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at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express Thursday, April 11,2002 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska i / / ? ? !ty residents welcomed rain Monday morning. Above water filled the ditch along a roaci -Burroak. to0r received during the winter months was below normal. ;00dall Council reviews 700rlquent water bills Y Council members re- of the budget. He stated that the budget become overgrown. Hay was harvested Uent water bills when funds thus far look good; there are in years past, but members believed it tly. adequate funds to purchase more rock should be sprayed and mowed by the erk reported payment for the streets. This brought up a dis- city supervisor to keep it looking bet- one delinquent bill cussion about having the present rock ter. Roger Houghton suggested hav- :nitoring the situation piles sprayed to keep the weeds from ing the Randall Co-op spray the weeds olving a resident who overtaking the rock piles, and volunteered to contact Archie Th- left a bill. ompson regarding doing the spraying. i'l-present were Warren Discussion ensued regarding up- Shedding the city's tractor, and H r. HOughton, Wayne keep of the old ball field. Wilson re- mower was discussed. No definitive i/.'tighamomayor, and moved the backstop and council mem- decision was made regarding shedding ][1"  ers attending were bers expressed concern the field would the equipment ii' d Junior Wilson. !lmess was conducted "=oll re Schlotterback, Higer Jt' had been installed by B00ker Elec00c, named to library board tl 1 asked for sugges- Sara Schlotterback and Janet Higer was directed to advertise the pasture ;'lll,Pen position created were appointed to the Mankato City for lease. u.sresignation. Library Board when Mankato City The park grounds maintenance em- "atcported on the state Council met last week. Schlotterback ployee application was reviewed. The .1111)'-'- 8 811Th fills the expi red term of Bonnie Newell council voted to hi re Roger Zeigler for i and Higer fills the unexpired term of this position. Theresa Terpening, who resigned. Mayor Don Hamilton was ap- The council received a letter from pointed to the KMEA Board for a two- . NCK CASA requesting an endorse- year term. ",. beologsst at Kan ment of support from the City of Man- Loomis requested approval to hire ity will present apro- kato for a grant application. After two part-time summer help positions. I? "wnees of Kansas," at 2 !ut/.City Hallin Court- review, council voted to sign the en- Council gave approval for him to ad- dorsement, vertise these positions. i-- . is sponsored by the Sealed bids on the Johnson Addi- A building application for Willard Village State Historic tion hay lease were opened. A bid of Beckley, 104 E. Monroe, to construct a umsas State Historical $500 for the 2002 hay season from deck to an existing structure was ap- ill tell about th David Warne was accepted. No bids proved. -'h e ..... e Pawnee were received on the golf course pas- Loomis will attend the annual KMU !tS.ofql ,'mtrOlledKansasVastandareasNe.Of ture lease so city administrator Loomis conference in Wichita, May 8-10. Sfyem.ThePaw- Hanson injured in Routine business was conducted. f ll lodge villages in the Council members attending were .a ad then" one-csl" accident Karen Ross, Mel Brown, Rick Dia- iYnedtl Daniel G. Hanson,,29, Mankato,  iiat mond and Lyle Dauner. Others present eOf KsUr e Y liv,,.,, r to hung. While sustained multiple injuries in a one- were Loomis and Mayor Hamilton. :'Jatipivill esRo r an ag . . pe vehicle accident on Highway 14 north Council member Wayne Dunn was s y stes assocmted of Jewell Sunday morning at approxi- absent. r and their prehistoric mately 4:30 a.m. is Offered free to the Hanson was headed north and he apparently lost control of the vehicle Randall Co-op which veered off roadway. i lltt aS vehicle to the Jewell County Hospital Hanson was transported via private offers to sell . Projects where he was treated by Jewell County Kackley elevator EMS Department and hospital person- The Randall Farmers Union Co-op ,!- a3nen t of Trans- nel. He was transported by the Jewell has placed it's grain elevator and stor- "e idsw hi, ,- ednesday in County F2dS to the airport at Belleville age facility at Kackley up for sale by Ite i  nWayconstruction becansecloudcoverpreventedanemer, scaled bids. At the April 3 meeting of i,7, l00sas ""t._. Mitchell" " and Jew- gency air-lift from Mankato. the co-op's board, the decision was 114', ' t5 28 from the june-' Hanson was taken by air ambu- made to sell the elevator located on the lance to Good Samaritan Hospital, Burlington-Northern Santa Fe line. ,!.1 and south to the Kearney, where he was treated. At last Ii:1 -14 from the Lin- The elevator has a 171,000 bushel it ! Lty line north to the report Hanson was still at the Kearney capacity. It was purchased by the IC , eioit; US 24 from hospital. Randall co-op in 198.1. Carl Gilbert, ._" south totheMitch. The Jewell County EMS, Mankato Jamestown, staffs the Kackley facility. 