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JOHNSON, KS 67855 i t t , i THE JOHNSON PIONEER Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 - Page 7 Johnson City Council Releases Monthly Minutes Service Deposit 960.00 Bond&amp;Interest 62,318.13 Electric Utility 213,898,73 Water Utility 11,842.36 Trash Utility 8,916.68 Sewer Utility 2,265.32 Jacob Walton represented the High School STUCO in receiving permission to host a parade for homecoming on September 21. Councilman Wade Tucker came in. The following building per- mits were presented for ap- proval: fence at 104 S. Coo- per St., mobile home and fence at 108 N. Park St. Bill Umberger moved to approve the permits. Motion was sec- onded by Gary Barton and passed. A policy to permit fences be constructed on city right-of- ways was discussed. It was agreed a property owner would, need to sign a state- ment agreeing to not hold utilities responsible for pri- vate structures placed beyond private property. The agree- The Johnson City Council met in regular session on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM with Mayor Cortland Wartman, Jr. presid- ing. Council members present were Bill Umberger, Gary Barton, Dan Senestraro and Elizabeth Shirk. Wade Tucker came in later. Guests were Lettie McKinney, Jacob Walton and Carlee Overturf from the High School. Others present were City Attorney David Black, City Superinten- dent Alan Schweitzer and City Clerk Dayle Jeanne Lorenson. Bill Umberger made a mo- tion to approve the minutes of the August 6 meeting. Gary Barton seconded and the mo- tion carried. A motion was made by Dan Senestraro, seconded by Gary Barton, to approve payment of August bills from funds as listed. August, 2012 Expenditures General Fund $22,005.78 Employee Benefit 6,305.86 ment would have to be filed with the property registration at the court house. A change to building and zoning ordi- nances was discussed. A proposed ordinance pro- viding for mowing require- ments was reviewed. A re- vised ordinance will be con- sidered next month. It was agreed utility service will be denied for properties not in zoning and/or utility ordinance compliance due to sale of split property. David Black will send let- ters of notice to owners' of property in need of renovation or condemnation. Alan Schweitzer reported water quality test results re- ceived so far for the new well have been good. Plan for a City park at 102 S. Main St. was tabled. General consensus was for Dayle Jeanne Lorenson to serve as voting delegate at the League of Kansas Municipali- ties annual meeting in Topeka October 6-8. There being no further busi- ness to discuss, the meeting adjourned. Insight - Speak From The Heart PUBLIC AUCTION Ssll: WslllsH L. Pelne ILNsle lup mwk. Ca f4tB dr; mli Iraors: Fnnmnl| B uper A Ca V-\\;C: 2-.$. A(' B..hthln 17Jl: B: ardii: lilrm ill:Ira; g,.m)d Iotll; 2 il hfil: tl ,ill hick Ioiltllt.',f in m lr.Z i'ith l,I}gl tldld IK! Ill;li Ilia;e, By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau Life.experiences teach plenty t6 those willing to learn. From the time I was a small boy, 1 remember my dad, uncles and grandfather talking and debating the is- sues of the day whenever we visited one another. As I grew older, I began to hear some of what they said. I began to understand what they were talking about. But it has taken me nearly 30 years to understand what my grand- father used to say about un- derstanding issues. About the time I was half- way through high school, something he said finally sunk in. Grandpa Bert always said when you know a little about an issue, it's easy to form an opinion. When you learn a little more, it becomes a little more difficult to make a deci- sion. And when you learn even more about an issue, your decision becomes, "just plain hard." Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the issue of farmers and ranchers who often toil long days away by them- selves. Sometimes they feel isolated with their backs against the wall. More than one farmer has expressed a feeling of, "It's me against the world." Never before in agriculture has it been more important for agriculture's needs. Today there are hundreds of satellites in orbit around our globe. Our cable system is loaded with hundreds of networks. The in- formation highway continues to speed forward and we can communicate with people around the world instantly. Smart phones and social me- dia keep us connected at ev- ery turn. Today's technology allows individuals to access videos, music, news, weather, mar- kets, and consumer informa- tion - literally anything hap- pening in our world today. It's been nearly three de- cades since newspapers en- tered the era of national and international publications. In this country, Christian Sci- ence Monitor and the Wall Street Journal pioneered the way. Magazines and newspa- pers from all over the world are on line today, available for anyone with the time and de- sire to read them. With all of these different information avenues, it may be easy for some to tune out and turn off. Farmers, ranch- ers, businessmen, bankers and professionals cannot afford to do that. We must utilize these communication tools to tell our story. One way to help do this is by becoming active in the farm organizations and com- modity groups of your choice. chock full of stories on agri- culture. Subjects range from food additives in processing to agricultural chemicals. Stories include animal care, choles- terol in the diet, sugar-less foods, the farm bill and find- ing ways to increase agricul- tural trade. Remember, farmers and ranchers must continue to voice their message in the public information arena. Ag- riculture must utilize this me- dium to promote and persuade others to bring about change - change that will benefit ag- riculture and a society that re- lies on U.S. farmers and ranchers for the safest and most abundant food source in the world. A Kansas citizen said it best approximately 90 years ago, 'q'his nation will survive, this state will prosper, the orderly business of life will go for- ward only if men can speak in whatever way given them to utter what their hearts hold - by voice, by postal card, by letter or by press." William Allen White wrote this in his Emporia Gazette during the post-World War I recession in 1922. These words ring true today. John Schlageck is a leading commentator on agriculture and rural Kansas. Born and raised on a diversified farm in northwestern Kansas, his writing reflects a lifetime of WE I00()VE TIlE TRO,IANS00 ,r lxi,: it farmers to express their basic They can provide the vehicle experience, knowledge and passion.  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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Re- search Service estimates about 20 percent of the energy used in the United States is used for food production, transport, processing, packag- ing, distribution, storage, sales and household food handling. While much is out of an individual's control, Kansas State University professor Mary Meck Higgins said she believes "most people could be able to reduce household utility costs in the kitchen." Higgins, who also is a food and nutrition specialist with K-State Research and Exten- sion and a registered dietitian, has written a new K-State Research and Extension fact sheet titled "Making Every- day Choices for a Healthy, Sustainable Diet." She in- cludes cost-saving changes that are fairly easy to incor- porate into everyday living. Examples of her tips in- clude: 1) If hand-washing dishes, allow them to soak first; after washing, rinse in batches, and turn off the water between batches. Use hot water for washing, cool water for rins- ing. 2) If using a dishwasher, wait until a dishwasher is full before running it; choose the shortest cycle to accomplish the job, and allow the dishes to air dry. 3) Defrost food in the refrig- erator, rather than under run- ning water. 4) Check refrigerator and freezer seals, which should be airtight. Clean the seals regu- larly, and replace as needed. 5) Open the refrigerator or freezer door as needed, but close it as soon as possible to retain internal temperature. 6) Turn off an icemaker when additional ice is not needed. Contintled On Page 8