FS City Commission Meeting Minutes of Jan. 5

CITY OF FORT SCOTT

CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of January 5th, 2021 Regular Meeting #1

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held January 5th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Meeting Room at City Hall, 123 S. Main Street, Fort Scott, Kansas.

ROLL CALL:

Commissioners P. Allen, K. Allen, J. Jones and L. Watts were present with President of the Commission L. Watts presiding. R. Nichols attended via Zoom.

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

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Travis Shelton, Russell Lingerfelt, Paul Rooks, Janice Allen, Michael Hoyt, Anne Rawlins, Lindsay Madison, Max Fanning, Allyson Turvey, Jeff Hancock, Rachel Pruitt, Deb Needleman and Lynette Westhoff.

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS: None

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: Mayor asked to add Item J – Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1279-A totaling $19,147.36.

CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of December 15th, 2020, and special meeting minutes of December 14th, 2020 and December 29th, 2020.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1278-A totaling $699,215.47.

  1. Resolution 1-2021 designating the official City newspaper.

  1. Resolution 2-2021 designating the official City depositories for public funds.

  1. Resolution 3-2021 designating exemption from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles under KSA 75-1120(a).

  1. Request to Pay – Olsson Associates – Airport Runway Extension Project – Engineering – $1,062.50

  1. Request to Pay – Suez Treatment Solutions, Inc – $15,450.30 – Ozone Generator Convertor due to fire

  1. Request to Pay – Suez Treatment Solutions, Inc. – $169,062.30 – SCADA Upgrade

  1. Request to Pay – 3RK – MIH Housing Grant – $13,534.97

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1279-A totaling $19,147.36.

K. Allen questioned Item F and the engineering costs.

Susan Bancroft explained that this is for the engineering for the Airport Expansion Project and part of the public hearing process of the contract.

J. Jones moved to approve the Consent Agenda. R. Nichols seconded. J. Jones, R. Nichols, and L. Watts voted aye. P. Allen and K. Allen voted no. Motion carried 3-2.

APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.

REORGANIZATION OF CITY COMMISSION AND ELECTION OF MAYOR, COMMISSION PRESIDENT, B.C.E.D.C.I. REPRESENTATIVE, AND FORT SCOTT HOUSING AUTHORITY DELEGATE.

    1. Election of Mayor

L. Watts moved to nominate Josh Jones as Mayor of the City of Fort Scott. Randy Nichols seconded.

P. Allen said that he likes Josh, but he is not an elected official. He was appointed by the Commission. He doesn’t think that he has the experience to run the Commission.

K. Allen said that he thinks Josh would make a great Mayor. He said that he thinks there is fear that the wrong person’s name may be called, as quickly as the motion was made.

L. Watts said that her decision to nominate Josh was based on how much work and dedication he has shown even prior to being appointed to this Commission. He is able to look at both sides impartially and help determine the best way possible.

R. Nichols said that he thinks that Josh has lots of great ideas that he brings forward.

Josh said that he would accept the Mayor position only if he has the majority of the votes.

Roll call was taken.

L. Watts moved to nominate Josh Jones as Mayor of the City of Fort Scott. Randy Nichols seconded. K. Allen, R. Nichols and L. Watts voted aye. P. Allen voted no. J. Jones abstained. Motion carried 3-1-1.

APPOINTED JOSH JONES AS MAYOR OF THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT.

    1. Election of Commission President

P. Allen moved to nominate Kevin Allen as President of the City Commission. J. Jones seconded. P. Allen, L. Watts, and J. Jones all voted aye. R. Nichols voted no. K. Allen abstained. Motion carried 3-1-1.

APPOINTED KEVIN ALLEN AS PRESIDENT OF THE FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION.

    1. Election of Bourbon County Economic Development Council Inc. Representative

P. Allen moved to nominate Josh Jones to the Bourbon County Economic Development Council, Inc. Board. L. Watts seconded. All voted aye.

APPOINTED JOSH JONES AS THE CITY’S REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOURBON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC.

    1. Election of Fort Scott Housing Authority Delegate

P. Allen moved to nominate Lindsey Watts as the Fort Scott Housing Authority Delegate. J. Jones seconded. All voted aye.

APPOINTED LINDSEY WATTS AS THE CITY’S REPRESENTATIVE TO THE FORT SCOTT HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD.

Public Comment:

(Sign up required. Comments on any topic not on the agenda and limited to 5 minutes per person, at Commission discretion)

Scott Johnson – Mr. Johnson said that he is the owner of the building at 10 N. National. It is in the name Earthalways, LLC. There were two individuals that entered the property this last weekend. He has a video of it via snapchat. They are driving a big Ford gray truck and were taking stuff out of the property. He has not allowed anybody in the property since it is red tagged. He wanted to make sure that the City has not allowed access to the property. He spoke with an officer and will make a report because no one should be in that property. He wanted to make it known that when he said he was donating, he was donating a large percentage of the property. He had mentioned either a land swap, a tax credit, and/or to buy his interest out of the property. He wanted on public record that he has only had one communication with the Economic Development Department of the City of Fort Scott. He has worked with a third party and wants to know if there is an interested investor in the property. He has not been made privy to that information and he is the property owner. He feels like he should be aware of this. He would also like to know if this is a one-time occurrence or if this is something that has happened in the future. This property did not need to get to this state. He talked to the Department of Agriculture and a couple of senators and there is money available. This is a nationally historic property that is right across from the Fort. Why there has been no interaction, he feels like if there is an interested party he should be involved. An elected or appointed government official should work for the taxpayer. He would like to know who did go into his property and with the heavy snow, the interested party that would like to fix up the building and secure it. His name cannot be attached to it, so he is looking at other opportunities. Any process is going to take some time, so we have to get something going.

Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, informed Mr. Johnson and the Commission that the interested investor or the people that she has spoke to about the property, are not interested in the property in its current state. They are interested if the building would be stabilized like Mr. Halsey has recommended and/or offered. They may be interested then. There is no commitment. They have not said that they would not take the property, but not in the current condition the building is currently in.

Jeff Hancock said that he has had conversations with Scott Johnson and his father. He has checked with everyone in the City and no one has a key to his property. He will cover this topic more in his report with an update on this building.

Scott said that he doesn’t know of too many investors that will invest in the building in the condition it is in. He has looked into insurance. He has a rough idea dealing with local people. It’s going to be $80,000 to demo the building. He has talked to Skitch’s and he will help cover the insurance and take a silent partner since the roof collapsed. Everyone he has talked to at U.S.D.A. tells him he has to have local government cooperation. This property is important, and he doesn’t want to pick apart City government.

Josh said that some of these things take a little time and encouraged him to keep communicating with Jeff Hancock.

Michael Hoyt – Mr. Hoyt informed Mr. Jeff Deane that if he would go back to the minutes of special meeting #15, it was very right of you tonight to point out that a majority vote is needed. On that date you didn’t have a majority vote. A motion was made to elect Deb McCoy to the Commission, and it was voted 2-2 and we left saying it failed. He said he has several questions to ask.

Jeff Deane said that he was aware that at any time he could have been called on to cast the deciding vote. He was ready to beg off.

Mr. Hoyt asked about the special meeting on December 29th. He addressed Mr. Hancock and said he not only said in that meeting, but in a previous City Commission meeting he said that we don’t need to have a special meeting to take these quit claims deeds. We can do it. Three times you made that threat. Taking a quit claim deed was a very risky proposition, when we had the opportunity to get a warranty deed, but we did not. We keep going back to this verbal contract that we knew ten months ago was not kosher. Why did we not reduce that to writing at some point – any part of it. We are relying totally upon someone’s recollection upon what happened. Ms. Pruitt said in the meeting that we are fulfilling the commitment made by the previous City Commission. He never read the previous City Commission commitment. Who has in here? Why did this have to be done so quickly? Why did it have to be done by the end of the year? Mr. Nichols said why would we put it off. We didn’t have all the answers at the time. Why didn’t you get all those answers before you voted on it and accepted the quit claim deeds from that limiter liability corporation. The whole thing was riddled with errors. What does this do for us? Josh, you made verbal edits and changed all directions. This is day #5 of my KORA request to see this signed, and he hasn’t got it. Do you know if this was recorded? Were these quit claim deeds recorded with the limiter liability company? With cross-outs? These are as good as the oral agreements that you did the day you did the real estate deal in the first place. Let’s take assurances from him. Take assurances from Tony. Just believe he doesn’t have back taxes encumbered and liens from suppliers. If we go and do a title search, they’re just going to have quit claim deeds. We are stuck with this for the rest of our lives. His last comment is that you are going to waive GAAP.
There are a lot of reasons that you need not to waive GAAP.

Interim City Manager Report and Comments: Mr. Hancock said that as requested we are having rotation for department directors to appear before the Commission. He provided them with the excavation form and it is in your packet. They are planning to have a meeting with plumbers also. There was a comment on student representation, and he provided documentation on that. Now that school is back in session, we will reach out to the High School to determine a representative. He gave an update on 10 N. National. He had a conversation with Mr. Johnson’s father last Thursday. He previously provided a donation list to them but has learned that there are some costs that they wish to obtain. The problem is we don’t know what that amount is so we can move forward. We have contacted two real estate brokers who will get a rough idea of that amount. Mr. Johnson can also get an appraisal if he desires. He can’t be in the blind. We have to know where we are going. Mr. Halsey indicated that he has a group that can stabilize the building and potentially raise some funds and there is an estimate of what that would cost. He nor anyone else wants to take ownership until we understand about the liability. That’s where the LandBank situation comes in. We are proposing to move ahead and establish the LandBank and have a formal meeting this month. It will be a risk, but we will have to obtain the property from Mr. Johnson and his LLC. We don’t know the costs of the building. At that time, we will use all of our resources to see what potential economic development can take place. We plan to have a meeting for the LandBank the third week in January.

Scott Johnson said that he is still willing to go with a silent partner and cover the insurance.

Pete asked about the excavation ordinance.

Jeff Hancock said that he didn’t get all of his specifications and documents in their handout. He discussed the $2,000 bond.

