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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 A feature of The Supenor Express Thursday, January 15, 2015 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraski Winds of change blow in with Rolling Hills election results Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative members voted by mail ballot in De- cember for open trustee positions in each district as well as amendments to several bylaws. Mail ballots cast by members of the cooperative in Decem- ber were counted last Tuesday. In District 2, two Jewell County residents sought the trustee positon. Paul Wilson defeated the incumbent, Bryan Boyles, 507 to 305. District 1 incumbent Kenneth Becker was de- feated by Robert A. Fredricks, 210 to 184. There were votes for write-in can- didates. In District 3, Justin Trost re- ceived 369 and there were two write-in votes. Members also voted on potential bylaw amendments, with the follow- ing results. Question 1 - Should the cooperative amend Bylaw Section 4.04 to provide term limits for trustees? Yes: 1,105 votes. No: 451 votes. Ques- tion 2 - If the majority of cooperative members were to vote in favor of term limits, which of the term limit amend- ment options to Bylaw Section 4.04 should be adopted? Option 1: 734 votes. Option 2:744 votes. A majority vote is required to amend the bylaws. The majority of members voted "yes" on question 1 and for op- tion 2 on question 2. The bylaws are now amended to add trustee term lim- its as follows: "A Trustee may serve no more than four (4) successive three- year terms, provided that he or she is duly nominated by the nominating com- mittee, or otherwise placed on the bal- lot as permitted by the bylaws of the organization, and re-elected by the members at the conclusion of each successive term. Current trustees who have exceeded these limits of service will not be eligible for re-election to the board of trustees after their current term expires." The following incumbent trustees will not be eligible for reelection at the conclusion of their current term: Gary Frieling, president, District 2, Athol; Kevin Cromwell, secretary, District 3, Haddam; Bernard "Sonny" Bohnen, District 1, Dorrance; Leon Eck, Dis- trict 2, Tipton; Melroy Kopsa, District 3, Cuba; Jay Overmiller, District 2, Lebanon. Members voted in favor of adding a new bylaw by a vote of 1,075 to 455. The new bylaw addresses availability of minutes and member attendance at board of trustee meetings. Under the new bylaw, minutes as approved by the board will be available upon re- quest to cooperative members at any office within two business days fol- lowing the next regular meeting. A policy since 2002, a member may request to attend a board meeting by submitting a written statement of the business to discuss, who will attend and the amount of time needed. Under the new bylaw, members shall be per- mitted to attend regular or special meet- ings of the board of trustees, excluding executive sessions, by providing (at least two business days prior) written, FAXed, or e-mailed notice to any of- fice of the intent of the member to attend the meeting. Members attending a board of trustees meeting shall not be disruptive or interfere with the normal and scheduled proceedings of the board. Members in attendance shall not be permitted to speak unless placed on the agenda, during an open forum or upon request of the president of the board. Board leadership series planned for February, March K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of board leader- ship workshops across the state the last week of February and first week of March. Designed to provide basic training for members of community based boards, the series will be hosted by local extehsion professionals. "Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effec- tive boards and committees in our com- munities. The Board Leadership Se- ries will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member," said Trudy Rice, extension community de- velopment specialist. "Whether you are a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board, or a rural water board, this train- ing is appropriate for you." The series will kick-off on Feb. 25 with conducting effective meetings. During this session participants will learn about their roles and responsi- bilities as a board member, basics of parliamentary procedure, and strate- gies to make meetings more produc- tive and effective. The Feb. 26 session will cover fundraising, fund management, legali- ties and rthics. This session will ex- plore a board's options for raising and managing money, understanding such things as articles of incorporation, by- laws, and policies. March 4, the topic will be under- standing fellow board members