Edwardsville city council member to resign

Edwardsville City Council member Craig Crider on Monday announced he would resign his elected position after the April 11 city council meeting.

Crider made his remarks during the March 28 city council meeting. He is planning to move to a residence in Bonner Springs, city officials said.

His term was to expire in January 2020, with an election scheduled November 2019. According to an Edwardsville city official, a city ordinance says the mayor will fill the vacancy by appointing a replacement with the consent of the council.

There is no process outlined in the ordinance on how the appointment process will work, and the city is currently developing a process, the city official said.

Since he was first elected in 2007, Crider has seen the installation of a new city manager, the transition of police operations to a new facility, the establishment of an Edwardsville EMS service, and equipment and vehicle acquisitions in the city.

He also was a member of the council when the city went from a cash deficit to a positive year-end balance of about $800,000, the official said. His priorities on the council included open and transparent government, and attracting appropriate development to the city’s north end.

Public comment meetings on K-32 planned Wednesday, Thursday

Public comment meetings on the K-32 improvement project in Wyandotte County are planned Wednesday and Thursday.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, the meetings are set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 4953 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Bonner Springs Community Center, Sunflower Room, 200 E. 3rd ST., Bonner Springs.

The meetings will discuss goals for a 10-year improvement plan for the K-32 corridor. They may also discuss 20- to 30-year goals.

Redevelopment, new development, infill, transportation options, recreational opportunities, corridor branding and other topics may be discussed.

There will be exhibits illustrating options. The planning area is on K-32 from 57th Street to Bonner Springs’ western limits.

The K-32 Tri-City Multimodal Redevelopment Plan is a joint effort of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County – Kansas City, Kan., and the cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, Kan.

Online comments about the K-32 corridor plan also are being accepted at k32.digicate.com through April 15.

Edwardsville begins e-newsletter

The city of Edwardsville has started an email based newsletter that contains updates from Edwardsville City Hall and other community news.

Called the Edwardsville Hotshot, the newsletter will be a way for city staff to communicate with Edwardsville residents and others, according to city officials.

It will be issued before Edwardsville City Council meetings. It will include a preview of the upcoming City Council agenda, as well as other information, including community events.

Ways to sign up for the newsletter:
• Those who want to receive the e-newsletter may text the word “Hotshot” to 42828 on their mobile phone and provide an email address.
• Visit the city’s homepage at www.edwardsvilleks.org and click on the sign-up link under the banner.
• Visit the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EdwardsvilleKS and click on “Join My List option under the cover photo.
• Sign up in person at City Council meetings.
• Email the city staff at zdaniel@edwardsvilleks.org and request to be subscribed.