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JEWELL COUNTY NEWS

Oct. 19, 2017 issue

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New crosswalks in Jewell, Mankato will make safer access

4-H Family Fun Night coming up

Jewell Chamber looks to Miltonvale for ideas

Commissioners OK health insurance renewal

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New crosswalks in Jewell, Mankato will make safer access

A new crosswalk, spearheaded by the Jewell County Health 365 Coalition and made possible by a grant obtained by the City of Mankato, is now ready for use. Volunteers worked on putting up crosswalk signs and painting the stripes several weeks ago.  
Originally an idea by Mankato resident, LoRetta Wilson, the crosswalk became a project of the health coalition when it was formed. One of the goals of the coalition is to make communities in the county more "walkable," and the crosswalk project fit that goal.
The crosswalk now connects the south part of Mankato with the north part of town.  It allows for a safer path across U.S. 36 Highway for adults and children trying to get to the school, downtown, banks and other amenities in the north part of town.  It also makes for an easier path for those wanting to walk to churches or convenience stores on the south part of town. Additionally, the crosswalk is part of an in-town trail route that runs through the area. It will allow easier access to a trail being developed at Mankato City Park as well. Eventually a trail head sign indicating the trails in planned for placement in the City Park.   
Another crosswalk is close to completion in the City of Jewell that will allow safe passage across U.S. 14 Highway to Lake Emerson and the trail route that has been developed there. The Jewell City trailhead sign will also be in the park there.  
The crosswalk effort in Mankato was funded in part with money from the 1422 grant as well as a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

 


4-H Family Fun Night coming up
The annual Jewell County Family Fun Night will be held next Saturday at the Mankato City Building (former armory).
Family Fun Night is an annual fund-raising project coordinated by Jewell County 4-H alumni and the 4-H Council. The purpose is to increase the general public's awareness of the county 4-H program, which focuses on youth leadership and community service, and to help generate funds for operational expenses. These funds will provide financial support to youths attending various camps and activities in addition to academic scholarships for Jewell County youths.
Jewell County 4-H clubs, 4-H alumni and area businesses' donations help make this event possible. Donations are needed for the soup supper: four large lemonade containers, 30 packages eight-count hamburger buns, 300 pie plates, 100 sturdy soup bowls, 200 spoons, 100 forks, 500 napkins and family size cold brew tea bags.
The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with a soup supper that offers homemade chicken noodle and chili soup, pulled pork and sloppy joe sandwiches, pie and other desserts and a beverage. A free will offering will be accepted.
Every 15 minutes throughout the evening drawings will be held for prizes, and prizes will also be awarded for games. The carnival games will offer an enjoyable time for the whole family. Grand prize drawings will be held for a quadcopter drone with HD camera, a $200 gift certificate and a $100 gift card.
Attendees are urged to wear Halloween costumes and bring lots of family members and friends!

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Jewell Chamber looks to Miltonvale for ideas
The Jewell Chamber of Commerce met last Tuesday at the Jewell Community Center. Becky Loomis, president, called the meeting to order, welcomed guests and new members and thanked Trinity UMW for the meal. There were 46 members present.
Minutes of the September meeting were read. Meeting time was changed from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Minutes were approved as corrected.
Frank Shelton reviewed the treasurer's report. The Palmer Museum and Jewell Chamber funds will be recorded on the same report, but kept separately. Treasurer's report was approved as read.
Deb Bohnert reported on the Corn Show and encouraged members to sign up to help during the Corn Show. Deb reported the Jewell Youth Group and Rock Hills Junior High student council cleaned and groomed the school yard.
Becky asked for volunteers to work at the games in the park during the Corn Show. Becky also asked for volunteers to be on the Palmer Museum Committee to help plan the direction of museum and potential for Dane Hansen grants to assist in relocating the museum. Steve Bartsch, Cindy Traump, Shirley Varney and Becky Loomis will be on the committee.
Deb Bohnert reported that First Impressions from Miltonvale will come to Jewell and report what can be done to improve the town. Amber, Shelby, Gaye and Deb will visit Miltonvale in the near future.
Darrell Bohnert, Mayor, reiterated that Smith Construction is still in line to remove the downtown buildings in the next three to four weeks.
Becky reminded the nominating committee to have reports in prior to next meeting as we will have election of officers at that meeting.
Cindy Traump reported Jewell County News has a drop box at The Scoop and any news for the paper needs to be in by noon on Mondays.
At the next chamber meeting, Nov. 13, there will be a town hall meeting and supper, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to review the findings and offer community discussion or concerns. Chamber will meet following the town hall meeting.

Commissioners OK health insurance renewal

Jewell County commissioners met Oct. 16 with Mark Fleming, Steve Greene and Keith Roe present. Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, was present for the meeting.
Minutes of the Oct. 9 meeting were approved.
Don Jacobs, sheriff, discussed operations. He reported on the demonstration provided at the Jewell Corn Show with the other agencies. Don said the sheriff's department along with the fire department and State Exchange Bank will provide trick or treat bags and glow sticks to the elementary students.
Gail Bartley, noxious weed director, discussed spraying.
Commissioners appointed Keith Roe as the voting delegate for the 2017 KCAMP meeting and Mark Fleming as the alternate voting delegate.
Carla Waugh discussed election worker pay.
Joel Elkins, general superintendent, reported on operations. The commissioners reported road concerns. Joel discussed specs for a dump truck with a salt spreader.
Kelly Leister, BCBS of Kansas representative, reviewed the health insurance renewal for 2018 with a two percent decrease on the current grandfathered plan. Commissioners approved the 2018 BCBS of Kansas health insurance renewal.
Ronald "Frosty" Clegg discussed a property from a tax sale and wants to know when it will be for sale again.
Larry Sharp, KCAMP representative, reviewed Jewell County's usage report for the value added services.
Casey Frasier, Foley Equipment, stopped by to visit with the commissioners.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

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