Allowing four-wheelers and side-by-sides to be driven on Sully’s streets

I have done additional research including an opinion from a lawyer with experience in municipal law who had some interesting information. The City of Sully will not incur extra liability by opening up the streets to four-wheelers and ATVs. The code our ordinance refers to is 321 of the Iowa Code.

The State of Iowa is allowing cities to designate streets for operation of four-wheelers and side-by-sides. The City of Sully will designate the streets that would be allowed to be crossed but not driven on. The biggest concern that I have heard is 1st Street and 7th Avenue (truck route to the Co-op). These streets would be stipulated that they could be crossed or moved down until the operator gets to the first street they can turn off of this street. The state allows use of four-wheelers and side-by-sides on designated streets.

We can require that these vehicles be licensed with the DNR, which is a good idea and one that will be pursued. There is section 67 of the Iowa Code that would protect the state from liability when issuing permits through the City or Jasper County. These tags can be issued at the Jasper County Courthouse.

Enforcement is the same as everything else in the City. There are other ordinances that the City has written to better serve its citizens that are not county ordinances that we expect the citizens to follow. The person that was under age, driving recklessly, and nearly missing a child on a bicycle should have had a complaint filed against him/her with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the parents notified. The City of Sully is a community of 900 people and cannot afford to hire and maintain 24-hour law enforcement. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office does a good job, not always to everyone’s satisfaction, but they are fair and I think treat our teens/adults fairly. I have heard numerous stories of the past when we had city-funded officers with the many pranks that happened here in town. That was not the perfect solution either.

Allowing an under-aged person to drive a four-wheeler or a moped or whatever is not the responsibility of the City to police but needs to start in the home with the parents monitoring the activities of the under-aged children.

I will ask the Jasper County Sheriff to not be lenient on anyone who is driving under age or recklessly with any means of transportation. We as citizens of Sully have some perks of the small town community, but still need to be conscious of our actions, and what the outcome may be. Passing this ordinance is not going to suddenly increase under-aged drivers using this means of transportation. If they are driving illegally now, legalizing four-wheelers and side-by-sides on our streets will not stop these underage individuals. Other action must take place as previously stated. If you are concerned, call the sheriff’s office, report the incident, and notify the parents if known. We are too reluctant to report these events.

The City of Sully’s insurance carrier was concerned. They handle most of the small towns in the state of Iowa. They were not aware that other communities had approved the use of these vehicles on their streets already. There are several communities that have already approved the use on their streets. There have been examples reported where Iowa towns are making this a form of transportation available to its citizens. It’s pure speculation that insurance would go up – show me the facts and then let’s talk about this. The City would not be held liable as stated in a previous letter Mar. 21, see comment above on liability.

Accidents are just that, accidents. No one wants an accident to happen. If we are truly concerned for the safety of the younger generation, mopeds are more of a risk to the individuals riding them. We as licensed drivers need to be cautious when driving in the city for mopeds, walkers, bicyclists, and hopefully four-wheelers and side-by-sides. I believe that four-wheelers and side-by-sides are much easier to see than the former. Let’s get away from the excuse of who is liable; we have found out that the city is not liable. We are liable as drivers every time we get behind the wheel of the car/truck we are driving. We as licensed drivers need to be aware of everything that is around us, not an easy job. I am far more concerned with the mopeds that are usually in groups and the last one wanting to catch up with his/her friends and shooting a stop sign or talking and missing a stop sign. We as parents must instill the risks of these means of transportation in our children for their safety.

I believe four-wheelers and side-by-sides can be a safe means of transportation in the City of Sully as other communities have proven.

Sully is proud to announce a new feature called "The Sully Connection " for our city website. This new feature is designed for businesses and organizations to share short updates about events, promotions or specials with the community.  By design the information presented needs to be short and to the point with up to 50 characters for a title and 200 characters for the text. Images are not supported but links to your website can be included.

The is a great forum to promote an upcomming event or maybe a special running at your business this month. Town Bytes will be sent out in the monthly e-newsletter as well as posted on the News page of of the website.

So get the word out and get connected! Send in your Connection text with a quick email to the city office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send using our contact form

Sully's e-blast provides a great opportunity to update the community of Sully about the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) and happenings around Jasper County in other communities.  First a little about JEDCO; JEDCO was formed in 1990 to provide economic development leadership and expertise to the smaller communities of Jasper County.  JEDCO had assisted its member communities in development projects involving new business locations, existing business retention and expansion, new business start-up, housing and tourism.  Chaz Allen was hired in July of 2012 as the Executive Director of this organization.

If you turn on the news you hear a lot of bad news about a slow economy and little growth.  Jasper County was hit very hard with the loss of Maytag, but, that is becoming a thing of the past.  Many of our communities are working hard to move forward and Sully is no exception. The thought, that many hands make light work is true here.  Sully, through its community questionnaire and town meetings have put forth a great set of priorities.  These will make Sully a happening place and a place for people throughout our county and our region who will want to come for a "Night Out" in Sully in an upgraded central city park.  The volunteers are going to design some fun events to strengthen and beautify Sully's existing assets.

Other exciting things happening in the county.  Colfax is now part of the State of Iowa Main Street Program and is investing $500,000 in its downtown buildings.  This will bring life back into a community that not only suffered as a result of Maytag, but, was devastated by the recent floods.  Baxter is in the process of building a new commercial building in its downtown.  This will help to attract new part-time services businesses as well as new niche retail outlets that will help continue to revitalize its downtown.  Prairie City Economic Development is working hard to obtain ground close to its borders in order to promote new growth and build taxable value for new types of commercial endeavors.  Monroe has hired a new Economic Development professional to assist defining the assets it has to promote and attract to people and businesses to its community.

