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NEWS THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, AUGUST 13,2015 P. 3 ,% (Continued from page 1) Winchester (Continued from page 1) :.:: Monroe, appeared before the council animal control officer, informed the with the expectation that it was ready council that Oskaloosa has seen "a to act on her request to have a portion huge influx of skunks" in recent days of Madison Street vacated so the land and said he had picked up three more she owns in that immediate area traps earlier in the day to deal with would not be divided by a street that them. He also said he had been catch- is only a street on paper. She made ing some opossums. the request during the council's July The council unanimously ap- meeting, but the matter was tabled proved the purchase of a WaterBoss for a month to give the mayor time water softener for City Hall at a cost to consult with City Superintendent of $479.99. The city is buying the Bill Heard regarding the location of system from Oskaloosa Lumber. possible water and sewer lines to the Hull advised the council that the west of Union Street generally along planned improvements to be made Madison. to portions of some of the streets City Attorney Lee Hendricks told would begin to take place in two Summerville that the vacation of weeks. The only street he mentioned a street represented an expensive by name was Cherokee, which is in proposition, "mostly on your part" in need of some patching, but the project this particular case, and that the end also will include Liberty and Union result was "not reversible." Entering streets. the discussion, Norman pointed out The mayor also advised the council that in the event the city ever needed that he had signed all of the paper- to construct water and sewer lines in work associated with the city's sale the area now encompassed by Sum- of the vacant lot at 605 Delaware but merville's property, it would be forced that the city clerk still needed to add to acquire at least some land to do her signature to the documents. The so. lot, the location of the old City Hall, is City Clerk Patty Hamm told Sum- being acquired by Dwayne DePriest. merville she would need to fill out an There was a brief discussion about application to have the street vacated the general condition of the park and and include a legal description of the facilities there deemed to be in the property in question with her need of some attention. City leaders application. She also said she would continue to be concerned about the need to circulate a petition among shelter house, which is in disrepair, the owners of adjoining properties and the mayor indicated that he and get them to sign it if they were would like to see the abandoned in favor of having the street vacated, tennis courts removed altogether. At That accomplished, a public hearing one point the possibility of building would then be scheduled, a course where horseshoes could be Jo Dennett, 307 Cherokee, ap- played was mentioned. peared before the council onbehalfof Norman informed the council that her father and sister to inquire about he had received several favorable the possibility of the city allowing comments about the work done to people who are impaired in some way the ball field, where the infield was to use golf carts to run local errands, covered with a special material that She said her father no longer drives allows the playing surface to dry out because of his age and her sister quicker following a rain. never did because of her disability, As required by law, the city has but she envisioned the two of them been notified about a zoning case being able to travel together in a golf under consideration by the Jefferson cart to go to a restaurant, the grocery County Regional Planning Commis- store and other places. She also said sion that involves property within she felt uncomfortable with the idea close proximity to Oskaloosa. The of either one of them going anywhere council directed the city clerk to write on their own. a letter to the RPC indicating that the Hendricks told Dennett that in city has no objections to the request Kansas, golf carts and all-terrain in question. The case is DP2015-06. vehicles have been lumped into the DP stands for Development Plan. same vehicle category and that golf The current condition of the prop- carts were not allowed in third-class erty at 611 Cherokee, the owner of cities like Oskaloosa unless the local which is George Radcliff, was briefly city council adopted an ordinance discussed by the COuncil, Hull, Hen- permitting their use. dricks and Bammes. Asked for his input, part-time Bammes was directed by the police officer Jared Bammes said he mayor to issue a citation to the owner was concerned about both the safety of a sliedl0Cated'near the intersectibn of individuals wire.would ,be, riding of Elm and Hamilton streets.. ....... along city streets in a golf cart and There was a short discussion about potential liability issues for everyone the current arrangement for having involved in the arrangement, city employees tested on a monthly Perhaps moved by the situation basis for possible drug and alcohol Dennett finds herself in at this point, use. Any change in the arrangement Hull told her, "We will absolutely would require the employee hand- try t;o get it done," and Hendricks book to be revised accordingly. indicated to her that he would begin The city spends $45 a month to dr~g an ordinance that would en- have a company conduct the testing, able at some least some Oskaloosans according to the mayor. to use a golf cart to get around. The council scheduled a special But later in the evening both the meeting for this Thursday to de- mayor and others had what amounted velop a possible budget for 2016. The to second thoughts about the matter meeting at City Hall will be getting and indicated that they were not in underway at 6:30 p.m. favor of allowing anyone to use a golf Councilman Vince Newman was cart to travel the city's streets, unable to attend last week's meeting, Bammes, who is also the city's which concluded shortly after 8:20. or 945'6248 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF OSKALOOSA Bible Study ................................... 