Basehor mayor returns to work
Six weeks removed from open-heart surgery, Basehor mayor Bill Hooker returned to City Hall last week.
Hooker, 62, was absent from City Hall while recovering from bypass surgery in which doctors cleared six arteries that had become blocked.
City Council member Joseph Scherer served as interim mayor and presided over city meetings and business during Hooker's absence.
"I couldn't be more pleased (with the surgery's outcome)," Hooker said. "The doctors couldn't be more pleased."
Hooker has begun rehabilitation sessions. Three times a week he visits the hospital for an assortment of physician-monitored exercises.
"My stamina gets a little better each week," he said.
Doctors advised the mayor to stay away from strenuous outdoor activities while recovering. The mayor said he plans to test the waters later this week.
He's scheduled to play a round of golf this Thursday at the new Falcon Lakes Golf Course on Kansas Highway 7.
Falcon Lakes is the city's first- ever golf course. It was slated for a grand opening Thursday, Aug. 1, but the opening day was delayed a week so the course could heel from a string of hot days.
Hooker said city officials didn't miss a beat while he was gone. He complimented City Council members for wading through the 2003 budget while continuing with normal, everyday city business.
Hooker said he has begun getting reacquainted with his mayoral duties. He said his work entails handling whatever is most pressing at the time.
"Whatever seems to be a priority at the time," Hooker said. "I'm glad to be back. I'm very fortunate and glad to be back in the swing of things," he added.
Hooker will return to preside over city meetings Aug. 15 at the monthly City Council meeting. Council members are expected to finalize the 2003 budget, which calls for no increase in the mill levy, city officials said.