Jeff Deane said that he would like to review this.

Director Reports: Allyson Turvey, Community Development/Tourism/Zoning Administrator – Ally informed the Commission that even though it was a difficult year for the tourism industry as a whole, there have been some notable bright spots in Fort Scott. Earlier this year, the Convention and Visitors Bureau had the opportunity to host the American Legion Mid-Winter Forum. For the first time, the LaRoche Baseball Complex was utilized for fall tournaments which created an estimated economic impact of $333,757. This next summer we were awarded the D-II World Series Baseball Tournament which will create an estimated economic impact of $418,830. She informed them that she works closely with the Chamber and Lindsay Madison.

In her position as Community Development Manager, which she took over from Robert Uhler, she wanted to give a brief synopsis.

She has also been given the Codes/Zoning Administrator position. She is learning a lot in this position.

Discussion was held regarding Codes, the hiring of a Codes Manager, and if Police and Fire could assist in helping Codes.

Jeff Hancock said that he has discovered that our Codes ordinances need updated and some changes need made.

Pete said that he would like to see a Spring and Fall Cleanup in town.

Kevin said that we could visit with the County about waiving fees when the City and County meet on January 14th. Kevin said that he would like to see a City-wide tree limb pickup if residents would place their limbs at the curb.

Discussion was held regarding costs of the cleanup.

Josh asked about Smart Growth and who was overseeing it.

Ally said that she and Rachel are working together on this. They are picking people from different sectors: health care, education, community leaders, downtown, and industry. They reached out to Craig Campbell for assistance. There will be a steering committee that will be formed, and other committees may grow from this.

Pete asked about the K.D.O.T. Cost Sharing Grant for Horton Street and where we were on this.

Susan said that we have been denied twice on this project. We will apply again. It is a very competitive grant.

Jeff Hancock recommended the next work session for January 12th be held on streets and street projects with Horton being one of them.

Pete said that he believes that the sanitary sewers should be addressed first. He referenced the sewer backup that went into Buck Run creek.

Jeff Hancock said that we are still waiting on the report from the company that has reviewed our storm sewers.

Discussion was held on the storm sewer backup incident and the reporting of it.

Jeff Hancock assured them that this has been repaired and was reported to the State properly also.

Old Business: None

Appearances: None

New Business:

  1. Peerless Annexation – Approval of Ordinance No. 3571 – (Approval from Bourbon County Commission meetings attached) – Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, informed the Commission that this is exciting news to share. The passage of this ordinance will annex this property into the City limits. This started with the approval of a resolution which notified the County of the City’s intent to annex this property. The Bourbon County Commission approved the annexation of which their minutes were attached in the agenda packet. This is the final step to approve the annexation.

L. Watts moved to approve Ordinance No. 3571 annexing a section of property at Peerless Products into the City limits. R. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3571 INCLUDING AND INCORPORATING CERTAIN LAND WITHIN THE LIMITS AND BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT, BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS. – PEERLESS PRODUCTS, INC. (LAND SOUTH OF 2403 SOUTH MAIN STREET).

  1. Zoning Change – Peerless – 2 tracts – Approval of Ordinance No. 3572 – Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, informed the Commission that this ordinance changes the zoning classification from C-2 (Commercial) to I-2 (Industrial). The Planning Commission met twice on these two parcels and it was recommended to be approved at both meetings. There was also the required 1,000-foot property search which notified all property owners in that area of the proposed change. There were no comments from anyone in that search area. This will allow for a 50,000 square foot building expansion which will include highly advanced aluminum equipment. They are in the process of selecting a supplier. They are working with an architect and look to have this completed by the end of year 2022.

L. Watts moved to approve Ordinance No. 3572 which changes the zoning on two parcels of property at Peerless Products. R. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 3572 CHANGING THE ZONING CLASSIFICATIONS OR DISTRICTS OF CERTAIN LANDS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT, KANSAS UNDER THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY K.S.A. 1973 SUPP. 12-708 – PEERLESS PRODUCTS, INC. – C-2 (COMMERCIAL) TO I-2 (INDUSTRIAL). LAND SOUTH OF 2403 SOUTH MAIN

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

L. Watts moved that the City Commission recess into Executive Session for the purpose of economic development pursuant to the financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships exception in K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(4). This will be for ten (10) minutes. The open meeting will resume in the Commission meeting room at City Hall at 7:34 p.m. J. Jones seconded. All voted aye. This included the City Commission, City Attorney, Interim City Manager, Director of Finance, Economic Development Director, Community Development Manager, and Chamber of Commerce Director Lindsay Madison. J. Jones seconded. All voted aye.

L. Watts moved that the City Commission come out of Executive Session at 7:35 p.m. J. Jones seconded. All voted aye.

  1. Consideration of Appointments to Design Review Board (3) – Diane Clay, City Clerk, informed the Commission that the Design Review Board met on December 18, 2020 and reviewed the submitted letters/emails of interest. The letters/emails of interest were from Peggy Cummings, Shane Walker, Denise Brezik, Darren Crays and Martha Jane Gentry. The Board recommended the reappointments of Peggy Cummings and Shane Walker. They also reviewed Ordinance No. 3016 that states that six members can serve on this board and then recommended the appointment of Martha Jane Gentry to the Design Review Board.

