Overbrook mayor prays for leadership

OVERBROOK—Before the start of each Overbrook City Council meeting, Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz invites the council and the audience to join in and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. After the pledge, Schultz recites a prayer that the council will do what is right for the community.

In Schultz’s prayer request Wednesday evening, he said, “Heavenly Father, we thank you for being in our midst tonight and we thank you tonight for the things that occurred last evening, (the national election), not necessarily just for the party, Lord, but we will now have some direction for our country. We pray for all our leaders for both sides of legislation, and for the new president. We pray that new things that will hopefully trickle down to our level of government. We ask that you give them your guidance and show reverence to your leadership. Be with us now as these folks step up to lead our community and the decisions that we make will be good for our city and our citizens. We give you praise, in Jesus name. Amen.”

Schultz asked the council to vote for the non-elected personnel re-appointments under KSA Supplemental 12-16128, which included Municipal Court Judge Taylor Wine, Overbrook City Attorney Michael Coffman, Overbrook City Treasurer Cathy Sowers, Overbrook Chief of Police Terry Hollingsworth, part-time officer Tyler Torneden and Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger. The council approved the re-appointments unanimously. After the approval of the council, Torneden, Hollingsworth, and Koger were administered the oath of office by Schultz.

After Schultz’s opening remarks, Terry Hollingsworth, Overbrook police chief, asked the city council for a 10-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel matters and include city clerk Jim Koger to attend the session. No decisions were made following the session.

Hollingsworth submitted to the council a resignation letter from officer Russell Mitchell, who has obtained employment outside of Overbrook.

“I have received Russell’s resignation letter and have accepted it. I’m asking the council for approval of this as well,” said Hollingsworth. “I hate to see a good officer leave our community, but I support his future endeavors whole heartedly. I will be advertising for another officer and do not look for any hiring until after the first of the year.”

In other business, the council:

• approved the treasurer’s report for October 2016.

• approved seven citizen’s payment plans for utility billing.

• approved a Nov. 12 fireworks display for a reveal baby gender party for Ross and Melinda Worthing.

• heard from Koger about the Kansas Department of Labor conducting a safety audit for the city owned properties within Overbrook on Nov. 2. A report will be generated later with the findings of the inspection.

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