‘We’re coming back’
Mayor makes return after suffering stroke
Mayor Clausie Smith made good on his promise that he would be back when he presided over Monday night’s Bonner Springs City Council meeting for the first time since suffering a small stroke in May.
Though Smith needed the assistance of a wheelchair, a cane and even his wife Jean during the meeting, he was in good spirits. He took a moment, however, to reflect on the experience during his mayor’s report.
“I appreciate you picking up the ball for me while I was gone,” he told the council. “I think this has probably been the worst two months of my life … certainly in recent months. But we’ll get back, we’re coming back.”
Council president Jeff Harrington, along with several other council members, shared how glad they were to have Smith back as leader of city council meetings. During Smith’s absence, Harrington has taken over Smith’s mayoral duties by leading council meetings and also attending numerous ribbon cuttings and public events.
“First I have to welcome Mayor Smith back,” Harrington said prior to much applause from all those in the room. “I’m tickled pink. I’ve been honored to help out as best I could and I’m very glad you’re back.”
Smith said following the meeting he was glad to be back, as well.
“It feels great to be back at work. I’m excited, I’m going to get going,” Smith said, adding that he thanked everyone in the community for their support.
Also on Monday, the council:
• Unanimously approved the minutes from the July 26 meeting and the minutes of the special budget workshop meetings on July 13 and July 19.
• Unanimously approved supplemental claims for city operations totaling $24,599.80 and regular claims totaling $303,121.80.
• Unanimously approved Public Housing Authority claims totaling $15,505.05.
• Unanimously approved a consumption/possession permit for cereal malt beverages for the barbecue competition during Tiblow Days.
• Unanimously approved a liquor consumption/possession/sale permit for the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Area Chamber of Commerce for Tiblow Days.
• Unanimously approved a carnival permit for the chamber of commerce for Tiblow Days.
• Unanimously approved the submission of a letter to the Johnson County Commission outlining the council’s concern over Johnson County’s solid waste management plan. In its updated code of regulations, the solid waste management plan will not allow the county’s landfill, which is used by Bonner Springs, to accept yard waste after January 2012.
Written by Mayor Clausie Smith, the letter said that currently Bonner residents are not required to separate their yard and household waste.
“We believe this action is an unfunded mandate that will cause a burden on our citizens in the form of an increase in fees or reduction in service,” the letter stated.
Public hearings on the issue will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, July 29, at the Johnson County Commission’s hearing room, 111 S. Cherry, in Olathe.
• Unanimously approved a request for use of city streets and services for the Boy Scouts of America 100 year anniversary event, scheduled for Sept. 24-25.
• Unanimously approved a budget public hearing to discuss the 2010 budget amendments and the 2011 budget for the Aug. 9 city council meeting. Residents will have a chance to voice any objections to or ask questions about the 2010 amendments or the 2011 budget during the hearing.
• Unanimously approved the acceptance of the 138th Street recycle-in-place American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project, which was completed June 23 and completely funded through the ARRA. The acceptance finalized all paperwork for the project.
• Unanimously approved change order No. 4 with Redford Construction in the amount of $32,386.81 for the Front Street project. The change order includes the addition and deletion of pipe fittings, valves and pipe for the water main portion of the project and the addition and deletion of pipe fittings and concrete easements for the force main portion of the project.