The Bourbon County Commission Agenda for July 15

Bourbon County Courthouse

210 S. National Ave Fort Scott, KS 66701 Phone: 620-223-3800

Fax: 620-223-5832


May 2024 Financial Reports

Payroll 7-12-2024

Accounts Payable 7-12-2024


Bourbon County, Kansas

Brandon Whisenhunt

1st District Commissioner

Jim Harris, Chairman

2nd District Commissioner

Clifton Beth

3rd District Commissioner



Bourbon County Commission Agenda 210 S. National Ave.

Fort Scott, KS 66701


July 15, 2024 4:00 p.m.



  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Flag Salute
  • Approval of Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Minutes from 7/8/2024
    2. Approval of Accounts Payable Totaling $469,598.00
    3. Approval of Payroll Totaling $306,110.16
    4. Approval of May Financials
  1. Budget Discussion
  2. Public Comments
  3. Susan Walker, CFO-KWORC Renewal
  • Commission Comments
  • Adjourn Meeting



Executive Session Justifications:


KSA 75-4319 (b)(1) to discuss personnel matters of individual nonelected personnel to protect their privacy.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(2) for consultation with an attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the

attorney-client relationship.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(3) to discuss matters relating to employer/employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the

representative(s) of               the body or agency.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(4) to discuss data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trust and individual     proprietorships

KSA 75-4319 (b)(6) for the preliminary discussion of the acquisition of real property.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(12) to discuss matters relating to the security measures, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting

would jeopardize such security measures.


Why John? By Carolyn Tucker

Keys to the Kingdom By Carolyn Tucker

Why John?


The Love Test: When serving dessert, love will always give the other person the biggest portion. I wouldn’t have any trouble giving my friend the biggest piece of raisin pie, but I’m pretty sure I’d give myself the biggest piece of French Silk. I’m just being honest.


When Jesus was dying on the cross in excruciating pain, his mind was not on himself. He knew His death would accomplish the final sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He also knew that His widowed mother would need someone to deeply love her and take care of her. John (the apostle of love) was the only disciple standing near the cross witnessing the crucifixion. Through eyes of compassion, Jesus saw His precious mother Mary also  standing by the cross with three other devoted women. The first words Jesus spoke from the cross were addressed to His heart-broken mother: “When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple He loved, He said to her, ‘Dear woman, here is your son.’ And He said to His disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from then on this disciple took her into his home“ (John 19:26 NLT).


Jesus entrusted John to take care of Mary. But why John? Why not Peter, James, or any of the other eight disciples? Well, for one thing, they were all absent. Since John didn’t quit, run away, or hide from the crucifixion, his actions proved that he was compelled by love. He truly understood Jesus’ teachings on love. John grasped the fact that Jesus loved him deeply, even though he was not perfect in everything he did. Therefore, John was chosen to take Mary into his home and provide for her. Jesus wanted his mother to be cared for by someone who knew how to receive and give love.


John was not AWOL at the crucifixion. He didn’t choose the easy route and cop out because he allowed love to compel him to do the right thing. Also, God needed John the Beloved to write about what he experienced and witnessed. We’ll never know how many people have surrendered their lives to Jesus due to reading the Gospel of John. Through his authorship of the Gospel of John, the Epistles of 1 John, 2 John, 3, John, and the Book of Revelation, we have a clearer understanding of faith, truth, hope, and love.


In his writings, John referred to himself as, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” John 13:23 NLT: “The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table.” John 20:2 NLT: “She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved…” John 21:7 NLT: “Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It’s the Lord!’ As believers, we too, can say with confidence, “I am the disciple whom Jesus dearly loves.” God is no respecter of persons; we believe that because of Peter‘s message in Acts 10:34 NLT: “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.” What joy to be loved like this!


As a disciple of Christ, John experienced and understood the importance and power of the love of God. “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world” (1 John 4:16-17 NLT). This would be a lovely scripture to memorize.


The Key: With much love, John always gave Mary the biggest piece of pie.

