Tag: KOMA

Regnier’s seat on Board of Trustees to remain vacant through election

A replacement for former Cowley College trustee Sid Regnier has not yet been named, nor will a new trustee be appointed before the completion of the fall elections. Regnier resigned his post March 13, 2017, with more than two years left in his term. Twenty-one weeks now have passed since […]

Cowley College trustees to attend KOMA training, replace Regnier

Following the recent resignation of Cowley College Trustee Sid Regnier, the college does not yet have a plan for refilling his seat on the college’s Board of Trustees. “With respect to filling the currently vacant position on the Cowley College Board of Trustees, the trustees plan to deliberate on the […]

Deadline extended for Cowley College Board of Trustees KOMA training

The deadline for mandatory Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) legal training has been extended for the Cowley College Board of Trustees. The original completion date was set for Sept. 15, 2016, but that since has been extended to May 31. This mandatory training was the result of the board’s actions […]

Building Trades Board discusses possible Class D tree trimming license

The Arkansas City Building Trades Advisory Board on Jan. 19 discussed possibly creating a new Class D license for local tree trimming contractors. This is the same class of license given to “handymen” and other types of contractors who do not engage in structural changes to buildings. Anyone applying for […]

Year 2016 featured quakes, elections, Burford opening, funding decisions

The year 2016 began with tremors felt in Arkansas City. A group of more than 20 earthquakes in and around Fairview, Oklahoma, included two significant quakes that were felt right here at home. The strongest of them topped out at 4.7 and 4.9 magnitude on the Richter scale, respectively. The […]

A citizen’s crash course in the Kansas Open Meetings Act

Citizens are responsible for electing the officials who serve Arkansas City and Cowley County, but many do not know their civic responsibilities also include monitoring the actions of those elected officials. City and county commissioners, board of education members, and Cowley College trustees all serve on boards whose actions are […]

Newly modified Planning Commission conducts reorganization

The Arkansas City Planning Commission held its annual reorganization meeting Aug. 23 in the commission room at City Hall, 118 W. Central Ave. The meeting was a little more complicated than normal, thanks to the recent decision of the City Commission of Arkansas City to combine the Planning Commission and […]

County attorney: Cowley College broke KOMA law

Cowley County Attorney Christopher Smith has confirmed that a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) did occur during the July 18 meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees. In a letter addressed to the college’s legal counsel, David Andreas, Smith explains his findings. “After reading contemporaneous news […]

Cowley board selects new trustee in apparent KOMA violation

Winfield business owner Jill Long was named the newest Cowley College trustee in an apparently illegal action July 18 by the college’s Board of Trustees. The board of trustees cast their votes by secret ballot, a clear violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). The secret vote was called […]

Cowley College Board of Trustees’ proposed executive session questioned

The Cowley College Board of Trustees is set to hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. July 12 in the college’s McAtee Dining Center. The trustees will go into executive session to interview potential candidates to fill the vacant trustee position, according to Cowley College spokesman Rama Peroo. The vacancy […]