Sully Telephone IMPACT AwardAureon, the new name for Iowa Network Services (INS), has named Sully Telephone Association as the recipient of the 2016 Ripple Effect IMPACT Award. This award recognizes economic development leadership and investment in the community and was awarded to Sully Telephone for its assistance with a USDA pass-through loan and a DOT RISE Grant for Sully’s street improvements. These improvements were instrumental in helping facilitate Janco Industries’ expansion into the Sully Business Park in September 2015.

Janco, a company specializing in metal fabrication, has grown from a company of 15 people as recently as 2010, into a team of 51 serving industries including agriculture, construction, and recreation. Prior to its expansion into a new 75,000-square-foot building in Sully, Janco had split its operations and staff between two facilities – Handy Industries in Marshalltown and Janco Industries in a much smaller facility in Sully.

To bring together Janco’s two locations into one new facility in Sully, the infrastructure had to be in place to accommodate such a move – namely, utilities and road construction necessary to support a larger facility and increased truck traffic.

“We understood the impact the Janco expansion would have on the city of Sully,” said Jack DeAngelo, general manager of Sully Telephone Association. “We had the ability to assist in the major funding required for this project and knew that in order to retain business and attract new expansions such as Janco, we needed to make sure the infrastructure was in place to make Sully an attractive and feasible option.”

“To see everything and everyone come together was very rewarding. The whole community worked together to create this, and now the foundation has been laid for future expansion,” said Joel Jansen, owner of Janco.

“We are honored to receive the IMPACT Award,” continued DeAngelo. “Programs like Ripple Effect are important tools for rural communities to attract businesses, create jobs, and spur economic growth. To do that, we must provide all the infrastructure amenities of a metro area on a rural budget, and that takes the vision, creativity, and teamwork from the entire community.”

Friday, Mar. 25, 2016, construction began by Farrell Properties, owned by developer Robert Farrell of Newton, on a two-unit townhome on Lots 3 and 4 in Northridge Estates, directly across the street from the Lynnville-Sully High School football field in Sully. Farrell has done several single-family and multi-family housing projects within Jasper County. He is excited about doing his first project within the Sully community. RM Construction from Baxter is the contractor who will be building the units. Farrell’s plans are to sell the two units and then start construction of a second two-unit townhome. Above, crews continue work on the footings on Mar. 28 for the 1,722 square feet units with stone front, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open floor plan, vaulted ceiling, oversized two-car garage, and built on one level with no steps. If you’re interested in finding out more information about the townhome units or about possible modifications, contact Robert (641-521-2746), Rob Meyer (641-521-2682), or Krista Clark (641-521-7442).

Keep Iowa Beautiful LogoSully Hometown Pride is a program of Keep Iowa Beautiful developed to meet the need of many communities for assistance in the implementation of community plans and visions. Keep Iowa Beautiful works to improve the appearance and pride of Iowa's communities to build stronger communities both culturally and economically. Sully’s Hometown Pride committee was formed in April 2015 with the help of Jasper County’s community coach, Jeff Davidson. Jeff works with local committee members in 7 Jasper County communities to get their ideas for projects developed, approved, funded, implemented and completed. Here are a few highlights that the Sully Hometown Pride committee has been working on -

  1. Actively involved with Iowa University student group to get a trail alignment identified and designed between Sully and Lynnville so that we can build a recreational hiking and biking trail.
  2. Yo-Ho Tools grant application submitted for $200 of gardening tools for Garden Thyme Club.
  3. Diamond Vogel Paint Iowa Beautiful grant application submitted for 14 gallons of clear sealer for Central Park bandstand stage.
  4. Prairie Meadows grant application submitted for $9,620 to finish stonework on the stage and electrical in Central Park.
  5. Working on $2,000 Build with Bags grant application for benches, picnic table and garbage can assembly for Central Park.
  6. Going to try Jasper Community Foundation for Community Building generator.
  7. Once Central Park is finished we want to do the same kind of upgrade for the Ball Field Park.

Hometown Pride T-shirt PhotoThe City of Sully Hometown Pride Committee is selling T-shirts with all proceeds going towards community projects associated with the Keep Iowa Beautiful’s Hometown Pride Campaign. The shirts feature the Sully Hometown Pride logo on a royal blue short-sleeve ($15) or long-sleeve ($20) T-shirt, available in adult sizes small to 2X-large at the Sully City Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

The annual community Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, Mar. 26, at 1 p.m. at Old Settlers Grounds in Lynnville. There will be over 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. There will also be door prize drawings. Please join the fun. All kids 10 and under are welcome. The event will be held rain, shine, or snow, hosted by Lynnville Heart of Worship.

altHead up, look forward, the past is the past, you can’t change it, but you can change your future. This is a phrase I say daily and wish we all could live by. It means so much to me.

This brings up all the changes in store for the City of Sully. One of the major things will be the finishing of central park. We will be putting stone around the pillars and rooms of the stage area, park benches will be added, and also more to the stage so we can hopefully have movies in the park, band concerts, and more.

All this is possible because people donate money to The Sully Foundation for park expenses. Also if you haven’t heard, the Sully

Hometown Pride Committee is selling t T-shirts the help pay for the park as well. Another thing happening this summer is Jasper County is resurfacing First Street (the main road). The City of Sully and Jasper County are working together to get this project done.

Many of these things would not be possible if it weren’t for the volunteers and the people who donate money to these projects.

With that said, I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who helps or has helped accomplish these great things for our community.

Head up, look forward, the future of Sully is looking bright. -- Brent Vander Molen

Northridge Estates Enterance PhotoThinking about building a new home? There are residential lots for sale in Northridge Estates for $1 DOLLAR! The $1 Northridge Estates Lot Program will end December 31, 2016. The residential lots are located west of Lynnville-Sully Community Schools. This makes it easy for your children to walk each day to and from school. Think of the gas and time that will save you. So, if you’re considering the of a new home, don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a quality building lot. Do you know a friend or acquaintance, who is dreaming of building a new home? Let them know about the availability of the $1 residential building lots.

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Contact Teryl Ver Ploeg at (641) 831-2983 or email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for information.