1 t lh line; K-193 from Volunteer Fire Department Rescue "As we look to the future, the time t .junetion of US Unit and Jewell County Sheriff De- appears right to sell the elevator in  repair, partment responded to the accident Kackley," explained Archie Thomp- scene, son, the co-op's manager. Jewell County schools struggle with loss of funds, budget cuts USD 279 considers adult education, financial program USD 279 Board of Education con- sidered an adult education program and the establishment of an education foundation at the April 4 meeting. Principal Jeff Travis proposed a "Live, Work, Succeed" program for adults over age of 18 who need to complete credits to receive a high school diploma. Classes would be of- fered three evenings a week and would count toward total enrollment. He was instructed to see if there is interest and need in the area. This alternative edu- cational opportunity is not offered in any other county schools. Supt. Ron Kelley discussed estab- lishing an educational foundation for the purpose of providing additional funding at the local level to supple- ment current state funding. The foun- dation would serve as a vehicle for any additional local dollars to flow into the district treasury. Contributions would be tax deductible within federal limits. Donors could request their contribu- tions be used for a specific project or program. Von Taylor and John Kemmerer volunteered to present the program to the Jewell Chamber of Commerce at the Monday evening. Phil Vetter requested permission for the Randall Alumni to proceed with a possible memorial of the school build- ings in Randall. The board, by consen- sus, agreed. He requested a 10-min- utes executive session with the board to discuss a staff-personnel item. The session was granted and no action was taken in open session. State financing updates were given by Kelley and Travis, including infor- mation in a letter from Sen. Janis Lee. She reported that since 1992, state aid to schools per pupil had increased less than one percent per year. In 1998, the state had a 75.8 million dollar surplus and has gone in the hole every year since. A new, easier understood bud- get form is being discussed. Travis reported there would be a foreign exchange student from Ger- many attending Jewell High next fall. USD 279 will host the regional KASB meeting May 1 and a tentative agenda was shown. Local board mem- bers and the tech staff will lead mini- workshops. A check for $56 was received from the YWCA for the accelerated reading program. A thank you letter from the FCCLA was read. Calendar for next year was dis- cussed and approved by vote. New teachers begin Aug. 13; students start Aug. 19; the last day is May 23 for students and May 29 for teachers. The calendar has been aligned with Man- kato and Southern Cloud as near as possible. Labor costs for bus maintenance from the four vendors was shown by Kirby Shamburg. By consensus, the board decided to continue as work is being done in a timely manner. He was asked to keep individual maintenance records on each vehicle owned by the district beginning July 1. Shamburg presented the drug and alcohol testing for bus drivers policy. No changes were made and it was approved. He stated minimal work would bone on the buildings this sum- mer because of a tight budget and asked only for a person to do the mowing. Approval was given to hire Jackie Conn 40 hours a week to do this work. Other business included approval of April bills which included repair on two boilers at the junior-senior high: Money transferred to transportation of $7,269.42 and $2,06708 was ap- proved. After an executive session, this list of staff was approved: Lola Abram, Jennifer Adolph, Charli Barrett, Kelly Burgess, Allison Carlgren, Pat Coco, Jennifer Englland, Kim Goff, Susan Greene, Frank Gronewoller, Mary Ann Kibbe, Robert McCreight, Janice McMillan, Jo'lene Moss, Carla Robinett, Leta Sills, Ginna Sharp, George and Cynthia Staton, Katie Whelchel and Fred Winter. Kristi Vetter was offered a position that is being defined. All board members were present. Guests present were Charli Barrett, Kim Goff, Susan Greene and