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Community input is requested on this concept sample with most suggested features shown and some of the present trees, tables, and benches shown, but not totally in proportion. The multi-purpose court and playground areas would measure 60’x60’ and the stage/shelter area would measure 24’x32’. Pease make your comments by clicking here or on the form from the Hometown Press dated June 13, 2013

The Sully Central Park Revitalization Committee members – Trent Alberts, chairman, Jon Van Wyk, Craig Maasdam, and Murray Zegers – have studied the present Sully central park and the suggestions from the Sully Community Questionnaire completed in early 2012 and the town meetings held in October and November of last year. A sample concept of the revitalization has been made. The purpose of the questionnaire was to allow Sully’s residents to express their opinions about the services, parks, facilities, and needs of the community. The questionnaire was a success because 185 (22 percent) of Sully’s residents responded. The number-one project identified by the respondents was the upgrading of Sully’s central park, “The Square.” The residents prioritized and voted for the changes they wanted to see made in “The Square” with three major upgrade areas: Replace the playground playset and extend the sidewalk all the way around the park, replace and reduce the size of the multi-purpose court, and replace the park’s gazebo with a larger stage/bandstand type structure.

The proposed plan combines those ideas and suggestions. Details for the items in the plan are now needed along with volunteer labor and funding. The committee applied for and received a $5,000 Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant designated for the move and replacement of the multi-purpose court in the northwest corner, which must be completed by June 30, 2014, according to the terms of the grant.

The total square project, to be completed in several phases over the next two to three years, has been estimated at over $150,000. The city’s 2013-2014 budget has allocated about $60,000 to the project and The Sully Foundation, PO Box 121, Sully, has been formed to accept donations for the project and other projects in Sully.

“Our central park is a great asset to our community, but the survey showed that residents want it to be an even better asset,” said Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington. “The committee has been especially sensitive about retaining the full-grown trees and incorporating current donated items into the revitalized park design if feasible. For example, the Sully school bell will remain in the park but the gazebo and concrete multi-purpose court will be removed. The rose garden will be moved to the stage/shelter area and/or the bell/flag pole area. The multi-purpose court and gazebo are showing wear and have served the park well. The gazebo is available to the bank which originally donated it or to anyone willing to remove it.”

All work is to be scheduled without interfering with July 4 celebrations this year and next year, Yarrington noted. The proposed three phases for revitalization are:

  • Phase 1: Removal of gazebo, rose garden, and multi-purpose court and installation of a new multi-purpose concrete court by June 30, 2014;
  • Phase 2: Installation of sidewalk around the perimeter, construction of announcer stand disguising electrical panel, bell stand redesign with permanent flag pole, and construction of new handicap accessible stage/shelter; and
  • Phase 3: Complete landscaping and replace playground equipment. The playground equipment is last because it will be the most expensive and is still very usable even though it has served the community over 30 years and the wood looks worn.

A splash pool was another item identified in several surveys along with a revitalization of the Sully Ballpark. The committee has determined that a splash pool would be better suited to the Sully Ballpark revitalization instead of “The Square” due to availability of water and sewer utilities and the number of other items in “The Square.” Revitalization of the Sully Ballpark will be a future project when “The Square” is completed.

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Sully’s central park revitalization was one of 18 beautification projectskib_logo awarded a Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant for the 2013 Community Beautification Program. Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has announced $80,000 in grants. This is the third year of the grant program that provides a major boost for community beautification and enhancement in communities of 5,000 and under.

The grant will be used for moving and replacing a 60'x60' multi-purpose court in the northwest corner of the Sully central park.

“In the three-year history of the Beautification Grant Program, $240,000 has been awarded to 59 communities in Iowa,” said Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB, “building stronger more vibrant and beautiful communities.”

Funding and reimbursement is available for expenses incurred only after July 1, 2013, and the project must be completed by June 30, 2014. Funding is authorized by the Iowa Legislature from the Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP). Sully was one of 11 of the 18 projects receiving the highest amount available, $5,000 for any one project.

The Office of Auditor of State released an audit report on May 23, 2013 on the City of Sully, Iowa.  The City's receipts totaled $923,057 for the year ended June 30, 2012 and disbursements for the year totaled $898,317.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the City Clerk's office, in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State's website at http://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/1221-0473-B00F.pdf

The United States Postal Service has concluded their study of the services at the Sully Post Office.

It has been determined that effective June 1, 2013, the Sully Post Office will provide six hours of retail window service each weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch from 10-10:30 a.m., according to a notice from Karen S. Lenane, U.S. Postal Service CSDC coordinator.

Current Saturday window service hours of 8:30-10 a.m. will remain the same and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the realignment of weekday window service hours.

Customers will continue to have access to their mail receptacles 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Post office box mail will be available daily for pickup by 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday.

Congratulations to all area students graduating from colleges, universities, and trade schools.

gradCongratulations to local graduates at the following events.

  • Lynnville-Sully High School Commencement will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the high school gymin Sully.
  • Pella Chrsitian High School Commencement will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the high school gym in Pella.
  • Diamond Trail Children's Center preschool graduation will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at Lynnville Friends Church.
  • Inspirations preschool graduation will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at Sully First Reformed Church.
  • Sully Christian School eighth grade graduation will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at the school gym.
On recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Iowa DOT reminds motorists and motorcyclists alike to “share the road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent motorcycle crashes which remain one of the most prevalent causes of death and injury on Iowa highways.
The safety campaign stresses the mutual responsibilities shared by all users of the road to prevent motorcycle crashes.
Tips for drivers:
Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle
Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width – never try to share a lane
Perform a regular visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic and at intersections
Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling
Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle
Never drive distracted

Tips for motorcyclists:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet
Using turn signals for every turn or lane change
Signal intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals to draw the attention of other drivers
Wear bright colored protective gear, and use reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity
Position yourself in the lane where you will be most visible to other drivers
Never ride while impaired
We have heard a lot of people asking about another city wide cleanup day to be set in the spring. While we understand that many people would like this I want to clarify a few things for you. This is a service that the city provides, not the waste management company. With that said there is a piece of this that I didn’t understand until I joined the city council over a year ago. The trash company comes and picks up these items, and then bills the city for the weight of what they haul away, the labor of their employees, and fuel costs of their trucks. The city also has some cost in advertising the dates of the cleanup days. I have used this service but I did not think that this was costing money from the city budget. As a council we are trying to spend the dollars we receive wisely and we have decided to only have one city wide cleanup day set in the fall. 
Please understand that we have reviewed this during our budget meeting this year, and the decision was made then when we planned out the budget for the year. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about this, but I hope you understand that this was done to save the city money at a time when money is tight in city, state, and national government.
Submitted by Council Member RJ Van Dyke