R. Nichols moved to approve the reappointments of Peggy Cummings and Shane Walker and the new appointment of Martha Jane Gentry to the Design Review Board. L. Watts seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE REAPPOINTMENTS OF PEGGY CUMMINGS AND SHANE WALKER AND THE NEW APPOINTMENT OF MARTHA JANE GENTRY TO THE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD.

  1. Consideration of Appointments to Tourism Board (2) – Diane Clay, City Clerk, informed the Commission that the Tourism Board met recently and recommended approval of Kirk Sharp and Laura Agee to the Tourism Board.

L. Watts moved to approve the appointments of Kirk Sharp and Laura Agee to the Tourism Board. R. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE APPOINTMENTS OF KIRK SHARP AND LAURA AGEE TO THE TOURISM BOARD.

  1. Consideration of Fuel Flow Fee Agreement – Heinan Brothers Ag Company – Fort Scott Municipal Airport – Rachel Pruitt, Economic Development Director, informed the Commission that Jeff Deane will explain this agreement to them.

Jeff Deane, City Attorney, said that Aaron Phillips AG spraying operation at the Airport has sold to Heinan Brothers which has 30 locations over five states. Under the F.A.A. authority that we operate under, we are required to allow self-fueling of airplanes. Heinan Brothers wants to sell fuel as they do at their other locations. This is a fuel flow agreement that was worked on between attorneys. This agreement allows for the City to collect $.12 per gallon. The company is required for maintenance of their own tanks. This is a two-year agreement.

Discussion was held regarding the agreement, the hangar lease, and the required notification.

Jeff Deane said that the City needs to make sure they in compliance with the agreement and send the required notifications.

L. Watts moved to approve the Fuel Flow Fee Agreement between the City of Fort Scott and Heinan Brothers at the cost of $.12 per gallon. R. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE FUEL FLOW FEE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT AND HEINAN BROTHERS AT THE COST OF $.12 PER GALLON.

Kevin Allen left the meeting room at 7:51 p.m.

  1. Skitch’s Hauling & Excavation, Inc. – October – $2,266.00 – November $2,538.00 – Port-A-Potties – Mayor Jones said that the invoice for Skitch’s Hauling is before them for approval.

L. Watts moved to approve the Skitch’s Hauling & Excavation invoice in the amount of $2,266.00 for October and $2,538.00 for November. J. Jones seconded. All voted aye.

 

APPROVED SKITCH’S HAULING & EXCAVATION INVOICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,266.00 FOR OCTOBER AND $2,538.00 FOR NOVEMBER OF 2020.

Kevin Allen returned at 7:52 p.m.

  1. Consideration of Tail Insurance Coverage – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, informed the Commission that this was discussed at their work session a couple of weeks ago. This supplemental extended coverage is for one year from KCAMP and will cover gaps in coverage that present liability risk to the City due to moving from a claims made basis to a claims incurred basis when the coverage moves to EMC from KCAMP on January 1st, 2021. The cost of the supplement extended coverage is $52,463.00.

Deb gave the breakdown of the coverage:

Law Enforcement Liability $28,674

Public Officials’ Liability $23,771

Employee Benefits Liability $ 18

Cyber Included

L. Watts approve to purchase the Supplemental Extended Coverage from KCAMP in the amount of $52,463.00. R. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE SUPPLEMENTAL EXTENDED COVERAGE FROM KCAMP IN THE AMOUNT OF $52,463.00.

  1. Extension of Flood Permit at 520 E. Wall Street – Greg Schick – Allyson Turvey, Zoning Administrator, informed the Commission that this has been ongoing since 2016. That is when their first permit was issued. There has been progress since the last extension. Greg informed her he has torn down one of the metal buildings, got rid of the foundation and also hauled out gravel, and laid 2,500 yards of dirt. He believes he has about 3,000 more yards of dirt to bring in and then demolish the final building. He believes he can have this done in four months. This would be in April weather permitting. She said that there was discussion that this project be completed by the all school reunion in June. She thinks with the progress he has made, he should be granted a 90 day extension on this permit.

P. Allen made a motion to extend the flood permit for a 90 day extension. L. Watts seconded.

Discussion was held on how many times this project has been extended and an acceptable time frame.

R. Nichols said that this project needs to be completed and finalized.

J. Jones asked Pete to amend his motion to a five (5) month extension or until June 1st, 2021. L. Watts seconded his motion. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO ALLOW A FIVE (5) MONTH EXTENSION OR UNTIL JUNE 1ST, 2021 FOR THE FLOOD PERMIT EXTENSION FOR 520 EAST WALL.

Reports and Comments:

  1. Commissioner Reports and Comments:

R. Nichols – Randy said that he talked to Don Osenbaugh, the consulting firm that is assisting with the City Manager search, and the interviews are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Don would like us to be here by 8:45 a.m. Each interview will be held to one hour. He wants to go over the process with us before the interviews begin. Diane will be sending out information from Don later in the week. Also, Nancy Swanwick called him and was very complimentary about the crews picking up brush out of the street.