Fawna Barrett. USD 104 votes to eliminate programs Expecting state cuts in school fi- nancing, members of the White Rock School board voted at Monday night to eliminate or reduce two programs and personnel for the oming school year. The decision came after two executive sessions lasting 45 minutes. Ray Mizner moved to eliminate the family and cons umer science program, and to reduce the business program offerings Ken Garman seconded the motion which carried 7-0. The pro- grams are staffed by Brenda Dooley and Dale Dodd. In the next action, the board voted to reduce the elementary and high school custodial staff by a halftime position effective May 24. The decision followed a motion by Jim Reed, seconded by Bill Wilson which carried 7-0. Supt. Bill Walker reported the de- cisions will save the district approxi- mately $53,000. With teachers negotiations, school calendar consideration and kindergar- ten schedule yet to be determined, the board is waiting until the state legisla- ture has determined what the student funding will be. A special schoolboard meeting will be held April 29 to ad- dress these issues and to conduct a budget hearing for the amended bud- get for the current year. Walker re- ported the state plans a per student reduction of $303. He said,"From 1992 to the present, the state support per pupil has only risen 7.5 percent. A recent Associated Press story re- ported, "even if state aid were spared any cutting, many education officials say their districts will be strapped be- cause of rising costs for health insur- ance and energy plus periodic negotia- tions with teachers for pay raises. The Wichita district, the state's largest, has seen health insurance premiums rise $3 million and property and casualty insurance costs go up $500,000 and it must cover $2 million in additional teacher payroll. In community after community, superintendents have pro- duced lists of money-saving options: laying teachers off, imposing fees for extracurricular activities, eliminating programs for troubled or poor student, cutting back on electives." In other school business Monday night, the consent agenda was approved which consisted of two textbook fee waivers, being informed of a planned 8th grade trip in May to Kearney, ap- proving KASB dues and legal assis- tance fund of $900 and $2,164 for the 002-2003 school year. The dance team will preform as a non-school spon- sored activity for the 2002-2003 school year. Dwayne and Sheila Lofence at- tended the meeting and again requested, the Smith Center Schdol District be allowed to send a bus into the White Rock District to leave their child, at the home after school in the 2002-2003 school year. The board did not make a decision on this matter. The board voted to transfer $3,500 to the food service fund. Four representatives from the state will make a QPA visit to the White Rock district on Tuesday. Future board topics will be summer projects and the Spring Regional Meet- Jng, May 1, at Jewell. Board members in attendance at the meeting were Lesa Peroutek, Jim Reed, Wanda Frasier, Lori Yelken, Ken Garman, Ray Mizner and Bill Wilson. Others in attendance were Bill Walker, Therese Frost, LaVon and Judy Ost, Dwayne and Sheila Lorence, Jim Maguin, Sheila Fischer and Glori Garman-Schlaefli. Cas mtt volunteers services for county plan John Cashatt has volunteered his e/lgineering services for the Jewell County five-year plan according to Jim Foster, general superintendent, who reported to the commissioners about Cashatt's services and discussed county Road and Bridge Department prob- lems. Foster had an agreement with Shawn Newell to construct and operate a wa- ter pipeline across a public road right- of-way in Center Township, approxi- mately !/4 mile from the stop sign at the Mankato High School. The com- missioners agreed to approve and sign the agreement .Foster reported that the new dump truck had arrived. Custodian Rodney Zeigler recom- mended a pad for the column at the end of the handicap ramp, which commis- sioners approved. Zeigler said Becker Electric has completed putting in plug-ins for the air-conditioners. Sheriff Kim Ost reported that he had purchased a used patrol car for $6,800 and it included the light bar and prisoner cage. Ost said the county clerk had notified him the county car needs repaired. Steve Melby discussed death cer- tificate forms with the commissioners and county attorney Darrell Miller. Miller also discussed personnel. The commissioners agreed to pay the North Central Kansas Rural Devel- opment Council 2002 membership dues for Jewell County. Linda Woerner, county health de- partment director, discussed the bio- terrorism plan she is working on. Payroll dated March 21 and bills dated April 8 were paid: Health- $9,756.25, Clearing Acct .