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Before the vote was taken, expressed concern over what ter, Mayor Matthew Finley let the mayor indicated that heshe maintains is a serious drug it be known that he would like would be serving on the commit- use problem in Winchester, to see the local sales tax go up tee, which will be responsible saying there are "a lot of drugs by halfa percent to help pay for for interviewing potential city going on." She then asked what improvements to the streets in employees and then making residents of the community the years ahead, recommendations to the council could do to reduce the problem, Reading from a prepared as awhole, quickly adding, "We gotta do statement, Finley offered Coun- City Superintendent Chuck something." cil President Virginia Winsor, Frakes gave the mayor and The mayor told Ray that the Councilman TerryWillyard and council members copies of aPolice Department was working Councilwomen Carlene Miller, handout he had created detail- on a couple of cases involving Dee McHardie and Tonya Reed ing what each street in town drug use, then he also told her,"I four possible justifications for needs in order to be consid- agree with you, it's a problem." raising the sales tax. One was ered suitable for everyday use. The mayor encouraged Ray the perceived need to raise "Thank you for putting thisto document any suspicious ac- funds for street repairs and gen- together, Chuck," the mayortivities she observes and to talk eral maintenance, and another told the city superintendent, to Chief of Police Danny Ruffas was the desire to expand the tax grateful to have his street as- well. base. sessment report. Bonnie Hatfield, a relatively Finley told the group that In response to a question new resident of the community, the first step toward boosting posed by the mayor, Frakes said complained about her water bill the tax was for the council to he hadn't seen anyone in town and the number of drivers she adopt a formal resolution to that who was doing any survey work says are going too fast when effect. Along that line, he envi- in connection with the street im- they go by her house, which is sions the council acting on such provement project for which the located in the vicinity of 150th a resolution at its next meeting, city has been awarded a grant. Street and Wellman Road. which is scheduled for Monday, Frakes reported that Doug- In reply to a question Coun- May 14 at 7 p.m. las Pump Services Inc Over- cilman Willyard asked her, she A proposed increase in the land Park, had replaced a seal said she didn't have a water leak. tax will have to be approved by on one of the pumps and that That had been his thought. Winchester's registered voters, the company contracted to clean "I gotta get out of here," Hat- According to the mayor, were the sewer system would be in field, seemingly disillusioned such a proposal to be OK'd, the Winchester later in the month with everything about Win- new tax would take effect Jan. to clean the lines in the north- chester, told the city's leaders. 1. east part of town. "My place is for sale," In other business, thecouncil - ~Frakesinfofihed-the mayor- Judy Scott inf6~'gd:the accepted one of four sealed bids and council that in the near fu- mayor and council that the on a 2001 Chevrolet truck the ture, he would be resuming the Planning and Zoning Commis- city was ready to part with. The ongoing riprap project at Pond sion was interested in having a winning bid was submitted by C. He said he still needs to put combination meeting and"meet Heath Norris, who indicated in place a third of the rock re- and grant" on either April 30 dr that he was willing to shell out quired for the project, which the May 7. $1,503 o rightfully lay claim to Kansas Department of HealthThe police chief informed the vehicle, and Environment expects thethe mayor and council that The other three bids were city to have completed by sum- sometime between the next day supplied by Erhart Enterprises, mer's end next year. and May 10, the city would be Winchester, Ralph Isbell and The mayor, who is a volun- receiving a two-week notice in Brett Schneider. The Erhart bid teer firefighter for Jefferson relation to the delivery of the was intheamountof$1,246.50, Township, called to the city used Kansas Highway.Patrol Isbell's was for $803.76, and superintendent's attention a vehicle it has purchased from Schneider's was for $600 even. specific fire hydrant that is the agency. The process the city uses to handle complaints about dogs running at large was discussed at some length, with the police chief telling the mayor and council that his department basically isn't involved in the process at this time, when he feels it should be. The mayor in- dicated that he, the police chief and City Clerk Pamela Erhart would be getting together in the near future to discuss the situa- tion. The police chief reported that four security cameras had been installed at F.W. Huston Park and that the system, as cur- rently configured, was "working well." He went on to say that the cameras had "great night vision." The police chief began his departmental report by describ- ing March as "basically another slow month." But he also said he looked for the department to get busier as the weather warms up and people are out and about more often. Two days later, the police chief made available to the pa- per a copy of his written report for March. It indicated that the department handled 13 calls during the month, including two that involved what were categorized as "Civil Issues". It also indicated that the depart- ment issued four verbal/written warnings and two notices to appear in Municipal Court. The mayor informed the council that he had put together a list of dangerous and/or un- inhabitable structures in Win- chester and that there were four properties on his list. He said the list didn't include tax- delinqueflt properties. The mayor reported that he hadn't heard anything from the two roofing contractors he recently contacted in regard to See Winchester Page 3 State Senator Caryn Tyson Former Marine and Congres- sional intern Tyler Tannahill State Rep. Kevin Jones State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald in Republican candidates for on some ofthevarious issues of national and state offices gath- the day. Afterwar&, two of the ered at the American Legion remaining four high-profile gu- post in Perry Saturday morning bernatorial candidates, former for the annual Eggs & Issues state senator Jim Barnett and Breakfast sponsored by theInsurance Commissioner Ken Jefferson County Republican Selzer, addressed the group and Central Committee.Those pres- then answered a few questions. ent had a chance to hear from A candidate himself, first-term four individuals who hope to state representative Ron Ellis succeed the Grand Old Party's served as the auctioneer for the Lynn Jenkins in representing event, fielding bids on flowers, Kansas' Second Congressional gift baskets, homemade rolls District on Capitol Hill, Steve and