Governance group meetings are open

Meetings of a committee appointed to make recommendations on how governance of Iola should change are open to the public, a requirement of state law. Meetings will occur at 5 p.m. each Monday through November and well into December.
A letter to the editor by Ken Rowe published in Thursday’s Register mentioned that City Attorney Charles Apt and other unnamed attorneys had a role in the process. That is not accurate, other than that a representative of the League of Kansas Municipalities and an attorney gave committee members a tutorial on how Kansas law affects what they have been asked to do.
Committee members have met three times and have reached no conclusions on recommendations. Initial discussions have centered on the size of a new governing body and have ranged from four members and a mayor to eight members and a mayor.
Whatever committee members recommend will be reviewed by city commissioners and then, either by initial or petition, will be subject to a public referendum.
Committee members, all of whom would welcome comments from the public, are Ray Shannon, Larry Utley, Jim Talkington, Paul Zirjacks, Skip Becker, Paul Beech, Steve Centlivre, Barbara Chalker, Nancy Ford, Bob Johnson, Jim Kilby, Emerson Lynn, Mike McKinnis and John McRae.