and conflict management. Participants will explore how personalities and genera- tional differences affect the decision- making process, and learn how to man- age conflict in a way that is productive, not destructive, to the board. Strategic planning will be the final topic March 5. Participants will learn about establishing a common mission and vision for the board, and how to plan priorities for the future. All sessions will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. Workshop participants will meet at host sites to take part in web based instruction and locally facili- tated discussion. Sites include: Topeka, Lawrence, Emporia, Olathe, Beloit, Salina, Lakin and Wildcat. The Beloit session will be held at the North Cen- tral Regional Planning Commission office. For more information or to reg- ister for the Beloit site contact the Post Rock Extension District Beloit Office. Pre-registration for the event is re- quired by Feb. 13 and there is a cost for all four sessions. Registration buys a seat which can be rotated by partici- pants. Registration includes refresh- ments and a board basics workbook. More information is available at www.ksre.ksu.edu/boardseries. Commissioners meet with hospital board When the Jewell County Commis- sioners met Jan. 5, Jim Vaughan, solid waste director, reviewed the monthly and annual reports. Joel Elkins, road and bridge gen- eral superintendent, discussed opera- tions and commissioners reported road concerns. The commissioners along with Darrell Miller, county attorney, met with Larry Welch, Lila Frost, Trevor Elkins and Cynthia Clark, members of the Jewell County Hospital board, and Doyle McKimmy, Jewell County Hos- pital, chief executive officer. The group discussed hospital operations and fi- nancial concerns. Lyle Dauner, phar- macist, was also present for the discus- sion. Steve Greene thanked the Jewell County Hospital board members for the job they do. Darrell Miller, county attorney, dis- cussed the former Kansas Mineral's property. Jan Boyles set to retire from NRCS Jan Boyies, district manager of Natural Resources Conservation Ser- vice, will retire from this position Jan. 29 alter serving the NRCS for eight and a half years. "I can't say enough about the great experiences I have had while working with this organization. EveryOne treats you with the utmost respect, everyone is willing to help you in anyway they can. Throughout the state, there are 94 managers and they are all so support- ive, kind and friendly," said Jan. Prior to coming to work for the NRCS, Jan taught elementary educa- tion, usually for the second and third grade, in the Burr Oak district and school for 29 years. "I always wanted a second career and this job has met my wishes," said Jan. Jan has worked with several people in the Mankato office, including Mike Waite. Adam Elliott, Rick Gardner, Pat Windmuller, Kathleen Thomas, Sherry Koster, Aaron Deters and many others. Jan and her husband, Bryan, who is involved in farming and ranching, have two sons, Whitney and Stuart. Whitney is in the service and at the present time is in West Africa for a while. At the present time, his wife and children, Corbin, 4, and Josie 21 months, are living in the midwest so morn may take training for the Americore. The family stays a week here at Jan and Bryan's and then stay with her mother a week while she is training. i!!!iiiiiiiii Jan Boyles "When the children were born they were living in Germany and I got to know them at the age of three months. Now I am being given the opportunity to live with them for a week at a time and it is wonderful," said Jan. Their son, Stuart, lives in Manhat- tan and works for Penny Concrete. His company poured the concrete for the K-State football stadium and at the present time is working on the west addition. Other than enjoying her grandchil- dren durirlg her retirement, Jan has several projects that have been started and now she intends to complete some of them, one of which is to finish a quilt. Mary Rothchild, Mankato, received her Certificate of Achievement for 25 years of service with Jewell County at the Employee Appreciation Supper held Sunday night at the Buffalo Roam. Rothchild is a Dispatcher for the sheriff's office. Other employees receiving recognition for their years of service were Shannon Meier, Joel Elkins and Debra Murray for 20 years; Brenda Eakins for 15 years; Gene Thomas and Art Vaughan for 10 years; Brandy Johnson, Kenneth Standley and Chris Petet for 5 years. Candidates file for upcoming election The following individuals have flied for office for open positions on city councils, school boards and extension district boards: Brenden Wirth, Mankato, USD 107, Position 1 ; Don Koester, Mankato, City of Mankato, mayor; Christopher Klos, Mankato, City of