Longtime Mankato Fire Chief set to retire
Members of the Mankato Volunteer Fire Department treated their
wives to a steak dinner at their annual Christmas party Dec. 4
at a local restaurant. Special guests included Don Snyder, former
fire chief, and wife, Barbara; Tom Roane, Mankato city administrator;
and Don Koester, Mankato mayor.
Several firemen received pins for their years of service to the department, including Justin Scarrow, five years; Don Nevins, 10 years; Brian Shulda, 15 years; Neil Becker, 20 years; James Berry, 30 years; Forrest Dewey, 35 years; and Kenneth Lynch, 45 years.
In recognition of his pending Jan. 10, 2015, retirement as Mankato fire chief, the firemen "roasted" Chief Lloyd Johnson before presenting him with a plaque acknowledging his 40 years of service, 25 years as chief. Neil Becker, assistant chief, served as emcee for the program and presentation.
Firemen and their wives attending included Dave Warne and Deb; Ramon Alvarez and Dena; Matt Becker and Houston; Rick Gardner; Brian Badger and Kristi; David Reiter and Sara; Carl Waugh and Carla; James Berry; Neil Becker and Marilou; Brian Shulda and Jessica; Adam Badger and Megan; Kenneth Lynch and Marilyn; Justin Scarrow and Jenny; Don Nevins; Anthony Kennedy; Lloyd Johnson and Donna.
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discusses street closure for new building
The Mankato City Council met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Dec. 2 with Don Koester, mayor, presiding. Council members present were Dave Warne, Lyle Dauner, Mac McCammon and Neil Becker.
Correspondence from Carol Torkelson from the North Central Regional Planning Commission was read, updating the CDBG housing rehabilitation grant and advised that bid packets were being sent out for two additional demolition projects.
Correspondence from fire chief Lloyd Johnson was read. Johnson notified the Council that he will be retiring after 41 years of service, 26 of which was served as chief.
Jenny Russell with Jewell County Community Development was introduced. The council held an executive session under exception No. 6 of the KOMA (land acquisition) with no action resulting after returning to open session.
Ed Hood was present to discuss a utility lien on the property at 407 E. South St. Discussion was held. The city administrator was instructed to work with the city attorney for a resolution.
Earl Buckley with the Jewell County Historical Society was present to discuss the vacation of Madison St. between McRoberts and Walnut for the construction of a metal building. Discussion was held. The city administrator was instructed to verify the location of sewer lines at the location.
Council considered a building permit application for a garage addition at 201 N. Center St. and it was approved.
Council considered a building permit for a house addition at 348 S. Clinton St. and the building permit was approved.
A cereal malt beverage licence application was received for Bob's Inn, Buffalo Roam, Mankato Express and Mac's Kwikstop. All applications were approved.
An executive session was held under exception 1 of the KOMA (personnel exception). A session was held for 30 minutes. In open session, the city administrator presented proposed salary adjustments for full time staff positions. The council approved staff salary adjustments as presented.
Another executive session was held for 15 minute under exception 1 of the KOMA (personnel exception). No action resulted following the session.
The upcoming April 7, 2015, election was discussed. Filing deadline is noon on Jan. 28. Positions up for election are mayor, currently held by Donald Koester; council member positions, currently held by Neil Becker and Harold McCammon.
The council reviewed a price quote of $2,730 from Johlin Measurement for a coin operated bulk water dispenser. Discussion was held and the council approved purchasing the equipment.
Jewell Council accepts bids for playground equipment
The Jewell City Council met for their regular monthly meeting
Dec. 1 at city hall with Bill Loomis, mayor, presiding. Attending
the meeting were council members Bruce Barrett, Darrell Bohnert,
Max Burks, John Stoeber, Kris Williams; and Amy Arasmith, city
Use of the former day care space was discussed.
Sealed bids for the playground equipment located at the former elementary school were opened. After reviewing the bids, the council accepted the highest bid on each piece of equipment.
Beer license applications were approved for the Delaware St. Pub and Jewell Grocery.
A retirement reception on Dec. 11 for Don Snyder, Jewell County emergency preparedness director and 911 coordinator, was discussed.
The council decided not to participate in the Kansas Municipal list service at this time.
New carpet will be installed in three of the motel rooms later in December or January. Wages and bonuses were discussed.
Following the council meeting, the Jewell Apartment board of directors met. The following were in attendance: Bruce Barrett, Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks, John Stoeber, Kris Williams, Bill Loomis, Cindy Barrett and Amy Arasmith. Approval was given to purchase a flat screen television for the activity room.
Book signing held at Jewell Library
Friday afternoon at the Jewell Library, Erin Burks held a book
signing for her now published book, "Twice the Blessing."
Her book is a faith based journey of parenthood.
"I was inspired to write the book initially to capture the story of what the family went through to give to my children," said Erin.
Several individuals read what she had put together and encouraged Erin to have the book published.
The book tells of the journey through the miscarriage of their first child; the premature birth of their twins; their daughter's homegoing to Heaven and their son's miraculous coming to their home.
"Throughout our journey we realized that faith is not understanding the choices God makes for our children but accepting them. We try to be thankful for each of God's blessings. Every day is a gift! God blessed me with a calling upon my heart to write 'Twice the Blessing.' I believe we went through this journey so we could inspire and give a light of hope to others. I pray we are serving a purpose far larger than we will ever know," said Erin.
Erin and husband, Josh, live in Jewell with their two sons, Jacob, 12, the serviving twin who is a seventh grader at Beloit Junior High, and Caleb, 10, a fifth grader at Beloit Elementary. Erin was raised in the Linn area, attended and graduated from Cloud County Community College with an associate's degree in administrative assistance. The family moved to Jewell in 2005 where Josh became a part of the family business and Erin became a stay at home mom. Erin is now employed at Guaranty State Bank, Jewell.
Proceeds from the book will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Stormont-Vail NICU, which were both importants part of their journey as the twins were born at Stormont-Vail, and other charities.
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