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Burrton Couple To Open Special EventsCenter In Moundridge

Posted 8/11/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Phil and Denise Neubauer of rural Burrton plan to open a special events center called Cloud Nine Venue in Moundridge.

The Neubauers said they have an agreement to purchase the building at 205 S. Avenue A – the former Avenue A Auto Body and Parts building. They said they would need the lot – 150 feet by 200 feet – to the south in order to expand the building to the size they need.

The Neubauers talked to the Moundridge City Council during the council meeting Monday, Aug. 1, at the city office.

“I’ve been doing wedding cakes for a while,” Denise Neubauer said. “I felt a need for a wedding reception facility in this area.

“We have everything in line on what we want to do,” she noted.

The Neubauers have visited with Koehn Construction representatives on how to renovate the existing building.

Neubauer said they planned to change the front of the building to “make it look like a venue.”

Economic Development Director Murray McGee said the Neubauers have provided the city with everything they have asked for, including a business plan and financing for the project.

Councilman Kent Winsky made the motion to approve the agreement to provide the additional lot with the condition the Neubauers purchase the property at 205 S. Avenue A. There is a clause in the agreement for the city to regain ownership of the property if Cloud Nine goes out of business during its first three years. The motion passed 4-0.

While they want to get started on the project as quickly as possible, Phil Neubauer will be leaving in November, for an overseas assignment with the Kansas National Guard.

She noted they would put in a small dance floor during the first phase of the project. Chairs, tables and linens will be available to rent. At the beginning, the facility will be designed to accommodate 150 guests at a time.

In the second phase, Neubauer said they plan to expand the building to the south and provide additional parking to accommodate around 300 people.

Neubauer said they also want to add a commercial kitchen to facilitate food service and a bar area.

She said if a customer wants to serve alcohol during their event, they would be required to hire a certified bartender.

With the expansion, they want to increase the dance floor.

Neubauer said they plan to add a back patio and an outdoor propane fireplace with a water feature.

“We want to try and accommodate a lot of people,” Neubauer said.

With Cloud Nine opening, Neubauer said she planned to stop doing wedding cakes.

She noted they wanted to be involved with the Moundridge community. She added they were willing to host events to help the Moundridge School District.

“We’re excited to be doing business with your city,” Neubauer said.

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McKinney Sisters To Perform At Inman Ice Cream Social

Posted 8/11/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – The McKinney Sisters, from Moundridge, will be performing bluegrass gospel music again this year at the Inman Museum’s annual homemade ice cream social.

The social will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, on the wooden deck in front of the Rock Island Depot, in downtown Inman.

The trio – Daryl, Randyl and Mikyl – have been playing together for four years and range in age from 22 to 15.

The sisters have shared their music in care homes and seniors center, as well as a variety of regional festivals.

Along with singing, all of the McKinney Sisters play instruments. The oldest, Daryl, performs on acoustic guitar and mandolin; middle sister, Randyl, plays banjo, dobro, guitar and mandolin; while youngest, Mikyl performs on fiddle and mandolin.

The Warren Thiessen family, of Inman, will perform two or three songs first and then the McKinney Sisters will take the stage.

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USD 448 To Trim Mill Levy In Proposed Budget

Posted 8/11/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Taxpayers in USD 448 will be paying slightly less in property taxes with the Inman School District’s proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year.

The proposed mill levy for the upcoming school year is 58.455. The amount is 0.198 mills less than the 58.653 taxpayers paid in 2015-16.

“One of the goals of the (USD 448) Board (of Education) was to keep the mill levy the same as last year,” Inman Superintendent Scott Friesen said.

Inman Board members had their first look at the proposed budget during a special board meeting Monday, Aug. 1, at the central office.

Friesen said the district benefitted from an increase in its assessed valuation. Inman School District had its assessed valuation for the general fund go up more than $1.3 million to $36.7 million.

However, Friesen noted the district would be receiving less funding from the state to make bond and interest payments. He added the amount of assistance from the state went from 15 percent to 8 percent on those payments.

Inman will keep its capital outlay mill levy the same as last year – 8.000. The school district will collect $311,272 for capital outlay.

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