Mankato, city coun- cil; John R Tyler, Mankato, City of Mankato, city council. The filing deadline is noon on Tues- day, Jan. 27. Bloodmobile visits Jewell, collects 33 The American Red Cross Blood Mobile visited the Jewell Community Center from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Dec. 31. Thirty-three pints were obtained, nar- rowly missing the goal of 34 points set for the drive. The Red Cross, along with Annette Burks and Marsha Slate, bloodmobile co-chairs, appreciated all in the area who donated and volunteered their help. The next blood drive is set for Feb. 27 at the Jewell Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ' Water line breaks can be costly and at times difficult to repair. Unfortunately they seem to be most common during the coldest days of winter. City of Superibr ' crew members worked on at least two in town last week. Several citizens who travel Highway 14 south of Superior were awed by the ice formation on Blauvett's - 2 . hill. o  . School board tables new bus purchase The Rock Hills Board of Education met in regular session on Monday. Present were Lori Yelken, Steve Spiegel, Ervin Underwood, Todd Mauerhan, Janelle Greene, Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers, Bob Roush, Billie Cox, Sara Grout, Lori Slate and Lynette Bartley. The board opened two bids received regarding the 5.15 acres on farm lease. It was the consensus of the board to not enter into a multi-year lease at this time, under advisement of legal coun- sel. The board will continue to let bids on an annual basis. Sara Grout, the district's social worker, was in attendance to share data about the progress utilization of the Boys Town Model in the district. Billie Cox, the district's technol- ogy coordinator, presented the quar- terly technology report to board mem- bers. The following protocol was estab- lished by the board last summer for surplus items: Vehicles will be adver- tised locally and on the PurpleWave Internet Auction site; teaching and learning supplies will be donated to the Zambia Project or disposed of; and technology will be offered to the local technology repair business on an all or nothing basis with administration es- tablishing a fair price. A list of items was declared surplus and will be dis- posed of according to protocol. It was announced the FBLA Dis- trict IV contest will be held at Rock Hills on Feb. 2. There are currently 350 students from 11 schools registered to participate. There will be no classes scheduled that day and licensed pro- fessional staff will be assisting in host- ing the contest. It was reported that Bob Roush, Nadine Smith, Dan Hickman of Mid- west Transit Equipment and Lynette Bartley were present last Tuesday when bids were opened at the district office for a 53-passenger school bus. Bids were received from Kansas Truck, Midwest Transit Equipment and Mid- west Bus Sales. Roush recommended the bus as bid from Midwest Transit Equipment, 2016 IC CE Cummings Engine 240 HP, 53 passenger, hydrau- lic brakes-specs per order last cycle (without the fuel fired heater) at a cost of $75,070. It was the consensus of the board to not take action on the bus bids at this time. The board conducted two execu- tive sessions to discuss matters affect- ing a student. No action was taken as a result of these closed sessions. Three additional executive sessions were held to discuss nonelected per-i sonnel. Afterward, the following action was unanimously approved: posting the opening for a junior-senior high school math position with possible supple- mental positions for the 2015-16 school year; accepting the resignation from Travis C,vx as junior high head-girls and boys track coach effective imme- diately; and approving the recommen- dation of Brock McMillan as junior high head girls and boys track coach effective in/mediately. The next regular meeting of the Rock Hills Board of Education will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the district office in Mankato. Annual year-in.review concludes County board holds annual Following isthe remainderof our The FCCLA chapter of RHHS reorganizational meeting annual year-in-review feature: November An anonymous $10,000 challenge grant was issued on behalf of the Burr Oak Community Library's building fundraising campaign. Rock Hills drama students presented their school play, "Spy School." Local Weather High and low temperatures Jan. 4 ............................................. NA Jan. 5 ......................................... 13 0 Jan. 6 ......................................... 24 5 Jan. 7 ......................................... 24 8 Jan. 8 ......................................... 15 0 Jan. 9 ............................................. NA Jan. 10 ........................................ 