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Obituary of Charles Hennessey


Charles (Chuck) David Hennessy, passed away peacefully in his sleep, on August 2, 2019. He was born on May 20, 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas to Gertrude (Shannon) and John Hennessy. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, John.

He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Philippines, earning the rank of E4. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years, starting two Boy Scout troops in the Colorado Springs area. Chuck volunteered with the El Paso County Search and Rescue and enjoyed mountain climbing, including many of the Colorado “14ers” and the twenty-thousand-foot peak of Mt Chimborazo in Ecuador. He was an avid hiker with the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Volkssport Association. Chuck retired from the US Post Office after 30 years of carrying mail.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ilene (Mallett) Hennessy, 4 children, 2 step-children, 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, as well as many friends.

Father Robert McElwee will offer the burial rites at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Fulton, Kansas, 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 25, 2019 under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Members of the United States Marine Corps Funeral Detail will present Military Honors. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Abode Hospice of Colorado Springs at 5465 Mark Dabling Blvd, Floor 1, 80918

Obituary of Rex Moore

Rex Bryant Moore, age 56, a resident of Redfield, Kansas, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.  He was born on April 22, 1963, in Lawrence, Kansas, the son of William Lee Moore and Shirley Jean Rogers Moore.  On May 21, 2004, Rex married the love of his life, Stacy.  Rex and his father traveled across the United States so he could pursue his dreams of racing professional motocross.  Although his career was cut short, the love he had for the sport never stopped.  He enjoyed watching his favorite rider, Austin Howell.  He lived week to week to watch this young man aspire at his dreams.  He also played his motocross video games and took pride in them knowing that “Rocket Rex” was still out there whooping everyone even though it was not in person.  His favorite thing to do was attending his daughter, Hannah’s activities.  He enjoyed every minute of watching her in action.  She was his pride and joy and he loved her very much, just as she did him.  They had an unbreakable bond.  Hannah was his “baby girl.”  Rex loved being around his family and friends.  Rex will forever be remembered for his beautiful smile, gentle eyes, caring heart, loving embrace and unconditional love.  Rex loved so many and was loved by so many more.  He had an energy that with just one encounter with him you would remember for life; he definitely left his mark.  He made friends everywhere he went including Hannah’s friends which all adopted him as their dad.  He brought so much joy to our lives and those around him.  Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort in knowing that he has no pain and is in heaven watching over us.  Yet, we continue to hurt as he has left us.  He yearned for that place in which he could breathe.  Now he sits with God in the natural beauty and astounding light of heaven and he can finally breathe.

Survivors include his wife, Stacy, of the home; six children, Hannah Moore, of Redfield, Kansas, Sarah Powers, of Eldorado Springs, Missouri, Austin Moore, of Boliver, Missouri, Shelby Morillo, of Bronson, Kansas, Tyler Wilkerson, of Kincaid, Kansas and Dalton Church, of Coleman, Alabama and six grandchildren.  Also surviving is a brother, Ronald Moore, of Shawnee, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Lloyd Houk will conduct funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 10th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Woods Cemetery near Redfield, Kansas.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the Rex Moore Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Mommy Who Was Irena Sendler? Book Signing Today from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The book signing event
celebrating the
20th Anniversary of
“Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” is TODAY, September 19th at 3:30pm
The Lowell Milken Center
For Unsung Heroes
invites you to a book signing event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of
“Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project”
on Thursday, September 19th from
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Author of the book “Mommy, Who Was Irena Sendler?” Cathy Werling, along with characters from the book Megan & Blair Felt, will be there to sign autographs. The book will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.
Cathy Werling is a retired Fort Scott elementary teacher and author of:
  • Why Did Grandpa Cry?
  • Why Did Sergeant Stubby Go To War?
  • Mommy, Who Was Irena Sendler?
  • What If Higgins Had Given Up?
For more information, call
The Lowell Milken Center at
620-223-1312, or visit the website by clicking HERE