H2O:  Beverage of Choice this Summer

Tara Soloman-Smith, Family and Wellness Agent, Sunflower District of Kansas State University’s Extension Office. Submitted photo.


  • The heat is on, I know we have all felt it! Now is a great time to remember the importance of getting a lot of fluids during this active, warm time of year. Here are answers to a few questions about health and adequate hydration, according K-State Research and Extension Fact Sheet, Liquid Assets: The Value of Fluids to Your Health.
  • Q: Is hydration the only benefit of water?
  • A: Hydration is very important for your body, however, it is surprising just how much of the body water affects! Water is the most abundant compound in our body.  It assists with weight loss, blood transportation, organ and joint health, digestion, brain health, temperature control….and the list goes on!
  • Q: Is Water My Only Choice?
  • A: Of course, there are numerous products to choose from, but there is a difference between better and best beverage choices. Water remains the best drink for keeping people hydrated because it is the easiest to absorb.
  • Other fluids can come from foods and beverages with high water content and provide some nourishment. Examples include milk, 100% fruit juice (limit), fruits, and vegetables. Watch out for beverages such as sports drinks, carbonated beverages, and fruit drinks, which include large doses of sugar calories.
  • Need some flavor? Add fruit or vegetables such as lime, watermelon, or cucumber to your water. You can also mix some beverages, try ½ cup of fruit juice with ½ cup club soda or ½ cup unsweetened tea with ½ cup of light lemonade.
  • Q: How much fluid do I need?
  • A: A simple question with no easy answer. It does depend on many factors including health, how active you are, and where you live.  The Institute of Medicine has determined adequate intake of fluid for men is roughly 3 liters (about 100 ounces or 13 cups), and 2.2 liters (about 73 ounces or 9 cups) for women.  For most people, water and other beverages provide 80 percent of this amount and food provides the remaining 20 percent.
  • Q: What are the signs of dehydration?
  • A: The signs and results escalate the more dehydrated you become. Some common signs include thirst, dry mouth and skin, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, flushed skin, and headache.
  • You know it is Fair time with heat and community activity! Join us for a local fair of your choice and remember to bring your water!
  • Allen County July 25th-July 29th
  • Bourbon County July 15th -July 19th
  • Neosho County July 25th-July 29th
  • Woodson County July 17th-July 22nd


For more information contact Tara Solomon-Smith, [email protected], or call 620-244-3826.


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Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service




Agenda for the FS City Commission on July 16



City Hall Commission Room – 123 S. Main Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

July 16, 2024 – 6:00 P.M.


  1.     Call to Order
  2.     Roll Call

Tim VanHoecke,   Matthew Wells,   Dyllon Olson,   Kathryn Salsbury,  Tracy Dancer

III.       Pledge of Allegiance

  1. Invocation
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Consent Agenda
  4. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1364-A – Expense Approval Report – Payment Dates of June 26, 2024 – July 9, 2024$449,829.79
  5. Approval of Minutes for July 2, 2024
  6. June Financials


VII.    Public CommentSign up required before the beginning of the meeting on register at the entrance of the Commission Room. Public Comments are for any topic not on the agenda and limited to five (5) minutes per person, at the Commission’s discretion.

VIII.     AppearancesMust be scheduled with the City Clerk at least (1) week prior to the meeting             

              you wish to address the Commission. You will be scheduled on the agenda to speak on your topic.


  1. Unfinished Business
  2. Consideration of Change Order Request for Electrical Requirements – Grit Removal System at WWTP – Estimate #1019 by KTK Electric LLC$17,681.30 – Tabled from July 2, 2024 – J. Dickman to check initial project estimate from Ray Lindsey – J. Dickman and S. Flater


  1. New Business

            Action Items:

