rlfConsider the Sully RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) if you’re having trouble securing financing for your start-up or expansion project. The Sully RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) was established to improve the Sullyeconomy by providing “gap” financing for small and emerging private business enterprise projects thatmay or may not increase property valuations or employment opportunities. The fund currently has$50,000 available for projects.

Any business located in the Jasper County portion of the Lynnville-Sully Community School District iseligible to apply. Refinancing, residential construction, specialized equipment not essential to theoperation and routine maintenance generally cannot be financed. Some possible uses the Sully RLFfunds can be used for:
 • Acquisition of land, buildings, and equipment
 • Building renovation, rehabilitation or equipment installation
 • Working capital for inventory and direct labor
 • Technical assistance for private business enterprises

Loan amounts are subject to the availability of funds. The minimum loan is $2,000. Interest rates willvary with the prime rate and are set by the Sully RLF Loan Committee. Rates will range from 2-5% andtypically will not exceed prime rate by more than 2%. The Sully RLF Loan Committee will determine theloan term, which will depend upon the project being financed.

If you are interested, contact the City of Sully (641-594-3493). Additional information and forms areavailable on the City of Sully website (www.sullyia.com).

The Postal Service is soliciting community input through a survey sent to all Sully postal customers to help determine the best course of action for providing postal services to the community.  These surveys need to be returned by Tuesday, April 9 in the postage-paid envelope provided.

The Postal Service will examine the responses and local management will share the results of the survey, answer questions and solicit input regarding the time of day the Post Office will be open at a meeting to be held at the Sully Post Office on April 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

Unless the community has a strong preference for conducting a discontinuance study, the Postal Service intends to maintain the Sully Post Office with 6 hours of window service each weekday.  Current Saturday window service hours and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the realignment of weekday window service hours.

Although survey results will be known and shared, the Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding this office until after the public meeting.

cneJasper County has recently updated its emergency notification system to include CodeRED Weather Warning service throughout the county. CodeRED Weather Warning taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings and automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. The types of weather alerts available for residents to choose from are severe thunderstorm, flash flood, or tornado warnings. This update will allow recipients to easily identify calls coming through the systems. Warnings will appear as Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 on Caller ID displays for CodeRED Weather Warning calls.

CodeRED will provide an All Call Message to the residents of Jasper County on Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 12:30PM to encourage them to sign up. Most relevant for our citizens, says Jim Sparks, Jasper County Emergency Management Coordinator, “Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear an immediate replay of the message.” 

The CodeRED system provides Jasper County officials the ability to quickly deliver emergency messages to targeted areas or the entire County. If you are not sure that you are included in the database, simply log onto the Jasper County Emergency Management Website at www.jasperema-hls.org and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. It is recommended that all businesses register, as well as all inpiduals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. Those without Internet access may call 641-792-7555 the Jasper County EMA Office, Monday through Friday, (8AM-4PM) to supply their information over the phone. 

Please see the attached PDFs for fliers on CodeRED Weather Warning and CodeRED Mobile Alert App available for your smartphone. 

CodeRED Mobile Alert app Available 

The CodeRED Mobile Alert app was launched and now allows subscribers to view all active alerts for the entire country. Subscribers continue to receive instant, location-based alerts directly on their smartphones as soon as a notification is launched by a CodeRED client. Last year, more than 650,000 notifications were launched through the CodeRED Mobile Alert app! A link to download the FREE app will be available on the Jasper County Emergency Management website at http://www.jasperema-hls.org/

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Allowing four-wheelers and side-by-sides to be driven on Sully’s streets

I have done additional research including an opinion from a lawyer with experience in municipal law who had some interesting information. The City of Sully will not incur extra liability by opening up the streets to four-wheelers and ATVs. The code our ordinance refers to is 321 of the Iowa Code.

The State of Iowa is allowing cities to designate streets for operation of four-wheelers and side-by-sides. The City of Sully will designate the streets that would be allowed to be crossed but not driven on. The biggest concern that I have heard is 1st Street and 7th Avenue (truck route to the Co-op). These streets would be stipulated that they could be crossed or moved down until the operator gets to the first street they can turn off of this street. The state allows use of four-wheelers and side-by-sides on designated streets.

We can require that these vehicles be licensed with the DNR, which is a good idea and one that will be pursued. There is section 67 of the Iowa Code that would protect the state from liability when issuing permits through the City or Jasper County. These tags can be issued at the Jasper County Courthouse.

Enforcement is the same as everything else in the City. There are other ordinances that the City has written to better serve its citizens that are not county ordinances that we expect the citizens to follow. The person that was under age, driving recklessly, and nearly missing a child on a bicycle should have had a complaint filed against him/her with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the parents notified. The City of Sully is a community of 900 people and cannot afford to hire and maintain 24-hour law enforcement. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office does a good job, not always to everyone’s satisfaction, but they are fair and I think treat our teens/adults fairly. I have heard numerous stories of the past when we had city-funded officers with the many pranks that happened here in town. That was not the perfect solution either.

Allowing an under-aged person to drive a four-wheeler or a moped or whatever is not the responsibility of the City to police but needs to start in the home with the parents monitoring the activities of the under-aged children.

