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Liquor By The Drink: On The November Ballot in Bourbon County

Barbara and Bryan Ritter chat before Bryan spoke at the 2018 Candidate’s Forum July 31, about changing the liquor by the drink law in Bourbon County.

Bryan Ritter, the brewer of Boiler Room Brewhaus Microbrewery, who along with wife, Barbara, run the establishment, lobbied for a change in local law, so they won’t have to have 30 percent of their profit in food sales at the microbrewery.

The question will be put to the public on November 6 in Bourbon County.

This map shows the current counties that allow liquor by the drink in Kansas. Bourbon County is one of the medium-pink shaded counties on this map that require 30 percent of business sales must be from food. The map was provided by the Ritters to FortScott.Biz.

These are the comments Ritter made at the forum:

“As a business owner and a citizen of Bourbon County I’m here today to ask for your support and a yes vote in November,” he said. “By voting yes, you are voting in support of new business and new visitors to our great city and county.”

” My wife and I own and operate the new microbrewery in town, let me quickly tell you about two of our customers.  Jim, who has been traveling to our area for many years, has always stayed in Nevada, once he heard that there was a microbrewery in Fort Scott he now stays at the Sleep Inn.”

“Another customer drove over a 100 miles just to visit our microbrewery,” Ritter told the candidate forum audience. “He suggested that for us to comply with the dated law we should sell a hot dog with every beer. ”

“Over 30% of the counties in Kansas have already done away with this dated law and with your support so will Bourbon County.”

” Let’s change the narrative from ‘here’s your hot dog that comes with a beer’ to ‘here’s your beer would you like a hotdog’?   We make great craft beer and we don’t want to make food,  your yes vote will help support us,  Fort Scott and Bourbon County.”

Fort Scott Munitions Responsible For Loud Explosion This A.M.

The loud explosion heard this morning in Fort Scott is not a cause for alarm, according to the Fort Scott Police Department.

“What I  know is Fort Scott Munitions is testing some stuff,” Tracy Reed, FSPD Communications Manager said at 9:45 a.m.

Robbie Forester, president of Fort Scott Munitions is making a YouTube video with Hank Strange this morning, according to Steven Kalm, retail manager with FS Munitions.

“They shot about 52 pounds of tannerite,” he said. “It makes a pretty good bang.” The explosion took place southwest of Fort Scott, according to Kalm.

Strange is a YouTube personality who reviews guns.

Bourbon County Commission Agenda July 31

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: July 31st, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

10:00-Clint Anderson

10:30-11:30-Justin Meeks-Executive Session- Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with representatives of the body or agency

11:30-11:40-2nd floor of the Courthouse future use

11:40-12:00-Executive Session-Privileged in the attorney-client relationship

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

2:00-3:00-Sheriff and Corrections 2019 Budget

Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual 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(s) 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

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

Painting Class At Presbyterian Village July 24

Personalized DIY Barn Wood Sign Painting Class Offered at Presbyterian Village

Presbyterian Village will be hosting a barn wood sign class at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24.

Instructor, Jennifer Cox, will demonstrate how to create charming barn wood style signs. Her painted wood signs that she will instruct are hand-crafted by you, using reclaimed weathered wood.  The varied combination of knots, cracks, imperfections and natural blemishes of the recycled wood gives your custom-painted sign it’s own unique character and texture.  The result is a treasured piece of personalized artwork that coordinates nicely with nearly every style of home decor.

Participants will take home their creations at the end of the class.

Make plans now to join us at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in our community room at 2401 S. Horton in Fort Scott.

A donation per participant is requested to cover supplies.

Class size is limited, so please register by July 20 by contacting Becky Kellum at (620) 223-5550 or rkellum@pmma.org.

For more information about Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, contact Becky Kellum, marketing director, at 620-223-5550 or email rkellum@pmm.org

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Fort Scott Presbyterian Village has served Bourbon County since 1994 with independent and assisted living. Learn more at FortScottPresbyterianVillage.org. Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with 18 locations in Missouri and Kansas. Learn more at PresbyterianManors.org.

Bourbon County Commission Agenda July 17

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: July 17th, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

9:45-10:00-David Duffy-Road in Woods Cemetery

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

11:00-NRP Update

11:15-Executive Session-Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

11:30-Executive Session-Privileged in the attorney-client relationship

11:45-Walking Trial Update

11:50-Handbook Update

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-1:45-P1 Group

Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual 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(s) 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

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

Bourbon County Fair Dog Show

The Bourbon County Fair 2018 kicked off Saturday morning with the 4-H Dog Show. Youth demonstrated their dog training skills with their pets.

