Archive for Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Attendance at meetings spurs filing

January 31, 2007

A regular attendee of City Council meetings and involved citizen, George Smith knows what's going on in Basehor.

And that's the main reason he decided to run for the council.

"There are just a lot of things going on," he said. "I've been there enough to know what's going on and what needs to be done. I decided this is in the best interest of the city."

Smith, 54, has filed for one of three open positions on the council. Others who have filed are Terry Hill, Jason Gorup, incumbent Iris Dysart, Jim Washington, Roger McDowell and Darlene Carbaugh. A primary election will be held Feb. 27, during which voters will narrow the field by one, to six candidates. Those six candidates will square off in the April 3 general election.

Employed by Hallmark Cards as a machine development specialist, the Olathe native moved with his family to Basehor in 2000. Since then, he's been involved in several community organizations and functions. He's served as chairman of the Basehor PRIDE, organizing and executing the annual Independence Day celebration for the city and helping out with the Basehor-Linwood High School annual car show fundraiser, among other things. He is currently serving on the industrial site selection committee for the city.

"It's where I live and anybody that lives in the town and cares needs to get involved and know what's going on enough to be informed and then do what they can to help out. That's just kind of who I am. I can't help but get involved in things."

A former planning commission member, Smith said he pushed for an updated Comprehensive Plan for the city as well as updated codes, including zoning and subdivision regulations, while on the commission. As a council member, Smith said he wants to continue to focus on important issues facing the city, including the expansion of the wastewater treatment facility, a new downtown and several major street projects.

"We're a growing city," he said. "We need to manage the growth and manage the city so that it functions smoothly. I believe we need people on the council that will study the issues, work with department heads and be unbiased. I think that I can be objective."

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