Work Ready Employer Lunch Sept. 24

Employer Luncheon to Educate and Celebrate Bourbon County as a WorkReady Community
What:  The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces invites local employers to a Luncheon on WorkKeys and Bourbon County becoming a WorkReady Community this coming Tuesday, September 24th from 11:30am to 1pm at FSCC in Burris Hall. Lunch will be complimentary, provided by Fort Scott Community College.
RSVP’s are requested for the luncheon by noon Monday 9/23 by clicking here.
Who:  This luncheon and WorkReady initiative are applicable to employers of any size and any type of business!
Why: The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce has been leading Bourbon County to become a WorkReady Community, as one strategy to close the gap on workforce needs of local employers and align those needs with students and traditional job seekers. This effort is in partnership with local employers, school districts, FSCC, Bourbon County and others who recently supported a local team to attend the required WorkReady Boot Camp as part of the certification process. The timing is now for us to become WorkReady as Kansas state-wide passed last year for for all high school juniors to take the WorkKeys test and earn a WorkReady Certificate. Part of our mission is now to educate employers on what the certificate and scoring means and how employers can implement recognizing the WorkReady Certificate into their hiring practices. Adults may also take the WorkKeys test and we want to increase awareness of the availability of that testing to the benefit of employers.
Where: The luncheon will be held at FSCC, 2108 S. Horton in Burris Hall, on the back side of the campus just north of Arnold Arena.
How:  What is the plan to educate employers on the initiative? A team of 9 from FS/BB County attended the Boot Camp in August to become educated on the program. At the luncheon on Tuesday, remarks will be made by USD-234, FSCC, KANSASWORKS and the Chamber. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, if available, in case they would like to access any of the WorkReady information during the luncheon.
Now that Bourbon County’s application has been approved and a team has attended the required Boot Camp, this event will also be the “Go Public, Get Lit” event to officially be reflected as a WorkReady Community on the WorkReady website and for our county dashboard to become live. There is a plethora of information and resources about the program on that website, including recorded podcasts by clicking here.
Please RSVP for the luncheon, we hope to see you there! If you are not able to attend and another representative of your company would like to,
please forward this information to them or invite them to come with you.
The Chamber would like to recognize and thank the following businesses/organizations who sponsored the WorkReady Boot Camp:
Bourbon County
Fort Scott Community College
Niece Products
Peerless Products
Ward/Kraft, Inc.
Special thanks to Fort Scott Community College for sponsoring this Employer Luncheon!
WorkReady Boot Camp Attendees pictured below include (L to R):
Front: Dawn Parker (Dairy Queen), Lindsay Madison (Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce), Cathy Bishop (Niece Products), Jody Hoener (Bourbon County)
Back: Ralph Beacham (FSCC), Frank Adamson (Courtland Hotel & Spa), Josh Messer (FSHS Counselor), Sara Lancaster (Cobalt MedPlans), Ted Hessong (FSHS Superintendent)

Kansas Opens New Park Oct. 12

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park to Open October 12


Topeka, KS – The wait is finally over. The Nature Conservancy and Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) announce the much-anticipated Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park will open on Saturday, October 12. Located in southern Logan County, Little Jerusalem is easily accessed from Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 83.  A grand opening celebration with speeches and a ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 a.m. The two permanent trails will open after the ceremony and close at sundown, approximately 7:00 p.m. Free snacks and water will be available.


Grand opening activities include free, guided tours departing from the parking lot on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Space for the guided tours is limited and advance registration at is required. All visitors may hike the two permanent trails at Little Jerusalem at their own pace. The Overlook Trail extends one-quarter mile along a crushed rock surface to a scenic viewpoint. The Life on the Rocks Trail winds 1.5 miles along the rim of the formations from which visitors can enjoy a variety of views and two scenic overlooks. Visitors are not allowed off-trail unless accompanied by park staff on a guided tour.

The 332-acre area encompasses 220 acres of dramatic chalk rock formations and is owned by The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit conservation organization. Beyond the impressive scenic views, the area serves as nesting habitat for ferruginous hawks and is home to rare plants. Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park was established by the Kansas Legislature in 2018 after The Nature Conservancy partnered with KDWPT to have the area designated as a state park. Together, the organizations developed two trails, parking and additional infrastructure at the park. A long-term agreement allows KDWPT to manage outdoor recreational activities in a manner that protects the fragile rocks while The Nature Conservancy continues to own the land and manage the natural resources.


