Friday, January 12, 2018

Baldwin City Council Swears in New Mayor and Council

Kevin Surbaugh

 On a night the new council was to be sworn into office, a large turnout of residents overflowed the meeting room at the Baldwin City Library. Mayor Marilyn Pearse called the meeting to order promptly at 7 P.M.
Lura Hartman swears in the new council and Mayor Casey
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Marlin Bates with the K-State Extension made a brief presentation reminding the council there would be an upcoming presentation in that same room. In which everyone who attends will learn what the "First Impressions," of the recent visitors from Iola. Bates explained that area residents will get their chance to find out what specific thoughts and comments the representatives had. The idea, being to see what someone who had never been to Baldwin City thought upon their first look at the city. Perhaps these new visitors are considering moving here, perhaps they are just visiting. Another meeting will be in February to consider a plan of action to address those concerns raised in the report.
After him, Jessica Mortinger, Lawrence/Douglas County Senior Transportation planner, requested the council appoint someone to represent Baldwin City to the committee. Mayor Pearse defered the decision to the new mayor and council that would come on board later in the meeting.
The city council thanks outgoing Mayor
Marilyn Pearse for her service.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh P

The biggest event of the night was the swearing in of the new council and mayor, as well as the farewells to the outgoing council members and mayor.  First City Clerk Lura Hartman and  Council-Member Tony Brown presented roses and plaques to outgoing Council-Members Kathy Gerstner, Christy Darnell, and Mayor Pearse. After which Hartman swore in new Council-Members Brian Cramer, Susan Pitts, and Mayor Casey Simoneau. Once the trio was sworn in and had taken their seats, Simoneau got to work making committee assignments for the council memebers. As he did so, he said that he would like to nominate a private citizen of the community to each committee. If anyone is interested in sitting on one the committees the mayor asks that you email him at

In other business the council:
  • Unanimously approved moving a smart meter at the home of Dan Nelson to a pole further from his house, because of a family members illness.  
  • Unanimously approved continuing, on a temporary basis, a 50% reduction of new construction.
  • Unanimously approved an agreement with Rural Water District Four. 
  • Unanimously gave formal approval to a three-party agreement for the previously approved improvements of East 1750 Road, better known as First Street.  
  • Unanimously voted A. J. Stevens as the new Council President. 
  • Unanimously approved Simoneau's appointment of Blake Glover as the new City Attorney.
  • Unanimously approved Simoneau's appointment of Dustin Baker to replace him on the Planning Commission. 

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