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THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017 P. 3 NEWS moves a During a special meeting of the project in view of anticipated city McLouth City Council held the eve- revenues and had determined that ning of Jan. 4 at the Fire Station, the the city was fully capable of incurring governing body voted 4-1 to authorize $1.3 million in indebtedness without City Clerk Kim Everley to proceed violating Kansas' cash-basis law for withthe preparation of an application municipalities. for a $1.3 million loan from the U.S. Most of the discussion was about Department of Agriculture to pay for the preferred size of the project, as at desired improvements to the water the very least, the city wants to both distribution system, then voted 4-1 replace the aging main water lines to allow McAfee Henderson Solutions that currently run along Agnes and Inc., Oskaloosa, which has already Lucy streets and upgrade the water produced a preliminary engineering treatment plant as much as possible. report for the city in connection with It was Bowen's feeling that the city the project, to do some additional should go after enough money to work for the city prior to the submis- cover the cost of the entire project as sion of the application, envisioned, a position the mayor also Both actions were opposed by shared. "I agree with George, weneed Councilman Don Nowak, who made to shoot for the top," he said. no attempt to publicly defend his "No" Should the city be awarded the votes, hoped-for loan during the first quar- During the discussion that preced- ter of this year, it will be paying 3.375 ed the decisions the council ultimately percent in interest on the money it made, in reply to a question posed by receives from "Uncle Sam". Councilman George Bowen, Everley Also present for the meeting, told him, Nowak, council members which lasted 32 minutes, were Utili- Jim Moore, Scott Weissenbach and ties Superintendent Gary Tullis, Dixie Jones, and Mayor Keith Me- Dan Fischer with the USDA, Rita ador that City Attorney Trevor Wray Clary with the Kansas Rural Water had looked over all of the monetary Association, and MHS's Joe McAfee figures associated with the proposed and Matt Henderson. (Continued from page 1) healthy gain of 9 percent, and then Up 16% came Jefferson County, where the The local sales tax rate in Jef- uptickin distributions was calculated ferson, Leavenworth and Douglas to be 7 percent, counties is 1 percent. The rate is The remaining three counties, 1.4 percent in Jackson County, 1.25 Douglas County, Leavenworth Coun- percent in Atchison County and 1.15 ty andAtchison County, were credited percent in Shawnee County. with year-over-year increases of 5.2 The KDR's newest numbers also percent, 3.3 percent and .4 percent, include the monthly and fiscal year to respectively, date distribution totals for the cities Here are the KDR's most recent ofOskaloosa, Valley Falls, Perry and figures, with the monthly totals for Meriden. December 2015 and December 2016 Here are the distribution totals appearing first, then the year-to-date for all four cities, with the December totals for FY 2016 and FY 2017. 2015 and December 2016 figures December Distributions - 2015, 2016 appearing first, then the cumulative JF: $98,670.70 $103,655.08 FY 2016 and FY 2017 figures: Up 5.1% December Distributions - 2015, 2016 AT: $173,677.53 $171,880.33 Oskaloosa: $9,954.69 $10,799.54 Down 1% Up 8.5% DG: $1,423,068.76 $1,459,669.73 Valley Falls: $8,650.88 $10,271.40 Up 2.6% Up 18.7% JA: $128,288.36 $139,779.89 Perry: $5,419.07 $3,828.02 Up 9% Down 29.4% LV: $578,659.65 $564,001.14 Meriden: $3,101.50 $4,164.61 Down 2.5% n/a SN: $2,686,649.47 $2,752,515.42 FY Y-T-D Distributions - 2016, 2017 Up 2.5% Oskaloosa: $75,161.39 $71,312.32 FYY-T-DDistributions -'2016, 2017 - " : " Down 5.1% JF:$580,467.89 $621,257.29 . Valley Falls: $54,309.58 $52,877.26 Up 7% Down 2.6% AT: $1,060,404.21 $1,065,098.33 Perry: $30,940.42 $27,424.92 Up .4% Down 11.4% DG: $8,315,262.92 $8,745,280.65 Meriden: $3,112.78 $23,943.59 Up 5.2% n]a JA: $785,941.72 "$856,647.72 Oskaloosa and Valley Falls levy a Up 9% one cent sales tax, Perry and Meriden LV: $3,412,625.26 $3,524,599.25 Up 3.3% a halfa cent sales tax. SN: $14,855,034.61 $17,227,760.86 An Understanding of Horses , ............. HORSE BARN I RIDING ARENA I HAY STORAGE A Commitment to Quality Morton Buildings understands that safety & quality are the most important factors when constructing a horse facility. That's why we manufacture many of our own components, including stalls. Eight offices serving Kansas 800-447-7436 MORTON BUILDINGS" 2012 Morton Buildings, Inc. Morton Buildings is e registered trademark of Morton Buildings, Inc. All 6ghts reserved. 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In the photograph above, auctioneer Gloria Nail, third from the right, solicits bids on old tables from some of the more adventurous auction-goers in the crowd as her assistant, Julie McGinnis, second from the right, prepares to record the amount of the success- ful bid and the bidder's identification number. Superintendent Jan Pfau told the paper Monday in an email that he hadn't seen "the actual breakdown" for the monetary figures associated with the auction but that the district was "very pleased with how the auction went:' (Continued from last week) networking. Filbert served in the U.S. Navy from April Fifth-grade students from Jef- 1967 until 1972. He spent a portion of ferson County North, Jefferson West that time aboard the USS Kearsarge, Jo Cross recently returned to and Oskaloosa spent the day at the an aircraft carrier that was utilized Oskaloosa following an eight-day Water Festival at Slough Creek Point extensively during the Vietnam War, mission trip to Haiti, her third trip Educational Area. Among the topics and he was in South Vietnam for a to the West Indian nation since it they learned about were erosion; while. He also served in the Navy's was devastated by an earthquake