Filings end for April 7 elections
Filings closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday for the April 7 election.
A three-way race for mayor of Bates City ended late Tuesday afternoon when Shawn Fox, incumbent, withdrew from the ballot.
John Darren Hilbrenner, 901 S. Spruce, filed for mayor on January 15. Hilbrenner is the chairman of the Bates City Planning and Zoning Committee. He will oppose Diana Rickey, 605 E. Z Highway, former mayor, who filed January 12.
Donnie Hammond, 305 N. Second, filed Friday for reelection in ward one. He will be opposed by Donald McCarty, 301 N. Second, former alderman, who filed at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. McCarty resigned as alderman in December 2013.
Kathleen Braun, 505 S. Oak, filed for alderman in ward two on Tuesday afternoon. John Everett, incumbent, did not file for reelection. Read more in The Odessan.
R-7 Board sets 2015-16 calendar
Odessa R-7 School District set its 2015-16 school year calendar during a half-hour meeting January 13.
No one from the public spoke at a hearing on the calendar before the meeting.
"We really try not to reinvent the wheel on it, honestly," Robert Brinkley, superintendent, said.
The district kept a schedule similar to this year's, with school beginning a week later than it has in the past.
Brinkley said the only drawback of the schedule was it could push snow day make-up into June if too many days are lost.
During the meeting the board also was presented with Board of Education Recognition Week gifts from the district's schools and programs. Read more in The Odessan.
Courtwarming candidates... Wellington-Napoleon High School will celebrate Courtwarming on Tuesday, February 3, with the theme "Kickin' It Old School." Pages are, front, from left, Gradyn Piepmeier and Jocelyn Kirchhoff; candidates are, back, Allyson Engelmohr, Mark Dickey, freshmen; Carla Helberg, Max Rodenberg, sophomores; Adrianna Hearn, Brock Beckemeyer, juniors; Allison Baker, Michael Brisbin, seniors.
W-N R-9 Board looks at funding
for students attending Lex La-Ray
The Wellington-Napoleon R-9 Board of Education will again look to reduce funding needed to pay for student tuition at Lex La-Ray Technical Center, this time through limiting the number of students participating.
Jeff Ruskey, superintendent, brought up the subject near the end of the board's two-hour January 14 meeting. Last year the board passed a measure that would require students to pay part of the program's tuition, only to rescind it at the urging of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the district's attorney.
During the meeting the board also began to look at options for the future of the school website. Citing community frustration with the website, which has been echoed in previous meetings by members of the board, and changeover in the company, Ruskey recommended looking at other web hosts and layouts.
For the second year in a row, Ruskey brought the district's cost of sending students to Lex La-Ray Technical Center before the board. Read more in The Odessan.
P&Z debates moratorium on multifamily housing
Odessa Planning and Zoning commissioners, at a Thursday meeting, postponed action on a moratorium on building multifamily residential buildings such as duplexes and apartment complexes.
The moratorium is intended to tip the balance of the city in favor of single-family homes and decrease burdens on city water and sewer infrastructure, commissioners said. The decision to postpone was made in order to receive information from city staff on the current percentage of buildings which are multifamily and how it compares to cities of similar size.
The moratorium was first issued in 2005 and was lifted in October 2006. It was reintroduced in 2011 and has been continued since that time.
The discussion was one of several topics addressed by the board in its January meeting, including defining downtown district and Interstate 70 corridor boundaries and the future of the commercial-residential transition zone.
The decision to postpone consideration of the moratorium came after commissioners questioned how current the numbers used for the percentage of multi-family homes are, and what the rate is currently in comparable cities. Read more in The Odessan.
Entirely gone... The remnants are all that are left of a pull-behind trailer which burned to the ground January 14 at Lake Lafayette. A man was taken to the hospital with severe burns. Two dogs died in the fire. photo by Hannah Spaar
Man severely burned in Lake Lafayette fire
A camper fire January 14 sent a local man to the hospital with severe burns and killed two dogs.
Ivan McGonigal was taken by ambulance to Research Medical Center, Kansas City, with second- and third-degree burns on his legs, arms, face and hands.
The hitch-style camper McGonigal was staying in at 1089 Cypress Road, Lake Lafayette, burned to the ground. According to Kevin Campbell, Odessa Fire and Rescue Protection District chief, McGonigal does not own the lot where the trailer was located.
Two propane tanks were near the camper and one began to vent but neither exploded, Campbell said. Campbell said due to the location of debris, there was no indication of any outward explosion related to the fire. Read more in The Odessan.