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Hesston Record 9.11


Hesston Record 9.11

Hustler Hosts Second Annual 5K Hustler Hustle

Posted 10/22/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Excel Industries will be hosting the second annual Hustler Hustle on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Hesston Golf Park. Registration for the event is $25 on race-day.

Excel Industries Global Product Manager and one of the coordinators of the event, Keith Skidmore, said last year’s success spurred this year’s race.
”We were pleased with how much it raised and I think we had a good turn-out. It was a fun event and we enjoyed doing it,” he said.

Last year, Skidmore said there were just under 100 runners and dozens of volunteers and supporters.

“We had a good crowd. We had about 90 runners and all the extra people, we had 150 to 200 people to enjoy it,” he said.

Once again race fees will be donated to the Kansas Aviation Museum.

“The money goes to the T-shirt and a good part of  the registration fee goes to the museum.  We are making a donation and we are paying for the logistics, race director and all time timing equipment,” said Skidmore.

Those wanting to take part in this year’s Hustler Hustle only need to head to Hesston Golf Park on race-day.

“If they come the day-of, they can look for a tent and awning. It will be clear where to go for registration and picking up a T-shirt, goodie bag and a few other give-aways.  It will be near the driving range,” he said.

Since the race is taking place on the Golf Course, golfers are asked to be curtious to racers.

“The back-nine will close at 2 p.m. and [Course Manager]Mike Kellogg will have all the balls picked up. The driving range will be closed all day.  There may be some golfers still on the south half,” he said.

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City Moving Toward On-Line Utility Bill Payments

Posted 10/22/2013

Record Staff

 Monday, Oct. 14, the Hesston City Council moved to make paying utility bills easier for residents.

In an unanimous vote, the city will move forward toward on-line bill payment for utilities.

“Jason Thrasher and Rhonda Prieb have been looking at this for a couple years. One of the first concerns is it would not integrate properly with our software. We’ve been working with a company – Tyler Technologies – and it is in their code,” said City Administrator John Carder.

Carder said the cost of the program is $800.

“We also looked at payments for the court, and that was an additional $1,200 and they [Thrasher and Prieb] didn’t feel like they used it enough,” said Carder.

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Hesston College Looking For Treats For Resource Center

Posted 10/22/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston College students will be going door-to-door this Halloween in search of more than just treats on All Hollows Eve between 8 and 9 p.m.

According to Jessica Alexander, the Hesston College Campus Activities Board challenged students to get out into the community for more than sweet treats.

"The Board was looking for a way to get the students of Hesston College involved with the Hesston community as well as getting the Hesston community onto the campus. In doing so, we’re sending the students out for a study break to gather non-perishables instead of candy. The donations received will go to the Hesston Resource Center,” she said. 

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Chamber Hears About Affordable Care Act Impact

Posted 10/22/2013

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Chamber Luncheon featured Moundridge insurance agent Keith Schrag. 

Schrag took on the topic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” 

  Schrag said with the implementation of the ACA has spurred two insurance agencies to take the lead as the primary private insurers, Coventry and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Schrag said the debate over national health care has continued well past the launch date.

“Obamacare is a hot topic. Experts were saying by October 17, we will have it figured out.  The more research I have done, the more questions I have.  Obviously, enrollment is not working properly and that is creating problems,” he said.

One of the key elements, said Schrag, was to work with the system, despite possible ideological objections.

“We need to put politics aside.  People need insurance and this is a tool. At that standpoint, we are making headway. The other question are as an employee or an employer with health, vision, dental and retirement and if, as an employee, you didn’t get these things, would your wages be higher.  Your average employer would offer either benefits or a wage that employees count on for healthcare costs,” he said.

While there have been glitches, Schrag said there are benefits coming from the ACA.

“One of the positive changes is the elimination of underwriting and preexisting conditions. There are SIC codes – Standard Industrial Classifications. Each employment sector has its own rating that can drive rates up 20 to 40 percent, and that is a significant factor that is going away,” he said.

However, not everyone is seeing a benefit from the elimination of SIC codes and preexisting condition coverage.

“This raises rates if employers have a young, male employment force. That will raise the rates may be $100 for a 21 year old male and $200 for female. Where we are seeing increases is on young males. 

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City Council Takes On Lengthy Agenda

Posted 10/22/2013

By Record Staff

The Hesston City Council met Monday, Oct. 14 for a regular meeting.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the appointment of a new City Administrator to replace current Administrator John Carder. 

Carder plans to retire in mid-December and the new Administrator  Gary Emry will take on the leadership role.

• A public hearing was held for Silverstone Inc.’s appeal for Industrial Revenue Bonds.

The bonds would be used to finance the expansion of their facility and construct an additional building scheduled to be leased to GVL Poly, a plastics company.

According to Sarah   , the company qualifies for the maximum abatement, 90 percent of property taxes for a 10-year term. 

Carder said the benefits of issuing the bonds are clear.

“This is a 3.84 to 1 benefit.  Incidentally, they are also a large consumer of natural gas; so it will be more positive than that,” he said.

Councilman John Reimer also noted increased employment projections.

Councilman Brad Unruh said in addition to creating jobs, the salaries of employees are significant.

“The average salaries for years one through 10, I think those are good salaries,” he said.

Sara said the Council’s passage of a resolution of intent would lead to the next step.  She indicated the company would be ready to move forward during the Dec. Council meeting.

• The Council approved an amendment to the wastewater treatment plant.

• J.T. Claus, representing Excel Industries approached the Council for Industrial Revenue Bonds for expansion.

“The estimated cost is $840,000.  The building will be used primarily for storage for finished goods; inventory storage.  The City has historically supported projects with bonds and given sales tax exemption on construction and property tax,” he said.

Claus indicated the building would be on the east side of the facility and approximately 40,000 square-feet.

The passage of the issuance authorized the publication of a notice of public hearing and a cost-benefit analysis. 

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