Archive for Thursday, July 20, 2006

Council appointment will have to wait

Failure to muster quorum puts off decision until Aug. 3

July 20, 2006

Lansing City Council members were scheduled to select a new colleague at their meeting Thursday night. But the lack of a quorum will prevent filling the seat vacated by Ward 3 Council member Robert Ulin until at least Aug. 3.

Just Mayor Kenneth Bernard and three council members, Billy Blackwell, Andi Pawlowski and Harland Russell, were in attendance for Thursday's scheduled meeting. A fourth council member was needed to meet quorum requirements, forcing Bernard to cancel the meeting.

With the cancellation, Janette Labee-Holdeman and Ron Jacobson will have to wait until the next council meeting to see which of them will be selected to fill Ulin's seat. Labee-Holdeman and Jacobson were the lone applicants to seek the seat after Ulin announced in June he was resigning.

During an ad hoc session after the meeting was cancelled, the mayor and three council members heard from Jerry Ayres, 1100 Sycamore Ridge Drive, who presented the city with a petition signed by neighbors in Sycamore Ridge Estates subdivision asking the city to do something about a pond at Sycamore Ridge Drive and DeSoto Road.

"We have approached the city and city council members for the past several years for help in dealing with the unsightly condition of the pond," Ayres read from the petition. "The pond condition continues to deteriorate, scum covers the surface, large dead tree remains unsightly and unsafe, surrounding grass is cut on an infrequent basis and does not cut to the water edge. We now feel that there may be an adverse health condition present as well as ongoing poor esthetic presentation to the public and visitors."

Bernard asked Public Works director John Young to contact the Leavenworth County Health Department to look into the pond's condition.

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