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P. 2 THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT OPINION More about Tom, my favorite President First off, I forgot to have a little wine Friday night in honor of Thomas Jefferson's 275th birthday, so I made up for that 'egregious error' by having twice as much wine the next night. Of course, that would be in keeping with what my former co-worker at The Eureka Herald would frequently tell us before five o'clock on a Friday, "I got to work late today, so I need to leave early to make up for it." But I digress. As I recall, it was during a very special occasion when John F. Kennedy was America's President that he was heard to remark in honoring the great poet Robert Frost and others of that magnitude, that never had so much talent been assembled at The White House at one time since Thomas Jefferson had sat in The White House alone. Now, in view of that statement, just take a look at our current Commander-in-Chief. He doesn't appear to be particularly well read and he doesn't appear to be the inquisitive type, but if you need someone to send out a tweet or to fire someone whether they deserve it or not, well, he's your man. Thank you very much, J. Schafer I happened to be listening to KPR's springpledge drive the other morning when the female volunteer who was sharing the collective microphone with J. Schafer started running her mouth about how much it costs to subscribe to a daily newspaper these days.At which point, he proceeded to fiat out tell her that he really looked forward to reading the Lawrence paper and other papers on a daily basis, and saw these papers as being a vital source of valuable informa- tion. 'Jay" you're a keeper, but as for Miss Opinionated Thank you very much, Jaden Miss Courter came to herApri111 signing ceremony with a win- ning smile and, get this, a prepared statement. Very impressive/ Rick Nichols rs in lawn Flowers belong in beds, or planters, or pots. They don't belong in turf grass stands. Unfortunately, many of our early season broadleaf weeds like to "show off" this time of year, growing rapidly and send- ing out flowers for all the neigh- bors to see. Two of the most troublesome this time of year are henbit and chickweed. Henbit is the one with the little purple flowers. This very prolific plant is a common - and very noticeable - early emerg- ing weed that seems to jump up and take over quickly. If you aren't sure you have henbit, check the stems. Henbit plants have square stems, rather than round. Less common and typically less noticeable, but a problem just the same, is chickweed. It grows lower to the ground than henbit and can form a large, dense mat. Leaves are broadly elliptic to egg-shaped and point- ed at the tip. It has round stems and tiny white flowers. Despite their different looks, both are winter annuals, mean- ing they started growing back in the fall. They spend the winter as small plants, keeping them from being noticed until flower- ing in the spring. Once they flower, control with herbicides is usually a waste of time and money. Plants might be burned back by the herbicide application but they are rarely killed by spring herbicide ap- plications. Instead, wait on hot weather to kill them off. Until then, keep the lawn mowed until nature takes its course. That doesn't mean you should ignore them altogether. Instead, mark your calendar for implementation of a fall control program. Both weeds will typically germinate about David Hallauer Meadowlark District Extension Agent Crops, Soils, Horticulture KSU Research and Extension emaU: dhallaue @ mid-October. Application of a labelled product in late October to early November can go a long way toward eliminating these plants since they are small and relatively easy to control when they are less established. Choose a day that is at least 50 degrees F (herbicides will work at temperatures below 50 degrees but the weeds are killed at a slower rate). You may still want to consider spot treating in March to catch the few plants that germinate later, but a "cleanup" operation will be a whole lot easier than try- ing to combat the dense mat that these weeds provide in the spring. Commonly used products contain active ingredients like 2,4-D, dicamba, and carfentra- zone. Examples include: 2,4-D, Weed-B-Gone, Weed Free Zone, Weed Out, or Trimec. As with any pesticide application al- ways be sure to read and follow label directions. Good lawn management practices can help as well. Make sure fertility levels promote good grass growth. Don't mow too low, and try not to remove more than a third of the blade at