K. Allen – Kevin asked about the expansion for Municipal Court and where it is at currently.

Chief Shelton said that meetings have been held with the Judge and Prosecutor. There are some items that need to be in place before we can start the expansion. He will get an update to them. Covid has slowed this process down also.

Kevin reported that there are street lights at 1st & Main that are broken out.

Kevin showed a map of Lake Fort Scott and showed four lots that could be sold. He would like any lots that are sold to be put into a Lake fund and invested back into the Lake. There needs to be a handicapped dock installed at the swimming area, and the public boat docks need repaired. He would like to see 10 to 20 concrete pads poured so camping is available along with water and sewer installed. This could bring in a lot of revenue. He would like to see the shelters repaired at the Lake.

Kevin said he wanted to talk about potholes again. He asked where the City was on putting a pothole crew together. He has complained for the last ten years on potholes on Wall Street. He said that other people from other departments can be used.

Jeff Hancock said that he and Kevin and Chad will meet and discuss the potholes and a pothole crew tomorrow.

Kevin said that he recently met a man named Jose that is moving to Fort Scott and opening a barber shop at 118 E. Wall. This is exciting for Fort Scott. He looks to open in the spring.

P. Allen – Pete said that he is very frustrated and disappointed with the performance of this City Commission. We have not put forth the direction that we were charged to do by the public. We have spent tons of time and energy on frivolous items and basically zero time on how to fix our infrastructure. He made a statement that it is time for action. The time for talking and discussing and planning is over, it’s time to stick a shovel in the ground and go to work. He proposed that we start with the budget. The budget has to change to recognize the fact that we are in dire need of improvements. There have been zero improvements on our streets this past year. It took us a year to do one block. This is not acceptable. He feels that there has been a conspiracy in the Commission to hold back any street improvements that he and Kevin have proposed. They promised their constituents when they ran for Commission that they would see improvements. They have been hindered, harassed, and bullied and he is tired of it. He thinks that it is time for us as a Commission to start doing the things that the people want. It is our responsibility to make that happen through direction with City staff. He thinks that we must put some crews together and go to work. We have annihilated our street crew and our sewer crew, and we have no water department crew. We have people we use for maintenance and that’s it. Our budget needs to reflect our commitment to improve our infrastructure. That’s what the people of Fort Scott want that he hears. For us to sit here with zero discussion on sewers or waters or streets. We are talking about everything else, but our biggest need. We did three blocks of sewer replacement this last year. We committed money and hopefully it is still there. We should have done three miles. He thinks that he and Kevin can shed some light on this. He presented a plan back in February and was shut down on it. He knows we are waiting on engineer reports but a year ago he talked to the Utility Director who told him that our sewers are crumbling and falling apart. We have threats of breakage to buildings downtown. He showed him pictures. It hasn’t gotten any better. He called on the Commission to change this. He said that we need to double our budget for our infrastructure someway or another. He is open for suggestions if we can’t double it. He said he was embarrassed at our progress for 2020. He has worked for a lot of companies and ran a lot of companies and never has he spent a year doing so little as this Commission has done this past year and he wants to see this changed.

L. Watts – Lindsey said that she was very torn. She is absolutely exhausted with the constant backpedaling that she feels like this Commission has done since the moment they took office. She said she is disappointed and embarrassed by the lack of work our street crews and the City has been able to accomplish this last year. The biggest thing we did wrong is the reasons that led to that stagnant year. There was a plan proposed and she thought it was amazing. There are problems being able to fund this plan with money that we don’t have. If we could obtain grant funding through the State and implement this plan, we’d be in a whole different place. She said that when she has a plan of action for her business, it is step by step to get to that goal. We could have had a lot more work sessions by this Commission in the last year. There have been a lot of changes in the last few months. It is disheartening as someone elected to sit in this seat to be reminded over and over again what is wrong. She was told she doesn’t have any knowledge in this area. She hasn’t been spoke to about it again. It will be challenging to get any funding from the State. We all want to see improvements. We have a street department budget that is almost completely full due to indecision after indecision. We had suggestions brought to the table. We asked our City directors to make up a make shift crew to see if it would save for us to do the work versus contracting. Those numbers were given to us. It is astronomically different and far more expensive for us to put together a crew. It is challenging to hire someone in these departments. Do we want to hire people? Do we want to contract out? The job of this Commission is to come together with a plan and work together. There is a way to go about that conversation and a way not to go about that conversation. That was 2020 in a nutshell. She is embarrassed as well.

Kevin said that he did take Lindsey around and showed her some potholes and discussed the pothole crew. His plan is simple – use the people we have and do this. He thinks it is cheaper to have your own people do the work. He can’t believe we can’t find people to work. He has people beating his door down. We need to advertise and have job fairs, Facebook announcements, and TV commercials. He doesn’t mean to put anybody down in Public Works or any department.

J. Jones – Josh asked if there was a pothole report section on the City’s website.

Josh asked about the alley project behind Union Lofts and how it was going.

Jeff Hancock said that we are working on it.

