After approximately two years, the City of Neosho has hired a city manager. Leland Butcher will start his new post on Monday, Sept. 24, replacing interim city manager Dana Daniel.
Neosho Mayor Ben Baker made the announcement.
"We have had a painstaking process,” Baker said. “We are all in agreement that we have found the right person for the position. I think he will be a great asset to our city."
Butcher and his wife, George Ann, were present for the council meeting that followed a closed session in which his employment was finalized.
"I'm very humbled by this appointment," Butcher said. "My wife and I have been driving around the city. I'm amazed at what all you have here."
He promised he would address any issues and work to make Neosho successful.
In other business, the council approved bids on bulk fuel, concrete, rock salt, bulk rock and concrete for the public works department. An amendment to the 2018 budget was approved prior to the end of the fiscal year and a proposed fiscal year 2018 budget also met with approval by council members.
Eldon Morgan, Neosho, appeared before council as a visitor to applaud the efforts of city employee Nancy Tomlinson, manager of the Center for Seniors located on Carl Sweeney Parkway.
"The city of Neosho is fortunate to have many dedicated, loyal employees and one of them is Nancy Tomlinson,” Morgan said. “You don't expect to see a manger on their hands and knees scrubbing floors, cleaning restrooms or painting walls. If you have not visited the Center for Seniors, I suggest you visit and see what all she has done."
In new business, the council passed a first reading of Bill 2018-898 dealing with alcohol license suspensions. According to city attorney Steve Hays, the amendment to current code to provide grounds for suspension or revocation. The change is in response to an increasing number of alcohol sales to minors. In a recent compliance check conducted by the Neosho Police Department eight infractions were found in twenty establishments. Councilman Tom Workman, who owns two Neosho businesses, Workman's Mini Mart and Workman's Taxi, voted against the bill.
Approvals related to the community hanger project at Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport in Neosho were also made to advance the project forward.
Julie Humphrey, Neosho, was appointed to a three-year term on the Neosho Newton County Library Board and Christopher Williams was reappointed to a two-year seat on the Ethics Board.
Discussion of whether or not to place trash dumpsters downtown between council members may lead to eventual action at a future date.
Council also approved a renewal for the radio tower used by the Neosho Fire Department.
"This is an annual renewal of our repeater located at NN and Jute Road," Fire Chief Mike Eads said. "We're asking council to approve the current contract and ask the mayor to sign it."
A contract agreement with Tom Long, Long Electric, for all city facilities with the exception of water and wastewater department was also approved.
The Neosho City Council will next meet on Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, located on the southwest corner of the Neosho Square.