Changing of the guard for Baldwin City Council
Ken Wagner didn’t waste any time when he took over as mayor at Monday night’s Baldwin City Council meeting.
His installation was the first item of new business and from there he was in charge. Next was the installation of new City Council Members Bonnie Plumberg and Tom Farmer. Outgoing Mayor Gary Walbridge and Council Members Amy Cleavinger and Doyle Jardon were also recognized.
“On behalf of the City of Baldwin City and its residents, we want to recognize you for your years of service,” said Wagner. “I appreciate everyone coming out tonight to watch the changing of the guard. We appreciate your years of service.”
After taking care of other routine business, such as the reappointments of City Attorney Matt Hoy and Municipal Court Judge Connie Sams, the only new item left was an action to suspend Wagner’s stipend as mayor. In February, the council voted to suspend their monthly stipends in light of the city’s tight budget. Walbridge chose not to suspend his stipend.
“This is an issue I felt very strongly about,” said Wagner. “It’s a good-faith effort to show the city and city staff that during tight budgets, we’re willing to tighten our belts, too.”
Council members used to receive a $40 per month stipend. The mayor’s stipend was $300 per month. In February, Walbridge noted that the stipends were done away with back in 1990, but the mayor’s stipend was voted back because of his additional responsibilities.