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Lowell Milken Fellows (Round Two)

The Lowell Milken Center is located at the corner of First and Wall Streets.

The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship.


The LMC Fellowship is a merit-based award for educators of all disciplines who value the importance of teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning. The Center selects exemplary teachers from the United States and around the world who will collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

Those in Fort Scott from June 23 to 28

Sarah Espinal

Sarah Espinal, a 2023 Discovery Award Winner, is a social studies teacher at Jericho Middle School and High School in New York. Since Sarah is bilingual, she has been able to interact more deeply with students. She wants her students to be deeply informed about their learning and encourages historical thinking. Her emphasis on the importance of identifying the bias and credibility of sources helps her students learn to make informed decisions in life.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “As an ENL social studies teacher, Sarah has used her fluency in both English and Spanish to interact with a diverse group of students. She has guided them in developing many award-winning National History Day projects. Her outstanding skills in project development will be a welcomed resource for the 2024 LMC Fellowship.”

Bibba Kahn

Bibba Kahn, a middle school French and Spanish educator in Montpelier, is the 2020 Vermont Teacher of the Year. She believes that learning a new language begins with valuing people from different cultures and backgrounds who may or may not be similar. To value every individual is a skill Bibba feels is essential in our world today. She gives her students many real-world experiences with language and bases her success as an educator on the success of her students’ learning.


LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Bibba’s love for learning drives her enthusiasm to share knowledge with her students. Through her global travel and teaching experiences, she seeks to reach students of all diversities, valuing their cultural differences. Our 2024 team of Fellows will be fortunate to learn much from Bibba’s vast knowledge base.”

Leah Lawrence

Leah Lawrence, a middle school English Language Arts educator in St. Charles, MO, is the 2023 Missouri Milken Educator. Whether it’s the use of Play-Doh relating to the steps of the writing process or flyswatters that “swat” away errors, Leah’s creative instructional strategies keep her students engaged in their learning and foster their desire to reach their educational goals. Her adaptability in the classroom helps every level of learner have the opportunity to meet with success.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Leah is a gifted educator whose creatively designed lessons pique her students’ interest and motivate them to reach their educational goals. Our staff and the team of 2024 Fellows look forward to the innovative ideas and engaging instructional strategies she has to share.”

Ashley LIbben

Ashley Libben, a 2016 U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow, is a middle school English Language Arts educator in Ligonier, IN. Libben’s use of project-based learning with her eighth-grade students reached a more profound level when her language arts instruction included the teaching of The Diary of Anne Frank. Her students’ interest in the Holocaust grew and ignited questions for which she didn’t have answers. Their interest led her to research answers to their questions and to do more profound research for her own growth in knowledge.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Ashley’s use of a project-based learning curriculum helps her students become adept in research and writing skills while making personal connections with the historical figures whose stories they share. I am confident her experiences will inspire our 2024 team of Fellows.”

Matthew Mayeske

Matthew Mayeske, a 2023 Kansas Milken Educator, is a high school social studies teacher in Gardner, KS. His world history and geography classes come alive for his ninth and tenth-grade students through the integration of real-world scenarios with collaborative, inquiry-based instruction. In yearlong roleplaying games, students create characters and participate in simulation activities. They can also immerse themselves in a French Revolution simulation, a strategy-style conflict activity to illustrate WWI diplomacy or a study of interactive maps using GIS technology. Every strategy transforms his classes into vibrant learning experiences.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Matthew’s students benefit from his unique ability to transform his social studies classes into dynamic experiences with hands-on learning skills. These experiences can be a springboard to his students’ development of Unsung Hero projects and models for our 2024 Fellows in their own classrooms.”

Kelly Steffen

Kelly Steffen, a 2019 Gilder Lehrman Iowa History Teacher of the Year, is a high school social studies teacher in Vinton, IA. She is a master at engaging her students through relevance and the use of primary sources, encouraging students to draw their conclusions about history’s impact on their lives. Kelly hopes students learn that history can help them as citizens to make informed decisions in today’s world. This summer, Kelly will also attend the NEH Heart Mountain Seminar to learn more about the effects of Japanese Internment/Incarceration, another powerful resource for her students.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Kelly’s students are well-versed in the vision of our country’s founders. She emphasizes the use of primary sources for her students’ hands-on projects that focus on the people who shaped our nation. Our 2024 Fellows will be able to use her insight to help their students develop informative Unsung Hero projects.”

