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Shelbina City Council Purchases a Vacuum Excavator; Narrows Down Scope for Improvement
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The Shelbina City Council approved a motion to purchase a vacuum excavator during Tuesday night’s council meeting at the Shelbina City Hall.
   Vacuum Excavator
   The council reviewed a bid sheet with three bids on it for a vacuum excavator.
   The first was from Ditch Witch for a FX 50-800 model at the cost of $71,680. The second one was for a Vermeer VX50-500 model for $65,265. It was a new machine. The third bid was for a Vermeer VX50-500 Demo machine that had 110 hours on it. The cost of this machine was $51,950.
   After some discussion, and going off of City Superintendent Dennis Klusmeyer’s recommendation, the council approved the purchase of the Vermeer demo machine for $51,950.
   Klusmeyer said this would fall within budget and the cost of the machine would be divided up five ways between the departments, since it would be used by each of the departments.
   Discussion on City
   Improvement Project
   Representatives from Schneider Electric and Midwest Meter were on hand at the meeting. The representative from Midwest Meter had put together a proposal for the installation and purchase of the meters for town. The proposal came in at around $600,000 while Schneider’s proposal came in at around $900,000. City Clerk Tim Lacy said the biggest difference the onsight management, the guarantee, the financing through the lease purchase. Basically it’s a turn key operation that would be up and running with Schneider. With Midwest Meter, there would be some training and other loose ends to tie up, Lacy explained.
   He said the City needed to define a definite scope of work so Schneider can go back and determine what it would cost for a meter piece or a lighting piece or whatever else the City wanted to add to the scope of the project. Lacy said the City has a pretty high level scope from Schneider that was received back in January. He said if the council and mayor can narrow down what it wants to do.
   The mayor and council tried to determine and plan or scope of the project that would do the City good and guarantee it a savings, but at the same time, not tie the hands of future council members and mayors, who might have different priorities and ideas of what needs to be improved and made more efficient.
   It was finally decided that the scope of the project at this time would be the street lights, building lights (in the City buildings), water department, gas department, electric department and SCADA.
   The representatives from Schneider said they could have figures back by the next meeting.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina
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Annual South Shelby FFA Banquet Held
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South Shelby FFA 2016-17 Officers were announced at the annual FFA Banquet Friday night.

The annual South Shelby FFA Chapter Banquet was held Friday May 6th. The banquet consists of recognition for accomplishments, awards, scholarships, and installs new officers for the upcoming year 2016-2017.
   Following the traditional opening of our chapter, a welcome was extended by Chapter President Matt Alber. Following that, Jake Hammond gave the invocation. The dinner consisted of pork loin prepared by David Dovin, potatoes made by Patty Maubach, and a carry in from the members.
   The Chapter Scholarship recipients are as follows:
    Elyssa Barr, Heath Besowshek, CJ Glover, Kegan Hays, Isabella Hutcherson, Kurstyn Johnson, Titus Kolars, Maci Lanpher, Diane Mayes, Parker Pfannenstiel, Gage Rainey, Shandell Reed, Christopher Stoner, Sadie Wear, Justin Allee, Anna Carpenter, Brock Fifer, Bryant Fifer, Colby Harre, Katie Mitchell, Collin Provorse, Morgan Ratliff, Kianna Wieman, Abbie Copenhaver, Johnny O’Laughlin, Austin Shafer. Kellie Carothers, Kenzie Garza, Kaitlin Caldwell, Kyliee Lanpher, Miranda Totten, Lily Wegman, Rikki Beldon, Brennah Collins, Kimberly Greenwell, Emilie Hamblen, Caitlyn Poore, Julie Westbrook, Jeffrey Wilt, Logan Wise, Bryce Mason, Luke Farrell. Jennifer Allee, Morgan Collins, Alex Fenton, Matt Alber, Jake Hammond. Jake Douglass, Tanner Foster, Taylor Foster, Christopher Werr, Noah Heathman. Drew Wilt, Richard Hotel, Megan Minks, Christopher Power, Zack Braden, Nick Mayes, Alisha Maubach, Garrett Thompson, and Jared Wilt.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Bowen Named as New Middle School Principal at South Shelby
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Curt Bowen

Curt Bowen was named as the next South Shelby Middle School Principal beginning next year.
   Bowen is a 2000 graduate of South Shelby. He earned his degree at Culver-Stockton where he graduated in 2005. He later earned his masters at William Woods University.
   He taught and coached at the Macon R-1 School District for seven years before spending the last four years teaching and coaching at South Shelby. He will no longer be coaching
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina
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BNSF Representative Offers Reasons and Insight on Why Local Train Traffic has Dropped
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Last Week we talked about the slow train traffic and things that might have played into it. Amy McBeth from Burlington Northern/Santa Fe talked about some of the reasons for the slow train traffic.
   “Our traffic is driven by our customers’ freight transportation needs. Customers’ volumes across a broad spectrum of commodities have come down somewhat from their prior estimates, so that can impact traffic volumes and routes in some areas,” McBeth explained.
   “Additionally, there is some maintenance work that is occurring in the region, including installation of signal equipment and replacement of ties. During this maintenance, there are work windows when we do not operate trains,” she said.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina
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Annual Young Writers Conference Held at Shelbina Elementary
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Shelbina Elementary students read short stories and poems that they had written earlier in the year for family, friends and fellow students during the annual Young Writer’s Conference held Friday. Pictured above is Chase Moellering reading.

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