February 8, 2016

Planning commissioners resign before meeting

Danedri Thompson
And then there was one.
Two planning commissioners issued their resignations this week, draining the already light committee down to one experienced member, Karin Livella.
Ray Manley and Greg Godwin emailed their intentions to resign from the commission last week. Manley’s resignation was effective immediately on July 23. Godwin said he would serve until a replacement was found.
In the last several months, former commission chair Tory Roberts was appointed to the city council.
Meanwhile, commissioner Andy Copeland announced that he would be moving out of Gardner. New rules, adopted by the city council last spring, effectively term limited two other members – Jason Burnett and Dan Popp.
Gardner City Council members approved the appointment of four new planning commissioners on July 15. They are: Sheri Barber, Raymond Kimzey, Adriana Meder and Aaron Weatherford. Three of the new foursome were sworn-in to office during the meeting. Weatherford was out of town and did not attend.
With only two members – Livella and Godwin and no chair – actively sitting on the commission, Katie Asbury, interim city clerk, opened the July 23 planning commission meeting.
Commissioners elected Meder as chair and Kimzey as vice chair prior to hearing a brief history of Gardner and an update on potential projects within the city.
Mayor Chris Morrow is seeking two people to replace Godwin and Manley on the planning commission. For more information about the position or to apply, call Gardner City Hall at (913)856-7535.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Copeland sounds like he has a brain and the money to move……….and dear ole Weatherford has already shown he will be another No-Show Schultz…………..

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