water filtration; recycling; the im- Construction Battalion, commonly in January 2010. Cross, a member portance of trees, wildlife and clean known as the Seabees. of the Oskaloosa United Methodist water; boat safety; skins and skulls; Church, spent March 10-17 in Haiti erosion boxes; Kansas fish and saw June with six other Kansans helping to mills. build a Methodist church in Nan Zeb A reception was held May 12 The second-seeded Rams of Riv- through United MethodistVolunteers to honor retiring Oskaloosa High erton High School outlasted the in Mission. School science teacher Dale Schmidt, fourth-seeded Oskaloosa Bears 2-0 in Veterans of the controversialViet- who began working for USD 341 11 innings to win the Class 3A State nam War were recognized for their in 1981. Away from the classroom, Softball Tournament May 28 at the service to the nation half a century Schmidt coached basketball, track, Twin Oaks Complex in Manhattan. ago at the 18th annual Patriots Day cross country, volleyball, soi~ball and The Jefferson County Alliance of Service Councils Inc. selected three Parade held April 16 in downtown golf. He also was the school's athletic McLouth. director for five years, individuals to receive Spirit of Hu- The Oskaloosa City Council ac- Attorneys for former Oskaloosa manitarianism awards. They are: cepted a bid April 7 from Daniels native Floyd Bledsoe filed suit in Daniel Chase, a Boy Scout leader; Excavating of McLouth on the con- federal court May 10 against Jeffer- Mary Smith, who has a heart for struction of an eight-riser electrical son County law enforcement officers both the needy and the abused; and grid to the north, east, and south and others who participated in what Margaret Dick, president of the Jef- of the courthouse. The grid will en- they say was a profoundly unfair ferson County Historical Society. able ample power to be available for investigation and trial that resulted The 25th annual McLouth BBQ use during this year's Old Settlers in Bledsoe's wrongful conviction for Blowout took place May 26 and 27 on Festival and subsequent events of a a crime (murder) committed by his Bulldog Lane.The KC Smoke Dawgs similar nature, late brother, Thomas Bledsoe. was the top team overall and it also Jefferson County Public Works The Jefferson County 4-H Council finished first in the pork division. The Director Bill Noll told county cam- decided March 28 that it would buy other first place finishers were 913 missioners April 11 that the section of memorial bricks for Doug Voelker, BBQ, pork ribs division, Smokin' R's, Wellman Road near 13th Street that Nedra Boyce, and Daryl Courter. The sausage division, and 2 Drunk 2 Cue, was closed to all traffic so safety im- bricks will be installed at Art's Park chicken division. provements could be made to it would at the fairgrounds. The county commissioners ap- be reopening later in the week. A retirement reception was held proved a development plan for Alpha With a 6-1vote, the USD 341Board May 10 for three longtime USD 339 Christian Children's Home at their of Education- Oskaloosa authorized Jefferson County North employees, meeting June 13. The plan would al- the acquisition of various technol- Those honored were Larry Babcock, low the 44-year-old facility to grow, ogy devices from various venders at the district's building and grounds over time, through the construction their meeting April 11. The cost to coordinator and head custodian at of additional living quarters for chil- the district will be $78,127 to get the the elementary and middle school, dren, a house for staff, a hay barn, a equipment it wants to have on hand 31 years; Susan Coppinger, board machine shed, storage shelters for for the next school year, equipment of education clerk, 20 years; and animals, a recreational area, and whose use will be confined to the Candy Childs, fourth-grade teacher, a training ground for horses. Addi- school complex. 17 years, tionally, the plan would increase the The Oskaloosa High School soft- capacity to accommodate children May ball team won the Class 3A Regional from 18 to 30. Three Washburn Institute of Tournament held in Oskaloosa, The Lawrence Journal-World Technology students from Jeffer- outscoring three opponents with a named HaidynBassett, a 2016 grad- son County were inducted into the combined score of 39-0, qualifying uate of Oskaloosa High School, as its National Technical Honor Society. for the state tournament in Manhat- Player of the Year in softball. She was They are Jacob Johnson, McLouth, tan. one of 10 girls who made up the All- and Tanner Page, Nortonville, both Ed Filbert, rural Winchester, was Area Softball team. The squad also building technology, and Corey Davis, on the 2016 Kansas Honor flight to included Shannon Greene, a 2016 Valley Falls, computer repair and Washington, D.C. A 1965 graduate graduate of McLouth High School. of Winchester Rural High School, (To be continued) TODAY, HAVING THE RIGHT CROP INSURANCE PLAN MEANS EVERYTHING. 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All sessions will be conducted from 6-8 p.m. Workshop participants will meet at host sites throughout the state to take part in web-based instruction and locally facilitated dis- cussion. Site location in the district for this workshop series is dependent on enrollment and interest. Inter- ested groups or organizations who want to participate in this course can contact the office in Seneca. Pre-registration for the event is required by Feb. 10. The cost is minimal and one registration holds a seat for all four sessions and can be rotated by participants. Registra- tion includes refreshments and a workbook. For more information about this workshop, contact David Key at 785- 336-2184 or by email at dkey@ksu. edu. Nortonville News by Laverne Fowler The Sewing and Embroidery Club met at the Board of Education Room, 623 Commercial Street, Atchison, Jan. 9. Anyone interested in sewing is invited to come to the meetings. 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