The City Commission of Arkansas City did some restructuring during its Sept. 19 meeting as Commissioner Dan Jurkovich was voted in as the new mayor.

Coach Mayor Dan Jurkovich

Photo by Andrew Lawson/City of Arkansas City

Jurkovich had several members of his family, as well as players on the volleyball team he coaches, in attendance.

“Thank you to my family and volleyball team,” he said.

The team held up a sign stating “Go Coach Mayor.”

The previous two mayors, Chad Giles and Commissioner Duane Oestmann, both served for more than one year as mayor. Jurkovich is set to be the mayor through the end of 2018.

Oestmann, who stepped down as mayor Tuesday, served for 16 months.

Mayors Duane Oestmann and Dan Jurkovich

Photo by Andrew Lawson/City of Arkansas City

Mayors Duane Oestmann, left, and Dan Jurkovich

As his first act as mayor, Jurkovich recognized Oestmann for his extended service.

“I’d like to recognize Mayor Oestmann. He didn’t mean to, but he ended up getting a 16-month term, thanks to the State of Kansas,” Jurkovich said.

Also during the meeting, Commissioner Karen Welch was voted in unanimously as vice mayor.

She also is a candidate in this year’s election.

“So do we do musical chairs now?” asked City Manager Nick Hernandez.

“Not tonight,” Welch joked. “I’d have to pack first.”

In other business, the commission:

  • heard Oestmann issue a proclamation of Oct. 2 as National Night Out in Arkansas City, received by Arkansas City Police Department Capt. Mark McCaslin.
  • unanimously approved the consent agenda, consisting of the Sept. 5 minutes, a cereal malt beverage license for a mixed martial arts event Sept. 30 at the Agri-Business Building and Oestmann’s appointment of Curtis Freeland to the Community Spirit Award Committee.
  • unanimously approved a resolution amending and restating another resolution that determined the advisability of issuing taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds for the purpose of financing the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a KanPak distribution facility and warehouse in Goff Industrial Park. Hernandez said the facility should be up and running within 18 months.
  • approved an ordinance allowing the consumption of alcohol in a designated area of Ben Givens Center City Park during Arkalalah. This vote was 4-1, with Jurkovich dissenting. He said he had concerns about the proximity of the beer garden to the general population, specifically underaged children and teens.
  • approved an ordinance allowing the consumption of alcohol Oct, 26 in Wilson Park during an Arkalalah concert. This vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Jay Warren abstaining. He cited his wine production as a potential conflict of interest because his wine likely will be sold during this event.
  • approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a contract agreement with Enid, Oklahoma-based Marsau Enterprises to construct a waste line from the new Water Treatment Facility to the Wastewater Treatment Facility, for an amount not to exceed $1,065,212.60. This is the last phase of the new water treatment plant project. The low bid was nearly one-third lower than the engineer’s estimate of slightly more than $1.5 million.
  • approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a contract with Smith & Oakes, Inc. to provide construction observation and inspection services for the South Summit Street resurfacing project, for an amount not to exceed $29,610. Chris Meinen, of Smith & Oakes, said this was a housekeeping item that should have been taken care of sooner, but the firm had hours left over from the North Summit Street project that accounted for some of the work.
  • heard an update about a potentially dangerous structure located at 611 N. Seventh St. Hernandez said the owner had pulled a permit and commenced work.
  • heard updates from Hernandez concerning the sanitation division and the train restoration in Wilson Park.