10 a.m. Worship Services .............. 11 a.m./6 p.m. Home Study Group, Wed ............... 7 p.m. Paul A. Reed, Pastor, 863-2328 Save IS3200Z Model #5901351 Sa~e IS600Z Model #590!254 IS2100Z Experience the difference Uode ,S 3 suspension makes! *~ tRt~e~t f~lWs@ t~r 411 ~natttl~ ~ to o'~ttt ~@~w~tl, ~ I[~z~r f~ ~ ~ *~- ravings not valid oft all models. Va~r,~ oel m-~todlt mod(~ only. Not vatk/vdth trade, ~ e~ls I/tgt'lS ~ suppIk~ last. See Ckealex for Pill d~rai~. Photo by Rick Nichols Just sees trouble on the road ahead Bill McCollum, who is pictured here at the intersection of 35th Street and Wellman Road, is concerned about both the speeding he has witnessed taking place along Wellman near his home and the possibility that some westbound drivers, perhaps impaired at the time or reckless by nature, could come down the hill on 35th going too fast to be able to stop at the stop sign and subsequently roll onto Wellman just as another vehicle is passing by. In the photograph, which was taken Friday afternoon, McCollum is seen pointing at some skid marks that were recently left by a motorist who ran the stop sign and ended up crossing Wellman but, fortunately, without hitting anyone in the process. Eastbound motorists quickly learn by way of a sign in front of McCollum's home that the speed limit is 25 mph, but there is no such sign on the other side of 35th for drivers headed west. McCollum, who has lived at his current address since 1973, said the Jefferson County Road and Bridge Department eventually had to relocata the stop sign from the 'island" now gone, in the middle of the road to the right shoulder because it had been knocked over so many times by drivers. He also said his mailbox was damaged on two occasions when it was positioned along Wellman, where the speed limit is 55 mph. Although 35th ends at Wellman, at certain times of the year, according to McCollum, it appears to continue on to the west, which could prove to be a problem for motorists not familiar with the road. by Rick Nichols The examination of Jefferson County residents deemed qualified to participate in the 2015 National Health and Nutrition Examina- tion Survey was scheduled to start Wednesday of this week in Win- chester., Those identified as being suitable survey participants are being seen by a team of health care profes- sionals at the mobile examination center located just to the west of F.W. Huston Medical Center. The team is comprised of a physician, a dentist, medical and health technicians, and dietary and health interviewers. They are working within four "specially designed and equipped" trailers con- nected to each other through a central passageway. If needed, transportation to and from the trailer complex will be pro- vided. Arrangements can be made by calling the office ofJacque DeMatteis, NHANES study manager, at 1-800- 210-3410. Survey participants will be receiv- ing some compensation in consid- eration of the time they spend first answering questions posed by inter- viewers working in the field and later undergoing a physical examination at the mobile center. But even more important, they will come away from the whole experience with a report covering the results of the exam, which, by the way, is free. "We know from experience that each scheduled participant who visits our mobile examination center for their appointment will be pleased to receive their comprehensive results and a cash incentive," DeMatteis told IS2500Z Mode~ #5~1295 Savings |~tft Instant. Call, for Pricim Save IS7OOZ Mede~ #5~1265 49-07-3tc Mobile examination center diagram Lsboratery Blood draw Staffarea : Body Hearing :L composition Interview Dentist ,ms : , .............. Dietary interviews Body Reception :~::., This diagram shows how the four-trailer mobile examination center is arranged to accommodate the evaluation process involving NHANES participants. the paper last week. "It's our way to with health promotion and disease say 'thank you', for your help." prevention." The estimated value of the Institutions planning to use data NHANES exam is $4,000. generated by the survey include the Finally, and perhaps most impor- U.S. Food and Drug Administration, tant, the information gathered in the American Heart Association, the this county and 14 others across the American Diabetes Association and country will be used to ,determine the the American Dental Association. prevalence of major diseases and risk The mobile center has been fur- factors for diseases" as well as"assess nished with "an advanced computer nutritional status and its association system" that includes wide-area August 22, 7:oo co Threshing Bee Grounds 80's & Newer and Compact Classes 80's 1st Place is $1,500" Compact 1st Place is $1,000" Powder Puff Class: Cash Prizes* Low Budget Hobo Class - 1st Place: $500* *All other payouts are based on driver entries and sponsor money. 