-$64,586.5 l, Noxious Weed-S3,284.03, Ambu- lance-S35,504.37, 911 fund-S454.14, EMP. Benefits-S355.17, Bridge Bond No. 2-02-$106.25, Appraiser- $5,853.82, Road and Bridge- $74,979,68, Solid Waste $14,391.03, Tower-S49.57, General $63,955.02, Recycle Grant-S25,462.95. Total $298,738.79. Commissions attending were Stanley Colson, Doyle AIcoru and Frank Langer. Mankato considers ways to save funds Proposed budget cut items were presented to the Mankato school board Monday night by Ron Kelley, superin- tendent. His recommendations were as follows. No student overnight school trips that use district funds, unless spe- cifically approved by a unanimous vote of the board; No district funds will be expended for specific staff apprecia- tion activities (beginning of year, pic- nic, Christmas party, luncheons, etc.); Cut all classroom budgets by 10 per- cent; No approval of mileage for pri- vately owned vehicles traveling on school business if there is a school vehicle available to be used; Reduce the food service program costs by 5 percent; Increase all school fees by 5 percent; Initiate a district wide energy cost savings program, Representatives from GMS Inc., Omaha, were present to discuss the district's self-funded health insurance plan. A contract for junior high cheer- leader sponsor was approved for Kristi Badger for the 2002-03 school year. A representative of Alltel, Salina, was present to discuss a proposal for a cell phone package and long distance telephone rates. It was the consensus of the board to allow Brice Leon, Belleville, to use a facility in-the Mankato district for a non-profit. Jewell County Olympic Weighlifting Program. Final details await approval. It was decided all requirements have not been met for an early retirement request from Teresa Terpening. Contracts for summer school at Mankato Elementary were approved for B.elinda Jeffery and Crystal Cosand. The summer session will be held im- mediately following the current school year. Hourly wages will be $14 per hour for 80 hours. This equals $1,120. An increase in Gary Bryant' s hourly rate by 25 cents was approved. Bryant is the second shift custodian at the high school and has completed his 90-day probationary period with a favorable evaluation. Other items approved were: min- utes of the March 11 and 27 meetings; treasurer' s report; check register; trans- fers; and a list of surplus property to be sold at auction. Local departme@ts respond to fires' Jewell and Mankato Volunteer Fire Departments responded to several fires last week. Jeweil Volunteer Fire Department responded Saturday afternoon to an out-of-control burn southwest of Jew- ell. Utility poles were burning and were extinguished. Early Sunday morning the depart- ment responded to a call of a fire one mile south of Jewell. Railroad ties in a pit were on fire at the Larry Haskett property. Haskett used his tractor- loader to put dirt on top to prevent blowing sparks Mankato Volunteer Fire Depart- ment answered a call on Thursday at the Brent Beck residence on North West Street in Mankato. They re- moved smoke from the attic that was caused by electrical wiring. Wiring and some insulation was damaged. Parole hearings set Two men, one convicted of robbery in Jewell County, the other convicted in Cloud County, are scheduled for parole hearings in May. Donald Lee Mallory was convicted of second degree murder, theft, bur- glary, aggravated assault on a law en- forcement officer and two counts of aggravated robbery in Jewell County, 1983. He was also convicted of aggra- vated assault in Russell County in 1983. Michael J. Dorsey, who was con- victed of aggravated burglary and theft in Cloud County in 1987, is also sched- uled for a parole hearing. Comments on the hearings may be sent to the Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Room 452 S, Topeka, Kansas. Comments will be reviewed during April. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, weather observer Monday, April 1 56 37 Tuesday, April 2 80 35 Wednesday, April 3 43 18 Thursday, April 4 41 20 Friday, April 5 53 25 Saturday, April 6 66 30 Sunday, April 7 57 36 Monday, April 8 53 46 Tuesday, April 9 60 35 Moisture for week - .60 Jan Crum and Shane Ross repair the brick wall of the Mankato school bus barn. Spring like weather has encouraged many to start on their spring projects. Mankato City utility report Disconnects: Brian Shulda, 307 N. Center. Connects: Jessica Schmidt, 403 N. McRoberts.