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Make, Model, and VIN by Carolyn Tucker

Keys to the Kingdom

As a kid in the 1960s, I liked to watch the CBS game show “To Tell the Truth” where four celebrity panelists questioned three contestants. One contestant always spoke the truth about himself/herself and the other two pretended and lied. This was very interesting to me and I was often surprised at who the “real” person out of the three turned out to be. Some of them were super-good liars and pretenders and were able to trick the celebrities and the viewing audience. God knows my name and frame and He knows my heart. He’s the God of all truth. He knows more about me than I do. I scratch my head and smile in the fact that He knows everything about me and loves me anyway! He knows the real me.

 

I find consolation in this scripture: “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:13,14 NKJV). Our heavenly Father has affection, mercy, and deep compassion for His children who revere and obey Him. He knows how we’re formed and all about our weaknesses and frustrations. He never gives up on us and is sympathetic to our difficulties. God’s not looking for perfect people, He’s looking for nonpretenders with perfect hearts.

 

Sometimes a vehicle ends up with a bent frame. An individual can also have a bent frame from all the hard knocks in life. But God knows what shape we’re in. And if we’re bent out of shape, He can restore it because God is in the business of restoration. He doesn’t throw any part away, He simply works it over and uses it for His glory. God isn’t generic; He’s specific and intentional and He knows what He’s doing. We can trust Him wholeheartedly because He’s proven mile after mile that His speedway record is unbeatable. If believers stay within their God-designated lane, we’ll never crash and burn.

 

A famous musician/entertainer owned a fleet of cars and, after he died in 1977, some of these cars were eventually showcased in Memphis. Although they were meticulously  clean, not one little dent or ding was repaired because each imperfection was proof of use and told a story. Real believers can be compared to these unique vehicles. We may have some cracks in the sidewalls and dents on the body, but we’re willing to be used in the service of Christ Jesus. But it’s sure not a job for sissies! And there’s no place for a U-turn when we’re barreling down the Interstate. Once we get headed in the right direction toward heaven,  what’s the sense of slowing down and turning back? In the song lyrics of Vestal Goodman, “I’m too near my heavenly home to turn back now!”

 

There’s no restoration job too big for God. He can fix a blown head gasket (mental issues) a misfiring cylinder (emotions), or rebuild an engine (physical needs). Just imagine seeing your vehicle up on the racks and, after a quick inspection by the most-qualified mechanic, he tells you, “She can’t be fixed, just tow ‘er to the junkyard.” God will never haul us away; He’ll always restore us if we’ll ask Him to do it. King David prayed, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You” (Psalm 51:12 NLT). This was the prayer of a nonperfect regenerated man desiring a holy heart. Repentant prayers and changed hearts lead to God’s restoration. Our heavenly Father knows the real us (with all our imperfections, dents, and dings) but He still wants to use us if we’re willing to be humble and honest servants for the Kingdom of God.

 

The Key: Will the real you please stand, be restored, and get back on the road again?!

Obituary of Dale Wayne McGrew

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Dale Wayne McGrew, age 88, resident of Pittsburg, KS, died Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Guest Home Estates, Pittsburg.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 11:30 AM Friday, December 9th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the S.E.K. Humane Society and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

What’s Happening in Fort Scott

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!

December 2nd Weekly Newsletter

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UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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TROLLEY TOURS,

ON THE HOUR FROM THE CHAMBER!

Friday 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Saturday 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

$6 adults, $4 children 12 & under

50-minute narrated tour of Historic Fort Scott!

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Daily Tours: 10am & 1pm

12/2 ~ Live Music Event at Pizza Republic, DJ Brown and the Bourbon County Revival will be playing from 8-11pm.

12/3 ~ Clark Street Lights presents: A visit with Santa and Friends, 753 S. Clark from 5-8pm, popcorn and cookies will be available, free will donations, see flyer below for info.

12/3 ~ Battle at the Border, Bourbon Country Fair Grounds, 7am-12pm

12/2-3 ~ Candlelight Tours of the Fort Scott National Historic Site.

12/2-4 ~ The Artificers 6th Annual Christmas Show

12/3 ~ Santa’s Workshop at Buck Run Community Center, 9-10:30am, $1 per participant.

12/3 ~ Lillian’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party at Laree + Co., 10am-2pm

12/3 ~ Storytime at Hedgehog INK!

10:30am-11:30am

SAVE THE DATE:

12/10 ~ Christmas in the Park, Gunn Park

12/9-23 ~ Christmas Light Trolley Tours, booking now! Tours each night at 5:45pm, 7pm, and 8:15pm! $8 adults, $5 kids, or book the whole trolley for $125 to tour with only your friends, family or co-workers!

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Boutiques-Antiques-Flea Markets & more!

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Chamber Highlights
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Clark Street Lights Presents: A Visit with Santa and Friends!

Upcoming Movie Schedule @ Fort Cinema

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Bourbon County REDI Completes Workforce Assessment

 

Rob Harrington. Submitted photo.

An in-depth assessment of the workforce in Bourbon County has been completed and it offers a series of recommendations for BCREDI to work on immediately and for the long term.  That’s according to Executive Director Robert Harrington.  The workforce assessment was one of three studies BCREDI has undertaken since early spring, with the other two focused on retail opportunities and housing needs.