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In addition, survey participants will have access to "touch-sensitive computer screens" so they can an- swer "certain sensitive questions in complete privacy." Information obtained from survey participants is available to the Na- tional Center for Health Statistics within 24 hours after it has been col- lected. The NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is charged with the task of producing vital and health statistics for the na- tion. Data generated by the survey will be used in epidemiological studies and health sciences research. National standards for height, weight, blood pressure and other measurements will be determined on the basis of survey findings. The first phase of the survey, interviews with survey participants in their homes, got underway July 20 and is scheduled to continue into September. During the interview participants are asked to answer demographic, socioeconomic, dietary and health-related questions. The examinations represent the second phase of the survey and will yield medical, dental and physiologi- cal measurements. Laboratory tests also are to be administered to par- ticipants by "highly trained medical personnel." Except for the very young, all par- ticipants will have some blood drawn for analysis and see the dentist. The extent to which a participant is examined will depend, in part, on his or her age, but as a rule, the older the individual is, the more extensive See NttANES Page 4 es of having to pay less for fire in- surance. ISO stands for Insurance Service Office. The city clerk also reported that the dump truck had been taken to Heinen Repair Service Inc., Valley Falls, for needed repairs and that some welding needed to be done to ' the backhoe. On separate 5-0 votes, the council : approved the adoption of Ordinance": 15-11-101 and the adoption of Ordi- nance 15-14-101. The former allows : the city to incorporate into its code ' book the 2015 Uniform Public Offense : T Code for Kansas Cities, the latter the 2015 Standard Traffic Ordinance for " Kansas Cities. : On a 4-0 vote, the council approved as presented the proposed budget for "~ 2016, a copy of which was published :' in the July 23 issue of the paper. The action was taken after the governing body had held the budget hearing': required by law, but no one showed " up for the hearing to speak in favor of the budget or express objections to it. Voting 5-0, the council decided to have the city clerk contact the U.S.. Department of Agriculture to see if it would be willing to let the city begin paying additional principal .: on the long-term loan it obtained through the agency. The city wants - to pay more in principal to reduce : the overall cost of the loan since that~ : would mean it should be paying less' in interest in the long run. On a 5-0 vote, the council elected '-~ Winsor as its president and Finley as its president pro tern. Winsor had been the governing body's president pro tem. There was a short discussion about o the possibility of moving the monthly council meeting to the second week :~ of the month, but the council did not. ' make a decision on the matter. Near the end of the evening meet- ! ing, which adjourned about 9:45~ p.m., the council held a 10-minute :' executive session at the request of--' Winsor for the stated purpose of dis- : cussing personnel matters relating to ~ non-elected personnel. Based on the'-~ agenda prepared for the meeting, the mayor, city clerk and members of the ,' governing body probably discussed an ' application for the position of part-: time police officer at that time. No binding action was taken when the meeting reopened to the public. - mm (Continued from page 1) all day or labor[ing] over a wasl~ ~ub and board. It was just an old 'fogy' idea..." At any rate, the concerns were taken seriously enough that, in some cases women's basketball didn't adopt the full-court game until 1971. Considering that Senda Berenson came up with the rules for women's basketball in 1892,just one year ai~r James Naismith invented the game, that means that multiple generations of Kansas women grew up playing a version of the game that was deliber- ately less challengin~ than the men's version. However, the women's game was more difficult than the men's in at least one aspect: the uniforms. The earliest women to play basketball did so in long skirts, resulting in injuries as they tripped over their hemlines. But hemlines rose steadily over the next few decades. By 1924 the PRHS women's team uniform morphed into bloomers that hit just above the knee--the first uniform of its kind in the county, garnering the team the nickname the "Bloomer Girls"--and eventually into more athletically friendly gear. Despite those differences in the game, athletes like those on the PRHS women's team excelled in the sport. They won their first of many championships in 1924 and were particularly dominant in the 1940s, when they won five more. It's the kind of history that's easily lost, but this exhibit is designed to make sure that doesn't happen. [ ' Come & Listen tO some | I F-~.~ ~~-z,,,,,, 11 I Saturday, Au.g. 15 ~ I I 8:30 p.m. to M,dnught ! O.wide Amod.aa !,09,o0 Post 2SS 10114 Old Town Trail Ozawkie 785-876-2686 os-so- tc ii