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JEWELL COUNTY NEWS

Aug. 17, 2017 issue

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School safety reminders issued

Commissioners okay county budget

Rock Hills enrollment 296 for the new year

Mankato Council discusses trail proposal

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School safety reminders issued

The Jewell County Sheriff's Department and the Jewell County Record want to remind everyone to be aware of the school buses picking up and letting off school children.
When a school bus is stopping to pick up children, the bus driver will turn on the yellow warning lights. They do this about 1/16th of a mile in advance of the stop. When they stop a stop signal will be activated from the side of the bus and they will activate red flashing lights.
All vehicles are required to stop on both sides of the road. It does not matter weather you are coming up behind the stopped school bus or going in the opposite direction, You must stop. If the highway is a divided highway motorist are not required to stop, but Jewell County does not have such highways.
Violators of passing a stopped school bus will be ticketed. Kansas statue 8-1556, overtaking and passing a school bus. This violation carries a $315 fine and $108 court costs.
When a child is walking to or from school, or a pedestrian is out for a walk, make sure that you use the sidewalk if at all possible. If there is not a sidewalk you should walk on the side of the road in single file, walking towards the traffic. Remember it this way, walk on the same side of the road as the vehicle coming at you so you can see it. Children and all walkers, be aware of your surroundings while your are walking. Bright colored clothing should be worn at all times in low light situations.
Anytime a bicycle is being ridden a helmet should be worn. Ride the bicycle on the side of the road with the flow of traffic, in other words going in the same direction as the car is going. Bike riders need to follow all laws the same as a vehicle driver. Bike riders should know the hand signals and use them. Always give your signals by using your left arm. Place your left arm straight out from your side pointing to the left. This shows you are making a left turn.
To make a right turn use your left arm again, this time bending it at the elbow and pointing your hand up at the sky. To show you are going to stop, use your left arm and bend your elbow once again, this time pointing your hand down at the ground.


Commissioners okay county budget
The Jewell County Board met Monday with commissioners Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Keith Roe present. Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, was also present for the meeting.
Commissioners approved: abatement 2287; minutes of the Aug. 7 meeting; the amended interlocal agreement and contract with Harper County for the county appraiser.
Gail Bartley, noxious weed director, emergency preparedness director and 911 coordinator, said the annual orientation for the emergency action plan for Lovewell Dam is scheduled for Aug. 23, 11 a.m., in the courthouse meeting room. He discussed operations.
Shannon Meier, ambulance director, provided the July activity report. Meier had a quote of $4,448.57 from Coast Biomedical Equipment LLC for a refurbished Zoll Auto Pulse. He said a new auto pulse cost approximately $14,000. Commissioners gave Meier permission to purchase the refurbished Zoll Auto Pulse from Coast Biomedical Equipment LLC for a total of $4,448.57.
Joel Elkins, general superintendent, requested permission to purchase a new motor grader and trade-in a Komatsu grader. The commissioners asked that he get quotes. Commissioners discussed road concerns.
Chairman Fleming opened the 2018 county budget hearing at 10 a.m. with Bill Schumacher, Doug Warren and Roy Arasmith present. No objections were stated so Steve Greene moved and Keith Roe seconded to approve the budget for 2018 as printed. Motion passed unanimously.
Wanda Backstrom, director of the 12th Judicial District Community Corrections and Juvenile Services, requested the commissioners' signature on the department of corrections FY2017 year-end outcome report. The commissioners signed the report as they approved it at last week's meeting.

