Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

City ousts planning commissioner for missing too many meetings

April 6, 2006

Complying with regulations, the Basehor City Council on Monday removed a member of the Basehor Planning Commission, who missed too many monthly meetings.

Rick Hogue, who's been a county representative of the Planning Commission since 2000, missed four meetings last year and another this year, according to Mayor Chris Garcia.

Council members approved, 4-0, removing Hogue from the board.

Council member Keith Sifford was absent from Monday's meeting.

Garcia said city regulations stipulate that any planning commission member who misses four meetings in a year or three in a row must be replaced.

"I hate to lose him, but we have to follow these rules," Garcia said.

The regulation regarding attendance does not extend to elected officials.

City officials are accepting applicants for the now-vacant planning commission position.

Anyone interested in serving on the commission should contact Garcia at (913) 724-1370.

"I'd like to have them in place by next month's meeting," the mayor said.

Garcia said he, a council member, city planner Dustin Smith and city administrator Carl Slaugh would interview applicants for the commission.

The vacancy created by Hogue's departure may not be the only planning commission slot the city needs to fill in coming weeks.

The terms of three board members -- Jason Logsdon, Bob Harrison and Jim Washington -- expire next month.

Garcia said he would begin talks with each of those commission members to determine whether they are interested in serving additional terms.

Members of the Basehor Planning Commission serve staggered, three-year terms.

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