Josh asked if the sewer and the streets have a five-year plan.

Jeff Hancock said that he talked to Chad today about this. This will be presented at the upcoming work session next week. We need to hit the ground running and get some streets completed. He is looking at Cooper Street and Horton Street.

Pete asked if paperwork has been done on Cooper Street.

Jeff Hancock said that AG Engineering is doing the survey work on this.

Pete said that on January 15th after our City/County meeting we should be working on this street.

Josh said that he would like Michael Mix and Chad Brown both here and discuss Cooper Street and he would like to see a one year, two year, and five-year plans for streets and sewers. Once we get the plans, we can decide on the funding.

Kevin asked again about the alley between Main and National on 1st Street. He asked what the difference in cost between asphalt and concrete were.

Jeff said he would get back with him on that.

Josh asked where the City was on having a LandBank meeting.

Jeff said that Ally is scheduling a meeting in January.

Josh said that he would like to see every two weeks an update from each director in paper form sent to the Commission.

Jeff said that he has asked each director to compile a yearly report for the Commission. He said it is important to work together to move this community forward.

City Attorney Report and Comments: Jeff Deane said that his firm will be conducting elected official training in LaCygne on February 19th and February 26th if you would like to attend.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

J. Jones moved that the City Commission recess into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel exception in K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(1). The open meeting will resume in the Commission meeting room at City Hall at 9:15 p.m. L. Watts seconded. All voted aye. This included the City Commission, City Attorney, City Manager, and Director of Finance.

J. Jones moved that the City Commission come out of Executive Session at 9:16 p.m. L. Watts seconded. All voted aye.

Adjournment:

J. Jones moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:16 p.m. R. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

ADJOURNED MEETING AT 9:16 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane K. Clay, MMC

City Clerk

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Adysin McCarley

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Madison Vallely

UJHS PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL

FALL 2020 SEMESTER

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FALL 2020 SEMESTER

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Obituary of Jennie L. Wood

Jennie Louise Wood, 84, of Fort Scott, went to be with her Lord Wednesday evening, January 13, 2021 at Landmark Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. She was born January 26, 1936, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Eldora (Reynolds) Beaver. Eldora married Ralph Beaver when Jennie was 15, and thereafter she considered him her father. She married Kenneth Ross Wood August 15, 1958, in Los Angeles, California.

Jennie was a partner in pastoral ministry to her husband, Kenneth, for 43 years. Using her gifts of music, hospitality, teaching, and encouragement, she served faithfully alongside her husband at churches in Deepwater, MO, Carl Junction, MO, Brainerd, MN, and Rochester, MN. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, with the ability to make each one feel special and loved. She was a piano teacher for many years and loved her students and their families. She was a substitute school teacher and played her violin in community orchestras. She was a member of the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene.

Jennie is survived by her husband, Ken, of 62 years. She is also survived by her children, Suella Hornby and husband Charles of Springfield, Missouri, Stan Wood and wife Denise of Leavenworth, Kansas, Melody Richardson and husband Lonnie of Louisburg, Kansas, and Joy Parke and husband Phil of Raymore, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Briana, Nathan, Reagan, Jaron, Graham, Carter, Ross, Alexandra, Annelise, Davis, and Sawyer, and one great-grandchild Noah, and a baby girl due in May.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Eldora Beaver, and four stepbrothers, Ralph Jr., Melvin, Harold, and Larry.

Services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10:00 am, at the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene with burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

The service will also be live-streamed via the church’s Facebook page. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Walgreen Gives Details of COVID-19 Vaccinations

FortScott.Biz sought answers with the Walgreen coroporation on the COVID19 vaccination program they are involved in.

Here is a response from Fraser Engerman.

Walgreen Senior Director, External Relations

Walgreen Co. |108 Wilmot Road MS 1835, Deerfield, IL 60015

 

“We provide updates daily to the CDC.

“Details I can share with you:

 

“Please see the following press release on the status of our long-term care facility program.

 

“You can find the latest data here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations. We report this to the CDC and the Tiberius system (tracking LTCF data) on a daily basis.

 

“COVID-19 vaccines will be available in all of Walgreens more than 9,000 store locations, once they become available for mass administration. We are following guidance from the CDC and federal and state governments on mass availability. We will continuously expand access as more vaccines are approved and inventory grows, and are looking to the spring for mass availability. We will provide online scheduling options through the Walgreens app, similar to how we schedule flu and other routine vaccinations. Patients will be able to schedule both vaccination appointments at the same time. Our pharmacists will also recommend scheduling a second dose appointment at the point of vaccination.

 

“Phase 1B. As part of the federal government’s vaccine distribution plans, states are responsible for prioritizing populations for initial COVID-19 vaccine administration. Walgreens is working closely with state governments to expand access to COVID vaccines as states advance their distribution and administration plans for additional vulnerable populations in Phase 1B.

 

“As part of Phase 1B, COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at select Walgreens stores in limited quantities according to state distribution plans. Individuals eligible to receive the vaccine according to state guidelines will be able to make an appointment. During Phase 1, Walgreens will not be providing vaccinations on a walk-in basis.”