Ann Marie Vanneste

Ann Marie Vanneste, a Civics, Careers, Religion, and Learning Strategies educator from Kanata, Ontario, was awarded the prestigious 2023 Canada’s Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence National Recipient. She was the recipient  of the 2023 Director of Education Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Canada.  Ann Marie is also a 2024 Women Of Courage Award recipient, presented by The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation. Devoted to inclusion in education, she wants students to know that someone is rooting for them and their success. She helps her students cultivate pride in their individual cultural places in the world and helps them identify their unique cultural strengths.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Ann Marie’s enthusiasm, along with a teaching approach dedicated to inclusion, has made her students realize their valuable places in this world. All of them are encouraged to reach high levels of learning. The motivating and inspiring projects her students have experienced will be a catalyst for ideas and collaboration with this year’s team of LMC Fellows.”


While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources, and support in helping students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows will be equipped to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students, applying and evaluating the stories of these role models who have changed the world throughout history.

Bo Co Commission Budget Work Session on June 24


Bourbon County Courthouse

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

Fax: 620-223-5832

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



A budget work session will be held on Monday, June 24, 2024 in the Commission Room beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Agenda for the Bo Co Commission on June 24


Bourbon County Courthouse

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

Fax: 620-223-5832


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


June 24, 2024 5:30 p.m.


  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Flag Salute
  • Approval of Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Minutes from 6/17/2024
  1. Public Comments
  2. SEK Mental Health Center 2025 Budget Request
  3. Tri-Valley 2025 Budget Request
  • SEK Area Agency on Aging 2025 Budget Request
  • Bourbon County Conservation District 2025 Budget Request
  1. Vance Eden- USD 235 Contribution Decision
  2. Susan Walker, CFO
    1. Department of Labor Increase Approval
    2. 2024 SEHP Rate Increase Approval
    3. 5-minute Executive Session KSA 75-4319 (b)(4)
  3. Jennifer Hawkins, County Clerk
    1. Fireworks Permit
  • Opening of Solar Panel Committee Letters
  • 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.


What’s Happening in Fort Scott

What’s Happening in Fort Scott! June 21st Weekly Newsletter

Fort Scott, Kansas ~ Then & Now



Fort Scott National Historic Site

Daily Guided Tours: 10am & 1pm

Currently closed Wednesdays & Thursdays

until further notice.

Visit your National Park!

Click here to see all the FUN classes at The Artificers, classes for ALL ages!

BINGO hosted by the American Legion Post 25 every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month unless it falls on a holiday. Doors open at 6pm and Bingo starts at 7pm at Memorial Hall.

6/21 ~ Live music 6-9pm at Sharky’s Pub & Grub featuring Kylie Ast

6/21 ~ Patio Concert featuring Emily Hollingshed , Liberty Theatre Patio hosted by Bourbon County Arts Council, $15 BCAC members/$20 non-members, 8-10pm, click here for more information.

6/21 ~ Live music at Brickstreet BBQ by Left of Center, 8pm-11pm, click here for more information.

6/22 ~ Fort Scott Farmers’ Market, 8am-12pm, Gathering Square Pavilion

6/22 ~ Children’s Business Fair at the Farmers’ Market, come out and support young entrepreneurs, hosted by HBCAT & PSU Small Business Development Center, see flyer below for more info.

6/22 ~ Trolley Tours on the hour 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm leaving from the Chamber/Visitor Center, 231 E. Wall, $6 adults, $4 12 and under. 50-minute narrated historical trolley tour of Fort Scott!

6/24-27 ~ Kids Art Camp at The Artificers ~ Art in Japan, $125/per kid, click here to sign up and for more information!

6/25 ~ Fort Scott Farmers’ Market, 4-6pm, Gathering Square Pavilion.

6/26 ~ Chamber Lunch and Learn – Appraised Values and Property Tax, guest speaker Matt Quick/Bourbon County Appraiser with Susan Walker and Patty Love of Bourbon County on property taxes, registration is free, those attending may order an optional box lunch for $10 from Brickstreet BBQ by 12pm Monday, click here for more information and to register!

