Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, was city election day in Iowa, and residents in Sully and Lynnville headed to the polls to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.

Write-in candidate for Sully Mayor, Brent Vander Molen, defeated Mayor Gordon Yarrington, 126-85. Yarrington had served as Sully Mayor for 22 years and was the only name on the ballot. The 31.7 percent voter turnout was one of the largest in recent years. A total of 214 ballots were cast out of 675 registered voters, according to unofficial election results from the Jasper County Auditor's Office.

Van Soelen, Vos, and Van Wyk elected to Sully City Council by write-in

Several residents publicized via social media, flyers, and newspaper advertising that if elected by write-in, they would serve on the Sully City Council for the next four years as there were no names on the ballot. Unofficial vote totals for the top three elected were  newcomers Brett Van Soelen with 167 votes and Diane Vos with 125, along with current councilmember Wes Van Wyk with 85 votes. Other write-in totals were: Darin Morvant, 62; Melinda Hardin, 43; current councilmember Brent Vander Molen, 26; and scattered write-ins, 47. Those elected by write-in have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 (10 days after the ballot canvass by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12) to resign the position, in writing, if they do not wish to serve on the council.

Vote totals will become official after the election canvass by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Nov. 12.

The City of Sully was awarded a RISE Grant by the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission at its Oct. 8 meeting held in Mason City.  The Sully City Council had approved applying for assistance under the Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) program at its Aug. 12 meeting. With the recent announcement of the Janco Industries business expansion, the City of Sully determined it was necessary to address street improvements for businesses in the business park and along 1st Avenue.

The RISE Grant funds will help defray the city’s costs for the street improvements to 1st Avenue and West 2nd Avenue and a new truck turning intersection at the intersection of 1st Street and 1st Avenue. The total cost of the street improvements is estimated at $403,150. The RISE Grant will pay $195,000 or 50 percent of the project cost, whichever is the lesser amount. Sully Councilmembers Chad Fikse and Wes Van Wyk, Sully Development representative Teryl Ver Ploeg, and Garden & Associates engineer Brad Uitermarkt represented the City of Sully at the IDOT meeting.

“Congratulations for all the hard work that went into the successful approval of the Rise Grant for 1st Avenue and the street into the business park,” said Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington. “What’s so great about this is we are getting our tax dollars back to use locally, and it’s good that the City of Sully is looking at these avenues to pay for local projects.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Sully, and I’m glad to see they were successful in receiving the RISE Grant for the business park project,” Uitermarkt, the city’s engineer, said.

Originally, the grant application also included one of two portions of graveled streets left in the City of Sully, 1st Avenue south of 5th Street.

“Due to the fact that the lots there were already developed and not part of the Janco project, the DOT took them out of the grant process,” Uitermarkt said.

The City of Sully will now have to decide whether to include the 600 feet of 1st Avenue south of 5th Street estimated at $130,000 and the other graveled street in Sully, 325 feet of 7th Street, and associated storm sewer improvements near Sully Construction in the southwest corner of Sully estimated at $275,000 and how to finance paving of the two streets.

The proposed timeline for the project is: RISE Grant application – September 2013 (completed), project survey and design – December 2013 through January 2014, project bid letting – February 2014, and project construction – May through July 2014.

Business Consultations: Iowa Valley Community College in Grinnell will be the site for free, confidential business consultations later this month when it hosts the Regional Alliance for Innovative Development.  Paul Heath of the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center will be available for one-on-one sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Iowa Valley campus in Grinnell, 123 Sixth Avenue.

The free service is available to start-up, expanding or existing businesses. To schedule an appointment, contact Brenda Kremer at Iowa Valley Community College at 641-236-0513 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Do you have unused, unwanted, or expired medications that you need to get rid of?  Help keep Jasper County safe by participating in the next drug drop!

On October 26 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm designated volunteers will be present at this drive-through event to collect medications directly from your vehicle.  Three locations will be available – Newton Fire Department, Colfax Fire Department and Sully Fire Department.

We can accept:

• Prescription and over-the counter medications
• Medication samples
• Pet medications
• Vitamins, supplements
• Ointments, lotions, creams, oils, soaps

We cannot accept:

• Needles/sharps/syringes with needles
• Aerosols or pressurized containers
• IV bags or bloody waste
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Thermometers
• Illicit substances

Brought to you by Jasper County Sheriff’s Office; Newton, Colfax and Sully Fire Departments; and Newton Police Department

Fall Family Fun Night – Soup Supper and Bingo – November 23
The Sully Night Out Committee is planning a family oriented event with fun for all ages to be held at the Sully Community Center on Saturday, November 23.  A local 4-H group will be serving the meal and you can try your hand at bingo with prizes to be awarded.  Watch for more details to come.

Sully’s Lighted Parade – December 7
The second annual “Jingle Bell Rock” will be Saturday, December 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm with the parade at 7:15 pm.  The Lynnville-Sully Music and Drama Boosters invite everyone to save the date to join them on the square in Sully.  Start planning you parade entry now!

The following project update was taken from the September newsletter of Inspirations Childcare and Preschool Center

We have color! The plumbing, wiring, and storm shelter are all done! The insulation will be going in the walls this week and the drywall will start going on. The general contractor states the completion date of December is still looking promising. We see God’s presence throughout the project and pray for continued guidance and blessings. We are still looking for a smaller circle table with 2 chairs for the staff lounge. If you have something you would be willing to donate, please let Dawn know.

They are also hoping to get some dirt work done and grass seed in before winter and the December opening.

Got clutter around the house?

The City of Sully is sponsoring a cleanup day on Friday, September 27 for Sully residents which will coincide with the city’s regular weekly garbage and recycle pick up. City residents should have all items at the curb by 6:00 am on the day of the pickup.

The following items are allowed:
White Goods such as air conditioner, dehumidifier, freezer, refrigerator, clothes dryer, clothes washer, dishwasher, kitchen range, oven/stove, microwave oven, furnace, thermostat, water heater, etc. will be accepted, but residents must have items placed at the curb and separated from other items. General bulk items: furniture, televisions, computer equipment, lawn furniture, grills, worn out clothing, bedding, scrap lumber, carpet, house wares, toys, bicycles, etc. All gasoline-powered equipment (must be drained of gas and oil): lawn mowers, weed eaters, tillers, snow blowers, etc. Items not accepted: paint, toxic materials, yard waste, tree debris, slate or asbestos shingles and siding, batteries, cleaning solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, propane gas tanks, waste oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, antifreeze and tires.