Along workforce study included one-on-one interviews with key employers as well as a survey that provided input from more than sixty-four employers in the county.  Residents also had their input, with more than 440 people providing input.  More than 80% are currently employed, including a sampling of those who commute into the county for work.  In addition, nearly 130 Ft. Scott and Uniontown school students gave their thoughts on their education and careers.

“This workforce assessment provides a lot of on the ground input from companies, employees, those that might want to come back to a job and students that will help our staff and board develop ways to improve our overall workforce,” said Harrington.  Harrington noted the input from surveys helps fill in the gaps that the extensive statistical data in the report doesn’t address.  “The data can tell us a lot about how we are doing in Bourbon County, how we compare to our surrounding counties and other areas on things like wages and how many people commute in and out for work.  But it doesn’t tell us things like how employers view the skills of the workforce and what skills they think are important and, on the other side, how satisfied employees are with their current work and their own levels of skills,” noted Harrington.

The workforce assessment was conducted by O’Brian & Associates, an economic and workforce development consulting firm based in Joplin, MO.  Along with the on-the ground input and statistical data, the firm’s report also provides a series of recommendations as a starting point for action.  “They gave us good observations on where we are today and what our employers and employees, including our future workforce, needs to be successful.  From that they gave us a variety of recommendations on improving training, connecting students to employers, better supporting existing employers and engaging those not currently in the workforce,” said Harrington.  “Now it’s up to our staff and board to look at priorities as well as key partners such as the school districts, Ft. Scott Community College, Chamber of Commerce and others to start the work in the new year,” he added.

“It was a pleasure working with the Bourbon County REDI team and having such great response from companies, residents and students,” said Rob O’Brian, founder of O’Brian & Associates.  “Bourbon County has strong manufacturing, health care, education and agriculture sectors that have provided good job opportunities and good education options for many years.  This study gives REDI a starting point for improving what it has, adding new options and ensuring residents have good jobs and companies have skilled employees into the future.”

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Minutes of the Fort Scott Commission Meeting on Nov. 15

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CITY OF FORT SCOTT

CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of November 15th, 2022
Regular Meeting
The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held November 15th,

2022
at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Meeting Room at City Hall, 123 S.
Main Street
, Fort Scott, Kansas.
ROLL CALL:

Commissioners J. Jones, T. Van Hoecke, and M. Wells were present with Mayor
K. Harrington.

INVOCATION: M. Wells, said
a prayer asking God for guidance for the City, our
Government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Jeff Hancock, Interim City Manager, Brad
Matkin, Assistant City Manager, Emily Diebolt, Ben Hart, Robert Farmer, Robert
Uhler, Nick McCormick, Travis Shelton, Cindy Bartlesmeyer, Dave Bruner, Edwin
Woellhof, Jason Dickman, Bill Michaud, Ryan Irsik, Jon Garrison, Anne Dare,
Heather Magruder, Steve Mason, Sheri Laws, Bailey Lyons, Nate Lyons and 3
children.

J. Jones motioned appointing Brad Matkin as Deputy City Clerk for this meeting
for the purpose of swearing in the new City Commissioner. T. VanHoecke
seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO APPOINT BRAD MATKIN AS DEPUTY CITY CLERK FOR THIS
MEETING FOR THE PURPOSE OF SWEARING IN THE NEW CITY
COMMISSIONER.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW CITY COMMISSIONER: The City Commissioner
candidates were called in the order of the agenda: Robert Uhler, Bill Michaud,
Cindy Bartelsmeyer, and Edwin Woellhof. Each introduced themselves and
answered questions from Brad Matkin, Assistant City Manager, and City
Commissioners J. Jones, M. Wells, T. VanHoecke and Mayor K. Harrington.

T. VanHoecke motioned to nominate Robert Uhler for the vacant position of City
Commissioner. No second. Motion died.

M. Wells motioned to nominate Edwin Woellhof for the vacant position of City
Commissioner. No second. Motion died.

J. Jones motioned nominating Bill Michaud for the vacant position of City
Commissioner. No second. Motion died.

K. Harrington motioned to nominate Cindy Bartlesmeyer for the vacant position
of City Commissioner. No second. Motion died.

Discussion was held amongst the Commissioners regarding the candidates.

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It was decided that each Commissioner would state their second choice.

J. Jones stated that Edwin Woellhof was his second choice. T. VanHoecke
stated that Cindy Bartelsmeyer was his second choice. M. Wells stated that Bill
Michaud was his second choice. K. Harrington stated that Edwin Woellhof was
her second choice.

M. Wells motioned to appoint Edwin Woellhof as the new City Commissioner.

Further discussion was held amongst the Commissioners regarding the
candidates. J. Jones seconded the motion. M. Wells and J. Jones voted aye.
T. VanHoecke and K. Harrington voted nay. Motion fails to pass.

J. Jones motioned to appoint Bill Michaud as the new City Commissioner. M.
Wells seconded. M. Wells and J. Jones voted aye. T. VanHoecke and K.
Harrington voted nay. Motion failed to pass.

K. Harrington motioned to appoint Cindy Bartelsmeyer as the new City
Commissioner. No second. Motion died.

T. VanHoecke motioned to appoint Robert Uhler as the new City Commissioner.

No second. Motion died.

T. VanHoecke motioned to appoint Cindy Bartelsmeyer as the new City
Commissioner. K. Harrington seconded. T. VanHoecke and K. Harrington
voted aye. M. Wells and J. Jones voted nay. Motion failed to pass.

