The next Sully Town Meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Sully Community Center. The date was set at the meeting of the Sully Betterment Committee on Aug. 2. Free Coffee Cup Cafe pizza and drink will be served, and tentatively so that young parents may attend, the Lynnville-Sully Child Development class will provide child care and Sully Library will provide a story time. The meeting will be led by Chaz Allen, new Director of the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation and member of the Sully Betterment Committee. Everyone in the area interested in Sully is invited and welcome to attend. Living in the Sully City Limits is not a requirement to attend.

Citizens attending the Sept. 27 meeting will divide into groups and each group will consider all three categories of responses from the Sully Community Survey completed in April. Thirteen items are being handled as quick kills by the Sully City Council and Maintenance Department and will be reported as they are accomplished. Specific addresses with problems listed in the survey responses will not be publicized at this time but worked on by the City of Sully. Rather than publicizing the names of properties listed in the surveys as needing attention, the list of specific properties and vehicles listed in the surveys as needing attention will be given to the mayor for action to be taken by the city council after reviewing each one.

The categories are eight items on the quick kill list that citizens must organize to determine the need and how to accomplish the project; six items in 12-month projects list; and eight items on a 36-month projects list.

“Citizens who have an interest in seeing projects on the list below happen need to attend and be willing to work on the projects to make them a reality or the projects will die due to lack of support,” said Gordon Yarrington, Sully Mayor. “We need people to run with these projects. The Sully Betterment Committee will work with the committees and help in any way they can, but need you to be willing to lead the efforts. There are some really good projects from small to some large that would be great to see happen, and the community of Sully needs you to get involved. Grab a couple of friends and pick a project, look at what it would take to accomplish the project, bring a plan of what it would take, what it would cost, and ideas on how it can happen. I look at surrounding communities that have accomplished major projects with a group of people that said it can be done. This may take talking to area resources and getting donations or reduced-cost material or labor. Two of the projects that I like are the splash pool and bike/walk trail, larger projects that may be joint community projects and take more planning but what great additions to the community.”

The survey suggestions were categorized into 1. Quick kills-things that city workers can quickly take care of or a committee of citizens can quickly take care of (less than three months); 2. Projects that could be completed in a year; and 3. Major projects that could be completed in three years (will probably need engineering and plans drawn up).

QUICK KILLS city workers will do (listed in no order of importance):
1. Early in winter season article about snow removal policy in newspaper and on city website
2. Trim park trees
3. Leaf burning ban
4. Check with insurance provider about stop/yield signs at specific locations
5. Fix zipline and rings at playground in city square
6. Restroom available at city uptown park
7. Enforce cat/dog leash ordinance
8. Burned out bulbs in lights and bell in city square
9. Community Center social room décor upgrade
10. Community Center kitchen upgrade
11. Library facility review of layout and materials
12. Review traffic/visibility issues at Casey’s corner
13. Investigate licensing of four/three-wheelers on city streets

QUICK KILLS citizens must organize to determine need and how to accomplish (listed in no order of importance):
1. Beautify closed alley between restaurant and professional building on south side of square
2. Adult recreation leagues
3. Christmas celebration
4. Garden tour
5. Kids street chalk art
6. Fly-ins
7. Sully “night out” with different themes: Vintage auto show, ice cream social, barbecue contest, lighted bike ride
8. Bean bag toss tournament

12-MONTH PROJECTS (listed in no order of importance):
1. Establish non-profit foundation to accept gifts for projects
2. Law enforcement-night time cop
3. Playground equipment in central square park
4. Playground equipment in city ballpark
5. New sidewalks
6. Fix sidewalks

36-MONTH PROJECTS (listed in no order of importance):
1. Bike trail/path around Sully and between Lynnville (joint project with Lynnville)
2. Resurface 1st Street
3. Ballpark area upgrade-tennis court, skate park, Frisbee golf, dog park
4. City square upgrade-stage/band shell, restrooms
5. Splash park
6. Community wireless network access
7. General/grocery store
8. Senior citizen housing

Keeping Sully at a level all have come to appreciate depends on citizen participation, especially those in the 20-, 30-, and 40-year age groups as you are the future of the area. Please plan to attend the September Sully Town Meeting and be one that makes a positive mark in the community.

“Sully has a great group of young adults in our community,” Yarrington said. “I strongly encourage the participation of young and middle-age adults to continue to make the Sully community the outstanding home we have today. Are you willing to run with one of the projects and make this happen? Thank you for stepping up and taking on one of the projects listed!”

Please mark your calendar for all the upcoming Sully Town Meetings on Sept. 27, Oct. 18, and Nov. 1.