2018 Bourbon County Dog Show participant Landon McDaniel smiles as his dog comes out of an obstacle to test agility and obedience.
Kole Wagner gives the command to “stay” to his dog, during the Bourbon County Fair Dog Show.
Julia Allen leads her dog through the agility test obstacle course.
Reegan McDaniel leads his dog across a plank during the obstacle course.
Alyssa Popp leads her dog to jump over an obstacle, while Devin Ramsay, Linden, the judge, watches.
Chance Fuhrman encourages his dog to go through the tunnel.
Brennan Popp encourages his dog through the hoops.
Lillian Westhoff leads her dog to the next agility test, walking across a plank.
Mayla Foster, left, waits her turn to show her dog in the obedience segment of the dog show.

Mercy Offers $10 Sports Physicals August 2

Mercy Clinic Sports Physical Dates Announced

Free or reduced-cost physicals only offered on specific dates

 It won’t be long before children are suiting up for school activities. So it’s important to ensure everything is in order before they hit the field or court.

Every August, Mercy Clinics set aside specific dates when middle school and high school students walk-in for a reduced-cost or free sports physical.

Mercy Clinic Fort Scott will offer $10 sports physicals in suite A of the clinic on Thursday, August 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary and the $10 rate is available only on this date.

Mercy Clinic Linn County will hold the free annual sports physical clinic on Friday, August 3 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, August 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at 11155 Tucker Rd. in Pleasanton. Sports physicals are free on this date only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 913-352-8379 or toll-free at 877-336-3729.

In the case of the reduced-cost physicals, the $10 fee is donated back to the student’s school activity fund. In 2017, the clinic was able to donate $2,600 to local schools to help with equipment or supply purchases.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association requires students who plan to participate in extracurricular activities to have a current physical on file.

According to Mercy Clinic Fort Scott director Michelle Bruner, “The physicals ensure that the student is healthy to participate. The students receive a thorough physical exam to be sure there are no signs of heart disease or other health-related issues that would cause problems playing sports and being physically active.”

Bruner added, “The clinic staff considers it a privilege to offer this service to students. By volunteering our time, we are able to pass the benefit right on to the schools in our service area.”

Locals To Perform In Pittsburg Community Theatre’s “Sister Act”July 19-22

Make plans this week to attend Pittsburg Community Theatre’s production of “Sister Act,” running ThursdaySaturday at 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors and children 13 & under, $8 general admission balcony.

The cast and crew are made up of community members from Pittsburg, Frontenac, Girard, Arma, Fort Scott, and Uniontown area. Mary Jo Harper will be playing the role of Deloris Van Cartier. USD 234 student, Addy Labbe will be playing Sister Mary Robert, Fort Scott Community College student Hannah Gatson is playing Michelle, Sister Mary Claire, and incoming FSCC student Fayelyn Kmeic is playing Sister Mary Eleanor.
To purchase tickets, check out www.memorialauditorium.org, call 620-231-7827, or visit the box office M-F 8:30-4: 30 PM. Tickets are also available at the door. Concessions will be available at the show as well.
For more information, check out www.pctinfo.org or www.facebook.com/pctinfo
See you at the show!

Fort Scott Commission Minutes June 19

CITY OF FORT SCOTT

CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of June 19, 2018 Regular Meeting #12

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held June 19th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.

ROLL CALL:

Commissioners Adamson, Nichols, and Parker were present with President of the City Commission, Bartelsmeyer, presiding. Mayor Mitchell was absent.

INVOCATION: Pastor Steve Cole, First United Methodist Church, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City and all government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Janet Braun, Denton Wescoat, Steve Cole, Bobby Duncan, Alyssa Rice, Deb Needleman, Kenny Howard, Darrell Parker, Kaylea Manwiller, Spenser Johnson, Rachel Pruitt, Kenny Howard, Rhonda Dunn, Travis Shelton, Lynne Oharah, Lindsay Madison, Rhonda Dunn, Steve Buerge, Jana Walker, Paul Ballou, Clayton Miller, and Jason Silvers, representing the Fort Scott Tribune.

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND APPROPRIATIONS/CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of June 5th, 2018.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1217-A totaling $309,518.34.

  1. Fireworks Waiver – July 4th, 2018

  1. Parade Permit – Burke Street Parade – July 4th, 2018

  1. Cereal Malt Beverage Application – Lady Elks Lodge #579 – June 23rd, 2018 – Briggs Car Show

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

APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.

APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE: Jana Walker – Closure of Burke Street – Jana Walker appeared before the Commission to request Burke Street be closed on July 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. from 10th and Burke to Lakin Drive. They plan to have a big block neighborhood party. She has visited with Chief Shelton, Chad Brown and also the City Manager about this. They plan to have activities all day after the parade in the morning and then a cookout in the early evening and ending with fireworks.

City Manager asked the Commission to allow City staff to work with the organizers to close the needed streets for this event.

Nichols moved to approve the closure of Burke Street and allow City staff to work with the organizers to close any other needed streets on July 4th, 2018 from 10th and Burke to Lakin Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

approveD the closure of Burke Street AND allow City staff to work with the organizers to close any other needed streets on July 4th, 2018 from 10th and Burke to Lakin Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 A.m.

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

limit per citizen) – Bobby Dennis – Mr. Dennis appeared to speak on behalf of the Beaux Arts Center and the code footprint and the closing of the business which they chose to do. He asked the City to retract the code footprint which was not needed.

City Manager said that the City did not close the business or shut them down. The City has been willing to work with them. The City will not retract the code footprint.

  1. PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Parker moved to open the Public Hearing at 6:22 p.m. Nichols seconded. Motion carried.

OPENED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:22 P.M.

6:15 p.m. Resolution 30-2018 directing the repair or removal of an unsafe and dangerous structure and accessory structure located at 211 N. Lincoln Street – Rhonda Dunn, Code Director, informed the Commission that this structure has had a fire in it in the past. The property owner has been very cooperative and informed her that they are not able to make repairs to the structure. The house has significant termite damage. There has been no water to this structure since February 2016 and the house is vacant. She recommended allowing 30 days to repair or remove this structure.

Nichols moved to approve Resolution No. 30-2018 authorizing this structure be repaired or removed in 10 days. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED RESOLUTION NO. 30-2018 DIRECTING THE REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF AN UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 211 N. LINCOLN STREET. STRUCTURE MUST BE BROUGHT UP TO 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE BY JULY 6TH, 2018 OR DEMOLITION PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN.

6:15 p.m. Resolution 26-2018 directing the repair or removal of an unsafe and dangerous structure located at 1306 E. Wall Street – Rhonda Dunn, Code Director, informed the Commission that this property was on a contract to sell from the owner to another person. That person attempted to put a roof on the structure. The back of the structure is in bad condition and the roof in the back is in disrepair. The eves and soffits on the house are in disrepair. The back yard is a mess and if this structure is removed the mess that was left will be cleaned up also.

Adamson moved to approve Resolution No. 26-2018 authorizing this structure be repaired or removed in 30 days. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED RESOLUTION NO. 26-2018 DIRECTING THE REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF AN UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 1306 E. WALL STREET. STRUCTURE MUST BE BROUGHT UP TO 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE BY JULY 27TH, 2018 OR DEMOLITION PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN.

Bartelsmeyer moved to close the Public Hearing at 6:27 p.m. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

CLOSED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:27 P.M.

CONSIDERATION:

  1. Consideration of placing stone at Heritage Park in front of rose garden in memory of Dola Cress – Lindsay Madison, Executive Director, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, informed the Commission that back in 2007 the Bourbon County Garden Club recognized community member Dola Cress for her years of service in leading the PRIDE organization in Fort Scott and other community volunteer efforts. This recognition was done thought a wooden marker that was staked in the flower bed area at Heritage Park, located at 1st and Main dedicating the rose bushes in her name. It was noted a few years ago that this marker was missing. A metal plaque was then engraved with the following: In honor of PRIDE – Community – Dola’s Rose Garden – Dedicated 2007 – Dola Cress. Dola and her daughter were not pleased with the metal plaque and further asked if they could have her name etched in the limestone at the park with Geneva & Sons doing the etching work which would be paid for by Dola’s daughter.

City Manager cautioned the Commission that they could be setting a precedence with other individuals wanting the etching in limestone there also.

Commissioner Bartelsmeyer said that she has seen some really nice brass plaques.

City Manager asked for approval for he and Lindsay Madison to work together to find a nice plaque to place in the rose garden area.

Bartelsmeyer moved to authorize the City Manager and Lindsay Madison to work together to find a nice plaque for the rose garden area. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

authorizeD the City Manager and Lindsay Madison TO work together to find a nice plaque for the rose garden area.

  1. Consideration of appointment – Fort Scott Housing Authority Board – Diane Clay, City Clerk, informed the Commission that two letters of interest were received for the open position vacated by Dan Meara on the Housing Authority Board. Darrell Parker and Deborah Apfel both submitted letters of interest. These letters were sent to the Housing Authority and they have recommended the appointment of Darrell Parker to this position.