As you can see no one is sitting still waiting for things to happen, Jasper County is making things happen.  Like Sully, all of Jasper County has some great concerned citizens who volunteer their time to make their communities stronger.

~ by Chaz Allen, JEDCO Executive Director


Both the Pella Christian High School boys and girls basektball teams played at the 2013 state tournament.

The girls team earned their third consecutive state tournament berth following their dominating sub-state win against Woodward-Granger, 65-36, on Feb. 18. Their opening state tournament game was a rematch of last year's state championship game when they played Western Christian of Hull on Feb. 25. Western Christian was too much for PC to handle and the Eagles fell 65-28. Tessa Howerzyl, sophomore from Sully, is shown in action at the state tourmanet. Photos by Taylor Photography

The boys team earned a trip to state with a 66-49 sub-state win over Notre Dame (Burlington) on Feb. 23 in Ottumwa.The Eagles (20-4) were seeded No. 6 in Class 2A and played Sheldon (22-3) on Mar. 5, losing 63-57. Members of the team shown with the 2013 state qualifier banner are: Sitting, left to right, Ryan Van Vark, Blake Riggen, Sebastian Baugh, Derek Van Kooten; second row, Justin Stravers, Caleb Morgan, Jared Van Wyk, Riley Stursma, Jake De Ruiter, Alex Campbell, Coach Ben Van Wyk, Coach Larry Hessing; back row, Coach Marv Van Wyk, Travis Veenstra, Justin Boot, Austin Ver Meer, Coltin Collins, Chase Riggin, and Thad Braun.



The L-S wretlers grappled hard all season and peaked at just the right time to finish off a successful season by sending two Hawks to state. Highlights throughout the regular season included claiming a home triangular Dec. 11, placing second at a home tournament Dec. 15, and taking second at the Wayne duals tournament in Janaury. At the SiCL Conference Tournament at the end of January, five Hawks showed they were at the top of the conference by finishing third or higher. A huge accomplishment for the L-S wrestlers was finishing second at sectionals just a week later which allowed the five Hawks who placed either first or secont to advance to districts and the team as a whole to qualify for the regional duals for the second time in three years. At the regional duals, the Hawks fell to No. 9 West Marshall. At districts, juniors Caden Doll (160) and


Meliek Meyer (152) placed first and second respectively to advance for the second time each to the state individual tournament. The state meet was a bittersweet event for the Hawks as Meyer (in left photo below) went 0-2 and Doll (in right photo below) went 1-1 after losing by injury forfeit in the quarterfinal round. But both will be able to take another stab at state next year during their final high school season. The Hawks will graduate five seniors: Malen Meyer, Jamison Goodyk, Austin Newell, Levi Bennington, and Shane Thompson.


Members of the 2012-13 L-S wrestling squad were from left, front: Manager Macy Lanser, Colten Roorda, Kyle Kramer, Cole Nickell; middle: Korey Exline, Jamison Goodyk, Jamie Rea,

Cooper Scandridge, Jack Hardin, Shannon Dunsbergen; back: Coach Steve Northcutt, Meliek Meyer, Levi Bennington, Noah Zylstra, Shane Thompson, Payton Scandridge, Caden Doll, Austin Newell, Malin Meyer, and Coach Steve Squires. Photos by Taylor Photography


With all the starters returning from last year, the 2012-13 L-S boys basketball team was an experienced force to be reckoned with this season. They racked up an impressive 20-4 overall record and claimed a share of the SICL Conference title. Its only conference losses came at the hands of Sigourney, once in January and once in February. In the post-season, the Hawks easily handled Belle Plaine and Montezuma but got behind early in the district final against Iowa Mennonite. They clawed their way back into the game and almost stole the lead from IMS, but they came up short of the victory that would have sent them to the sub-state game. 

Seniors on this year's team were Ryan Jansen, Nathan Russell, Dave Trettin, Cale Van Wyk, and Brady Van Wyk.

Members of the 2012-13 L-S varsity boys basketball team were, from left, front: Jacob Walker, Cale Van Wyk, Darin Hofer, Kyle Van Dyke, Dave Trettin, Brady Van Wyk, Nathan Russell; back: Coach Nick Harthoorn, Jake Brand, Brandon Dunsbergen, Connor Cullen, Ryan Jansen, TJ Cunningham, Ben Trettin, Coach Joel Harthoorn; and not pictured, Sage Ehresman, Tanner Briggs, Noah Engle, Baker Zegers, and Caleb James. Photo by Michael Trettin Photography


Despite a season plagued with injuries, the Lynnville-Sully High School girls basketblal team had a successful 2012-13 season with a 15-8 record. They finished fifth in the SICL Conference with the season highlighted by a 41-38 victyory over the No. 1 team in the conference, North Mahaska, then undefeated, at the end of January. In the post-season, L-S easily defeated Ankeny Christian in the first round but couldn't overcome an early deficit in the second round against the eventual regional champs, Colo-Nesco. Since the Hawks had no seniors this season, the team is looking forward to next year and its possibilities.

Members of the 2012-13 L-S varsity girls basketball team were, from left, front: Shelby Davis, Cassie Cullen, Rachel Van Wyk, Lysandra James, Madison Rasmusson; back: Coach Jerry Hulsing, Lyndsay Terpstra, Jade Van Rees, Tierney Needham, Coach Jeff Corbett; and not pictured, Becca Vos, Haley Hood, Kasiah Ehresman, Marissa Vos, and Bayli Van Manen. Photo by Michael Trettin Photography