the like. The money raised Fitzgerald, Kevin Jones, Tyler will be used to help GOP candi- Tannahill and Caryn Tyson,dates during this year's election then ask them where they stood cycle. by Rick Nichols Who doesn't love macaroni and cheese for lunch or sup- per? Well, members of the Future Farmers of America chapter at McLouth High School are counting on hungry children and adults alike to always have a healthy appetite for mac 'n cheese because they sureput together and packed a lot of for- tiffed mac 'n cheese meal pack- ages last week in carrying out a special project spearheaded by the chapter's vice president, Sydny Murr. Over a two-hour period the afternoon of April 11, McLouth FFA'ers, state and district FFA officers, students from McLouth Middle School, pupils from McLouth Elementary School and volunteers from the com- munity, including employees of Murrfield Farms and FreeState Electric Cooperative, donned plastic gloves and hair nets and assembled 25,758 mac 'n cheese meal packages for Meals of Hope under the watchful eyes of Sydny, FFA chapter adviser Nicole Hinrichsen and Matthew Durfee, an event organizer with Meals of Hope. "Just being able to work with all the FFA members, district and state FFA officers, eighth graders, fourth graders and community members was such a great opportunity," Sydny told the paper last Thursday in an email. "I hope that we can have more events like this one in the future!" Sydny also thanked the community as a whole for its support, saying the chapter wouldn't have been able to pro- duce the meal packages it did without the helping hands of the men, women and children Photo by Rick Nichols The Multipurpose Room at the school complex in McLouth was a busy place the afternoon of April 11, as members of McLouth High School's Future Farmers of America chapter, McLouth Middle School students, McLouth Elementary School pupils and volunteers from the community teamed up to assemble more than 25,000 meal packages to help feed hungry Americans. In the photograph above, the girl who coordinated this ambitious project on behalf of the FFA chapter, Vice President Sydny Murr, is pictured in the lower left-hand corner as she closely monitors the progress of the work. who willingly participated in 65 or so people methodically put small portion of the loose ingre- the project as volunteers, together the meal packages,dients. More than $6,000 was re- At each table, after one per- From the weighing area, the portedly raised to pay for the son had placed a cheese blend bag was passed off to either meal packages, each of which packet in a clear plastic bag of two individuals who stood weighed 12.5 ounces and con- that already had a Meals ofon oppos, ite sides of the table tained six supplemental serv- Hope nutrition label on it, the with heat sealers in front of ings of fortified mac 'n cheese, next person would hold the bag them. Once sealed, the bag was Last week's large-scale ser- under a funnel while a third handed over to the last person vice project brought the FFA'ers, person added some noodles and on the assembly line, who used their friends from the commu- a fourth person some soy. Next, a labeler to put a sticker on the nity and the other McLouth stu- the bag was weighed by either bag indicating that the mac 'n dents to the Multipurpose Room of two individuals who stood on cheese meal package had an ex- at the school complex. There, opposite sides of the table with piration date of April 11, 2020. working at seven long tables kitchen scales in front of them, Completed meal packages placed side by side in what used and if the bag was too heavy, to be the cafeteria, this group of a scoop was used to remove a See FFA Page 3 City of Nortonville to start issuing lifetime pet tags by Rick Nichols "Come up with a plan," Nortonville City Clerk Barb Barnes told Diehl at one point Polson's expressed desire to be in the discussion. able to issue lifetime tags to the Diehl told the city's leaders community's pet owners was that she didn't want to come well received when the City across as being something of a Council met at City Hall the "bully" in her efforts to get the evening of April ll, so much so less-than-faithful board mem- that City Attorney John Kurth bers to attend meetings more will be drafting a proposed ordi- often."Trying to get someone to nance pertaining to the subject do what they said they were go- between now and the governing ing to do is not necessarily being body's next meeting, which is a bully," Belveal responded. scheduled for Wednesday, May It soon became evident that 9 at 6:30 p.m. Diehl and everyone on the coun- In making her case for the cil was talking about a certain proposal, Polson told Mayor Ed- member of the board, btlt that ward "Pete" Scott and Council- member was never identified men Steve Belveal, Troy Frost, by name. According to the city's Brad Noll andAlan Barnes that website, the board is comprised in view of all the unused year- of Diehl and six other individu- specific pet tags she ultimately als, they being Jessica Barnes, has to toss in the trash, the city Levi Harris, Vernon Kraxner, could save $25 a year were it to Nancy Belveal, Dave Sharp begin issuing lifetime tags to and Marian. Nolting, who was pet owners instead of requiring present at last week's council them to get new tags for their meeting. cats and dogs on an annual ba- The city clerk told Diehl that sis. She also told the men that the city was basically powerless other communities are handing to do anything about the compo- out lifetime pet tags these days, sition of the board after the fact. but she didn't identify any of '%Ve can't unappoint," she said. them by name. Entering the discussion from There was no indication the back doorway between City from anyone as to when the city Hall and the library, which oc- might actually start issuing the cupy the same building, Diane lifetime tags. Trinkle, the director of the li- Sarah Diehl, president of the brary, told the entire group that Library Board, appeared before guidelines encompassing what the council to discuss the failure is generally expected of board of one or more board members members already existed. After- to not only consistently attend ward, the city clerk suggested meetings but to communicate in to Diehl that she and the other advance their planned absence board members take the time to as well. In so doing, she let it review this material. be known that she wanted to City Superintendent Steve establish some sort of corrective Pruett informed the mayor and precedent in this area. council that Well 4 was"back on "I don't want to strong-arm line" and had been "superchlo- anyone," she said, adding a rinated" again. He went on to short time later,"I'm not gonna say that he hadn't received any push anyone to make a meet- complaints about there being ing." some air in the water lines. Frost encouraged Diehl to Pruett reported that during set a precedent, a position with the previous two Sundays, Well which other councilmen con- curred. See Nortonville Page 3