Monday night marked a change of members on the City Commission of Arkansas City.
The meeting was held on a Monday, rather than the usual Tuesday, for the first time in recent memory due to a change in the state elections law.
The first step in the annual reorganization was for Commissioner Charles Tweedy III to complete his term and vacate his seat.
He was honored by Mayor Dan Jurkovich with a certificate recognizing his nearly 20 years of total service on the commission, spanning four decades.
In all, Tweedy served the following City Commission terms:
- He first took office April 21, 1987, after being elected to a four-year term that concluded April 16, 1991.
- Tweedy was re-elected in April 1993 to a two-year term that concluded April 18, 1995.
- He took office again April 19, 2011, for a four-year term that concluded April 21, 2015, and served as mayor from April 17, 2012, until April 16, 2013.
- Finally, Tweedy was appointed and sworn in April 19, 2016, to fill the remainder of Brandon Every’s term, ending Monday.
He also has served multiple stints on the Planning Commission and other city advisory boards through the years.
“Looking back at the last seven years, the commission has accomplished many worthwhile projects, which should and will improve Arkansas City in the future,” Tweedy said in an interview Monday. “I am happy I could be involved in these decisions and will truly miss being involved, but after being involved with local government since 1985, it’s time to step back for a while.”
Tweedy implied he still might become involved in some altruistic ventures in Arkansas City.
“One of the projects that will be in need of volunteers is the Wilson Park (fundraising) committee, and I think that might be something I could get involved with,” he said.
After Tweedy stepped down from the dais, Commissioner Kanyon Gingher was sworn in to office, along with re-elected incumbents Jay Warren and Karen Welch.
In other business, the commission:
- tabled until Jan. 16, in a 3-2 vote, an ordinance that would modify Arkansas City Municipal Code, concerning buildings and building regulations. Welch and Commissioner Duane Oestmann cast the dissenting votes.
- voted unanimously to approve the following reorganization appointments:
- Vice Mayor — Warren;
- Strother Field Commission representatives (voting members) — Oestmann, Warren and Welch;
- Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors (voting member) — Jurkovich;
- South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees (non-voting member) — Gingher;
- Cowley First representative (voting member) — Jurkovich;
- Arkansas City Public Library Board of Trustees (voting member) — Oestmann (Warren initially was appointed to this position, but later switched with Oestmann due to the latter having a meeting conflict that would prevent him from serving on the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum Board of Directors);
- Traffic Safety Committee (voting member) — Welch;
- Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum Board of Directors (non-voting member) — Warren (Gingher already was a voting member of this board).
- voted unanimously to designate the Cowley CourierTraveler as the official city newspaper.
- voted unanimously to designate RCB Bank, Union State Bank, The Stock Exchange Bank and Community National Bank & Trust as depositories for the City of Arkansas City.
- unanimously approved five personnel policy updates.
- unanimously ratified Jurkovich’s appointments of Robin Henderson, Paisley Howerton, Brooke Padgett, and Jessica Taylor to the Beautification and Tree Advisory Board.
- unanimously approved brick and concrete street repairs to the intersection of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue, for an amount not to exceed $63,070.
- heard several updates from City Manager Nick Hernandez.