Cindy Bartlesmeyer addressed the Commission and withdrew her name as a
candidate for City Commissioner.

M. Wells motioned to appoint Edwin Woellhof as the new City Commissioner.
J. Jones seconded. J. Jones, M. Wells and K. Harrington voted aye.

T. VanHoecke voted nay.

APPROVED TO APPOINT EDWIN WOELLHOF AS THE NEW CITY
COMMISSIONER.

Brad Matkin was called forward by Mayor Harrington to swear in Edwin
Woellhof with an Oath of Office.

J. Jones addressed the Mayor to consider a change in the agenda. He asked
that Bailey Lyons be moved forward. Mayor Harrington agreed.

Bailey Lyons addressed the City Commission regarding the Splash Pad. She
thanked all the volunteers involved to make the Splash Pad a reality for the
community. B. Lyons also gave an update of the funds raised, to date a total of
75% of what is needed to complete the project. She also recognized the sizeable
grants awarded; $75,000.00 from the Timken Foundation and $40,000.00 from
the Walmart Foundation. She said the plan is to break ground in the Spring of
2023 and open it to the public in the Summer. (Complete address to the City
Commissioners is attached).

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Steve Mason, Timken Foundation and Ryan Irsik, Walmart Public Affairs and
Good Relations addressed the Commission and presented their checks. M.
Wells expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Commission for their investment
in the community of Fort Scott.

Bailey Lyons asked that the Commission allow the project to move forward and
allow the Splash Pad to be located on the west end of Skubitz Plaza.

T. VanHoecke stated that he would like to have time to review the packets that
Bailey Lyons provided and asked if she would be able to return to the next
Commission meeting if there were any questions.

Bailey Lyons stated that she was asking the City Commission to allow the
project to move forward due to timelines they are required to meet for the
grants and orders for materials that need to be placed to break ground by
Spring of 2023 and open to the public by Summer 2023.

T. VanHoecke stated that he would first like to review the information provided.

J. Hancock suggested that Bailey Lyons and their company meet with Assistant
City Manager Brad Matkin and staff and go over details and ask questions with
the input of City staff.

J. Jones stated that the project was designed for minimal City man hours and
was vetted out by the Fort which was the main concern due to the proposed
location. He also stated that the area had a strategic plan for a water feature.

J. Hancock stated that he would direct the City staff to review the information,
prepare a report for the next City Commission meeting and will proceed from
there.

Bailey Lyons stated that any further contributions can be made by contacting
her, Josh Jones, or Kelly Barr. She then outlined the present and future plans
to secure the remaining funds and talked about the benefits of bringing this to
the community.

J. Jones and M. Wells thanked and complimented Bailey Lyons and the project
group for all that they have done to make this project happen, especially ahead
of the previously discussed timeline of 2024 or 2025.

CONSENT AGENDA:

A. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of November 1 st
, 2022 and
minutes of the special meeting of November 7th, 2022
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B. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1324-A totaling $603,259.05.

C. Request to Pay – J. Richardson Construction – $54,210.27 – 17th and Eddy
Stormwater Improvements

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D. Request to Pay HDR Engineering, Inc. $14,294.96 Phase II Dam
Improvements – Engineering

E. Request to Pay – Earle’s Engineering & Inspection, Inc. – $37,622.15 – work
performed during October

M. Wells moved to approve the Consent Agenda. J. Jones seconded. All voted
aye.

APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.

Old Business:

1. Change Order #1 – L.G. Barcus and Sons, Inc. – $19,466.03 – Review
itemized bill.

Nick McCormick from L.G. Barcus and Sons, Inc. addressed the Commission
regarding the itemized bill. He stated that it was an Engineer directed Change
Order for the Fort Scott Dam Project. He stated he was not sure where the
breakdown in communication was, but he was there to provide answers.

M. Wells stated that the biggest issue was that the project was done and a
month later it was brought back to the Commission to approve as a Change
Order. He also stated that anything over $10,000.00 must come before the
Commission before the work is done. He stated that the original information
was vague and did not provide any of the information they see here today,
which is what he wanted to see.

Discussion was had about the extra 15% fee added to the bill. M. Wells stated
that within the construction industry the overhead and profit is a line that
the majority add independent of the profit as a second profit.

Mr. McCormick stated that the company did not do the work without any
direction. He stated that the pricing was submitted to HDR, the engineer of
record, prior to L.G. Barcus doing the work and HDR gave the permission to
do the work. He stated that possibly there was a disconnect between HDR
and the City.

J. Jones requested that Mr. McCormick turn over the correspondence he
brought to J. Hancock or Brad Matkin for review.

M. Wells motioned to approve the request to pay L.G. Barcus and Sons, Inc.
$19,466.03. K. Harrington seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THE REQUEST TO PAY L.G. BARCUS AND SONS, INC. THE
AMOUNT OF $19,466.03.

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appearances: Ben Hart of BakerTilly addressed the Commission providing
October Financial Statements and Status of Engagement. He brought two (2)
reports. He stated the first report is the standard report that they typically
receive, and the second report contains charts and graphs. It gives an idea of
where the cash balance will sit in each one of the funds. Mr. Hart continued
through the report and explained to the Commissioners what they can expect to
receive from BakerTilly as a standard report. He discussed what he has observed
in the reports with revenue. Mr. Hart stated that the next thing he will be working
through is the budget and providing more detail at the next City Commission
meeting regarding budget amendments for 2022.