  1. Consideration to Eliminate Employee Council Ordinance and Replace with an Employee Safety and Culture Team Policy – P. Coyan
  2. Consideration of Bids for 2-Inch Water Main and Sewer Line Renewal – B. Lemke
  3. Consideration of Letter of Interest submitted by Michael Hoyt for Land Bank Vacancy – Land Bank meeting July 15, 2024 – M. Wyatt
  4. Consideration of Approval Certificate of Appropriateness – Submitted by T.E. Freeman Studio LLC/The Artificers – 25 ft. North of 8 N. National Ave.Recommended by Design Review Board on July 1, 2024 – M. Wyatt
  5. Consideration of Proposals for Repairs to Memorial Hall Facade Wyatt
  6. Consideration of Letter of Interest submitted by Daniel Wilson for Parks Advisory Board Vacancy Parks Advisory Board meeting July 11, 2024
  7. Consideration of Change Addendum No. 1 – WWTP Change in Infrastructure Permit EEI File: 23-306 – Earles Engineering & Inspection, Inc. – Original Contract $7,500.00 – Additional Service Fees $5,000.00 – J. Dickman


  1. Reports and Comments
  2. City Manager Comments
  3.  Engineering Comments
  4.   Commissioners Comments
  5. City Attorney Comments



XII.      Executive Session


XIII.     Adjourn

FS City Commission Minutes of July 2





Minutes of July 2, 2024                                                                         Regular Meeting


The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held July 2, 2024, at 6:00PM in the City Commission Meeting Room at City Hall, 123 S. Main Street, Fort Scott, Kansas. (Time stamps according to YouTube recording of meeting on the City of Fort Scott Channel).



Meeting called to order at 6:00PM. Commissioners Matthew Wells, Tim VanHoecke, Dyllon Olson and Kathryn Salsbury were present with Mayor Tracy Dancer.


Audience in AttendanceBrad Matkin/City Manager, Bob Farmer/City Attorney, Jason Dickman/City Engineer-Earles Engineering, Scott Flater/Public Utility Director, Jason Pickert/Chief of Police, Lisa Lewis/City Clerk, Jessica Oliphant/BakerTilly, Jason Silvers/Fort Scott Tribune, Cory Bryars, Teresa Davenport, Leah Lewis, Kathy Clark, Greg Scott, Rubin Long and Michael Hoyt.



  1. Dancer led the Pledge of Allegiance and T. VanHoecke said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City, our Government and City officials.


APPROVAL OF AGENDA (Time stamp 0:17)

MOTIONT. VanHoecke moved to approve the agenda with the change made prior to the meeting regarding 110 W. Oak Street.  D. Olson seconded the motion. All voted yes.



CONSENT AGENDA (Time stamp 0:50)

–  Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1363-A – Expense Approval Report – Payment Dates June 12, 2024 – June 25, 2024$1,907,395.59

–  Approval of Minutes for June 18, 2024

–  Request to Pay – Hofer, Hofer & Associates, Inc. – Application No. 4 – Gunn Park Restroom & Shower House$2,250.00

–  Request to Pay – Earles Engineering & Inspection, Inc. – Invoice #17366 – Project No. 22-656 PS – (6) Additional Lake Lots – Lake Fort Scott Boundary Survey$5,760.00

MOTION:  D. Olson moved to approve the Consent Agenda and resolve some of the line item concerns at the next meeting.  T. VanHoecke seconded the motion.   D. Olson, T. VanHoecke, K. Salsbury and T. Dancer voted yes.  M. Wells voted no.




Teresa Davenport and Cory Bryars/Care to Share (Time stamp 6:03) – addressed the Commission regarding thank everyone for the success of the Mardi Gras event where they raised $3,000.00. They also announced that they were awarded a Capital Grant in the amount of $70,000.00 from Timken of Canton for the use of purchasing a portable stage to be used by the community.



Travis Sawyer Temporary Street Closure – Heylman between 6th & 7th – July 4, 2024 – 3:30PM – 11:00PM(Time stamp 13:17) – Applicant did not appear.

MOTIONM. Wells moved to approve the request for temporary street closure as stated on the application. K. Salsbury seconded the motion.



Jason Marbery – RHID(Time stamp 14:20)

MOTIONT. VanHoecke moved to table the appearance until July 16, 2024.

