The business of city government presents a unique opportunity to resolve issues, accomplish goals, and affect the future of your community.

On the Nov. 3 ballot, the City of Sully has two four-year term councilmember positions currently held by Brad Rozendaal and Chad Fikse and one two-year councilmember position currently held by Jeff Brummel, as well as the two-year position for mayor currently held by Brent Vander Molen.

Nomination papers for these positions may be picked up at either the city office or the Jasper County Auditor’s Office or downloaded from: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/cities.html and must be returned to the Jasper County Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Please note, the city office can no longer accept nomination papers – all nomination papers must be filed with the Jasper County Auditor.

SULLY, LYNNVILLE, KILLDUFF, AND SEARSBORO CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALES: Saturday, Sept. 19, 7 a.m.-noon. If you would like to participate, please deliver your ad of 50 words or less and $10 to the Hometown Press in Sully by 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, ph. 594-3200. Hometown Press handle maps and ads in neighboring publications, craigslist, Facebook, sullyia.com website, and hometownpressia.com website.

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Janco Industries, Inc., manufacturer of Handy products, has a new place to call home. After more than 18 months of planning and hard work, the Sully-based company is happy to finally have all of its employees working together under the same roof.

“In one word, (it feels) overwhelming,” said general manager and owner Joel Jansen, whose company is planning an open house to celebrate the new building from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. “To see it come together was very rewarding. The whole team worked together to create this,” Joel said.

Joel and his wife, CFO and human resources manager Deann Jansen, had plans to eventually bring the Handy team from its Marshalltown facility to a new, 50,000-square-foot location in Sully, but a fire at the Sully location on Jan. 30, 2014, changed the game plan. Instead of operating out of multiple facilities in Sully, the Jansens decided to construct a brand-new, 75,000-square-foot facility a few blocks south of the fire-ravaged building.

Groundbreaking for the new facility occurred on May 14, 2014, but above-average rainfall during June and July — a total of 50 inches during the two-month span — delayed the process, which was expected to take nine months to complete.

“The process went very well — there were hardly any issues,” Joel said. “The only setback was Mother Nature — that was nothing we could control.”

Fourteen semi-trucks delivered the 426,000 pounds of steel necessary for construction in August of last year and the first of 14 sections of steel rafters were successfully set in place by Sept. 30. A month later, the building had steel siding and doors, and by January 2015, the entire building was fully enclosed and heat was turned on so the indoor process could continue. The final pieces of the puzzle came together in April and May, and the moving process began for members of the Janco and Handy teams.

As of August 2015, only a few team members remained operating in the original Sully location, and all the members of the Handy team from Marshalltown were moved into the new location.

“I’m happy to be where we’re at right now,” Joel said. “We do have the room for expansion on this site in the future, as soon as we need it.”

Janco Industries is a family-owned business, founded more than 40 years ago by Joel's father, Ron Jansen. The company has grown from fewer than five employees to nearly 50 and currently serves such diverse industries as agriculture, construction, and recreation. Janco Industries purchased Marshalltown-based Handy Industries in 2010.

For more information on Janco Industries, visit www.janco-ind.com or phone 641-594-2760. To learn about the Handy product line, visit www.handyindustries.com or phone 855-752-5446.

The third annual Sully Night Out Cruizin' the Square will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Sully Town Square.

Show off your classic car! Join the Dutch Masters in this classic car show around the square.  Cars should arrive between 4:30 - 5:00 pm to be included in the voting.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy all the great cars and activities.  DJ music will be provided by Curt Dunsbergen.  Cast your kernel - vote for your favorite car.  Enter the prize drawing to win $50 in Sully Bucks.  Fill up with corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes and smoothies served by the Sully Lions Club.  Water and pop available to purchase with proceeds going to support future Sully Night Out events.  Top it all off with scrumptious pie served by the L-S Speech Team for a freewill donation.  Fun activities planned for the youngsters.  New this year is a Horseshoe Competition!  Starts at 5:00 pm with pairings and brackets to be determined with a $5 entry fee.  Contact Ron Dunsbergen at 641-891-0822 for questions on the Horseshoe Competition.

Come join us for a fun, family friendly event - see you there!

welcometosullywi-fiPeople can now connect on Sully’s town square – with free Wi-Fi that is.

Beginning in mid-July, a wireless connection called “Sully Downtown Hotspot” has been available to people on the square. It was made possible through the work of the Hometown Pride Committee and the Sully Telephone Association.

Jack DeAngelo, manager of Sully Telephone, said getting free Wi-Fi on the square was on his list of ideas to implement when he started his position last year. When Diane Vos of the Hometown Pride Committee approached him expressing interest in having some kind of wireless access downtown, the wheels started turning. Since an antenna was already in place to bring the Wi-Fi, it didn’t take long to get the connection up and going.

Vos said the Sully Betterment Committee’s community questionnaire, taken by the town’s citizens back in 2012, was one of the original indicators Wi-Fi on the square would be a good idea.

“That was one of the items on the survey that they wanted,” she said.

In recent months, the Hometown Pride Community Coach hired for Jasper County encouraged committee members from Sully to pursue getting Wi-Fi downtown.

“We thought we’d look into it to see if we could make it happen,” Vos said. She approached DeAngelo a little over a month ago. Now the Wi-Fi is up and running.

To connect to the Wi-Fi, find the “Sully_Downtown_Hotspot” network and allow your device to connect to it. A login page will appear with a username and password already filled in. Click “OK,” and a “Welcome to Sully” greeting page will appear.

The greeting page lets visitors know of some attractions in the area – both on and off the square.

If people lose the hotspot signal, they should try moving to a different part of the square. “The signal varies around the square due to trees and other obstacles,” DeAngelo explained.

It’s a good thing for Sully to have Wi-Fi downtown, he added, especially for when the town hosts events on the square.

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With the celebration of Independence Day over, a few thoughts come to mind.  

First, how great it is that we as a city are able to start our activities of the day with prayer. Most people don't think about this, but it is a very important thing to be celebrated as well.

Second, THANK YOU to all the service men and women who make it possible to live in the land of the free and home of the brave.  

Third, a huge THANK YOU to all the individuals and groups who did so much work and thoughts to make the celebration possible.

I would also like to look at what all has been completed in the last few months.  1st Avenue is almost complete and the new playground equipment is installed in the central park even earlier than the council had predicted. Since fundraising went so well, we were able to replace it a few years ahead of schedule. 

All of this makes me so glad to call Sully home for me and my family.

2015_july_4thIt was a perfect day for the annual Sully Fourth of July celebration 2015 on Saturday, July 4, from the weather, to the large crowd gathered around the square, to the fun-filled activities planned throughout the patriotic day. The day's theme was "Pride In Our Past ... Faith In Our Future."

Following the early morning 20th Annual Freedom Fun Run with a record 369 participants, Faithwalkers breakfast, and more, people lined the streets of the Sully square two to three rows deep to catch a glimpse of the 65 entries making up the annual parade. In the kiddie parade, 25 decorated entries in red, white, and blue circled the Sully square.

After the parade, the central park served as a hub of activity. The Sully Lions Club served their annual meal with $3,078 realized for communitiy projects, Inspirations Childcare and Preschool hosted carnival games, the Van Kooten family entertained with kids' barrel train rides, and the new playground equipment was broken in with hundreds of children checking it out. Deep Rock Ice Cream Shoppe and Van Wijk Winery drew large crowds, the old hardware store being restored was open to view, waterfights were held, and softball games were played before fireworks in the southwest corner of town concluded the celebration.

Pictures and Results of the parade judging follow.

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