Discussion was had on cash flow, policies and the Capital plan which will be addressed
in future. The Commission gave their feedback on what would be helpful to them.

M. Wells asked Mr. Hart about the cash balance carried over at the end of the year. Mr.
Hart stated that he would be surprised if it was not positive in the six figure numbers in
the general fund.

Further discussion was had on the existing funds and their possible amendments due to
price increases from inflation, which Mr. Hart stated is not surprising.

Public Hearings: M. Wells made a motion to open the Public Hearing at 7:35
p.m. J. Jones seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO OPEN PUBLIC HEARINGS AT 7:35 P.M.

Financial Assistance and Pre-Application with U.S. Department of Agriculture
and Rural Development to Repair and/or Replace Two (2) Storm Sirens
Presented by Fire Chief Dave Bruner and Emily Diebolt.

Chief Bruner stated that they have gone through the pre-application process of
the grant and are moving to the application process regarding the storm sirens
that were discussed on July 19 th. The grant will be used to replace two (2) storm
sirens that are not operable, one in Walnut Hill and the other at 6 th and Steen.

The only change is that the cost to the City was roughly $23,000.00 and is now
$27,000.00. Chief Bruner stated that the reason for the change was due to
choosing a solar option that would take the current electric metered/battery
backup out of the equation and the system would be solar operated with a battery
backup. He stated that the biggest maintenance cost to the sirens are batteries.
Chief Bruner highlighted the benefits of the solar option for the Commissioners.

T. VanHoecke asked if both sirens were being replaced or if one was to be repaired
and the other replaced.

D. Bruner stated he was told that the siren on Steen Street was not repairable by
one company. Another company stated that it could be repaired temporarily but
there are many components that are damaged, so it was a better plan to replace
that siren. Therefore, both sirens would be completely replaced now.

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Mayor Harrington asked for any comments from the audience. There were none.

J. Jones motioned to close the Public Hearing. M. Wells seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AT 7:40 P.M.

M. Wells motioned to move forward with the grant process to obtain two (2) new
sirens with the cost increasing from approximately $23,000.00 to $27,000.00 for
the solar options and a Resolution of Procurement to be signed. J. Jones
seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE GRANT PROCESS TO OBTAIN
TWO (2) NEW SIRENS WITH THE COST INCREASING FROM
APPROXIMATELY $23,000.00 TO $27,000.00 FOR THE SOLAR OPTIONS.

New Business:

1. Consideration of Special Assessment Waiver for Fort Scott Manor requested
by Shane Lamb presented by Sgt. W. Downey

Sgt. Downey stated that he presented the Commission a staff request for
Commission action including documentation to be considered. He said that
Mr. Lamb was there as the new owner of the old Fort Scott Manor on Heylman.
He stated that the property has approximately $35,000.00 in back taxes of
that $7,483.00 are Special Assessment Fees. Mr. Lamb had applied and asked
the Commission to waive those fees. Sgt. Downey asked the Commission to
consider that these fees are rarely recouped and that it is a substantial
amount that Mr. Lamb is asking to waive and is far beyond what Sgt. Downey
or B. Matkin can waive without Commission approval.

T. VanHoecke stated that he remembers this coming up a while back and they
had questioned timeline because there have been several buildings in Fort
Scott that had their assessment fees waived and then sat idle for extended
periods of time. He stated that the Commission had asked for a timeline in a
previous meeting.

Sgt. Downey stated that a little bit of work had been completed. However, the
Codes office was unawares of this because the property owner had bypassed
the Codes Department and worked with the previous City Manager, Kelley
Zellner who has since separated from the City. Mr. Lamb came to City Hall
again and that is when the Codes Department became aware of the situation.
Sgt. Downey continued that Assistant City Manager, Brad Matkin, the Codes
Department, Fire Chief Bruner, and Assistant Fire Chief Miles met with Mr.
Lamb and discussed what needed to be done to properly obtain building
permits for his project. Sgt. Downey stated that issuing the permits is
dependent upon Mr. Lamb obtaining certified prints from the architect, then
having those presented to the State Fire Marshall for approval. Once we have
those from the Fire Marshall’s office, we can issue the building permits.
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T. VanHoecke stated that until all of that happens and a timeline is
established, he cannot, in blind faith, waive the assessments.

Sgt. Downey pointed out that Mr. Lamb has a project in Iola with similar
circumstances.

Mr. Lamb addressed the Commission. J. Jones asked Mr. Lamb if there was
any reason to rush this decision. Mr. Lamb gave his account of the events
that happened and stated that all cities are different in what they require. He
stated that the biggest obstacle will be trying to complete these requirements
quickly, especially an architect.

J. Jones stated he was concerned that Mr. Lamb would be held up paying his
taxes if the assessment was not waived now.

Further discussion was held regarding options for Mr. Lamb’s situation.

J. Jones motioned to table the decision to waive the special assessment fees
until Mr. Lamb returns with plans. T. VanHoecke seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO TABLE THE DECISION TO WAIVE THE SPECIAL
ASSESSMENT FEES UNTIL MR. LAMB RETURNS WITH PLANS.

2. Consideration of Amendment of Boat License Ordinance 3054

M. Wells explained that the amendment to the Ordinance will help the Lake
Patrol identify boats without permits by requiring that the permit sticker be
placed on the outside of the boat on the starboard side.