  1. Wells seconded the motion. All voted yes. MOTION PASSED BY 5-0 VOTE.



Consideration of Resolution No. 12-2024 –RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF AN ALLEGED UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS STRUCTURE AND ACCESSORY STRUCTURE KNOWN AS [110 W. OAK], FORT SCOTT, KS 66701 Tabled from April 2, 2024. Owner to return with requested information for the Commission – Removed from April 16, 2024, agenda. May 7, 2024 Owner appeared and motion approved to extend time to July 2, 2024, with conditions.  Item was removed from the July 2, 2024, agenda prior to the meeting with notification to Leroy Kruger/Codes Inspector that the owner decided to have the structures removed with his own contractor. The owner appeared before the Commission and confirmed and thanked them for the extended time to try to salvage the structures. – (Time stamp 15:40)



Consideration of Change Order Request for Electrical Requirements – Grit Removal System at WWTP – Estimate #1019 by KTK Electric LLC$17,681.30 (Time stamp 16:27)

  1. Flater appeared to explain the purpose of the change order in order to complete the project. The Commission wishes to confirm that this work was not included in the original proposal when the bid was awarded. J. Dickman asked for time to review.

MOTION:  T. VanHoecke moved to table the payment until July 16, 2024, when the City Engineer has a chance to review the RFQ as he requested.   M. Wells seconded the motion.  All voted yes. MOTION PASSED BY 5-0 VOTE.


MOTION:  D. Olson moved to amend the agenda to allow the appearance of Jason Marbury for his RHID presentation. M. Wells seconded the motion.  All voted yes.  MOTION PASSED BY 5-0 VOTE.


Jason Marbery – RHID (Time stamp 25:07) – appeared before the Commission to present his plan for enrolling his property in the RHID program.

MOTION:  M. Wells moved to include this in the RHID.  T. VanHoecke seconded the motion.  All voted yes.  MOTION PASSED BY 5-0 VOTE.


Lake Lot Discussion Continued – Requested by D. Olson – (Time stamp 27:56) – Discussion was had about moving a work session to address encroachments on City property regarding the (6) lots that have been surveyed by the City Engineer and consideration of the current infrastructure issues.


ACTIONB. Matkin was directed to organize a work session on July 29, 2024, for the City Commission to travel to Fort Scott Lake and look at the (6) surveyed lots and possibly return to City Hall for discussion.


Public Safety Communication Discussion – B. Matkin – (Time stamp 50:15) – Discussion was had regarding raising the amount the City asks the County to pay for Public Safety Communication services.  B. Matkin asked that it be put on the next agenda for a decision in time for budget planning.

ACTION:  B. Matkin was directed to have a conversation with the County on this topic.


Consideration of Approval of License to Sell Retail Cereal Malt Beverages For Consumption on the Premises (New License) – OUTPOST 13 WEST – 13 W. Oak, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, KS 66701(Time stamp 57:40)

MOTION:  T. VanHoecke moved to approve the license as presented.  D. Olson seconded the motion.  All voted yes.  MOTION APPROVED BY 5-0 VOTE.


Revenue Neutral Notice(Time stamp 59:45) – J. Oliphant presented for consideration the option to approve the intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate.

MOTION:  T. VanHoecke moved to accept the intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate for 2025.  K. Salsbury seconded the motion.  T. VanHoecke, K. Salsbury and T. Dancer voted yes.  M. Wells and D. Olson voted no.  MOTION PASSED BY 3-2 VOTE.



City Manager B. Matkin (Time stamp 1:07:00)

City Engineer J. Dickman (Time stamp 1:19:37)

Commissioner D. Olson (Time Stamp 1:21:40)

Commissioner K. Salsbury (Time Stamp 1:21:51)

Commissioner M. Wells (Time Stamp 1:22:06)

Commissioner T. VanHoecke (Time Stamp 1:33:26)

Commissioner T. Dancer (Time Stamp 1:35:00)


Recognition given by Mayor Dancer for SRO Michael Trim – Retiring after 20 years of service with the Fort Scott Police Department.