“The Nature Conservancy’s chief purposes for Little Jerusalem are, first, to protect the pristine natural features and, second, to provide opportunities for people to enjoy the natural beauty of the area,” said Conservancy director Rob Manes. “Striking that balance took time and we are confident that the partnership between The Nature Conservancy and KDWPT provides the public with the best possible experience. We can’t wait to share Little Jerusalem with everyone next month.”


“From the start, we’ve envisioned this property as a special kind of state park, where natural resource conservation is the highest priority,” agrees Linda Lanterman, KDWPT state parks director. “That means that public interaction with the landscape will necessarily be limited to only activities that have the least impact. We’ve struck a great balance with the trails that allow visitors to experience a diversity of views.”

After the grand opening, Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park will be open to visitors from sunrise to sunset daily, all year round. Visitors will be required to purchase a daily vehicle permit, currently $5, at the park or have an annual Kansas state parks vehicle pass. Guided tours provided by KDWPT staff will be available by appointment.


For more information, please visit and


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter. In Kansas, the Conservancy has protected 140,000 acres of the state’s most ecologically important lands and waters. To learn more, visit


The mission of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is to conserve and enhance Kansas’ natural heritage, its wildlife and its habitats to assure future generations the benefits of the state’s diverse, living resources. The Department also strives to provide opportunities to use and appreciate the state’s natural resources. The Department provides opportunities to promote diverse communities, natural assets, and the State of Kansas as a tourism destination. It is a cabinet-level agency with a Secretary appointed by the Governor of Kansas. A seven-member, bipartisan commission, also appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations governing outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife resources in Kansas. Visit or for more information.


Maps Of Town-Wide Garage Sale This Weekend Available Now

It’s time for the
Fall 2019 Fort Scott
Town-Wide Garage Sale
This Friday and Saturday,
September 13th & 14th!
The official garage sale maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce at
231 E. Wall St., and at the following locations: 5-Corners Mini Mart, Bids & Dibs, Casey’s, Don’s Smoke Shop, and all 4 Pete’s locations.

Ribbon Cutting For Stutesman’s Action Realty Sept. 12

Submitted by: Lindsay Madison, Executive Director,
Monica Walden, Administrative Assistant,
Phone: (620) 223-3566
FORT SCOTT – The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the new location of Stutesman’s Action Realty at 120 East Wall Street in Fort Scott, next door to Hole In The Wall Liquor. The event will take place immediately following the Chamber Coffee on Thursday, September 12th at 8:00 a.m.
In May of 2019, Stutesman’s Action Realty entered into a long-term agreement to lease the space at 120 East Wall Street from Pat & Stacy Wood, and began the large remodeling project to convert the downstairs into new office space for their growing business in Bourbon County and the surrounding area. After approximately 3 months of renovations, Stutesman’s Action Realty is now proud to be a permanent establishment in the community. They are thrilled to invite all to stop in and check out the transformation that this early 1900’s historic building has undergone. It has been updated and modernized for doing business in the 21st century, while keeping intact aspects of the original charm and character of the historic building.
Please join the Chamber of Commerce and Stutesman’s Action Realty on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 120 East Wall Street in Fort Scott.
Contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566s for more information.

Free Concert Features the Leta and Mike Miller Family

This Friday Night Free Concert at the Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st, and Main Street features the Miller Family.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

The  Leta and Mike Miller Family perform hymns, gospel, classic country, and classic popular music.

“The Millers are regular supporters of the music at the Pavilion and have performed for several years,” Ralph Carlson, event coordinator said. “Leta sings and plays the upright bass. Mike on vocals and guitar. Our crowds love the Millers music and they are one of the most popular of the groups in the pavilion.”

In the event of bad weather, the program will be moved to the Common Grounds Coffee Shop just down the street.

Come early and bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.

Fort Scott Christian Heights Enrolling August 20.

Fort Scott Christian Heights is having enrollment on Tuesday, August 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The school accepts applications for grades Preschool-Twelfth Grade and offers quality education with a Christian worldview.