any one time. An appropriate lawn management program can I 610 LIBERTY STREET - OSKALOOSA, KS 66066 D~N~'K~LO~Aco 701~ Q~-~J wJ~All'111rll SUE NORTON ~, z . ~a - v - -rvv CSR [:,:o :: ~:0 WJ~U=K: ,~ ~J:m I BUCKEYE INSURANCE GROUP Insur/ng the Heartland~ Sometime Friday afternoon the state's official financial gurus--the Consensus Revenue Esti- mating Grouly--will meet and come to agreement on just how much money the state will receive in the remaining few months of this fiscal year and next fiscal year which starts July 1. That memo, called CRE, will be not quite as big a deal as a puff of white smoke rising above the Vatican, but for Kansas gov- ernment/legislative/ political purposes it will be close. Very close. AtThe Rail That es- by Martin Hawver timate of revenue becomes the official estimate of revenue and everything that happens after it is announced is tied to that esti- mate. Right or wrong, high or low, it's the basis for nearly everything that is going to happen to or for Kansans for the fiscal year. The issues that are going to be decided based on those estimates are school finance, of course, and a potential income tax cut for some Kansans, investments in water supply, highway improve- ments/repair and the pensions of thousands of Kansans who are members of the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System. Oh, and don't forget health care for thousands of Kansans and payments for hospitals and nursing homes that take care of the elderly and frail. A lot of issues based on that Friday afternoon meeting? Sure are, and the number that the CRE presents also will influence legislators--the entire House of Representatives, which is up for election this fall. How does that figure into life for folks who don't spend their day hanging around the State- house? It determines just what the state can afford and can't afford and that determines just what legislators can pass or not pass that will make Kansans' lives better or at least no worse. Schools are of course at the top of the list, and there is that roughly $80 million that was inad- vertently left out of the school finance bill that Gov. JeffColyer will Sign into law this week. Sign a bill to boost state aid to elementary and second- ary schools that doesn't include all the money that lawmakers thought they were spending? Yes, because that bill, though it doesn't contain all the dollars it should, also put lawmakers on the hook for it. They will have to pony up the .money to accomplish what they thought they were voting on to convince the Kansas Supreme Court that they actually intend to make state funding for public schools constitutional. Not much backing out room there, is there? But the other major issue that is dependent on that CRY will be an income tax cut for thousands of Kansans, because the state can't cut taxes-- that's taxes for most of us, and revenue for the state---without an estimate that shows the state can afford it. And who doesn't want a tax cut, and the bullet point on those House members' palm cards that shows that they cut your taxes? It's a federal trickle-down deal, the less federal income taxes you pay the more of your money is left sitting around to levy state income taxes against. And, if the CRE comes in big enough, well, the state won't need to tax that Cash left over from your federal taxes, and it will appear that the state isn't just gobbling up the federal tax leftovers. Enough money for schools and a tax cut? What's still on the plate can be spent for those roads, the water supply, care for the elderly and poor, law enforcement, prisons, a lot of things that have been scrimped on in recent years. If the CRE says the money is there. Yes Friday afternoon. We'll see how that works out, won't we ? Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report--to learn more about this non- partisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www. by Rick Nichols The trial arising from Fran- cis "Babe" Hubbard's age dis- crimination lawsuit against the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners ended Friday at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kan when the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Hubbard, a former county employee, and against the county. According to the Judgment signed by U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia for the District of Kansas, Hubbard was grant- edjudgment against the BOCC "in the amount of $69,827.08 for compensatory damages for lost wages, and $2,000.00 in compensatory damages for emo- tional distress including post judgment interest at the rate of 2.11% per