Tour and Updates: Bourbon County Commission

Chamber members take advantage of the tour of the second-floor office of the Bourbon County Attorney following the Chamber of Commerce coffee.

A large number of people crowded into the hallway of the Bourbon County Courthouse Thursday morning to attend the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee.

Many of the county’s departments were represented at the coffee.

Community announcements were given, with each announcer paying $1 to the Fort Scott Trolley Car transportation fund.

This week’s coffee was hosted by the Bourbon County Commission, with First District Commissioner Lynne Oharah telling of the events coming up in the county.

First District Bourbon County Commissioner Lynne Oharah.
Nick Ruhl, District 3 Bourbon County Commissioner.
Jeff Fischer, District 2 Bourbon County Commissioner.

Oharah invited the attendees to tour the facility on the first floor that houses the Bourbon County Clerk, Treasurer, County Commission Room, Economic Director and Counselor.

Also open for viewing was the second-floor Bourbon County Attorney Office space, which has been in use since October.

Bourbon County Attorney Jacqui Spradling.

Oharah said the commission is “looking to renew a one-cent sales tax for maintaining or new hard-surfaced roads in the county.”

On another subject, he also noted that  “the county is totally responsible for the ambulance service as of April 1.”

This following the closing of Mercy Hospitali n October and the transitioning to the county’s responsibility for the ambulance.

Economic Director Jody Hoenor said the transition was a “team approach” between the county, Mercy and the City of Fort Scott.

Hoenor advised people to contact their insurance provider directly to see if the ambulance service will be covered in their policy.

Hoenor also said she is working on a strategic plan for the county which focuses on “increasing our population to spread the tax base over many shoulders.”

Angel Wilson, victim witness coordinator and office administration; Judy Hood, senior legal secretary and juvenile victim witness coordinator; and Staci Haynes, diversion and senior legal secretary at the Bourbon County Attorney’s Office.
Jim Harris, Bourbon County Public Works Director.
J.T. Heckman, Bourbon County Public Works Supervisor.


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