For for information contact 620-223-4330 or go online to

Fort Scott City Commission Minutes Aug. 6



Minutes of August 6, 2019 Regular Meeting #14

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held August 6th, 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 Matthew Hunt, Faith Church, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City, our Government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Robert Uhler, Rachel Pruitt, Darrell Parker, Jason Pickert, Clayton Miller, Deb Needleman, Paul Ballou, Devin Tally, Brian Allen, Jenna Campbell, Traci Reed, Derick Burke, Rebecca Howard, Sarah Long, Tom Coffman, Jayme Coffman, Rebecca Todd, Jacky Martini, Hal Martini, Dean Stern, Janice Allen, Amy Drake, DeLynn Abati, Kiran Bailey, Emma Daly, McKenzie Murphy, Tegan Milburn, Berkley Wood, Patrick Wood, Matthew Hunt, Franca Scott, Mesa Jones, Jackie J. Neale, Tracy Dancer, Jason Gorman, John Schwartz, Kathy Schwartz, Mark Tulley, Amber Marsh, Dave Bruner, Shawn O’Brien, Lindsay Watts, Michael Mix, Bobby Duncan, Deb McCoy, Pete Allen, Michael Hoyt, Kevin Allen, and representing the press, Jason Silvers of the Fort Scott Tribune.



  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of July 16th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1243-A totaling $856,754.94.

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



5 years: (Certificate and Gift)

Nathaniel Arnold, Maintenance II – Fort Scott Municipal Airport

Derick Burke, Evidence Custodian/Police Officer/Records Clerk – Fort Scott Police Department

15 years: (Certificate and Gift)

Jason Pickert, Captain, Fort Scott Police Department

Sarah Long, Lead Communications Technician – Fort Scott Police Department

Michael Trim, School Resource Officer, Fort Scott Police Department

20 years: (Certificate and Gift)

Tom Coffman, Mechanic Supervisor

25 years: (Certificate and Gift)

Dave Bruner, Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Fort Scott Fire Department


  1. APPEARANCE: Amy Drake – Fort Scott High School Dance Team – Mrs. Drake said she is the Fort Scott High School Dance Team coach and asked the Commission’s approval for a fundraiser they would like to do in the near future. She introduced the dance team to the Commission and the audience. The fundraiser is a spray painted tiger paw on driveways. The owner can pay $25.00 and the team will spray paint the tiger paw on their driveway. The paint will last for about two years. She passed around photos of the tiger paw. It will be approximately 3’ X 3’. She has checked with the Codes Department and the City Manager and they both gave their approval. She did ask about businesses and painting on sidewalks.

City Manager asked her to visit with him about if a business wants this done.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the fundraiser of the painting of tiger paws in driveways. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.


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

limit per citizen)

Rebecca Howard – Ms. Howard said that she was an owner at Lake Fort Scott and loves this community. She said she was not here to make enemies. She knows the gentleman that is proposing to build the condos is here also. She just doesn’t want condos next door to them. She doesn’t want nine new tenants going in to them. They had a lake meeting on Saturday and they spoke at length about the safety at the lake. This is a big concern with the lake owners. After the meeting, there was someone going 50 mph in the no wake zone and got close to a pontoon. Tom Graham can’t handle it all. There are lots of dangerous stuff happening. Mr. Uhler was there at the meeting and I know that Randy (Nichols) was at the meeting for a while. There is a lot of traffic on the lake right now with over 100 lake owners. If you increase that by nine more owners, that’s a lot more traffic – like 10%. There are road concerns as well. I spent about three hours today in the Deed’s office and found her original Lake Fort Scott deed from April 6, 1984. It states specifically on that deed that a lot is subject to all City ordinances and codes now adopted or hereafter amended. It specifically states that. She has another original plot when the land was first plotted out for leases and they were intended for cabin sites. Singular. Cabin. That was the original purpose of the lake. For recreation and single family dwellings. It’s never been an issue because no one’s ever tried to make money off of a development. What’s scary is our property values. These guys are locals, but you can get bad developers from who knows where. There are no codes in the county. These people won’t be invested in your community if they are leasing or owning. She isn’t sure of what their plan is because they haven’t heard a plan. She is invested in this community. She’s not sure what their plan is. She said that they have bought all of their furniture from Ruddicks. When they come into town, they stop at Pete’s for ice, stop at Papa Don’s for pizza, they use a local guy to come and spray for bugs, and when they can’t get down here, they have a local guy that mows for them. Her son is going to Pittsburg State and leaves in 11 days. They will be here a lot. That’s how a lot of them are at the lake. They bring money and commerce into the community. If there are nine people that are come and go, are they invested into the community and wanting the lake to be a good recreational place for the community and the lake residents? She thinks their lack of action and she thinks sometimes it is City versus County and no one wants to work on this is detrimental to the community as a whole. We need to take action. She does have some other suggestions that she will share with Randy at a later date. There are some things that you can do as you do have jurisdiction over the water, but her time is up.

