[Readers’ forum] 8-member council best


March 9, 2010 - 12:00 AM


Last week Emerson Lynn wrote an editorial in which he referred to our 14-member advisory committee appointed by the city commission to propose a resolution to the mayor-council-commission quandary that has plagued us for close to a year: a resolution that the commission decided to ignore. Included in Lynn’s essay was an invitation for others to offer their opinion.

Going back to the beginning of the quandary, remember that last April we voted to eliminate the city commission — by a magnificent two to one majority. If no other action was taken then Kansas Statute 14-103 concerning governing bodies in cities with a population between 4,000 and 8,000 would apply. This statute establishes a mayor-council system with two council positions elected from each of four wards and a mayor to be elected at-large.

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