26 5 Wilbur Becket, Mankato weather observer, reported no precipitation for the week. Photo exhibit to be part of Courtland Fun Day celebration The Courtland Arts Center is host- ing the 50th Courtland Fun Day photo exhibit, beginning at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 I. to celebrate the half-way point of the annual Fun Day celebration. Photog- rapher Tom Parker will be on hand to talk about his experience documenting the milestone 50th Courtland Fun Day. The project was commissioned by the Courtland Arts Council. Hers d'oeuvres and beverages will be pro- vided. More than 900 photos will be dis- played in a slideshow after Parker's presentation. Prints from the exhibit will be available to purchase online after the event. Admission is a free- will donation. Parker is a freelance photographer and staff writer for the Washington Count3, News, a columnist for Grass and Grain and a freelance writer and photographer for the Ma rvsville Advo- cate and several agricultural organiza- tions. He has received awards from the Kansas Press Association, the Heart of America Gold Award from the Kansas City Press Club, and the Kansas News Enterprise Award from the William Allen White Foundation at the Univer- sity of Kansas. He has also received several awards for photography from the Kansas Press Association and partnered with the Smithsonian Insti- tution on a year-long documentary project in Blue Rapids. He nd bS wife, Lori, live in Blue Rapid. hosted the annual Veterans Day pro- gram at the school. The NSDAR chapter celebrated their 90th anniversary. December A retirement reception was held for Don Snyder, Jewell County emergency preparedness director and 911 coordi- nator. The ROck Hills School board re- ceived a request from Cunningham Telephone and Cable for permission to replace their exsisiting metal building southeast of the tower with a concrete structure. After the completion of the concrete structure, they will remove the existing metal building. Scheduled for retirement, Lloyd Johnson, Mankato fire chief, was hon- ored at the department' s annual Christ- mas party for his 40 years of service, the last 25 as chief. Erin Burks held a book signing for her book, Twice the Blessing, at the Jewell Library. When so many children are dream- ing of what they will be "getting" for Christmas. five kids set a great ex- ample of the joy of giving. Sam. Jacob and Aaron Underwood. sons of Ervin and Kristen Underwood; Hannah Continued to page 3 The Jewell County Board met Mon- day with commissioners Mark Fleming Steve Greene, and Dwight Frost present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was also present. Chris Petet, custodian, discussed the office furniture being replaced in the clerk of district court offices. Larry Thornton said he has a flood- ing problem at his place and wants the commissioners to provide him with a letter acknowledging the problem. The commissioners approved of paying the 2015 dues to the North Central Regional Planning Commis- sion in the amount of $3,500 (the same amount as last year). Lisa Boyles and David Graham, Jewell County Fair Board, and Jenae Ryan, district extension agent, pro- vided a breakdown report of the bud- get. They also discussed future repair plans. Shannon Meier, ambulance direc- tor, reviewed the monthly billing re- port. He requested an executive ses- sion to discuss confidential data relat- ing to financial affairs. Following the exectuive session with Meier and re- turning to regular session, the commis- sioners approved to "writing off" $2363.51 for the fourth quarter of 2014 for EMS. Joel Elkins, road and bridge gen- eral superintendent, discussed opera- tions. The commissioners reported road concerns. Jonas McEntire, sheriff, discussed operations. Carla Waugh administered the oath. of office to Steve Greene, District t" commissioner. The commissioners elected Mark.- Fleming as chairman of the board of commissioners for 2015 and Steve Greene as vice chairman. The commissioners designated the Jewell Count3' Record as the official county newspaper. The commissioners also approved that all banks in Jewell County be designated as official depositories. Steve Greene was reappointed as Jewell County's representative for the North Central Kansas Regional Juve- nile Detention Facility. Dwight Frost was reappointed as Jewell County's representative for the North Central Regional Planning Com- mission board. Mark Fleming was appointed as Jewell County' s representative for tile Juvenile Justice Authority and Com- munity Corrections Advisory Board. ..v Stev Gre '' Jewe I, Jewell County District 1 Commissioner, takes an oath of office Monday morning as it is read ty r.,,,,=,,,, ,. ,,_  ,il County Clerk. Greene is serving in his third term as Commissioner of District 1.