Kris Estes, an Economics Instructor at Butler Community College’s Andover campus, was appointed to the Andover City Council Tuesday evening.
Estes will replace former Council Member Dave Tingley, who resigned from the Andover City Council at the March 27 meeting.
Tingley cited lack of time to devote to the position. Estes will finish out the last 12 months of Tingley's four-year term.
"It's a one year gig," noted Mayor Ben Lawrence.
Estes, 45, has lived in Andover’s Green Valley neighborhood for 12 years. She and her husband Ken have two children – both students at Andover Central Middle School. Estes also serves as the Co-Program Coordinator for Envisioning Andover.
“I plan to listen to the community and take this responsibility very seriously,” Estes said after the meeting.
Council Member Caroline Hale said she had only recently gotten to know Estes during the envisioning process. Hale said she was "very impressed with the efforts she put forth and her enthusiasm and her willingness to go the extra mile. …
“I look forward to working with her, but after I see the letter and resume that she submitted I thought that became even better than what I'd known about her before. She has got a very impressive background and I think she will bring a lot to this council."
The City Council also:
* Proclaimed April 8 to 14, 2012 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators' Week.
* Presented the 2011 Association of Public Safety Communications Officer - Kansas Chapter Telecommunicator of the Year to Michelle Matson.
* Heard a presentation by the Chamber of Commerce and approved the city membership renewal at the $5,000 partner membership level.
* Heard from a number of citizens sharing their thoughts on the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Homeowners and builders spoke out against the plan. Kevin Mullen, President of Ritchie Development, detailed what he feels would be the benefits to the program.
Council Member C.R. Nelson made a motion to pass a resolution for inter-local agreements for the NRP. But the motion died from lack of a second.
After a lengthy discussion, Lawrence said he thought he was hearing that three council members are in favor of doing something in regard to the NRP. He said they would keep working on it and there would be another public hearing at the April 24 City Council meeting.
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* Tabled a Poe and Associates proposal for platting of the Andover Industrial Park.
* Tabled Industrial Park Marketing RFP.