 

 

Obituary of Lois Williams

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Lois M. Williams, age 90, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, went to be with her Lord on January 14, 2021 at her home in Ft. Scott.

Lois Maxine Anderson was born on August 28, 1930 and grew up on a dairy farm near White City, KS.  Her three brothers did all the chores, except her job was to gather the eggs.

 

She met Bob Williams while she was attending Manhattan Christian College, and he was attending K-State.  She became his bride on August 20, 1950, and they were married for 70 years.  They have four children:  Lynnette LaForge (Frank), Caney, KS, Cynthia Dickason (Nolan), rural Crescent, OK, Karen Marshall (Steve), Fairfax, IA, and Brian Williams (Terri), Fort Scott, KS.  They have 18 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren with two more due soon.  She enjoyed spending time with them and baking chocolate chip cookies for everyone.

 

She loved to sing solos in church, play the organ, and direct the children’s choir.  She was a Christian all of her life, and raised her children in the church.  She taught piano lessons to several children, including her own, and violin lessons to two of her daughters.  She spent many hours sewing clothes for her kids.  In later years, she enjoyed reading and playing games in books.

 

There was cremation.  A memorial service with burial in the Clarksburg Cemetery will be held at a later date.  Memorial are suggested to the First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 345, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

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Splinter by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

Trivia containing “Home Hints” or “Fun Facts” often are sent to me. Years ago, when I was teaching high school, one such Email– two pages full of such tidbits– made its way into my Inbox. I recited them to my students who found them as interesting as I did…until, that is, I read #10 which stated, “It is impossible to lick your elbow.” Immediately, a junior in the back row licked his elbow, making me skeptical of the other “facts” I was asked to believe.

All that to bring me to the story of my splinter. A few months ago, Dave and I were in Springfield, Missouri, picking up our kayak after having a hole repaired at the shop where we bought it five years ago. This was a good plan, since the option was Hubby’s grandiose idea to glue his stash of Gatorade lids together, melt them into the puckering cavity and call it good. The kayak shop seemed a better bet.

We had borrowed a trailer which, to our surprise, ended up being one we had loaned our son a decade ago and hadn’t seen until it turned up—suffering multiple maladies, including rust, rotting boards and no taillights– behind my nephew’s shed.

I digress.

Sliding the mended kayak onto the trailer, I immediately felt the pain of a splinter in my thumb. Dave’s attempt to remove it by using a fishing lure–one he found latched onto a web pocket in the kayak—left me with a bloody thumb and an embedded sliver of wood too deep to extract. Once home, I referred to my “Home Hints” on how to remove the little demon. The first suggestion was to lather it with honey, sit back, and watch the sweet goo do its magic. And get this! It worked. Within 5 minutes, the splinter had finagled its way to the surface. A “fun fact” that panned out.

So, I now am rethinking my decision that all of these “fun facts” are hogwash. Just because one student could lick his elbow doesn’t dispel the other 20 pieces of information that might just come in handy someday…like in a trivia contest or as a painless remedy. We need to determine what is truth and what isn’t.

I have a friend who considers the Bible nothing more than a collection of useless, truthless trivia. She is a splinter to my soul, for she believes that there is no “Absolute Truth” and that only fools buy into Jesus’ claim that he is “Truth.” I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (Jn. 14:6) The irony, as I have pointed out to her, is obvious: “So, to you, your Absolute Truth is that there is no Absolute Truth. Interesting.”

For me, the Bible works. It is not simply 66 books of useless minutiae but is a personal, love letter from God to everyone who seeks Him. Psalm 119:105 refers to it as “a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

The Bible brings me peace and promises me a future. It tells me of a loving God who became man and suffered everything we have suffered, exchanging His life for ours. It makes me a better person as it reminds me to be forgiving, selfless, honest, patient (still working on that one), loving and kind. It tells me that I may have some ugly splinters in my heart that need to be extracted but that “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Prov, 16:24)

Useless trivia? I can’t imagine anything further from the truth.

FSHS Boys Swim Team Competes at Winfield

The Fort Scott High School Boys Swim Team competed at Southwestern College in Winfield,  on Thursday.

Oliver Witt brought home two second-place medals in both the 200 Free and 100 Fly with a best time in the 100 Fly.

Bobby Kemmerer brought home two  third-place medals in both the 50 Free and 100 Breast.

Sam Mix took 7th in the 50 Free and 9th in the 100 Breast taking 2 seconds off his previous time for a personal best.

The Swimming Tigers will head to Osawatomie on January 20 to continue to work towards state qualifying times.

Submitted by Angie Kemmerer

Walgreens COVID 19 Vaccinations

06 January 2021

Walgreens continues to accelerate access to COVID-19 vaccinations among additional vulnerable populations as part of state and local jurisdictions distribution plans

DEERFIELD, Ill., January 06, 2021 – Walgreens expects to complete the administration of COVID-19 vaccine first doses in skilled nursing facilities by Monday, Jan. 25. The company is also rapidly expanding access to vaccinations among assisted living facilities and additional vulnerable populations outlined by states and local jurisdictions as part of expanded distribution plans.