M. Wells motioned to approve the Amendment of Boat License Ordinance
3054. J. Jones seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO THE AMENDMENT OF BOAT LICENSE ORDINANCE 3054.

3. Consideration for Approval of Auction of Seized Vehicles Awarded to Fort Scott
Police Department presented by Police Chief Travis Shelton

Chief Shelton stated that the FSPD is currently in possession of seven (7)
vehicles which were seized from criminal investigations and have gone
through the asset forfeiture process and have been awarded to the FSPD. He
stated that he is asking for the Commission’s approval to use local auctioneer
Lance Anderson who lists the vehicles online.

T. VanHoecke motioned to accept Chief Shelton’s recommendation to use
auctioneer Lance Anderson to list the awarded vehicles on

www.auctiontime.com
. M. Wells seconded. All voted aye.
Chief Shelton then addressed the Commission with the recognition of
Detective Sergeant Brian Thurston who will be retiring at the end of the month
after 15 years of service. The Retirement Party will be at the station on
November 29th, from 2PM-4PM.
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M. Wells thanked Sgt. Thurston for his dedication and years of service on
behalf of the City Commission and the community of Fort Scott.

J. Jones motioned that the City Commission recess into Executive Session for
the purpose of non-elected personnel pursuant to the matters of non-elected
personnel exception to KS 7543-19(b)(1) with the five (5) Commissioners and
the City Attorney. The meeting will resume in the City Commission Room at
8:02 P.M. M. Wells seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO RECESS INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE
OF NON-ELECTED PERSONNEL PURSUANT TO THE MATTERS OF NON-
ELECTED PERSONNEL EXCEPTION TO KS 7543-19(B)(1) WITH THE FIVE
(5) COMMISSIONERS AND THE CITY ATTORNEY. THE MEETING WILL
RESUME IN THE CITY COMMISSION ROOM AT 8:02 P.M.

T. VanHoecke motioned to come out of Executive Session. K. Harrington
seconded. T. VanHoecke, E. Woellhof and K. Harrington voted aye.

APPROVED TO COME OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

J. Jones motioned that the City Commission recess into Executive Session for
the purpose of the discussion of the financial affairs or trade secrets of
corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships exception
K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(4) with the five (5) Commissioners, City Attorney, Brad
Matkin, Jeff Hancock, and Travis Shelton to resume in the City Commission
Room at 8:12 P.M. M. Wells seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED THAT THE CITY COMMISSION RECESS INTO EXECUTIVE
SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE DISCUSSION OF THE FINANCIAL
AFFAIRS OR TRADE SECRETS OF CORPORATIONS, PARTNERSHIPS,
TRUSTS, AND INDIVIDUAL PROPRIETORSHIPS EXCEPTION K.S.A. 75-
4319(B)(4) WITH THE FIVE (5) COMMISSIONERS, CITY ATTORNEY, BRAD
MATKIN, JEFF HANCOCK, AND TRAVIS SHELTON TO RESUME IN THE
CITY COMMISSION ROOM AT 8:12 P.M.

M. Wells motioned to come out of Executive Session. J. Jones seconded. All
voted aye.

APPROVED TO COME OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

4. Consideration of Interim City Manager Position

J. Jones suggested to stay Status Quo. He stated that the Commission had
agreed last time to continue to negotiate the contract with Interim City
Manager Jeff Hancock. It is anticipated to be completed by the next
Commission meeting.
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Reports and Comments:

A. Interim City Manager Comments:

1. City/County Commission Meeting on November 22, 2022. Any items
that Commissioners wish to have on the agenda need to be submitted
by November 16th.

2. To make the Commission meetings more efficient, department directors
please use a cover letter to include in the agenda packet.

3. Consideration of Work Session on the position of City Manager. I have
outlined two (2) approaches to move forward.

4. Information on coaching for each Commissioner.

B. Assistant City Manager Comments: None

C. Engineering Comments:

1. Southwest Industrial Park Water Line is still at the state under review

2. Closer to preliminary plans with CDBG sewer project, hopefully by the
end of the month, as well as Horton and 6 th Street.

3. 17th and Eddy had a conflict with Kansas Gas line, it still has not
moved, hopefully hear back from them by the end of the week.

4. Contractors moved to 15th and National but waiting on ATT to move a
phone line.

5. Wastewater Treatment Plant – AMS is ongoing with their trailers and
microbes, and aeration contract.

6. Materials for the baffle curtain are four (4) weeks out to have that made,
measurements have been taken.

7. Aeration equipment is being manufactured, the pad for the blower has
been poured

8. AMS trailers are active so should not move but will talk to Scott about
access points once they start bringing in the aeration equipment.

9. Aeration and baffle curtain design memo, the state requested to do that
work. It has been submitted, waiting for comments if any.

10. Memorial Hall steps, putting together a bid package and get advertised

11. Reminder about KDOT C-CLIP Award an FY24 project. If you need help
let me know. Will be due to submit the middle of March. Bids need to
be solicited.

M. Wells asked about the status of tracking down the Water-Sewer Master
Plan.

D. Commissioners Reports and Comments:

T. Van Hoecke – Commented on the smoking on Main Street statue issue
and rumors on social media, the Street Advisory Board meeting on the
truck route and truck route survey concerns and thank Janet Guilfoyle for
her years and enjoy her retirement, fundraiser at Pizza Republic and
thanked the Commission candidates.