annum." The document went on to state that in accordance with the jury's finding that the county's discrimination against Hubbard was "willful," the judgment en- tered also included "$69,827.08 in liquidated damages including post judgment interest at the rate of 2.11% per annum." The trial before Murguia got underway April 9 at the Robert J. Dole U.S. Courthouse in downtown Kansas City. In April of 2014, Hubbard, who had worked for the county for more than 17 years, was relieved of his duties by Public Works Director Bill Noll and subsequently replaced by "a younger employee" (quoting here from the Complaint encom- passed by civil case 16-2444). The one-time superintendent of the Road and Bridge Depart- ment was approximately 60 at the time. Two years later, Hubbard sued the BOCC, claiming that the county had let him go on the basis of his age and not for other reasons. His case recently survived a Motion for Summary Judgment filed on behalf of the county, setting the stage for last week's trial. by Rick Nichols The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners on Monday afternoon approved a second amendment to the origi- nal Owner-Engineer Agreement between the county and Kramer Consulting LLC, Tecumseh, covering the planned overhaul of the sewer system that serves the Hickory Acres subdivision on the west side of Perry. Lake. The move was supported by all three county commissioners, Richard Malm, Wayne Ledbet- ter and Lynn Luck. Amendment No. 2 to the original agreement calls for electrical service to be installed between the breaker panel and the grinder pump control panel in the homes of Hickory Acres residents, rock for riprap to be included in the lagoon improve- ments bid, and the abandon- ment of lift stations and man- holes to be included in the low pressure sewer system bid. These three additional modi- fications to the scope of the project as originally envisioned will add $76,800 to the fee for Kramer's professional services, bringing the firm's fee under the now twice-adjusted agreement up to a total of $295,000. Hickory Acres is encom- passed by-Jefferson County Sewer District No. 5. In other business during the weekly meeting of the BOCC at the courthouse in Oskaloosa, Public Works Director Bill Noll informed the commissioners that he wanted to invite Meri- den Mayor Dana Boyer and the head of the city's Maintenance Department to the board's next meeting to discuss some pro- posed street work there, work that apparently could involve the county to one degree or another. "I think an open dis- cussion with everyone present would be the most effective (way to address the matter)," he said. Noll told the commissioners that he is afraid the city may be asking for something that were the county to say "Yes" to its proposal, a precedent of some sort could be set in the process, a precedent that would essen- tially open the door for other cities to make similar requests of the county in the future. NolanScott and his wife Leah, who live about two miles north of Winchester, appeared before the board to discuss a dispute they are having with a neighbor who shares a driveway easement with them, a dispute that involves the neighbor's dogs. In the end, Malm told the Scotts that he and his fellow commissioners would be talking to County Counselor Josh Ney in regard to the matter (he was not present at the time), and he promised them that they could expect to hear something from either Ney or the board at some point. Regina Brown and her sister, Linda Everhart, spent approxi- mately 25 minutes discuss- ing with the board a drainage problem involving the Kaw Half Breed and Stonehouse drain- age districts that adversely af- fects a farm southeast of Perry they and other family members own. "We (the two drainage dis- tricts, the county and the local property owners) have to work together to get it (pooled wa- ter) there (the Kansas River)," Brown told the board at one point in the discussion. But Ledbetter had his doubts as to whether or not the county could play a meaningful role in resoling the problem to the sat- isfaction of the two women. "I'm not sure we have the authority to do anything as a county," he said to them. The Public Works direc- tor also participated in the. conversation and was of the feeling that the installation of a strategically-placed 15-inch crossroad culvert would benefit just about everyone who has been effected by the drainage problem in recent years. Sheriff Jeff Herrig reported that the week before, he or- dered a truck for the Sheriff's Office. He went on to say that the money needed to pay for the vehicle would be