ACTION:  B. Matkin will bring regulations for shipping containers and Codes update on other municipalities who use them.


City Attorney B. Farmer (Time Stamp 1:39:02)








MOTIONT. VanHoecke moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:39PM.  D. Olson seconded the motion.  All voted yes.





–  2025 Budget Work Session – July 23, 2024 – 6:00PM – City Hall

–  City Commission Work Session – Lake Lots – July 29, 2024 – Lake Fort Scott

–  2025 Budget Hearing – September 3, 2024 – 6:00PM – City Hall



Submitted by:

Lisa A. Lewis, City Clerk

Tri-Valley Receives Donation From Fort Scott Public Library

Patsy Franks, Jennifer Gum-Fowler – Fort Scott Library Director, Samantha Miller, Samantha Miller is the Assistant in the Fort Scott Library’s Youth Services.and Ziad Nabhan. Submitted photo.



On June 27th, the Fort Scott Public Library donated 108 audio books to Tri-Valley Developmental Services. 

Jennifer Gum-Fowler, Library Director, recently weeded items from the library shelves and wanted to send the items back into the community.  She stated “The idea is to get a new book in someone else’s hands.”  She thought that Tri-Valley would benefit from the audio books.  Grace Kramer, Employment Coordinator stated “We are very appreciative of the director thinking about us and the books will be put to a good use; everyone will be able to enjoy them.” 

Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation Holds 24th Annual Truck Raffle Drawing

Tricia Campbell, Tri-Valley Special Projects Coordinator; Matthew Lazerus, Thomas Lazerus, winner of the 24th Annual Raffle Drawing; and Jeff Lassman, Steve Faulkner Ford. Submitted photo.


The Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation is proud to announce the winner of the 24th Annual Truck Raffle Drawing:  Thomas Lazerus.  Thomas’ ticket was drawn from 1,830 entries on Friday, June 21st at 1:30 pm by Jenna Roberts.  Thomas was notified immediately and was excited to hear that he had won.  Thomas and his son Matthew came to Chanute from California on Tuesday, July 2nd to collect his prize.  Thomas is now the proud owner of a 2024 Ford F150 Platinum Edition Truck, purchased from Steve Faulkner Ford in Chanute, KS.


Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s raffle drawing.  This year’s raffle drawing raised over $14,000 which will go to provide quality and affordable housing as well as aid in the delivery of services for our neighbors with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).   Since 2001, the Foundation has built six houses as well as acquired eight houses and one duplex.  These fifteen houses are home to 66 individuals with I/DD that reside in the SE Kansas counties of Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson.   The Friends of Tri-Valley is licensed through the State of Kansas for this raffle (RAF000005).

Agenda for the FSCC Trustees Meeting on July 15

July 15, 2024
Board of Trustees
Fort Scott Community College
2108 S. Horton
Fort Scott, KS 66701

