Sweet Springs debates before-prom tradition
New Sweet Springs Aldermen Tommy Goode and David Goode were greeted with a lively discussion of the law at their first board of aldermen meeting on Tuesday, April 10.
The aldermen took an oath to uphold the law to the best of their abilities. Shortly after, an after-prom committee member approached the council and asked the aldermen to reexamine the rules about unconventional vehicles on city streets.
"They try to be goofy, and they come in weird things," said Michelle Fuehring of the after-prom committee.
She explained in years past, the students have arrived in boats, go-karts, 4-wheelers and even semis.
The committee hoped the council would grant a waiver for the hour-long period leading up to banquet.
Initially, Mayor Raymond Kinney lacked opposition to the request, however Sweet Springs Police Chief Dick Downing disagreed.
"We don't need to have anyone breaking the law on our streets," Downing said. " ... I'm not trying to be a spoil sport about it, but I don't want to be left hanging if something does happen."
The council searched for a loophole. Alderwoman Michelle Schlicting even suggested blocking off the street and granting a parade permit.
Fuehring agreed to report the aldermen's and police chief's opinion to after-prom committee. No official action was taken.
"I don't know if we can legally vote to let you break the law," Kinney said.
Kinney also appointed each alderman to liaison positions. Schlicting will communicate with the library board and public works. Tommy Goode will work with planning and zoning, and the cemetery board. David Goode will serve as liaison for the pool board, park board and recreation board.
Mayor Kinney will continue his work with emergency planning, and planning and zoning.
Knight Inn and Mi Pueblo owner Aman Pannu approached the council and requested the city use a portion of the 5 percent hotel tax to advertise for the Sweet Springs' lodging, dining and gas amenities. Kinney offered to collaborate with Pannu to generate precise figures, so the council could make an informed decision about the request.
The new board also approved to hire Anne Moody Johnson as the interim Sweet Springs special prosecutor and city attorney. Johnson, a newcomer to the area, hosted her practice's official ribbon cutting on Oct. 13. She comes to Saline County with 13 years of experience from Jones Day in Atlanta, however Kinney said she doesn't have any city experience. Johnson will serve for a three-month trial period, and then the aldermen will revisit the issue.
As a final order of business, Alderman Tommy Goode requested the regularly scheduled council meetings be moved from the second Monday of every month to the second Tuesday. Goode's work obligations conflict with the present schedule.
The council agreed to move next month's council meeting to Tuesday, May 8. At that time, the council will review passing an ordinance which would create a permanent schedule swap.
Before the previous board disbanded, Jim Lindemann, Carl Winston and Schlichting approved a consent agenda and accepted the election results. Tommy Goode outed Eric Rader 49 to 26 in Ward 1. David B. Goode earned 52 votes in Ward 2. Collector Janice Bybee gathered 119 votes. Mayor Raymond Kinney was re-elected with 113 votes. The sewer bond issue passed 104 to 31.
All current aldermen were present. Eric Rader was absent. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m.