By Carol C. Neugent
Bruce Armstrong was sworn in as Haysville’s mayor along with two new council members and two returning council members during Monday’s city council meeting.
New members on the Council are Daniel Benner and Steve Crum. Benner fills the Ward II seat vacated by Derrick Slocum, who did not run for re-election. Crum defeated incumbent Michael Conrady for the Ward I seat. Crum had previously served on council as a Ward III council member.
Council members Pat Ewert, Ward III, and Mike Kanaga, Ward IV, were both re-elected to their council seats in uncontested races.
Slocum was presented with a plaque recognizing his service. Conrady, who was not present, also was acknowledged for his time as a council member.
As president of the council, Kanaga presented outgoing Mayor Ken Hampton with an engraved gavel and thanked Hampton for his leadership.
“It has been a privilege to serve with you.,” Kanaga said.
Hampton expressed his sincere pleasure for being able to serve as mayor the last four years. He also acknowledged and thanked staff for their work and contributions. Hampton then asked that everyone get behind the new leadership.
“I am sure they will lead the city in a fine way…the city will prosper,” Hampton said. “I wish everyone well.”
No stranger to the office of mayor, Armstrong commented later in the meeting that he was looking forward to a very good relationship with everyone. He noted that he was ready to move forward.
In other business:
• Officers Victor Magallanes and Aaron Schultz were recognized for promotion to the rank of Master Police Officer and presented with badges by Mayor Armstrong.
• Council member Pat Ewert reported on upcoming Senior Center activities including a birthday dinner on April 12 and a breakfast on April 27.
• A resolution of Haysville’s support and participation in the Sedgwick County Mitigation Plan’s five-year update was approved.
• Public works director Randy Dorner and water supervisor Tony Martinez were designated as delegates to the Kansas Municipal Utilities annual meeting.
• Police Chief Jeff Whitfield announced that from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27, the police department would serve as a collection site for the prescription medication take back program.
• Dorner updated the council on the Broadway repairs and upcoming Turkle Street projects. The Broadway repairs remain on schedule and are expected to be completed by the end of April. Bid letting for Turkle is set for May 8.
• Recreation director Georgie Carter reminded everyone that enrollment was ongoing for the Summer Elements program, pool pass and tickets sales had started, and the Splash Pad would open May 1.