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In the next few months, there are several great things happening in Sully. 1st Avenue will be paved. Central park will be getting the old playground equipment taken out and replaced by new. A stage/shelter will also be built on the south side of the park. The goals are to have the street completed by the end of May, playground equipment replaced by July 4, and the stage/shelter done by late summer.

All this is possible by some great contributions of money and volunteers. We will be looking for help with removing and building the playground equipment. So if you want to contribute some time, call Teryl Ver Ploeg or myself, and we will give you the times.

Another topic the city council is hearing a lot of is cats and dogs running loose in town. Just a reminder, your dogs and cats must be registered through the city and must always be in a fenced yard, on a leash, or tied up and never running loose. If animals are loose in the city, anyone can pick up these animals and owners will be charged to get them back after they have been registered. Thank you in advance for helping keep our citizens and visitors safe. Thank you also to the people working so hard to get playground equipment funded and volunteers set up to help.

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The City of Sully and Sully Development Inc. recently welcomed Lynnville Repair to Sully with the presentation of two pies from Coffee Cup Cafe and a bottle of wine from Van Wijk Winery. Matt Zylstra (center) of Lynnville Repair excepts the gifts from Teryl Ver Ploeg (left), president of Sully Development, and Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen (right).

In January 2015, Matt and Heather Zylstra officially moved their auto repair business to the Sully Business Park. Their new 75’ x 136’ facility provides ample space for their three full-time and three part- time employees to provide excellent auto service and repair for their customers.  Matt indicated their new location has enabled the business to expand its tire service to include truck tires. Offering wheel alignment is a future service that is being considered.



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Seven Lynnville-Sully High School district speech contest entries earned Division I ratings to advance to the state competition on Mar. 14, 2015. Seven students on the team brought home seven Division I and one Division II ratings, coached by Mrs. Deb Merrill and Ms. Melinda Hardin. Shown from left, front row, are Mary Chaffin, Naomi Shinkle, Mikayla Smith, Cori Rice; back, Nic Lirio, Kyle Kramer, and Isaac Collins. 

Shinkle, Collins, and Lirio competed in the public address category and earned three Division I ratings. Lirio also competed in spontaneous speaking for his second Division I rating. Division I ratings were earned in interpretive reading poetry by Chaffin and Rice. Kramer earned a Division I rating with expository address that was a speech on sweet sorghum, his family's business.

State speech contest will be Mar. 14 in Cedar Rapids.

Save the date for donkey basketball!  The Sully Night Out Committee has a organized a donkey basketball game for Monday, Apr. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lynnville-Sully High School gym.  Teams of local residents play basketball while riding, or attempting to ride, a donkey.  Three teams have already signed up: First State Bank, Janco Industries, and L-S Faculty, and a fourth team is being organized.  Plan to attend this fun, family-friendly event.  Tickets will be $6 in advance and $8 at the door.  Advance tickets will be available starting the week of Mar. 9 at First State Bank (Sully and Lynnville), Great Western Bank, and Hometown Press.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Sully Central Park and Playset Equipment Project.

The Iowa Department of Revenue has been made aware of a potential scam targeting Iowa taxpayers.  The scam begins through an automated phone call, which shows on caller ID as being from 515-281-3114.  That phone number is the Department’s general Taxpayer Services number; however, no automated phone calls can originate from that number.   
 
When answering the call, the taxpayer is informed they are eligible for a refund from the Iowa Department of Revenue.  The taxpayer is then asked whether the refund should be deposited into the account the Department has on file or if they’d like to donate the refund to an animal charity.
 
The Iowa Department of Revenue does not make these types of calls.  We believe this is an attempt to steal bank account or other personal information.   By fraudulently displaying the Department’s phone number on caller ID, the scammer is attempting to convince the taxpayer of the legitimacy of the call.
If you receive such a call, do not provide any information to the caller.  You may report the incident to the Iowa Department of Revenue or the Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
 
Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division:  https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/for-consumers
The RISE Paving Project which includes pavement reconstruction on First Avenue from First Street to Fifth Street as well as pavement construction on West Second Avenue will proceed this spring as scheduled.
Blommers Construction, Inc. has notified the City of Sully they plan to begin project construction approximately April 1, depending on weather conditions, with 50 days for completion.
This project construction work may cause some inconvenience with access to First Avenue; however, it is the City's goal to complete this project as smoothly and as quickly as possible.  Should you have questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact a Council Member.

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Last month, the Sully Central Park Playground fund drive went over the halfway mark on the way to the $50,000 needed for the project. As of Mar. 5, 2015, $25,870 has been donated to the project. To donate any amount or to a specific playground item, forms are at both banks in Sully, Hometown Press, and this website. Checks need to be made payable to The Sully Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.