Thursday, August 28, 2014

Little change in 2014 county reorganization

By The Herald Staff | 1/13/2014

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

The Franklin County of Board of Commissioners voted Monday morning during its reorganization meeting to keep everything as-is.

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

The Franklin County of Board of Commissioners voted Monday morning during its reorganization meeting to keep everything as-is.

Steve Harris, chairman of the board of commissioners, was voted to remain chairman for the 2014 year and Colton Waymire to be tapped once again as vice chairman.

“I was really humbled my fellow commissioners feel good enough about me to continue to keep me on as chairman,” Harris said. “I feel honored and privileged, and I’ll try to do a good job for them.”

Commissioners also voted to keep the same board assignments.

Commissioner Rick Howard will remain on the board for the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, as well as continue to attend board meetings for the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. Harris will stay on the board for East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp., as well as on the Franklin County Development Council board. Commissioner Don Stottlemire will remain as the Lake Region Committee representative, as well as on the Resource Conservation Development board. Waymire will stay on the Neighborhood Revitalization board, as well as continue to attend the Ransom Memorial Hospital board meetings. Commissioner Roy Dunn will maintain his position on the Convention and Visitors Center Board, as well as continue to attend the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce board meetings.

The board will continue to meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings in the commission chambers at the Franklin County Office Annex, 1428 S. Main St., Suite 2, Ottawa, unless scheduled otherwise for its regular meetings. Study sessions also will continue to be at 8:30 a.m. every other Monday, beginning Jan. 27, in the commission chambers.

“I felt like things have gone well this last year,” Harris said. “In fact, hardly any of our votes have been split that I can recall. The commission is functioning well and everybody likes the boards they’re on, and we’ll continue on with business as we have in the past.”

With no changes coming to the board of commissioners, Harris said, that doesn’t mean everything already is perfect.

“There’s always room for improvement,” he said. “We always need to look to see if and where we need to tweak something to make it better.”

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