City Manager said that she is right about them doing a better job with lake patrol. That came out strong at Saturday’s meeting. He said we will be looking at safety better. He will address this more during his time.

Ms. Howard said that the City needs to protect their own lots that you want to sell. Her neighbor is an original owner and they are selling their property. She doesn’t want to see nine more property owners in a condo there.

Bobby Duncan – He said that he noticed in the agenda that was published online that you are going to appropriate $890,000 dollars. He would like to know from where it is being appropriated, what it is for, and is it going to add to the debt burden of the citizens of Fort Scott and the taxpayers. That’s one thing. The other thing is the frequent use of the executive session creates a feel of non-transparency. He really likes what Skitch is talking about. This is something all of us need to look at. We need to do a better job of letting the people know what is going on.

Mayor Parker said to answer his question about the appropriation ordinances, they are online also and it states what they are spent on.

City Manager said that to talk about executive sessions, we don’t go into executive sessions very often. We make most of our decisions out here. If you look at our record, there are very few executive sessions. He and Skitch have had dialog and he thinks the three minute rule is an issue. That is different than an executive session. This is a business meeting and that’s the reason the rule is out there. These are two different issues. This three minute rule helps get order.

Pete Allen – Mr. Allen said that he don’t want to sound like a broken record, but he wanted to remind the audience and the Commission, that in 1983 and 1987, we the citizens of Fort Scott voted for a street improvement program that would be funded by a 1% sales tax that was voted in that year. The street improvement program was to get 80% of that sales tax and throughout the years, the first four years we had a good street improvement program, but starting in 1988, City officials started taking that money out of the street improvement program and using it for other uses. The street improvement program is down about $25 to $30 million. I think we all agree that we have got to have some funds for a street improvement program. He’s talking about the budget for 2020. We can’t wait. The budget for 2020 using the 1% sales tax and gasoline tax and the money we’re supposed to be using should equal about $1.6 million. In 1983, we had a $400,000 street budget and that included no street improvements. Today, that amounts to about $1 million and that’s what we got in the budget today. We have $1,065,000 in the proposed budget. That is not enough to have any kind of street improvement program. That is basically taking care of maintenance. I built a street here 37 years ago, 4th Street that has never been touched by a crew. No cracks have been filled, no work has been done on that street. At best, it has probably been swept once or twice. We have to take care of what we’re building. We need to learn to take care of it and we’ve forgotten how to do that. We’ve lost all the money that we should have generated for the street improvement program in the past. He said he was issuing a challenge for the City Commission tonight, to do what’s right and put $1.6 million in the budget and do what’s right. You have the power to do that as a Commission and the right. We need to start it in 2020 and not wait.



  1. Budget discussion and approval to publish 2020 Budget – Rhonda Dunn, Director of Finance, informed the Commission that she is requesting approval to publish the 2020 budget in the local newspaper and to hold a budget public hearing on August 20th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. She updated the Commission on the process and the input into the 2020 budget. Priorities were set including: Streets; Debt Management; Maintain flat mill levy; More existing cash flow; Meet departmental needs, not wants; Economic Development; Building Maintenance; and Health Care. The 2020 budget results include a revenue of $13,637,350. This has increased $400,000 from 2019. There is a 3% increase in utility rates; increased property valuation; decrease from Mercy ambulance payments; sales tax has not increased from 2018. Expense budget: $14,980,833: increased budget by $200,000 from 2019; street budget increased over $350,000 from 2019; operational cuts of approximately $155,000. 2020 Budget results: Reducing and eliminating transfers from General Fund. Utilizing existing cash to meet priorities. The mill levy will remain the same.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve to publish the 2020 budget public hearing notice and to hold a public hearing on August 20th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.


