Parker will be Concordia mayor

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer


 Tim Parker will be the new mayor of the city of Concordia for the next year after the annual reorganization of the City Commission Wednesday night.
 Christy Hasch, who was newly elected in the April 2 general election with 510 votes was sworn in for her three-year term.
 "I look forward to working with the four of you and with city staff," Hasch said.
 Marsha Wentz was also sworn in for her second term, after having received 478 votes in the election. She was also elected as mayor pro tem, to serve in the capacity of mayor in the event Parker is absent.
 Hasch replaced Gary Fraser, who did not seek reelection. In accepting a commemorative plaque for his service, Fraser said he had enjoyed the last three years.
"I've really enjoyed working with the other Commissioners and department heads," he said.
 In business items, the Commission approved a number of ordinances related to its gas service for the north development.
 City Manager Larry Uri was recommending that north development gas customers be charged $2 per thousand cubic feet of gas, plus the cost of purchasing and transporting the gas and maintaining the line. Uri said that is on the low end of what other municipalities charge, and the idea behind it is to generate enough revenue to maintain the line and make the city a profit.
 "Our estimates indicate that the price we are charging will be less than Kansas Gas Service would charge," he said. "The rate may need adjustment as we gain experience with the service."
 An ordinance approving the city's membership in the Kansas Municipal Gas Association was also passed, which is where the city will purchase its gas. The Commission also agreed to a contract with EV Cathodic Protection for the maintenance and servicing the gas line at a price of $3,695 per year.
 April 26 was proclaimed "Everett Miller Day" in Concordia. Miller is retiring after 48 years of service to Cloud County Community College, and was a member of the founding faculty at the college. He was commended for his restoration work with both the Brown Grand Theatre and the Camp Concordia POW camp.
 Concordia Fire Chief Eric Voss presented the Commission with a proposal to purchase a new Zoll monitor/defibrillator. Voss said he had received a 50/50 grant from the Board of EMS to purchase the monitor. The city's share will be $17,312. The proposal was approved.
  A cereal malt beverage license for Cloud County Community College's Foundation was also given approval. The license, through Jitters Coffee House, is for the Foundation's annual scholarship auction next weekend.
 Mayor Parker lent his signature to a Duclos Foundation grant request. The city is asking for $2,000 to purchase a pair of soccer/football goals to be installed at Rasure Field.
 After a 10-minute executive session for attorney-client privilege, after which no action was taken, the Commission adjourned to a study session to discuss animals in the city limits and a Tax Increment Financing project for the Kristy's Family Restaurant sidewalk replacement.

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