Nichols moved to approve to appoint Darrell Parker to the Fort Scott Housing Authority Board. Adamson seconded. Adamson, Nichols and Bartelsmeyer voted aye. Parker abstained. Motion carried.

APPROVED TO APPOINT DARRELL PARKER TO THE FORT SCOTT HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD TO REPLACE THE VACATED POSITION OF DANIEL MEARA.

  1. Consideration of OCR Letter – City Manager said that he has been working with Bob Beckham, Superintendent, U.S.D. 234 on the Title 9 complaint. Mr. Beckham needs to send some documentation to the State. This letter, compiled by the City Attorney, states that the City has no plans to building a club house or dressing room at this time at Fisher Park as there are no funds available for this. The City is not involved in the Title 9 complaint.

Parker moved to approve the OCR letter to USD 234. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED OCR LETTER TO USD 234.

  1. Consideration of approval of AWOS upgrade grant from K.D.O.T. for Airport – Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, along with Kenny Howard, Airport Director, informed the Commission that the City has received a grant from K.D.O.T. for AWOS upgrades at the Airport in the amount of $109,060. There is a 10% match from the City which would amount to $12,118. This is a budgeted item.

Kenny stated that the AWOS upgrade is badly needed at the Airport as the current system is about 19 years old.

Parker moved to approve the K.D.O.T. grant in the amount of $109,600 for the AWOS upgrades at the Airport with the City match being $12,118.00. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

approved the K.D.O.T. grant in the amount of $109,600 for the AWOS upgrades at the Airport with the City match being $12,118.00.

  1. Consideration of approval of PAPI & REIL grant from K.D.O.T. for Airport – Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, along with Kenny Howard, Airport Director, informed the Commission that the City received a K.D.O.T. grant for the PAPI & REIL upgrades at the Airport in the amount of $177,462. The City match is $19,718. The PAPI and REIL is runway lighting.

Discussion was held regarding the expansion of the Airport and how this lighting would be affected.

Kenny stated that the grant can be delayed if the expansion occurs.

Rachel stated that she is applying for another grant for the expansion in July.

Nichols moved to approve the PAPI and REIL runway lighting grant in the amount of $177,462 with the City match being $19,718 for the Airport. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

approveD the PAPI and REIL runway lighting K.D.O.T. grant in the amount of $177,462 with the City match being $19,718 for the Airport.

  1. Consideration of Change Order #1 – Regional Tourism Center – $1,315.00 – Rachel Pruitt, informed the Commission that this change order is for an additional $1,315.00 which is due to an additional piece of countertop, the unexpected stripping of wallpaper and skimming the wall and power sanding. Approval was recommended.

Adamson moved to approve the Change Order #1 in the amount of $1,315.00 to Great Expectations. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED CHANGE ORDER #1 IN THE ADDITIONAL AMOUNT OF $1,315.00 TO GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

  1. Consideration of Land Bank Ordinance No. 3535 adoption

  • Appointment of Land Bank Manager

  • Approval of Establishment of Land Bank Board of Trustees

Rhonda Dunn, Community Development Director, informed the Commission that she is seeking approval of the Ordinance to adopt the Land Bank. She told them that the Land Bank is a special purpose governmental entity that focuses on the conversion of vacant, abandoned, tax delinquent, and foreclosed properties into productive use. There are currently 11 land banks in Kansas. She explained the goals and strategies of a land bank. She explained reasons why a land bank can be effective. She checked with the City’s insurance carrier, KCAMP, and said that if the City moves forward with the establishment of the Land Bank, the Land Bank does not need to be insured separately from the City. She asked the City Commission to approve the Ordinance adopting the Land Bank, authorize the City Manager to appoint a Land Bank Manager, and approve the organization of the Land Bank Board of Trustees which is seven members. She recommended the City Commission serve as the Land Bank Board of Trustees and that their terms run consecutively with their terms of office. She also recommended a representative from Bourbon County Board of Commissioners, and a representative from Bourbon County Economic Development Council, Inc.

Nichols moved to approve the adoption of Ordinance No. 3535 creating a Land Bank for the City of Fort Scott, approving the Land Bank Manager as Rhonda Dunn, and approving the Land Bank Board of Trustees as the five City Commissioners along with a representation of the Bourbon County Board of Commissioners and a representative from Bourbon County Economic Development Council, Inc. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

approveD the adoption of Ordinance No. 3535 creating a Land Bank for the City of Fort Scott, approving the Land Bank Manager as Rhonda Dunn, and approving the Land Bank Board of Trustees as the five City Commissioners along with a representation of the Bourbon County Board of Commissioners and a representative from Bourbon County Economic Development Council, Inc.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3535 CREATING ARTICLE 14 OF THE FORT SCOTT MUNICIPAL CODE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING THE FORT SCOTT LAND BANK, AND DETERMINING THE MEMBERSHIP, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FORT SCOTT LAND BANK.