  1. Authorization of Mayor to sign HGAC documents – Rhonda Dunn, Director of Finance, informed the Commission that she is requesting approval for the City to enter into a HGAC Cooperative Purchasing Program. This program is available to local governmental entities and qualifying non-profit corporations. HGAC Buy is a Government to Government procurement service available nationwide. They have been in existence over 30 years. This program is open to all municipalities, cities, counties and state agencies along with other various agencies. There are several cities and counties in Kansas that use this program. They do all the background work on bid procurements. Their products include: fire trucks, police equipment, EMS equipment, public works equipment, parks equipment and etc. This company contracts with various vendors with HGAC pricing. The City would choose the provider and issue a purchase order and the provider goes through HGAC for purchase. This will eliminate the need to create specifications for equipment, do RFP’s for purchases and use their expertise. She asked for approval for the City to enter into an agreement with HGAC. There is no cost to the City to enter into the agreement. In the pricing, there is also a fee for HGAC so that would need to be watched and/or negotiated.

Nichols moved to approve the agreement with HGAC. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.


  1. Adoption of 2019 Standard Traffic Ordinance No. 3549 – Travis Shelton, Chief of Police, informed the Commission to approve the Standard Traffic Ordinance which allows the City to enforce all traffic stops.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve Ordinance No. 3549 approving the 2019 Standard Traffic Ordinance. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.


  1. Consideration to reject bids for the Water Treatment Plant Clarifier painting bid – Michael Mix, Public Utilities Director, informed the Commission that bids were taken recently for the painting of the clarifier at the Water Treatment Plant. Two bids were received, both of which were extremely higher than the engineer’s estimate. The engineer inquired what was going on with the bids and it was discovered all of the painters were very busy. He asked the Commission to reject these two bids and wait around a month or so and rebid this project.

City Manager said that he will come back before the Commission to ask for approval to rebid this again.

Bartelsmeyer moved to reject the bids for the Water Treatment Plant Clarifier painting project. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

approved to reject the bids for the Water Treatment Plant Clarifier painting project.


  1. Director Updates: Rachel Pruitt – Rachel informed the Commission that the City received another grant. This grant is in the amount of $1,000 from the Timken Foundation for Manufacturing Day. It is held the first Friday of every October and open to High School students. Each year this event tries to grow and get bigger. This amount will assist with transportation costs for schools and provide for meals for the students. She thanked the Timken Foundation for this grant award.

Robert Uhler – Robert informed the Commission that he has a contract between the City and the County for asphalt for 2019. This agreement is for 1,400 tons of delivered asphalt to the City at $68.00 per ton. This contract begins on August 1st, 2019 and will end on November 1st, 2019 or when the City’s street program is completed.

Nichols moved to enter into the agreement between the City and the County to provide asphalt for 2019. Parker seconded. All voted aye.


Robert also shared photos of the old J.C. Penney’s building and a public safety concern from this past weekend. There were windows that were falling out from above down onto the sidewalks. This building has been a nuisance but it is being fixed. The windows are being boarded up and the costs assessed to the property owner.

  1. City Commission:

Nichols Thanked the Lake group that was here tonight. It was a constructive conversation and good ideas. Your input was appreciated.

Adamson – Remarked that she appreciated the Lake group working with them also.

Mitchell Not present.

Bartelsmeyer Said that she also received a call from a Lake resident today with their concerns. We are hearing you and will try to get something going. She thanked Rhonda for her hard work on the budget. She enjoyed sitting in on the budget sessions and thanked City staff for their input.

Parker – Also thanked Rhonda for her hard work. She thanked the Lake owners for sharing their concerns. If there is a problem, we try to work through it. She also received a call. She thanked the City employees who were recognized with a service award. She thanked them for their many years of service to the City.

  1. City Manager:

  1. Via Christi – Dave said that he had a good conversation with Randy Cason of Via Christi today. They are committed to Fort Scott and the future.

