Volume 3 | January 2022
New Year Chamber News
Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement: 
“To improve business opportunity and build a better community”
Many interested parties have asked for clarification regarding the relationship/partnership between the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce and the Wellsville Health Coalition. In 2021, the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce (WCC) and Wellsville Health Coalition (WHC) embarked on a collaboration to share resources where appropriate in order to boost both organizations’ efforts in areas of overlapping interest. The organizations are separate entities, but they often meet concurrently and share in other ways. The mission of the Chamber of Commerce remains "“To improve business opportunity and build a better community.” The Chamber exists to serve and build business in our community. The Wellsville Health Coalition exists to serve as a local health policy coalition that connects people working on such shared goals, facilitates cooperative and streamlined efforts as appropriate, and ultimately improves all aspects of health, civic engagement, community partnerships, and overall resident and community wellbeing. To accomplish this, the coalition seeks to monitor community-specific data, help prioritize ideas, share resources, promote activities, seek funding, and make a greater impact together. Additionally, the WHC aims to prepare the community for healthy growth through attention to social factors affecting health, to serve as an example for other rural communities, and to coordinate with the Franklin County Health Department on community health assessment and planning.

As always, if you have events or job postings you'd like included, please send the information and any fliers or pictures to wellsvillechamberofcommerce@hotmail.com prior to the beginning of the month of your event. We welcome any feedback and suggestions about what to include and the layout. It's a creative process together. We wish you and your family an amazing 2022!
Meet our 2021/2022 Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Officers -
Wellsville Chamber President
Susan Stueve
Sales Associate
Farm Bureau Financial Services 
Vice President
Nicole Vlcek
Wellsville Chiropractic
Susan Larsen - Driskell
Simplot Grower Solution Location Manager
Ken Larsen
CFO - Retired
Desoto School District
Wellsville School District at the Top -
USD 289 named in Ingrams Top Area Schools
#6 on the top 25 Schools in KC’s 22 County Area!

Learn about the Wellsville Police Department -

The Wellsville Police Department is a six-officer department, consisting of the Chief of Police, Administrative Assistant / Court Clerk, 5 full-time Officers, and four Reserve Officers. The City has purchased the building south of Dollar General as the location for the new police station. We are in the planning phase for renovation of that building which will be located at 704 E. 7th Street.

Currently the Police Department hosts many community events throughout the year. These event are Cram the Cruiser / Shop-With-A-Cop / Blue Elves, which are activity’s that consist of delivering  Christmas Dinner’s to families in need. The Department also adopts a family at Christmas time.

Starting next month we will begin introducing you to our Officers and Staff.

Business Spotlight
Our ninth spotlight for the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce is Cohorst Enterprises, which specializes in excavation, demolition, and municipal and civil projects. It is owned and operated by Jeremy Cohorst and is located at 114 E 5th Street, Wellsville.
Cohorst started his company in 1996. After not finding any type of work that truly interested him, he decided to start his own contracting business. He settled in Wellsville because his children were going to school in Wellsville and because he appreciated the inclusive community. 

Our tenth Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Spotlight focuses on Layton Real Estate, located at 517 Main Street. Owned by Barbara Kearney, Layton Real Estate has two employees—Sarah Klamm and Kim Hoehn, who are the realtors and independent contractors.

Layton Real Estate is still locally owned and operated, but it is now in the hands of Barbara (Layton) Kearney (Glenn Layton Jr.’s youngest daughter). When Barbara joined in 2003, she brought to the business her skills and expertise in customer service, sales, and marketing from her thirteen years in the corporate world. She became the broker/owner of the business in 2008. Personal integrity was (and still is) the driving force for all of Layton Real Estate’s transactions.

Job Opportunities


Employment applications for Wellsville School District are managed electronically. Please go to:


Apply in person at Bert's

  • Truck wash - Mon-Fri full-time and part-time
  • Overnight Cashiers - full-time and part-time
  • Kitchen - full-time and part-time closers

JOB TITLE:  Public Works Laborer II

  • Under the direction of the City Superintendent, performs a variety of skilled and unskilled duties associated with the maintenance of city streets, city cemeteries, city buildings and properties, wastewater treatment plant and collection lines, water towers, water tanks and distribution lines, operation of heavy and medium duty equipment and trucks, performs on-call duties, (monthly or as necessary). 

·       Serve as crew member for providing assistance in Utilities operations.
·       Repair and operate water distribution mains, ground storage and elevated water towers, wastewater piping, manholes, sanitary sewer lift stations, booster stations, and storm water systems.
·       Service and repair pumps, motors, hydrants and meters.
·       Assist with snow removal in inclement weather.
·       Assist other City departments as assigned.
·       Follow department safety procedures and practices along with department policies and procedures.
·       Ability to follow written and oral instruction.
·       Ability to work independently with limited or infrequent supervision.
·       On-call and overtime as assigned.


  • Must possess a high school diploma, or equivalent and one year of experience in the field of Municipal Maintenance.

  • Must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license and class B with air CDL or the ability to obtain such within 6 months of employment.

  • KDHE Certification as Class I water certification and/or Class 2 Wastewater treatment facility operator or be able to obtain within 2 years of employment.

  • KPERS, sick pay, vacation pay, Insurance, 12 paid holidays

  • Applications available at City Hall, 411 Main Street, Wellsville, KS PH (785-883-2296)
 or Email a resume to: cityclerk@cityofwellsvilleks.com
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Monthly Meeting - Feb. 8th at noon at Wellsville City Library
Upcoming Community Events
Check out all the Wellsville Recreation Commission has planned for our community seniors over the next few weeks.
Daddy/Daughter Date Night 2/5/22

Wellsville FBLA is planning to have the return of the Daddy Daughter Date Night event on February 5. If there are any Chamber of Commerce members wishing to donate items for door prizes or if you would like to donate money and have our committee members purchase the door prizes, FBLA can do that as well.

We will make sure that pieces of paper are placed on the door prize items to let the girls know where the item came from and who to thank. We do this EVERY year, but unfortunately few of the businesses seem to get thanked.

Please know that the FBLA kids and myself always appreciate all you do.  If you would like to bring your donations to the high school, that would be great.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Rottinghaus at drottinghaus@usd289.org or at 785.418.0033.
WHS Concurrent Education Endowment Foundation Event 2/12/22
Lifting financial barriers for all students wishing to pursue advanced educational opportunities. While paving a pathway for their future goals.

This year's theme: Rolling Out the Red Carpet: A Scholarship Gala

Date: February 12, 2022

Location: Brooklyn Hall at Enright Gardens