I will ask the Jasper County Sheriff to not be lenient on anyone who is driving under age or recklessly with any means of transportation. We as citizens of Sully have some perks of the small town community, but still need to be conscious of our actions, and what the outcome may be. Passing this ordinance is not going to suddenly increase under-aged drivers using this means of transportation. If they are driving illegally now, legalizing four-wheelers and side-by-sides on our streets will not stop these underage individuals. Other action must take place as previously stated. If you are concerned, call the sheriff’s office, report the incident, and notify the parents if known. We are too reluctant to report these events.

The City of Sully’s insurance carrier was concerned. They handle most of the small towns in the state of Iowa. They were not aware that other communities had approved the use of these vehicles on their streets already. There are several communities that have already approved the use on their streets. There have been examples reported where Iowa towns are making this a form of transportation available to its citizens. It’s pure speculation that insurance would go up – show me the facts and then let’s talk about this. The City would not be held liable as stated in a previous letter Mar. 21, see comment above on liability.

Accidents are just that, accidents. No one wants an accident to happen. If we are truly concerned for the safety of the younger generation, mopeds are more of a risk to the individuals riding them. We as licensed drivers need to be cautious when driving in the city for mopeds, walkers, bicyclists, and hopefully four-wheelers and side-by-sides. I believe that four-wheelers and side-by-sides are much easier to see than the former. Let’s get away from the excuse of who is liable; we have found out that the city is not liable. We are liable as drivers every time we get behind the wheel of the car/truck we are driving. We as licensed drivers need to be aware of everything that is around us, not an easy job. I am far more concerned with the mopeds that are usually in groups and the last one wanting to catch up with his/her friends and shooting a stop sign or talking and missing a stop sign. We as parents must instill the risks of these means of transportation in our children for their safety.

I believe four-wheelers and side-by-sides can be a safe means of transportation in the City of Sully as other communities have proven.

Sully is proud to announce a new feature called "The Sully Connection " for our city website. This new feature is designed for businesses and organizations to share short updates about events, promotions or specials with the community.  By design the information presented needs to be short and to the point with up to 50 characters for a title and 200 characters for the text. Images are not supported but links to your website can be included.

The is a great forum to promote an upcomming event or maybe a special running at your business this month. Town Bytes will be sent out in the monthly e-newsletter as well as posted on the News page of of the website.

So get the word out and get connected! Send in your Connection text with a quick email to the city office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send using our contact form

Sully's e-blast provides a great opportunity to update the community of Sully about the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) and happenings around Jasper County in other communities.  First a little about JEDCO; JEDCO was formed in 1990 to provide economic development leadership and expertise to the smaller communities of Jasper County.  JEDCO had assisted its member communities in development projects involving new business locations, existing business retention and expansion, new business start-up, housing and tourism.  Chaz Allen was hired in July of 2012 as the Executive Director of this organization.

If you turn on the news you hear a lot of bad news about a slow economy and little growth.  Jasper County was hit very hard with the loss of Maytag, but, that is becoming a thing of the past.  Many of our communities are working hard to move forward and Sully is no exception. The thought, that many hands make light work is true here.  Sully, through its community questionnaire and town meetings have put forth a great set of priorities.  These will make Sully a happening place and a place for people throughout our county and our region who will want to come for a "Night Out" in Sully in an upgraded central city park.  The volunteers are going to design some fun events to strengthen and beautify Sully's existing assets.

Other exciting things happening in the county.  Colfax is now part of the State of Iowa Main Street Program and is investing $500,000 in its downtown buildings.  This will bring life back into a community that not only suffered as a result of Maytag, but, was devastated by the recent floods.  Baxter is in the process of building a new commercial building in its downtown.  This will help to attract new part-time services businesses as well as new niche retail outlets that will help continue to revitalize its downtown.  Prairie City Economic Development is working hard to obtain ground close to its borders in order to promote new growth and build taxable value for new types of commercial endeavors.  Monroe has hired a new Economic Development professional to assist defining the assets it has to promote and attract to people and businesses to its community.

As you can see no one is sitting still waiting for things to happen, Jasper County is making things happen.  Like Sully, all of Jasper County has some great concerned citizens who volunteer their time to make their communities stronger.

~ by Chaz Allen, JEDCO Executive Director

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Both the Pella Christian High School boys and girls basektball teams played at the 2013 state tournament.

The girls team earned their third consecutive state tournament berth following their dominating sub-state win against Woodward-Granger, 65-36, on Feb. 18. Their opening state tournament game was a rematch of last year's state championship game when they played Western Christian of Hull on Feb. 25. Western Christian was too much for PC to handle and the Eagles fell 65-28. Tessa Howerzyl, sophomore from Sully, is shown in action at the state tourmanet. Photos by Taylor Photography

The boys team earned a trip to state with a 66-49 sub-state win over Notre Dame (Burlington) on Feb. 23 in Ottumwa.The Eagles (20-4) were seeded No. 6 in Class 2A and played Sheldon (22-3) on Mar. 5, losing 63-57. Members of the team shown with the 2013 state qualifier banner are: Sitting, left to right, Ryan Van Vark, Blake Riggen, Sebastian Baugh, Derek Van Kooten; second row, Justin Stravers, Caleb Morgan, Jared Van Wyk, Riley Stursma, Jake De Ruiter, Alex Campbell, Coach Ben Van Wyk, Coach Larry Hessing; back row, Coach Marv Van Wyk, Travis Veenstra, Justin Boot, Austin Ver Meer, Coltin Collins, Chase Riggin, and Thad Braun.

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