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Rock Hills enrollment 296 for the new year
The Rock Hills Board of Education met Monday. Those present were Brenden Wirth, Lori Yelken, Janelle Greene, Ervin Underwood, Todd Mauerhan, Lori Slate, Bobi Fogo, Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers, Bob Roush and Jennifer Urbaniak.
Bob Roush, facilities and transportation director, discussed maintenance and transportation. The board reviewed the monthly bus report which includes mileage, fuel and repairs for July.
Jennifer Urbaniak, board clerk, discussed Brian Murray's request to extend M&M Lawn Care's mowing contract into 2018-2019. The board decided to continue to bid the district mowing contract, but to have bidders submit an option for one year cost, three year cost or both, and to accept bids in October to be approved at the November board meeting, like it was done last year.
Superintendent Smith requested the board approve $9,803 for the 2017-2018 school year to fund the required $.65 per dollar of state funding for PAT services. Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Janelle Greene, to approve the funding. Motion passed 7-0.
Superintendent Smith, Mr. Meyers and Bob Roush presented a capital improvement list to the board for their review. No action was taken.
Superintendent Nadine Smith reported to the Board on the following:
The district has employed 29 full-time licensed staff members, two administrators and 22 classified employees for the upcoming school year.
Preliminary enrollment: PK, 17; K, 20; 1st, 26; 2nd, 28; 3rd, 18; 4th, 31; 5th, 24; 6th, 21; 7th, 16; 8th, 20; 9th, 18; 10th, 19; 11th, 8; 12th, 30; for a total of 296 students enrolled PK-12. The official count date is Sept. 20.
Student portraits will be taken districtwide Sept. 1.
Superintendent Smith will attend the Counting KIDS workshop Sept.1 in Hiawatha.
Food allergy awareness signs will be placed at RHES and RHJSHS (food serving line and both concession stands) to remind students, staff and patrons of the possibility of food allergens on school property.
Nadine Smith, elementary principal, reported to the board on the following:
RHES teachers will host an open house on Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m. so parents with more than one student may visit multiple classrooms. Each teacher will provide a presentation every half-hour to parents and students on relevant topics including classroom rules and procedures, use of the agenda, homework, class celebrations, class schedule, etc. Parents and students are invited to attend one of the four sessions in their teachers' classrooms.
Hearing and vision screenings will be conducted at RHES Aug. 29. All students will be screened. Dental screening will be conducted Sept. 11.
Family Friday Meals Together will be held Sept. 8 because of picture day. Parents, grandparents and community members are welcome to visit a student during breakfast or lunch. Food service staff asks that visitors make reservations through the RHES office several days in advance.
The board gave their verbal approval for the 2018-2019 school year for the school administration to look into possibly having a local photographer do school portraits.
Sam Meyers, jr.-sr. high school principal, reported on the following:
Aug. 7, a career counseling and career and technical education informational meeting was held to further inform parents of the programs, as well as the career cruising initiative to be utilized at the school.
Following the enrollment last week, the current class sizes are as follows
Sixth grade 21, seventh grade 16, eighth grade 20, freshmen 18, sophomores 19, juniors 8 and seniors 30, plus one more freshman who enrolled late.
Junior high and high school sports practices began Monday.
Spirit Sparklers camp is set for Sept. 10 at the junior-senior high school.
Fall sports scrimmages will be Friday, Aug. 25. The teams are in need of soap, shampoo and towels. The booster club is also requesting donations of packaged cookies for the meal.
Todd Mauerhan moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to enter into executive session at 9:35 p.m. to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Lori Slate left executive session at 9:56 p.m. and returned at 10:02 p.m. The board invited Nadine Smith into executive session at 10:04 p.m. The board returned to open session at 10:05 p.m.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to enter into executive session at 10:05 p.m. to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Nadine Smith was invited into executive session. The board returned to open session at 10:25 p.m.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to enter into executive session at 10:25 p.m. to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Nadine Smith was invited into executive session. The board returned to open session at 10:45 p.m.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to enter into executive session at 10:45 p.m. to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Nadine Smith was invited into executive session. The board returned to open session at 10:50 p.m.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to enter into executive session at 10:50 p.m. to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Nadine Smith was invited into executive session. The board returned to open session at 10:55 p.m.
Lori Slate moved, seconded by Ervin Underwood, to enter into executive session at 10:55 p.m. to discuss non-elected personnel. Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers and Jennifer Urbaniak were invited into executive session. The board returned to open session at 10:58 p.m.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Brenden Wirth, to approve Emma Menhusen as the all school play sponsor for 2017-2018. Motion passed 7-0.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Ervin Underwood, to approve Barb Railsback as the head junior class sponsor for 2017-2018. Motion passed 7-0.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Bobi Fogo, to declare the old junior high football jerseys as surplus and to donate them to the Rock Hills youth football team. Motion passed 7-0.
Lori Slate moved, seconded by Janelle Greene, to declare the old high school football jerseys as surplus and to sell them for $10 each. Motion passed 7-0.
Jennifer Urbaniak presented information on possible credit card solutions for parents to pay fees, such as school lunches, milk, enrollment and much more. She will continue to look into it and report back.
Superintendent Smith reviewed the 2017-2018 budget with the board. Lori Slate moved, seconded by Bobi Fogo, to hold a special meeting at 8 p.m. on Aug. 28 for the public budget hearing.
The next regular meeting of the Rock Hills Board of Education will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the district office in Mankato. There will be a special meeting at 8 p.m. on Aug. 28 for the purpose of a public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

Mankato Council discusses trail proposal

The Mankato City Council met last Tuesday with Don Koester, mayor, presiding. Council members present were Lyle Dauner, Marvin Loomis, John Tyler and Jim Ross. Council member Chris Klos was absent. Darrell Miller, city attorney, was present. Minutes of the July 11 council meeting were read and approved.
Tammy Finnell was present to discuss further grant funding improvements to the city park stage area, including accessibility and lighting improvements as well as repair work on the stone bridge and upper shelter house.
Don Jacobs was present to discuss any concerns of the council. Mayor Koester and the city administrator looked at the culvert identified as a safety concern in the previous council meeting and the administrator will take corrective action.
Representatives from NCR Planning Commission were present to discuss their role in capital improvement planning along with CES Group. The city administrator will identify potential dates for the initial planning meeting.
John Tyler discussed collaboration with Jewell County Health 365 on the workout equipment for the city park.
Jenny Russell was present on behalf of Jewell County Health 365. The group is seeking approval for a grant application with the Kansas Health Foundation that will include a survey for the park area for trail routes, an overall park plan that accommodates outdoor workout equipment and a pedestrian activated stop light at the crosswalk on Hwy 36. Council approved to allow the grant application.
Council considered Ordinance No. 713, vacating portions of Modoc Street and Lincoln Street in Blocks 3, 4, 11 and 12 of the original town. Council approved the ordinance.
John Grace was present to give further information about building an assisted living facility in Mankato. The city administrator will poll the residents and property owners in the adjacent lots of the Johnson Addition regarding the potential construction of the assisted living facility.
Council was updated on the status of the airport improvement project funding by a grant from KDOT.
Council considered the appointment of a voting delegate and alternate to the League of Kansas Municipalities. It was approved to elect Mayor Koester the voting delegate and Chris Rhea, city administrator, as the alternate.
Council considered and passed Ordinance No. 714, creating a special fund to receive sales tax revenue to be spent on specific infrastructure improvements.
Council also considered and passed Ordinance No. 715, amending and correcting Ordinance No. 710 regarding electrical service rates.
Council considered and approved a special event cereal malt beverage license application for Blue Earth Studios and Gallery.
The 2019 budget hearing was held. City administrator presented the 2018 budget to the council and after review it was approved.
Council was given further information about funding the city provides to Solomon Valley Transportation. Dauner moved, Loomis seconded, and council voted 4-0 to continue funding SVT with $4,000 in 2018, subject to the availability of funds.

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