To view the entire packet: 7.15.24 Consent Agenda
The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, July 15, 2024. The meeting will be held in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at Fort Scott Community College.
4:00 p.m. Regular monthly Board meeting
4:00 ROLL CALL, 3
A. Comments from the Chair, 4
B. Comments from the Public,
C. Foundation Update, 4
A. Approval of Agenda, 5
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on June 17, 2024,
and Budget Hearing and Special Board Meetings conducted on June 27, 2024, and July
11, 2024, 6
C. Approval of Bills and Claims, 12
D. Ratification of Contracts, 41
1. Stericycle, 41
2. Travelers Contract Surety, 47
E. Approval of Personnel Actions, 5
F. Approval of Officer – Treasurer, 5
A. Travel Policy, 49
A. Resolution 2024 – 38: Consideration of Memberships and Consortium Dues, 50
B. Resolution 2024 – 39: Consideration of Vendor Change for Elevator Repair, 51
C. Resolution 2024 – 40: Consideration of Athletic Insurance and Catastrophic Injury Insurance, 52
D. Resolution 2024 – 41: Approval of Flood Insurance Policy Renewal, 75
A. Administration
• July 15, 2024 Board Meeting
• August 9, 2024 Fall Semester Begins
• August 26, 2024 (to facilitate budget process) Board Meeting
• September 2, 2024 Campus Closed – Labor Day
• September 23, 2024 (to facilitate budget process) Board Meeting
• October 3 – 5, 2024 Gordon Parks Celebration
• October 18, 2024 Math Relays
• October 21, 2024 Board Meeting
• November 18, 2024 Board Meeting
• November 25 – 29, 2024 Campus Closed – Thanksgiving Break
• December 16, 2024 Board Meeting
• December 20, 2024 – January 3, 2025 Campus Closed – Winter Break
• January 20, 2025 Campus Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• January 21, 2025 Spring Semester Begins
• January 27, 2025 (Changed from January 20 due Board Meeting
to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
• February 17, 2025 Board Meeting
• March 24, 2025 (Changed from March 17 due Board Meeting
to spring break)
• March 17 – 21, 2025 Campus Closed – Spring Break
• March 28, 2025 Aggie Day
• April 18, 2025 Campus Closed – Good Friday
• April 21, 2025 Board Meeting
• May 19, 2025 Board Meeting
• May 26, 2025 Campus Closed -Memorial Day
• June 16, 2025 Board Meeting
Bryan Holt, Chair
Sara Sutton, Interim President
FSCC’s vision for the future is to support “Students First, Community Always” through a central focus on teaching and learning; advancing strong, innovative programs and
departments; maximizing and leveraging opportunities; initiating efficient and effective processes; and developing the region’s workforce.2
_____ Ronda Bailey
_____ John Bartelsmeyer
_____ Jim Fewins
_____ Bryan Holt
_____ Chad McKinnis
_____ Doug Ropp3
Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on June 17, 2024, and
Budget Hearing and Special Board Meetings conducted on June 27, 2024, and July 11, 2024
Attached are the Bills and Claims Report.
1) Stericycle
2) Travelers Contract Surety

1) Additions
a) Susan Henry, MEP Administrative Liaison, effective July 1, 2024
b) Cable Wareham, Rodeo Assistant Coach, effective July 16, 2024
c) Matt Glover, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, effective July 16, 2024
2) Transitions
a) Rory Chaplin, from Interim CTEC Director to Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development, effective July 1, 2024
b) Santos Manrique, from HEP Recruiter/Mentor and Dean of Crawford County Campuses to HEP Recruiter/Mentor, effective August 1, 2024
1) Melissa Scott as FSCC Board of Trustees Treasurer (replacing previously approved Treasurer Gina Shelton)

Minutes of the FSCC Trustees Meeting on June 17 and Budget Hearing on June 27

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting
June 17, 2024
PRESENT: Ronda Bailey, Jim Fewins, Bryan Holt, Chad McKinnis, and Doug Ropp
ALSO PRESENT: Sara Sutton – Interim President, Juley McDaniel – Board Clerk, faculty, staff, community members
Chairman Holt called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm in the meeting rooms of the Ellis Fine Arts Center.
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
A motion was made by McKinnis, seconded by Ropp, and carried by unanimous vote to add Resolution 2024 – 23:
Consideration of Nursing Remodel Bids as Item G under Action Items.
A motion was made by McKinnis, seconded by Bailey, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the consent agenda as amended.
A. Resolution 2024 – 28: A motion was made by Fewins seconded by Ropp, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the quote from Lenovo Direct for $32,480 for the annual CAMP laptop purchase.
B. Resolution 2024 – 29: A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Ropp, and carried by unanimous vote to approve both the KASB Worker’s Compensation Fund Membership Participation Agreement as well as the Loyalty Credit Program.
C. Resolution 2024 – 30: A motion was made by Bailey, seconded by Ropp, and carried by unanimous vote to accept the 2024-25 regular monthly meeting dates as presented and move the regularly monthly meeting start time of 4:00 pm.
Holt suggested suspending the Zoom streaming for the time being to alleviate the workload of the IT staff.
D. Resolution 2024 – 31: A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Ropp, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the property and liability insurance from Kansas Insurance Cooperative for Schools for $300,916.57.
E. Resolution 2024 – 32: A motion was made by Ropp, seconded by Bailey, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the license renewal quote for $7,956 with Educational Assessments Corporation.
F. Resolution 2024 – 33: A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Bailey, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the Kone elevator repair proposal for $39,889.
G. Resolution 2024 – 34: A motion was made by Bailey, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote
to approve the bid from Tri-State Building for all three sections of the nursing program remodel for