J. Jones – Thanked Janet Guilfoyle for years of service and wished her well
in her retirement. Give direction to Travis Shelton to work with Jerry
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Morgan and the school district to put back the school flashing signs on
National Street, hope Memorial Hall steps can be in the works soon, thank
you to Bailey Lyons for the Splash Pad

E. Woellhof – Thanked the Commission on appointing him

M. Wells – Meeting with Bob Farmer and Charles Gentry to review the
truck route ordinance language issues discussed at the Street Advisory
Board meeting, Street Advisory Board agreed with the SSMP list for next
year, asked about the status of the alley list (Brad Matkin will get an
update), congratulated the guys for getting the Emulsion Tanks thanks to
the Street crew, Lake Advisory Board would like to move forward with the
water line and electric line to the RV slots and primitive camping, asked
Brad Matkin to check on the rock saw prices, ask BakerTilly for the
numbers on projects because the lake valve project was approved from
that fund, Lake Advisory Board is worried about the amount left in the
fund, wants to make sure that

J. Jones asked that the Cape Seal Bid consideration be put on the next
agenda for discussion with a budget impact and the amount of carry over
available in Streets from Ben Hart.

K. Harrington – Will greatly miss Janet, Pizza Republic had a great event,
Visioning Session at Sharkey’s (11/16/2022 at 5:30), thank all of the
Commissioner candidates, thank you Bailey Lyons and Josh Jones for
work on Splash Pad, thank you to Timken and Walmart.

E. City Attorney Comments – None

Adjournment:

J. Jones motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 P.M. M. Wells seconded. All
voted aye.

ADJOURNED MEETING AT 8:34 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Lewis

Deputy City Clerk

 

Fort Scott Commission Agenda for Dec. 6

NOTICE OF AND AGENDA FOR
MEETING OF
FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION
CITY HALL COMMISSION MEETING ROOM

123 SOUTH MAIN STREET
December 6th, 2022
6:00 P.M.

I. Roll Call:

J. Jones T. Van Hoecke E. Woellhof M. Wells K. Harrington

II. Flag Salute

III. Invocation: Led by: M. Wells

IV. Consent Agenda:

A. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of November 15 th, 2022

B. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1325-A totaling $298,158.88

C. Request to Pay – J. Richardson Construction – $9,922.77 – 17th & Eddy
Stormwater Improvements

D. Request to Pay – Nuss & Farmer – $105.00 – Outside Contract Work

E. Request to Pay – O’Brien Rock Co., Inc. – $5,840.00 – Cooper Street Project

F. Request to Pay – Hawkins, Inc. – $9,756.57 – Water Treatment Supplies

V. Public Comment:

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

VI. Old Business:

A. Consideration of Amended Truck Route Ordinances

1. Ordinance 3621- amending 2740 Sect. 10.48.030 – Penalty for Violation

2. Ordinance 3622- amending 2787 Sect. 10.48.020 – Routes Designated

3. Ordinance 3623 – amending 2740 Sect. 10.48.010 – Vehicles Required
to Follow Truck Route

VII. Appearances:

A. Bourbon County Economic Development and Tourism – Rob Harrington
and Jackson Tough presenting

VIII. Public Hearing: Properties for Condemnation Thomas Russell, Codes
Enforcement Officer presenting

1. Resolution 42-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 410 S. Margrave

2. Resolution 43-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 1718 E. Oak

3. Resolution 44-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 1225 E. Elm

4. Resolution 45-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 102 S. Horton

5. Resolution 46-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 102 S. Osbun

6. Resolution 47-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 1221 S. Main

7. Resolution 48-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 523 S. Heylman

8. Resolution 49-2022 – Directing the Repair or Removal of an Alleged
Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 1107 W. 6th Street

IX. New Business:

X. A. Financial Reports

1. City Finance Report Update

2. Set Hearing for December 20, 2022, to amend 2022 Annual City Budget

A. Salary/Wage Ordinance Update for 2023

B. Employee Member Benefit Program for 2023

XII. Reports and Comments:

A. Interim City Manager Comments:

B. Assistant City Manager Comments:

1. Splash Pad

2. Lake Items

C. Engineering Comments:

D. Commissioners Comments:

E. City Attorney Comments:

XIII. Executive Session If requested, (please follow script in all motions for
Executive Sessions)

IX. Adjournment:

Bourbon County Coalition Agenda for Dec. 7

The Bourbon County Coalition will meet on Wednesday, December 7, in the Conference Room of the Scottview Apartments at 1:00 p.m.

Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition

General Membership Meeting Agenda

 

December 7, 2022

 

 

  1. Welcome: 

 

 

  1. Member Introductions and Announcements:

 

 

  1. Program: Ronda Hassig – Lowell Milken Center

 

 

  1. Open Forum:

 

 

  1. Adjournment:  Next General Membership meeting will be January 4 2023, at 1:00 p.m.

Obituary of Mattie Nelle Dixon

Mattie Nelle Dixon, 98, former resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the Medicalodge in Frontenac, Kansas. She was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on February 14, 1924, to John W. Gier and Mattie (Winterbower) Gier.

She married Floyd J. Dixon, Jr. on September 21, 1941. He preceded her in death May 9, 1988.