  1. Lake Fort Scott – Dave said that he wanted to assure Ms. Howard that the City is still working on this issue. The City has met with the County and talked with them. The document that you have has been shared with both legal counsels. The County has no zoning and the City has no legal means to go in and enforce codes. We have met with the County. They don’t have to have a codes department and they can share our services and work with the City. We are willing to work with them. It has to start with them. We have offered as a City. He proposed an ordinance be created forming a Lake Advisory Committee with five Lake Residents – one City representative from the Commission and one County Commissioner, along with himself and Robert Uhler. He suggested quarterly meetings at first.

Kevin Allen mentioned adding a resident from the City be also on this committee. There are a lot of people that live in town that fish out there.

City Manager said that we can have seven total with one from the City and County also along with the Lake residents and the elected officials and City and County officials.

City Manager said that he met today with the Chief of Police on safety issues that need addressed. Tickets or warnings will be issued and safety will be focused on.

Bartelsmeyer moved to adopt an ordinance forming a Lake Advisory Committee consisting of five Lake residents, one City resident, one County resident, one City Commissioner, one County Commissioner, the City Manager and the Community Development Director. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

adopt an ordinance forming a Lake Advisory Committee consisting of five Lake residents, one City resident, one County resident, one City Commissioner, one County Commissioner, the City Manager and the Community Development Director


Parker moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:55 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.


The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on August 20th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.




Come Before Winter by Pastor James Collins

Pastor James Collins

Come Before Winter

Do thy diligence to come before winter.2 Timothy 4:21a

The voice on the other end of the line said, “You need to come quickly. Fred is dying.” Suddenly, I felt weak. I needed to sit down.

I never knew my father. Fred Hambrick was like a father to me. He was my “father” in the faith. He was my “Paul” and I was his “Timothy.” For many years, Fred was my pastor. When I gave my life to Christ, Fred baptized me. When I surrendered to the ministry, Fred mentored me. When I went to seminary, Fred tutored me. He has been a big part of my life. The thought of his dying before I could say “goodbye” was heartbreaking. I had to hurry.

The five-hour drive to Norman, Oklahoma only took four. When I arrived at the hospital, I was greeted in the hallway by Fred’s wife, Lola. My mind could not fully comprehend what she was saying – something about a severe stroke and it being only a matter of time.

I hurried into his room. He looked frail and weak on the hospital bed. “Fred,” I spoke loudly, “It’s me James.” He opened his eyes. His arms tried to lift as if he wanted to embrace me. I grabbed his hands and leaned in so he could hear me, “I love you.” The stroke had robbed him of his voice, but he mouthed, “I love you too.” I said, “I’ve told all your jokes and preached all your sermons. I need you to write me some more.” He seemed to want to laugh at my attempt at humor. I swear there was a smile on his face, but that was impossible. The stroke had taken his smile.

I talked to Fred for a bit. Eventually, I settled into waiting with his family. That night, Dr. A. Fred Hambrick was escorted by angels into the presence of Jesus Christ. Until the Lord comes back or calls me home, I will miss him.

Just before he died, the Apostle Paul wrote from a Roman prison to his “son” in the faith, Timothy. Toward the end of the letter we know as 2 Timothy, Paul tells the young preacher to hurry to see him. He says, “Come before winter.” If Timothy doesn’t get there by winter, it will be too late – Paul will be executed.

Have you ever had a friend, or a loved one die and you think, “It can’t be possible? I just saw him.” But you will never see him on this earth again. You think, “I was going to go see him this week. Or I was going to have supper with him next week. Or I was going to call him tomorrow.” Or that you were going to do this – or say that. But now it is too late.

Time is passing. The calendar is turning. There are only so many days in our lives. There are things in this life that will never be done unless they are done “before winter.” The winter will come, and the spring will pass. Flowers will bloom and then they will die. There are opportunities that we have on this summer day, but by November those opportunities will be gone forever.

The point is: Don’t wait too late. Reach out to that loved one. As you are reading this, there is someone on your mind. I didn’t put them there. God did. Call that person. If possible, go see that person. Tell them you love them. Don’t put it off. Tomorrow may be too late.

Come before winter.

James Collins is senior pastor at Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. He can be reached at (620) 223-2986, or through the website