• ADMINISTRATION – The Board reviewed and heard updates from the Gordon Parks Museum, Academic Affairs, Student Services, Finance and Operations, and the Interim President.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at 6:51 pm by Bailey, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote.


Minutes of the Budget Hearing
June 27, 2024
PRESENT: Ronda Bailey, John Bartelsmeyer, Jim Fewins, Bryan Holt, Chad McKinnis, and Doug Ropp
ALSO PRESENT: Sara Sutton-Interim President, Juley McDaniel-Board Clerk, staff, public
Chairman Holt called the meeting to order at 2:30 pm in Ellis Fine Arts Center.
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF THE REPUBLISHED 2023-24 BUDGET: A motion was made by Fewins,
seconded by Bartelsmeyer, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the republished 2023-24 budget.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
2:34 pm by Bartelsmeyer, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote

Grief Share Begins New Session on July 29

On July 29th  a year long session of Grief Share at Mary Queen of Angels Church in Room 203 will begin.
This non-denominational group  will meet monthly on the last Monday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
There are no costs for joining and each receives guidance resources from Grief Share, a professional support organization.
If you are thinking about your grief journey, and trying to adapt, this path may strengthen you.
Please contact Laura Meeks the group leader in Fort Scott at 740-317-6379 or [email protected] if you are thinking about joining this small group setting.

AD: Joshua Jones Candidate for Kansas House of Representative District 4


Josh Jones.

Joshua Jones: Candidate for Kansas House of Representatives District 4

Hello there! I’m Joshua Jones, a proud resident of Bourbon County, where my family’s legacy spans back to the 1850s. My wife Karen shares this deep connection, with her family settling in western Bourbon County around the same time. Together, we’ve celebrated 23 years of marriage and have been blessed with three wonderful children: Taylor and Madison, both 23, and David, who is 19. 


**My Promises to You:** 


  1. **Give Back My Salary** 

   My belief is simple: if the people I serve benefit, then I benefit. We are all in this together. I am giving back my salary because your tax dollars should work for you. 


  1. **Year-Round Accessibility and Transparency** 

   How often do you only hear from politicians during the election? During my time as Mayor/City Commissioner, I was the first to hold public forums to get citizens’ input. 


“The position I am running for encompasses all of Bourbon County and most of Linn County. Over the past few years, through my business, I have expanded my connections in Linn County.  


As your state representative, I plan to leverage these relationships, along with engaging with other citizens, to address Linn County concerns and work together to create beneficial legislation. 


In Bourbon County, I am the only candidate who resides here.

Issues such as the lack of an emergency room directly affect me and our community. While the announcement of Freeman Health System coming to town gives me hope, we must remember past promises, like the one involving Noble, which did not materialize. 


 Being the only Bourbon County candidate, it is crucial for me to ensure that Freeman’s arrival becomes a reality. Securing state-level support will be essential to ensure Bourbon County has adequate healthcare. 


Issues like Pike Reservoir where the proposed lake would encompass cemeteries where I have family buried. No matter if I am for or against a project I would commit to involving citizens in the process like I did when I was City Commissioner. 


Living in Bourbon County also provides me with a unique understanding of medium to smaller issues, such as trains blocking intersections for hours or the challenges faced by public schools competing in the same KSHSAA class as private schools, which I have personally experienced as an injustice.  


These are issues I can address at the state level, and my residency in Bourbon County gives me a unique perspective and dedication to tackling them. I am committed to working tirelessly for the betterment of both Bourbon and Linn Counties.” 





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