Jasper County Emergency Management announced recently the switch of the county wide alert system from CodeRED to the Wireless Emergency Notification Systems or WENS. WENS/Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system which enables city officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to public citizens in targeted areas or an entire city/county. The WENS platform enables officials to instantly communicate directly with landlines, cell phones, text-messaging, and email. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for WENS to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications and weather alerts when issued.

Due to privacy restrictions, we were unable to transfer cell phone numbers from the CodeRED system to WENS. The new system’s database will include listings for landlines only. If you signed up your cell phone number with CodeRED and would like to continue receiving emergency notifications, you must register with WENS. You can do this by visiting the Jasper County Emergency Management website at www.jasperema-hls.org. If you need assistance, please call 641-841-1181.

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As of Jan. 2, 2015, the Sully Central Park playground fund drive has reached $12,850 of the $50,000 needed for the project. To donate any amount or to a specific playground item, forms are at both banks in Sully, Hometown Press in Sully, and at www.sullyia.com. Checks need to be made payable to The Sully Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The early donations were used to make the downpayment needed before 2015 to guarantee no price increase for the equipment purchase.

playground_graph11st State Bank donated $1,250 to the Sully playground. From left, Lejon Ladwig of 1st State Bank presents the check to park committee members Amy Harthoorn and Jessica Winegar.

The Sully Foundation presented $1,000 to Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen (left). According to Margaret
Vander Weerdt (right), president of The Sully Foundation, funds over expenses and future upkeep of the Jasper County Freedom Rock have been designated for the playground project, and this was the first donation by the foundation to the playground.

The first $10,000 for the playground was received early in December 2014. Teryl Ver Ploeg (left) of the Sully Central Park Playground Committee receives a check for $7,500 from Jim Magnuson. Magnuson is a director of CoBank, one of four funding banks of the farm credit system. Each year, CoBank makes charitable donations of each director's choice, and Magnuson chose the new Sully playground. "The town square is the centerpiece of the community, and this is a great opportunity to make it even more vital for many eyars," Magnuson said. "And every time the grandkids come, they have to go to the playground now and play on the swings, so the new one will be great." Marilyn Magnuson (right) presents a check for $2,500 from the Magnusons to Stephanie Rozendaal of the Sully Central Park Committee to complete the first $10,000 donation jumpstarting the playground fund raising.

altIt's that time of the year to look back on what 2014 was like for the City of Sully. Several things have been done in town with help from a lot of people, which if it wasn't for those people, most things wouldn't get done. Acknowledging that, I would like to say thank you to all.  The Jasper County Freedom Rock was completed with amazing success. The city basketball court has been replaced; the alley between Coffee Cup Cafe and the professional building has been upgraded.  Two new businesses have been built in the business park.  As many of you know, the central park will be under a lot of reconstruction to help not only looks but use of the park.  The Sully Foundation is accepting donations for new playground equipment.  The community library has been helped as well through this foundation and all donations are used to help improve things in our community.

Goals for year 2015:  Replace playground equipment, set up a stage/shelter in the central park, and replace 1st Avenue.  

Again, I would like to say THANKS to all who have helped financially and in person, without great people that care for this great town, none of this would be possible.

A new playset and swingset has been selected for Sully's Central Park. The goal is to complete its installation in Spring 2015. To make that possible, the Sully Central Park Playground committee is taking donations and asking for your help. The project's financial commitment is $50,000. This will offset the costs associated with site preparation and the purchase of a new ADA-approved playset and swingset appropriate for 85-95 children, ages two (2) to twelve (12). Donation breakouts of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze have been established. In addition, persons that wish to associate their donation with a specific playset component, a list has been identified.

Non-cash help will be needed to help with the installation in the spring. The project will need manpower and various types of equipment. If you're interested, please contact the Sully Central Park Playground committee.

For additional playset information and the donor form click here. For an overview of the park design click here. If you have questions, call 641-831-2983 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reach the committee.



Santa Claus is coming with treats for good boys and girls who can visit him at Great Western Bank in Sully from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, sponsored by the Sully Lions Club. 

The Faithwalkers youth group will be holding its annual soup dinner at The Gathering Place new addition at Sully First Reformed Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For a freewill donation, tne menu will include grilled cheese sandwiches, chili, chicken, and potato soups, fruit and cream pie, juice, and coffee. IMPACT junior high youth group will hold a bake sale at the same time and place.

Hometown Press will have an open house 10 a.m.-noon with  refreshments, door prizes, and gifts for its fifth anniversary.

Sully Christian School will have an open house toy drive, free cookie decorating for kids and adults, and a kids craft from 10 a.m. to noon at Synergy.

From 10 a.m.-noon, Craig Maasdam will have the old DeJong/Brand Hardware Store open for people to see his restoration progress.

Businesses with Christmas open houses with goodies and/or door prizes will be (signs posted on the doors at participating businesses):

Allycuts (8 a.m.-noon), 

Casey's General Store (8 a.m.-noon),

Coffee Cup Café (6-11:30 a.m.),

First State Bank in Sully (8-11 a.m.),  

Great Western Bank in Sully (10 a.m.-noon) with Santa sponsored by Sully Lions Club,

Hometown Press (10 a.m.-noon),  

Key Cooperative Lumber Department (7:30 a.m.-noon) ,

Sully Community Locker (9-11 a.m.),

Sully Plumbing & Heating (9-11 a.m.)

Sully Speed Co. (9 a.m.-noon),

Synergy hosting Sully Christian School (10 a.m.-noon toy drive, free cookie decorating for kids and adults, and kids craft), and

Van Wijk Winery (9-11 a.m.).