“Since receiving our first allotments of vaccines in late December, Walgreens has remained on track in vaccinating our most vulnerable populations, and we are steadfast in our commitment to accelerating access to COVID-19 vaccines as we receive additional guidance from state governments and jurisdictions,” said John Standley, president, Walgreens. “Walgreens takes immense pride in being a part of protecting our communities from COVID-19 and helping the country take this first step toward emerging from this pandemic.”

As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, Walgreens began administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents and staff at long-term care facilities in late December and is now active across 49 states and Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Activation dates and prioritization of long-term care facilities were determined by each state. In accordance with CDC and state guidance, Walgreens provided COVID-19 vaccination clinics to skilled nursing facilities first and is expanding to assisted living and other types of facilities. The company will continue to partner with states and jurisdictions to provide vaccinations to residents and staff at 35,000 long-term care facilities that are partnering with Walgreens.

Walgreens will continue to work with states as they finalize their Phase 1b and 1c plans to administer COVID-19 vaccines to additional vulnerable populations, which may include essential workers and people ages 75 and older. COVID-19 vaccines will be available in all of Walgreens more than 9,000 store locations once they become available for mass administration. At that time, individuals will be able to schedule vaccination appointments through the Walgreens app or online.

“Walgreens pharmacy team members are embedded in communities and have more than a decade of experience providing immunizations,” said Standley. “They will continue to play a critical role in educating patients and supporting the administration of vaccines, including in rural and underserved communities.”

Walgreens is committed to driving health equity throughout the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines. Reaching underserved and rural areas is a critical component given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in these communities? While nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population lives within five miles of a Walgreens pharmacy, Walgreens is committed to leveraging different models, such as mobile and off-site clinics, to ensure the delivery of vaccines in underserved and rural areas. These communities have been a focus throughout the pandemic, with more than 70 percent of Walgreens COVID-19 testing sites located in socially vulnerable areas and the implementation of off-site clinics and voucher programs to ensure access to flu vaccinations in underserved areas.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy. As America’s most loved pharmacy, health and beauty company, Walgreens purpose is to champion the health and wellbeing of every community in America. Operating more than 9,000 retail locations across America, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health destination serving approximately 8 million customers each day. Walgreens pharmacists play a critical role in the U.S. healthcare system by providing a wide range of pharmacy and healthcare services. To best meet the needs of customers and patients, Walgreens offers a true omnichannel experience, with platforms bringing together physical and digital, supported by the latest technology to deliver high-quality products and services in local communities nationwide.

Governor’s Council On Tax Reform Report

Governor’s Council on Tax Reform Releases Second Interim Report

TOPEKA – A second interim report by the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform is issued in the wake of the last legislative session being cut short by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The report for consideration by the Kansas Legislature includes additional research of possible economic implications to the state caused by the pandemic.

Governor Laura Kelly established the bipartisan Governor’s Council on Tax Reform through Executive Order No. 19-11, which has since extended its formation.

The Council was tasked with conducting an in-depth assessment of the state’s tax structure, to explore strategies that increase both effectiveness and fairness, and receive input from stakeholders across the state.

The governor continues to recommend returning to the “three-legged stool” approach that relies on a sensible balance of income, sales, and property tax revenue.

The Council will continue to review aspects of state and local finances and how best to respond to federal tax law changes, the taxation of groceries as part of sales tax revenue, and how to best provide targeted property tax relief. The Council also is charged with determining how much room will be available in future budget projections for tax relief.

“I am pleased with the extensive work the Council has performed for the sound recommendations that will return the state to a balanced approach of sales, income and property taxes,” Governor Laura Kelly said.

View the Council’s report here.

SNAP Food Assistance Increases

Kansas Households Receiving Food Assistance Will Receive Added Benefit

Beneficiaries to see 15 percent increase starting in January

 

Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Laura Howard announced today that benefits through the food assistance program, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will increase temporarily.

The maximum allotments for food assistance will increase 15 percent for each household in January and will continue through June 2021. For the six-month period, the maximum allowable allotment for a family of four has been temporarily increased to $782.

“The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 allows states to provide this additional assistance,” Howard said. “These added funds are imperative to ensure Kansas families have access to food in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Those that already receive food assistance don’t have to take any action to receive the increased benefit.

In January, funds will come in three issuances: The regular benefit was issued between Jan. 1 – 10 ; the 15 percent temporary increase will be available to each household as a supplement on Jan. 21; and the emergency food assistance allotment will be issued Jan. 22 – 30.

The February through June temporary maximum benefit will be issued on the regular issuance dates of the 1st through 10th of the month. In July, benefits will return to the regular benefit amount.

 

The temporary increase in maximum allotments are:

 

Household Size January 2021 – June 2021 Maximum Benefits
1 $234
2 $430
3 $616
4 $782
5 $929
6 $1114
7 $1232
8 $1408
Each additional person + $176

 

 

The temporary minimum allotment for household size 1 to 2 is $19.

All food assistance benefits are based on household size, household income and allowable deductions.

Those interested in applying for food assistance can visit the DCF website at www.dcf.ks.gov or contact their local service center.

 

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