coming from the Special Law Enforcement Trust Fund. The commissioners signed two applications for right-of- way permits that had been pre- sented to them for consideration by the Public Works director. One of the applications had See County Page 3 Program for cooking with pressure cooker Were you one of the lucky ones that received an electric pressure cooker for a gift? Or do you have one, but are afraid to use it? Or you have one, but it's still in the box? If so the Meadowlark Extension District is conducting a program to help you learn how to use this multi- cooking device to help prepare healthy meals in a hurry. Cindy Williams Meadowlark District Extension Agent Food, Nutrition, FNP 4-H and Youth KSU Research and Extension email: csw @ All programs will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registra- tion is limited and all partici- pants must register in order to receive food samples and handouts. In this program we will be talking about why pres- sure cooking, how it works and these programs will feature some hands-on cooking and we will sample different foods that participants will be making. Workshops will be conduct- ed in the following locations: Seneca-at the Nemaha County Building, located at 1500 Com, munity Drive; Holton-Kansas NE Heritage Complex Building, located at 122200 214th Road; and Oskaloosa-City Hall Meet- ing Room, located at 212 West Washington Street. If you own an electric pres- sure cooker, bring it along. There is no charge for this pro- gram, but registration is a must and numbers will be limited. To register, contact the location you would like to attend: Seneca Office--785-336-2184; Oska- loosa Office---785-863-2212; or Holton Office---785-364-4125. This program is being spon- sored by the Meadowlark Ex- tension District with Cindy Williams and Nancy Nelson presenting the programs. I PUBLIC NOTICE I (Published in The Oskaloosa Independent April 19, 26, and May 3, 2018)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS COREFIRST BANK ) & TRUST ) Plaintiff, ) VS. ) LEONA V. UMSCHEID; ) THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, ) IF ANY, OF LEONA ) V. UMSCHEID, ) Defendants. ) (Pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 6O) Case No. 2018-CV-23 TITLE TO REAL ESTATE INVOLVED NOTICE OF SUIT TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DE- FENDANTS AND ALL OTHER PERSONS WHO ARE OR MAY BE CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition for Foreclosure of Mortgage ("Petition") has been filed in the District Court of Jefferson County, Kansas, by Deuison State Bank, praying for foreclosure of a real estate mort- gage on the following-described real estate: LOT 8, BLOCK 3, WELTER ES- TATES SUBDIVISION IN THE CITY OF PERRY, JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS, which has a common street ad- dress of 206 Willow Lane, Perry, Kansas 66073, and you are hereby required to answer or otherwise plead to the Petition on or before Wednesday, May 30, 2018,in said Court. If you fail to answer or otherwise plead, the Petition will be taken as true, and judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition. PREPARED BY: Luke P. Sinclair, #23709 RIORDAN, FINCHER, SINCLAIR & BECKERMAN, PA 3735 SW Wanamaker Road, Suite A Topeka, KS 66610 (785) 783-8323 (785) 783-8327 fax Attorney for plaintiff [ ~ Or. Alex J. Hemme, D.C. {!~f Perry Lake cmRoP c ~ WELLNESS CENTER ] 603 Cedar St, Perry, KS 66073 Ph: (785)597-2400 ] wurwperrylakechiropracticxom Fax: (785)597-2272 L Accepti~ NEW PATIENTS now!!! T H E 0 S K A L 0 0 S A County Seat Weekly The Official Newspaper of Jefferson County Established 1860 Six Months Older Than The State Of Kansas (USPS 412-940) A legal Jefferson County News- paper and the official publication for McLouth, Nortonville, Oskaloosa, Win- chester, Jefferson County, and Unified School Districts 339, 341 and 342. Published every Thursday at Oska- loosa, Kansas 66066. Periodical Class Postage paid at Oskaloosa (KS) Post Office. Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Oskaloosa Independent, P.O. Box 278, Oskaloosa, KS 66066. Subscriptio rates: New and renewals: $28.00 a year mailed to a Jefferson County Post Office (tax included); $29.50 a year elsewhere in Kansas (tax included); and $36.50 a year out- of-state; in advance. Single copy, $1; plus postage if mailed. Oskaloosa Office Information P.O. Box 278. 607 Delaware Oskaloosa, KS 66066 Phone (785) 863-2520 Fax (785) 863-2730 E-mail: Owner & Publisher: Davis Publications Inc. Independent Staff Rick Nichols Peggy Collier Editor Office Manager Bookkeeping Corey Davis Production Manager --O m