6/26 ~ 2 New Exhibits to be Unveiled at the Lowell Milken Center, 2 Women/2 Pioneers/2 New Exhibits, refreshments provided, 3pm, see the flyer below for more information.

6/24-27 ~ Greyhound Theatre Camp 2024 “The Wizard of Oz”, children ages 6-17, free event (t-shirt included), 1:30pm-3:30pm, click here for more information.

6/27 ~ Kid’s Art Show off at The Artificers, come out and enjoy all the hard work of local children artist, 6-8pm, click here for more information.

6/27 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by Fort Scott Community College Cosmetology, 2108 Horton St., 8am.

6/28 ~ Shepherd’s Center at First United Methodist Church, free admission, 1-4pm, click here for more information.

6/29 ~ NBHA Rodeo at Bourbon County Fairgrounds,

6/29 ~ 50th Bronson Day in Bronson City Park, free event for the public, bring lawn chairs, 11am-7pm, click here for more information.

6/29 ~ A night of Mardi Gras in the Fort, live music featuring Two Lane Highway & Ernest James Zydeco Band, Care to Share will be offering Shrimp Gumbo and Shrimp Boil for a FREE WILL DONATION, food starts at 5:30pm, Gathering Square Pavilion, see the flyer for more information.

6/29 ~ Live Music at Brickstreet BBQ by CM Johnson band, 8-10pm

7/4 ~ Happy 4th of July from the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce!

7/5-6 ~ 2024 Bourbon County Fair Rodeo at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 8pm nightly, tickets before rodeo: adults/$15 & kids/$10, tickets at the gate: adults/$17 & kids/$12, see flyer below for more information.

7/6 ~ City Wide Firework Show at Fort Scott Community College, 9:30pm


7/9 ~ Downtown Meet & Greet at Cohn’s Cafe, 110 South Main, join community members to network and share ideas on events/promotions/and anything else related to downtown, coffee/juice/and light refreshments will be served, 8:30am-9:30am, see flyer below for more info.

7/10 ~ Food Truck at Woodland Hills Golf Course hosted by Part Tee Girls Ladies’ Golf League, Aunt Toadies will serve the food and the clubhouse will serve the drinks, EVERYONE welcome, 5:30pm-8:30pm.

7/12 ~ 30th Annual Fort Scott Area Chamber Golf Classic at Woodland Hills Golf Course, be a banner or hole sponsor/donate a raffle item or prize/volunteer to help, we would love for you to be a part of this tournament that is ALWAYS a blast and one of the primary fundraisers for the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber at 620.223.3566 TODAY!

7/13 ~ Downtown & Around Summer Sidewalk Sale organized by the Chamber! Business Bingo to get your card punched at 3 or more stores for a Chamber Bucks Drawing and other deals & discounts! Stores featuring fruity refreshments!

7/15-21 ~ Bourbon County Fair at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, something for everyone to enjoy!

7/27 ~ Second Annual End of Summer Craft Creations at the River Room, food/drinks/crafts, 10am-4pm



Boutiques-Antiques-Flea Markets & more!

Click here for Chamber member

specialty shopping & other retail in

Downtown & other areas of the community.

Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue

Calendar of Events

Special Event Features

THANK YOU Chamber Champion members!!

Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.

Children’s Business Fair at the Farmer’s Market!

Chamber Lunch & Learn – Appraised Values & Property Tax Click here to register!

2 New Exhibits to be Unveiled at the Lowell Milken Center!

A Night of Mardi Gras in the Fort at the

Gathering Square Pavilion!

Downtown Meet & Greet hosted by Cohn’s Cafe!

D30th Annual Chamber Golf Classic, July 12th!

Contact the Chamber at 620.223.3566 to become a banner or hole sponsor/donate a raffle item or prize/ or volunteer your time!

Summer Sidewalk Sale ~ Downtown and Around Fort Scott!