Since the lighted parade won't be happening in 2014, a Saturday holiday event in Sully will be held especially so Santa can bring goodies to area children and residents can visit some of the area businesses.

Area schools will have the following winter programs.

Sully Christian School: Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the school gym.

Diamond Trail Children’s Center: Thursday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. at Lynnville Friends Church. 

Pella Christian High School: Christmas Music Concert Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Inspirations: Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Sully First Reformed Church main auditorium.

Lynnville-Sully School: Thursday, Dec. 18, grades K-2 concert at 6 p.m. followed by middle school-high school concert at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy all programs.

Snow Plowing and/or ice control operations shall commence under the direction of the Public Works Director.  In his absence, the Street Committee will confer with the Mayor to determine when and where operations will begin in accordance with the following criteria:
a) Snow accumulation of 2-inches or more;
b) Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel;
c) Icy conditions which seriously affect travel; and,
d) Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets (i.e. weekday a.m. and p.m. commuter periods).
Snow and ice control operations are expensive and involve the use of limited personnel and equipment.  Consequently snowplowing operations will not generally be conducted for snowfall of less than 2 inches; this will be determined by the KCCI School Net internet site.
Snow will be plowed in a manner so as to provide access as soon as possible and to minimize any traffic obstructions.  The City Square will be plowed first and completed by 5:30 a.m., this snow shall be placed in the park.  The snow shall then be pushed where the discharge shall go onto the ditch.  Streets and cul-de-sacs are initially plowed with a single pass to open all routes as soon as possible.  It is the Public Works Department’s goal to have the entire street system cleaned after a “typical” snowfall in approximately 24 hours.  Depending on snowfall conditions and duration of the storm, streets will not always immediately be able to be completely cleared of snow.
Generally, operations will continue until all routes are passable.  Widening and cleanup operations may continue immediately or on the following work day depending on conditions and circumstances.  Safety of the plow operators and the public is important.  Therefore, snowplowing and/or removal operations may be terminated after 10-12 hours to allow personnel adequate time for rest.  There may be instances where this is not possible depending on storm conditions and other circumstances.  Operations may also be suspended during periods of limited visibility, significant winds or severe cold so as to not jeopardize the safety of city employees and equipment.  Any decision to suspend operations shall be made by the Public Works Director and the Mayor based on the conditions of the storm.  The City will still provide access for emergency fire, police and medical services on an “as-needed” basis during a major snow or ice storm.
The City is concerned about the effect of salt and sand on the environment and will limit its use for that reason.  Therefore it is the policy of the City to utilize salt and sand at locations where there are hazardous or slippery conditions.  This provides for traction but is not intended to provide bare pavement during winter conditions.  The City will not be responsible for damage to grass caused by salt and sand and therefore will not make repairs or compensate residents for salt and sand damage to turf areas in the right-of-way.
Snow plowing and ice control operations can cause property damage even under the best of circumstances and care on the part of the operators.  The major types of damage are to improvements in the City right-of-way, which extends approximately 10’ to 15’ beyond the edge of the street location.  The intent of the right-of-way is to provide room for snow storage, utilities, sidewalks and other city uses.  However, certain private improvements such as mailboxes, landscaping and other private installations are located within this area.
Mailboxes—Mailboxes should be constructed sturdily enough to withstand snow rolling off a plow or wing.  While the installation of mailboxes on the city right-of-way is permitted, the mailbox owner assumes all risk of damage except when a mailbox is damaged through contact by a plow blade, wing, or other piece of equipment.  If a mailbox is damaged due to direct contact by snow plowing equipment, the City, at its option, will repair or replace the mailbox at a cost not to exceed $50.00.  Damage resulting from snow rolling off a plow or wing is the responsibility of the resident.
Landscaping— Property owners should assume all risk of damage for landscaping, including nursery and inanimate materials that are installed or encroach on City right-of-way.  The City assumes no responsibility for damage incurred to these non-permitted elements as a result of snow plowing and ice control activities.  In addition, inanimate materials such as boulders, timbers, etc. are a hazard and can cause damage to plow equipment.
Other Private Installations – The City will assume no responsibility for underground lawn sprinkling systems, exterior lighting systems, underground electronic dog fences or any other non-permitted features privately installed in City right-of-way.
Ongoing snow and ice control efforts require the use of the entire City right-of-way, city parks and easement areas for storage of plowed snow.  Depending on the volume of snow, available storage within the right-of way can become limited and/or create sight obstructions.  Since it is financially impossible and impractical to remove snow from all intersection corners, the City, at the Public Works Director’s direction will “wing plow” snow banks along the right-of-way.  This winging operation results in snow being pushed father back onto the right-of-way area.
One of the most frequent and most irritable problems in removal of snow from the public streets is the snow deposited in driveways during plowing operations.  Snow that accumulates on the plow blade has no place to go but in the driveway.  Snowplow operators make every attempt to minimize the amount of snow deposited in driveways, but the snow can still be significant.  Based on the priorities and staffing level, City personnel do not provide driveway cleaning.
Snowplow operators make every effort to remove snow as close to the curb line as practical and to provide access to mailboxes for the Postal Department.  However, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions and minimize the damage to mailboxes with the size and type of equipment the City operates.  Therefore, the final cleaning adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident.
Complaints regarding snow and ice removal or damage will be taken during normal working hours and handled in accordance with the City’s complaint procedures.  Complaints involving access to property or problems requiring immediate attention will be handled on a priority basis.  Response time should not exceed twenty-four (24) hours for any complaint.  It should be understood that complaint responses are to ensure that the provisions of this policy have been fulfilled and that all residents of the City have been treated uniformly.
If you questions or comments regarding snow removal or the snow removal policy, please contact a city council member.