Archive for Thursday, November 9, 2000

Silence not always golden


November 9, 2000

The city of Basehor is facing a tough time.

Mayor John Pfannenstiel faces criminal charges stemming from alleged acts of impropriety at his former place of employment, Lansing State Prison.

Shortly after the charges were announced Basehor City Council President Robert Vervaecke publicly called for the mayors resignation and the mayor publicly refused to step down.

The dissention has led some to speculate that neither the council nor the mayor can adequately carry on with city business until the charges against the mayor are either proven or dismissed.

Councilman Joseph Odle is among those who believe the mayor should step down. In a special meeting following the announcement of charges, Odle vowed not to return to a meeting as long as Pfannenstiel remained in office. Hes since missed two regular council meetings.

In his absence, Odle has remained silent. Several telephone calls from this newspaper have been placed to his home and none have been returned.

We believe the councilman owes more to the residents of Basehor. He was elected to the council to be a voice for those who voted for him and he is not using that voice.

Odle should continue with his duties as councilman or step aside himself. If he believes Pfannenstiel should resign, he should continue to fight for it. If he no longer wants to be a part of the city council, he should resign. Boycotting the meetings and remaining silent serves no purpose. Olde has become part of a self-fulfilling prophecy, city business is not being taken care of properly.

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