Upcoming Movie Schedule @ Fort Cinema


KDOT requesting comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on an amendment to the FFY 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

The STIP is a project specific publication that lists all KDOT administered projects, regardless of funding source, and includes projects for counties and cities as well as projects on the State Highway System. The list of projects being amended to the STIP can be viewed at

The approval of the STIP amendment requires a public comment period, which concludes July 3. To make comments on the amendment, contact KDOT’s Division of Program and Project Management at (785) 296-3254.

This information is available in alternative accessible formats. To obtain an alternative format, contact the KDOT Division of Communications, (785) 296-3585 (Voice/Hearing Impaired-711).


Governor Has Signed Legislation For Tax Cuts For All Kansans and STAR Bonds Use

Governor Kelly Signs Bill Providing Tax Cuts for
All Kansans

~~ Gov. Kelly Also Signs Legislation Approving Economic Development Tool to Attract Professional Sports Teams to the State ~~

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that she has signed Senate Bill 1, bipartisan legislation that will provide tax cuts for all Kansans without threatening the state’s long-term fiscal health. The bill reduces property and income taxes, immediately eliminates the state tax on Social Security income, and increases the standard deduction and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.

“I am proud to be delivering on my commitment to responsible, meaningful tax relief for all Kansans,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I appreciate the Legislature’s quick work to pass this tax relief package. Senate Bill 1 provides significant tax relief while preserving our ability to continue fully funding our public schools, roads and bridges, and State Water Plan.”

The governor also signed House Bill 2001, enabling the use of the Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) Bonds, an economic development tool, to expand Kansas’ portfolio of professional sports teams. STAR Bonds allow the issuance of bonds to finance the development of major commercial, entertainment, and tourism projects. The bonds are paid off through the sales tax revenue generated by the development.

“We know that modernizing our economic development tools provides the opportunity to increase private investment into the state,” Governor Kelly said. “By modifying the STAR Bonds program, one of our strongest economic development mechanisms, lawmakers crafted a viable option for attracting professional sports teams to Kansas.”

Click here to learn more about STAR Bonds.

Spoiled by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche. 2023.
Author: A Little Faith Lift…Finding Joy Beyond Rejection
AWSA (Advanced Writers & Speakers Assoc.)

I should have spoken up.  At least then, the long-term damage might have been minimized.  Instead, I chose to stay silent.

No excuse.

While in Walmart this week, I was in the toy section when I overheard a mother in the next aisle holding her ground against her demanding daughter who insisted on getting a toy.  She was reminded that she had “hundreds” of toys at home that she never even played with, so she was not going to get another one.  “I am not buying you that doll.  You have dozens of them already.”  The whining continued, but the mother held her ground.  Yea, Mom!

When they ventured down my aisle, I was surprised to see that this was no toddler.  She was, perhaps, four or five years old.  As more things were pulled from the shelf, the youngster imploring her parent that she “needed” this or “needed” that, Mom held firm.

Tell her that you are proud of her for not allowing her daughter to win, I told myself.  Tell her.  The voice in my head persisted, but I said nothing.

You know what happened next.  As I checked out, the mom/daughter duo pulled their cart up next to mine.  Four toys (one, a doll) sat alongside a quart of milk and a loaf of bread.

NOOOOOOO, I wanted to scream.  Why did you give in to her?  You are creating a monster, a spoiled, “‘No’ doesn’t mean ‘No’” monster.  Of course, you probably already have asked yourself why this mother even brought her child into the toy section if she had no intention of buying her anything.  No doubt, this was not their first Walmart, toy story experience.

What is so hard about having our “no” mean “no” and our “yes” mean “yes”?  The Bible actually addresses that in Matthew 5:37: Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.                                

Our words matter; they should be reliable and sufficient. This scripture does not mean that adding words to our “yes” or “no” is demonic.  Verse 37 simply explains the verses preceding it in which Jesus is saying that we should not swear at all.  We should not have to “swear to God” or “cross my fingers, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye” or even “pinky promise.”

How many times have you heard a parent say, “How many times do I have to tell you…”?  Oh, I don’t know, Parent, probably as many times as you’re going to say it before you, in exasperation, start yelling or smacking or simply give in.  And we wonder why kids become entitled brats.

Proverbs 3:12 tells us that the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.  Discipline is necessary, Readers, and I have to believe that the easiest way to teach our children right from wrong is to say what we mean and mean what we say.  If we’re going to say “No,” our “No” should have no Plan B.  Start early, and the lesson will be much less painful.

