Mayor Jerry Potterfield and Alderman Jeff Botkins look at the "to do" list the new Mayor has outlined for the council.

Mayor Jerry Potterfield wasted no time in his new elected position, as he starts to move forward on solving issues for the City. The Board of Alderman, City Attorney John Russell and Mayor Potterfield discussed the need for the economic consulting group MarksNelson, of Kansas City, during the City Council meeting held July 9. The board voted to discontinue their contract with MarksNelson after discussing the importance of the group to the City.

During the discussion, the topic leaned towards the purpose of the consulting group and what they have done for the City concerning economic development. Mayor Potterfield stated, “The City has had zero return for the $222,500 spent over the past five years.” Alderman Ralph Lemongelli asked, “Can the City form their own account for economic development?” City Administrator Jackie Pangborn explained, stating, “I believe it is possible for the City to do this and make our own grants to help.” Attorney Russell asked what the consulting group has done for the town and were they supposed to meet certain criteria in the contract?” Alderman Jason Osbourne stated, “We have discussed discontinuing this contract in the past, but were always told we had to have it, to push our name out to other companies.” Alderman Rusty Rothweiler stated, “We need to get our own house in order first, we need to get our ducks in a row.” Mayor Potterfield added, “Everything we ever had here has been home grown.” Alderman Connie Painter shared, “There is definitely lots to do.” With all in favor the motion passed to discontinue the use of an economic growth consulting company.

During the Mayors Report, Mayor Potterfield stated, “I have made a to do list and given each of you a copy,” as he spoke to the council, he added, “As I began to clean out the Mayor’s office, I noticed documents and papers with the same issues and needs noted from years ago, some dating back to 2005 that need to be addressed.” Intending to move forward, Mayor Potterfield expressed his intentions to begin moving forward with action instead of talking. He also appointed David Benson to the Planning and Zoning Committee with all in favor.

One way the council plans to move forward is procedures for selling property and nuisance ordinances. Attorney Russell will be working on implementing a revised ordinance for the board to approve, which will allow the Monroe City Police Department and City to enforce and resolve on-going nuisances faster.

The next scheduled city council meeting is Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m. The Board of Aldermen normally meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at City Hall, 109 Second Street.  If the first meeting night of the month falls on the first or second day, the meetings for that month are held on the second and fourth Thursdays.  The Board may also change a meeting date at a prior meeting due to scheduling conflicts.  Board of Aldermen meetings are open to the public.  Citizens have an opportunity to express their concerns and give their input at the open forum which is normally the second item on the agenda right after the consent agenda. It is suggested that you advise City Hall of the matter that you wish to discuss with the Board of Aldermen at least two days prior to the meeting so that research (if needed) may be performed prior to the meeting.  If you do not know what ward you are in or have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at (573)735- 4585.