CARTHAGE, Mo. —
The Carthage City Council on Thursday acknowledged the start of some transitions in city leadership that will end with the city elections on April 8.
The council accepted the resignation of John Studebaker, a Ward 3 councilman, who has moved to Wisconsin. Studebaker’s term was to end in April, so a successor will be selected in the voting. No one has filed thus far for the post, according to Lynn Campbell, city clerk.
She said the only candidates who have filed are Mayor Mike Harris, who has filed for re-election, and Jason Shelfer, for re-election to a Ward 5 council post. Other council seats up for election are those held by Kirby Newport, Ward 1; Donald McLaughlin, Ward 2; and Lee Carlson, Ward 4.
The council approved Harris’ appointment of Councilman Ed Hardesty to the post of chairman of the Public Works Committee, which previously had been held by Studebaker.
Tom Short, city administrator, said the city has received a report developed by students from Drury University who worked with a group of local volunteers on a “visioning plan” for city parks. The report was to be presented by the students at a meeting that had to be canceled because of bad weather. Short said it will be distributed to committee members during a meeting planned for Jan. 23.
The council gave final approval to a lease agreement with Dennis and Carolyn Detert to lease the Carthage Golf Center through Dec. 31, 2014, at a cost of $5,400.
The council also heard a report from police Chief Greg Dagnan on the Christmas party put on by the department for underprivileged children. He noted that the party had been divided into two sessions several years ago because of the number of children invited. This year’s parties were held despite the icy weather, with about 200 children showing up for the early party and more than 600 for the second, he said.
The long-standing event was founded by the Police Department, but Dagnan noted that police get so much help from the Fire Department, others on the city staff and residents that “it really should be called a community Christmas party.”
THE LAST DAY for residents to file as candidates for seats on the Carthage City Council is Jan. 21.