In “Empowering,” several suggestions are given to make sure our kids do not grow up entitled.  Here are three:

1.  Don’t get pulled into fights with your child.

2.  Know that parenting is not a popularity contest.

3.  Saying “No” to your child takes practice.

Any one of those would have prevented what I witnessed in Walmart.  Not only would the child have learned some discipline, the mom would have as well.


2024 Lowell Milken Center Fellows Receive Keys to the City

From left to right (back row) Erica Quale, Kelly Sheridan (front row) Aaron Kruger, Michael Sandstrom, John Rosenbaum. Submitted photo.



The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas has awarded its 2024 National Fellowship to 12 educators. As part of their week-long experience in Fort Scott, the five fellows for June 16 – 21 were given the key to the city on Tuesday, June 18th, by Jackson Tough, Tourism Director. (Five more Fellows will arrive on June 23rd.) Upon presenting the keys, Tourism Director Jackson Tough said, “The students who participate in Unsung Hero projects are changed for life. They become the stars of the future! You, as teachers, do the same. You change lives, and you are our stars because of that. We sincerely welcome you to Fort Scott and as a small token of our appreciation for the work you do, we present each of you with a key to the city of Fort Scott.”


The Fellows honored this week were Aaron Kruger from Wyoming, Erica Quale from ­­­­North Dakota, John Rosenbaum from Rhode Island, Michael Sandstrom from Nebraska, and Kelly Sheridan from Idaho. LMC Director Norm Conard praised these outstanding individuals, saying, “It is an honor to be able to network and collaborate with these exceptional educators and provide this opportunity for them to reflect, reenergize, and strategize with each other as they seek new ways to inspire their students.”

Every summer, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes awards its Fellowship to national and international award-winning educators from America and around the world. As National LMC Fellows, they deepen their understanding of Unsung Heroes and project-based learning in preparation for developing Unsung Heroes projects with their students. They also learn the stories of powerful role models who have helped to change the world and can be life-changing examples for students today. Along with the time spent deepening their professional skills at the LMC, the Fellows enjoy visiting the Fort Scott area.








Unapproved Minutes of the Uniontown City Council of June 11

The Regular Council Meeting on June 11, 2024 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:02PM by Mayor Jurgensen.  Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, Amber Kelly, and Mary Pemberton.  Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, City Superintendent Bobby Rich and City Clerk Sally Johnson.



Appoint City Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk, City Treasurer, Municipal Judge, Municipal prosecutor –


Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0 to appoint Sally Johnson as City Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk, Charlene Bolinger as City Treasurer, Patricia Miklos as Municipal Judge, and Chase Vaughn as Municipal Prosecutor.


Oath of office was administered by Mayor Jurgensen for Sally Johnson and Charlene Bolinger.  Clerk Johnson will administer oath for Municipal Judge and Prosecutor by the next court date.


Designate official bank and newspaper –


Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0 to designate the Union State Bank, Uniontown, as official bank and The Fort Scott Tribune as official newspaper







Treasurer Bolinger asked if they wanted an oral report on April and May; they opted for oral for May 2024 Treasurer’s Report.  April 2024 Treasurer’s written reports were presented.  Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $248,941.39, Receipts $51,651.27, Transfers Out $12,776.00, Expenditures $25,058.15, Checking Account Closing Balance $262,758.51. Bank Statement Balance $264,895.81, including Checking Account Interest of $55.65, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $2,137.30, Reconciled Balance $262,758.51.  Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $37,385.86, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $21,376.69, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $39,177.46, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $360,698.52. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $283.42, and Utility CDs $841.17 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $1,124.59.  Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of May 2024, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $4,311.86, Expenditures $4,311.86, Ending Balance $0.  May Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00, to Capital Improvement-Streets $250.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00, to Capital Improvement-Streets $750.00; from Gas Utility Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $6,250.00; from General Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $2,500.00 for Total Transfers of $12,776.00.  Net Income for the month of May $13,817.12, Year-to-Date Net Income $27,279.31.  Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $46,034.81 (37.3%), Expenditures $56,155.73 (34.6%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $14,593.33 (39.5%), Expenditures $14,392.05 (34.2%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $78,818.29 (53.8%), Expenditures $51,114.51 (28.8%); General Fund YTD Revenue $93,682.10 (57.1%), Expenditures $95,345.38 (47.1%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,966.38 (54.6%), Expenditures $0 (0%).  The June 2024 payables to date in the amount of $13,031.25 were presented.  The invoices from KMGA, Homestead Tech, Phillips 66, and Ag Engineering have not been received by noon meeting day.



Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0, to approve amended Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of May 14, 2024 Special Council Meeting, May 14, 2024 Regular Council Meeting and May 23, 2024 Special Council Meeting
  • April and May Treasurer’s Reports, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables



Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan was absent.  Council received emailed reports.


City Superintendent Rich had nothing to report.


Clerk Johnson informed the Council the copier maintenance agreement renewal was received and is $25 higher.


Motion by Esslinger, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0 to renew copier maintenance agreement with Modern Copy Systems


She also went over 2024 KMGA Regional Meetings, KMU Health Insurance Pooling Survey, and KDHE public meeting on implementation of the 2022 Kansas Water Plan.

The request for quotes for the weather siren preventive maintenance was discussed.



Councilman Ervin – nothing

Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing

Councilwoman Kelly – nothing

Councilwoman Pemberton – nothing

Councilman Stewart – absent

Mayor Jurgensen – FEMA/KDEM representatives were here on June 5th to do a preliminary assessment of flooding damages from the April 25-30 flooding event.  Bourbon County has met the threshold for disaster declaration.



Pickleball Court Placemaking Project – Mayor Jurgensen and Councilwoman Pemberton will run some chalk lines to determine the best location for the court, then Superintendent Rich can paint.  They will try to get project completed by July 3.


Warehouse project – Mayor Jurgensen is working on the specs for the project.  Statute 12-1739 Sale of Building was reviewed.  Clerk Johnson will follow-up with attorney on next steps of selling 402 Sherman to help fund refurbishing and have the county appraised value for next month.


Streets – Mayor Jurgensen is not having much luck communicating with Bettis regarding warranty work and possible future projects.  Funding avenues were discussed and consensus is to hold off on more resurfacing while building up funds for future projects.




Moved by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0, to adjourn at 7:27PM

Reegan McDaniel Receives Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate

Agriculture Education Students Awarded Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates

MANHATTAN, Kansas — Twenty-five students from five schools in Kansas have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. High schools with students earning certificates include Buhler, Centre, Ellsworth, Fort Scott and Republic County.

Students have completed requirements in the areas of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA. They have demonstrated excellence in agricultural knowledge, career readiness, and leadership development. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all school courses to earn the certification.

“Students receiving these certificates are among the most well-rounded agricultural education students in the state. This recognition isn’t based on one single activity or achievement but on meeting the criteria for several components showing diversity in agricultural knowledge and success in and out of the classroom,” said John Clark, the agriculture education teacher at Buhler High School.

KDA is committed to establishing a dynamic and well-equipped workforce that meets the diverse needs of the agriculture industry today. “As agriculture continues to advance, there is a continued need for skilled young people to operate high-tech machinery on our dairies, ranches, and farms, and technical specialists to provide research in agronomy, technology and animal science fields,” said Russell Plaschka, KDA marketing director. “Kansas agriculture is growing, and the industry requires a well-equipped workforce to help support that growth in our great state. We are proud of these young adults.”

These certificates have been endorsed by several industry organizations and employers.

Applications for the Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates are accepted each spring. To find more information, visit

Complete list of students:

Buhler High School
Jaelyn Anderson
Peyton Coldren
Marlie Cooper
Brynlee Frank
Krysten Hamby
Amos Harder
Megan Krueger
Mikayla Milburn
Danielle Rogers
Madison Shain
Makenna Siemens
Emmie Stallman

Centre High School
Jenna Bittle
Leah Brunner
Karsen Kroupa
Jenaya Plett
Emilee Remmers
Isabel Rziha
Allie Stuchlik
Payton Svitak

Ellsworth High School
Rebekah Vague

Fort Scott High School
Reegan McDaniel

Republic County High School
Macey Homeier
Camryn Reynolds
Gracia Siemsen