Archive for Wednesday, September 18, 2002

City Council divided on president appointment

September 18, 2002

A split among the four-member council Tuesday, Sept. 17 halted a vote for the next Basehor City Council president.

Council members were scheduled to elect a new president during their meeting, but tabled the issue because they couldn't reach a consensus.

In fact, council members couldn't muster support to even allow a vote on a new president.

Council member Joe Odle made a motion for Chris Garcia and there was no second. Burl Gratny then made a motion for Julian Espinoza, and again the motion died.

After deliberating, council members remained split on the decision and tabled electing the new president until their October meeting, when a fifth council member will be appointed.

"I think that's the only alternative," Basehor city attorney John Thompson said to council members when it became apparent a consensus could not be reached.

"You're really at a lager head at this point," he added.

While discussing the open presidency, Odle lobbied for Garcia.

"Chris is the only one that took enough interest in the city to run for mayor (in 2001) and a lot of people voted for him," Odle said.

"If anyone deserves the job it would be Chris," he added.

Garcia served as council president from 2000 to 2001. He ran for mayor as a write-in candidate in the April 2001 election and lost to former mayor Bill Hooker by 44 votes.

The city council vacancy is a ripple effect from last month's resignation by then-mayor Hooker.

Current Mayor Joseph Scherer was council president before Hooker's resignation.

Scherer was appointed mayor following the resignation and it's his former council position that's now vacant.

But City Council isn't the only governing body with a vacant position.

During Tuesday's meeting, city council members unanimously approved removing Ray Harvey from the Basehor Planning Commission.

City officials said Harvey had missed three consecutive meetings. Planning Commission chairman Ron Owen requested a search be initiated for Harvey's replacement.

City officials are asking that anyone interested in serving on the Basehor City Council or the Basehor Planning Commission call (913) 724-1370 for more information.

In other action, the City Council:

Approved contractor payments for the Falcon Lakes project.

Tabled an amendment for Ponzer-Youngqvist services contract.

Approved an ordinance adopting 2002 standard traffic and public offense codes.

Scheduled a work session with the Basehor-Linwood School Board. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 28 at Basehor City Hall.

Approved a re-plat of the Basehor shopping complex land at 155th Street and Kansas Highway 24/40.

Approved authorization for city staff to begin negotiations with Time Warner Cable for service.

Tabled authorization of funds for new payroll software.

Re-appointed city clerk Mary Ann Mogle as voting delegate to the Kansas League of Municipalities.

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