 

Mattie attended Sunrise School and graduated from Hepler High School. She was a member of Hiattville United Methodist Church, Emera Chapter #427 of Hepler, Kansas, and Ideal Chapter #369 of Hiattville, Kansas Order of the Eastern Star, and served as organist for many years.

 

She worked as a shipyard welder during World War II, and returning to a farm in the Hiattville area, she worked several years at the O’Bryan Ranch.

She also worked at Dr.’s Basham – McKenna Clinic, and retired from Fort Scott Family Physicians in December of 1989.

 

Caring for her were nieces Judy Smith, Fort Scott, Dorothy Kurth, Carrollton, Missouri, and Cleo Hilstand, Larned, Kansas. Other survivors are nephews and a niece.

Preceding her in death were her parents, half-sisters, and a half-brother, and her husband Floyd.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at the Walnut Cemetery, in Walnut, Kansas, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hiattville United Methodist Church, 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.

 

Bourbon County Commission Minutes from Joint Work Session Nov. 22

November 22, 2022,                                       Tuesday 12:00 p.m.

 

There was a joint work session between City and County Commissioners.  There were several members of the community present. There was no action taken.

 

Topics of Discussion:

 

  • Rock for Cooper Street
  • Transient Guest Tax
  • Shared Services between City and County
  • Tourism – REDI
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • North end of Lake Rd.
  • Land Bank
  • Airport Expansion
  • Housing Study
  • Negativity on Facebook
  • Town Hall meeting in January
  • Sidewalk on north side of Courthouse

 

 

 

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

___________________, Chairman

___________________, Commissioner

___________________, Commissioner

ATTEST:

 

 

 

Ashley Shelton, Bourbon County Clerk

_______________, Approved Date

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of the Bourbon County Commission from Nov. 22

November 22, 2022,                                          Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.

 

The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with all commissioners and the County Clerk present.

 

Anne Dare and Rob Harrington were present for some or all of the meeting.

 

Clifton made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous week.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.

 

Eric Bailey stated that the sidewalk project was underway.  They had to dig a little bit deeper than originally planned to find a solid sub-base. Will try to get the pour done this week if possible.  We are in the final stages of getting the bean pad built.  Had a meeting with representative from ADM to look at our area and waiting to hear back.  Eric stated they had a dump truck tip over on its side.  The operator was unhurt.  We set the truck back up ourselves and added fluids and were able to drive it off.  A little bit of cosmetic damage.  Eric requested an executive session.  Clifton made a motion for executive session KSA 75-4319(b)(6) for preliminary discussion for acquisition of real property including three commissioners, Eric Bailey, Dustin Hall, and Justin Meeks for five minutes returning here at 9:09 a.m.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.  Clifton made a motion to return to normal session with action.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.  Clifton made a motion to allow Eric Bailey to pursue some road right-of-way with 3 different owners around 160th between Fern & Grand on a bridge we got a grant to redo the bridge so it’s approximately 3/4 of an acre.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.  Clifton made a motion for executive session KSA 75-4319(b)(2) for consultation with attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship including three commissioners, Eric Bailey, Justin Meeks, and Dustin Hall for ten minutes returning here at 9:21 a.m.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.  Clifton made a motion to return to normal session with no action.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.

 

Section 1 Handbook – Discussion of approval.  Discussion regarding Mission/Vision statement ended with decision to exclude statement.  Ashley suggested references to the Mission/Vision statement throughout Section 1 be removed.  Commission agreed.

 

Jim asked for an executive session.  Clifton made a motion for executive session KSA 75-4319(b)(1) to discuss personnel matters of individuals nonelected personnel to protect their privacy job performance including three commissioners and Justin Meeks for 15 minutes returning here at 9:38 a.m.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.  Clifton made a motion to return to normal session with no action.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.

 

An amended copy of Section 1 of the handbook was presented to the commission.  Clifton made a motion to approve.  Nelson seconded.  Clifton stated he had some issues with the history part of this section.  The statement “it is 638 square miles with open prairie comprising 90% of the area.  The native forest comprised of remaining 10% of timber belt contains hackberry, hickory, oak, pecan and walnut trees.”  Clifton stated he feels this is an untrue statement and should be removed.  Clifton made a motion that part be redacted.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.

 

Justin Meeks was contacted by an attorney yesterday regarding assignment of lease for the hospital building.  Justin requested an executive session.  Clifton made a motion for executive session KSA 75-4319(b)(2) for consultation with attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship including three commissioners and Justin Meeks for three minutes returning at 9:47 a.m.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.  Clifton made a motion to return to normal session with action.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.  Clifton made a motion to allow Justin to do the leases to finish up the lease assignment for the hospital building.  Justin stated he is working on the deeds for the property of 201 S. Crawford.  We are working on the deeds now and should be done next week and should be transferred into the county.  I’ve been in it and it is in very bad shape.  I think it should be scrapped.  With your permission I’ll get with Eric to get in his que to get that ready to be torn down.  Discussion regarding the future of the lot was had.  A parking lot with a possible basketball hoop to give the youth a place to play.  Justin continued with discussion of the Land Bank with shared services in that the person would work for the land bank but also help with tax sales.  The Land Bank is requesting that the county supply an office space in the courthouse.  I’m asking permission from the commissioners to allow this person to use office space and will also make it convenient to be close to the Deed’s office as deeds and abstracts are worked on.  They plan to open this position in a few days.  Jim made a motion to allow the Land Bank Manager to share Justin’s office with him.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.