8. Consideration of changing FSA (Flexible Spending Account) vendor – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, informed the Commission that the current vendor for the City’s flexible spending account is TASC and the cost is $5.99 per participant per month plus a $169.00 annual renewal fee. She proposed that the City change to HelloFurther who has a relationship with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas. This would streamline our process by having the FSA and HAS with the same vendor. The price would drop to $4.50 per participant per month with no annual renewal fee or set up charge. This change in vendor would save the City $619.00 per year.

Adamson approved to change the flexible spending account vendor from TASC to HelloFurther saving the City $619.00 per year. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO CHANGE THE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT VENDOR TO HELLOFURTHER SAVING THE CITY $619.00 PER YEAR.

COMMISSION/STAFF:

  1. Director Updates: Jon Garrison – Mr. Garrison gave a preliminary budget update for the 2019 budget. He relayed the increase in costs in KPERS and KP&F benefits and the Work Comp increased expense. There is a 3% increase currently budgeted for employee salaries. There are two big projects coming up: River Intake Structure which will cost approximately $5,000,000 and the purchase of two fire trucks – an aerial ladder truck and the pumper truck which will amount to approximately $1,500,000. He is looking to have a budget work session before the July 17th City Commission meeting with the 2019 budget being approved at the August 7th, 2018 meeting.

B. City Commission:

Adamson Nothing to report.

Bartelsmeyer Nothing to report.

Nichols Nothing to report.

Parker – Nothing to report.

Mitchell Not present.

C. City Attorney: Nothing to report.

  1. Director of Finance: Nothing to report.

  1. City Manager:

  1. City Manager informed the Commission that U.S.D. 234 school will begin on August 23rd, 2018. He asked the Commission to approve the closing of the Aquatic Center on August 12th.

Parker moved to close the Aquatic Center for the summer on August 12th, 2018. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO CLOSE THE AQUATIC CENTER FOR THE SUMMER ON AUGUST 12TH, 2018.

  1. Unemployment rate – City Manager stated that our unemployment rate is currently 3.8%. There are only 271 people not employed.

  1. Project List – Rachel Pruitt gave the Commissioners a project list of all the completed projects that have been completed through June 13th, 2018.

ADJOURNMENT:

Parker moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:27 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

ADJOURNED MEETING AT 7:27 P.M.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on July 3rd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

RECORDED BY:

____________________

DIANE K. CLAY

CITY CLERK

Mercy Pharmacy Will Close Early for Inventory on June 27

Regular hours resume on June 28

 The pharmacy at Mercy Fort Scott will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 for inventory. Regular hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28.

We want to make all our patients aware of the temporary change in hours on June 27 so they can plan ahead and not have any interruption in their medication,” said Jennifer Dunshee, RPh. “We thank our patients in advance for their cooperation during our annual inventory process.”

Shorty before the end of every fiscal year, the pharmacy staff takes inventory of drug and supplies.

Mercy’s fiscal year ends June 30.

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. 

Chamber Coffee at The Keyhold Thursday at 8 a.m.

WEEKLY CHAMBER COFFEE REMINDER
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Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!

Hosted By
Keyhole Youth Center
 
at Keyhole Youth Center, 1002 S. Main St.
Thursday June 7, 2018
Click here for the Keyhole Youth Center’s Facebook page.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
June 14th – The Lavender Patch Farm
June 21st – BEACON Food Pantry
June 28th – Skitch’s Inc.
July 5th  – No Coffee

Volkswagon Settlement Comments Needed

   

KDHE Posts Overview of Plan and Invites Comments for VW Settlement

Comment period runs from June 1 – July 2

 

TOPEKA – Beginning today, Friday, June 1, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will post online the Kansas Plan for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust and will collect comments on the content through July 2. The trust was created pursuant to the 2016 U.S. Department of Justice partial consent decree to settle claims against the automaker Volkswagen. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen is required to allocate $2.7 billion toward an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund diesel emission reduction projects.

 

In 2017, KDHE was designated as the lead agency to act on behalf of the trust for the state of Kansas. This includes distributing funds totaling more than $15 million, which may be used on eligible projects ranging from the replacement of older diesel-fueled equipment to the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

 

To view the plan and for more information about the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, visit www.kdheks.gov/bar/air-monitor/dieselgrant/dieselvw.html. To submit comments via email, send to kdhe.ksvwsettlement@ks.gov. Comments must be received by July 2.