 

Shane Walker – No Comment.

 

Public Comment: No comment

 

Commission Comment: Jim stated that he would like to schedule a town hall meeting in the River Room in January.  One of the topics will be housing.  I’m going to invite the city commissioners, contractors and real estate people.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Other topics can be included as well.  Clifton made a motion to allow all three commissioners to attend a work session with the city commissioners.  It will be an open meeting.  It will be at noon with public welcome.  There will be no action taken.  Nelson seconded.  All approved.

 

Brian Allen announced from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the hospital in the McAuley Room and discuss the flood plain maps for Bourbon County.  Anyone who is concerned about their property are encouraged to attend.  All public is welcome.  This is Federal and State not Bourbon County.

 

At 10:01 a.m. Clifton made a motion to adjourn.

 

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

___________________, Chairman

___________________, Commissioner

___________________, Commissioner

ATTEST:

 

 

 

Ashley Shelton, Bourbon County Clerk

_______________, Approved Date

 

 

 

 

Agenda for the Bourbon County Commission on Dec. 6

Agenda (see attachments below)
Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Date: December 6, 2022

1st DistrictNelson Blythe Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd DistrictJim Harris Corrected: _______________________

3rd DistrictClifton Beth Adjourned at: _______________

County ClerkAshley Shelton

MEETING HELD IN THE COMMISSION ROOM BEGINNING at 9:00AM.

Call to Order

Flag Salute

Approval of Minutes from previous meeting

Eric Bailey Road & Bridge Report

KDOR PVD Compliance (via phone at 9:15am)

Renodry Representative

Approval of Accounts Payable

Jim Harris Executive Session KSA 754319(b)(1) to discuss personnel matters of individual
nonelected personnel to protect their privacy

Susan Bancroft Chief Financial Officer

o 2022 Budget Amendment

o Financials Ending 10/31/22

Justin Meeks County Counselor Comment

Shane Walker Chief Information Officer Comment

Public Comment

Commission Comment

Susan Bancroft Executive Session KSA 754319(b)(1) to discuss personnel matters of
individual nonelected personnel to protect their privacy

Justifications for Executive Session:

KSA 754319(b)(1) To discuss personnel matters of individual nonelected personnel to protect their privacy

KSA 754319(b)(2) For consultation with an attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorneyclient relationship

KSA 754319(b)(3) To discuss matters relating to employeremployee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

KSA 754319(b)(4) To discuss data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trust, and individual proprietorships

KSA 754319(b)(6) For the preliminary discussion of the acquisition of real property

KSA 754319(b)(12) To discuss matters relating to security measures, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize such security measures.

 

Attachments:

Bourbon County meeting data

2022 Budget Amendment

Financials Ending 22.10.31

Compliance Statistical Measures Explained

006 Bourbon Scorecard 2022

Discipline by Patty LaRoche

I am on the Keto diet.

Unless someone puts a French fry in front of me.

Or a piece of garlic, parmesan toast.

Or onion rings.

Or chicken strips.

Or…you get the point.

On Keto, I am to fill my plate with kale, spinach, zucchini, a couple of hard-boiled eggs (which are just nasty) and some blanched almonds (also on the nasty list). Then I top all of that nonsense with a drizzle of olive oil.  Yuck!  Why don’t I just suck on a blade of poison ivy and call it good?  Same difference.

Let’s face it.  Discipline is hard work, even though it is the magic sauce that helps us get where we want to be.  In college, I was one of the most disciplined gals in my sorority.  When many of my friends skipped class to hang out at the bar and play the card game Pitch, I was frantically scribbling notes and asking questions and contemplating potential test questions.  Play cards instead of being in a classroom?  Not on my radar.

I have always been a disciplined employee.  Show up early.  Work harder than required.  Take work home with me.  My mother never preached that message, but she sure did demonstrate it, so I credit her with modeling for my two brothers and me how to be responsible.

In an odd way, being disciplined allows me to take steps to better myself…to feel as if I’m in control of my future. And that means never giving up. Pablo Casals was considered the greatest cellist to ever live. When he was 95 years old, he was asked why he continued to practice six hours a day.  “Because I think I am making progress,” he answered. Of course, he wasn’t starving himself on Keto, so that comparison sure falls flat.

The aim of Christian discipline is to tame your body, soul and spirit in the way of godliness. 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a reminder that I have a Helper waiting to support me with my eating habits.  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. In my case, I can substitute the word “craving” for “temptation” and be consoled that this is a battle I can win.

My problem is that I’ve never met an unhealthy food I didn’t like. And yes, I know that I need to put my faith where my food is, but won’t I hurt people’s feelings at the church potluck if I don’t at least “try” their goodies?  And should I invite new Christians over for dinner and feed them wheat grass and beets?  Are you feeling my pain?

A few weeks ago, I was to meet a saint-of-a-friend who was visiting from another state. We settled on Common Ground, and I asked if noon was okay so we could have lunch.  I shouldn’t have been surprised by her response: “Oh, Patty, let’s just feast on the word of God.”  My response shouldn’t have surprised her: “Can’t we do both?”

 My friend had put John 6:27a (NLT) into practice:  But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.                                                     

I’ll let you know how this Keto thing works out.  So far, not so good…but there’s always tomorrow.