Ash Grove aldermen accept slew of appointments for city positions

Ash Grove Board of Aldermen head Troy Watts, presided over the board’s July 1 meeting in the stead of Mayor Les Gardner who was out of town. Watts led the board through a laundry list of appointments, an annual operation that usually goes smoothly.
The board unanimously accepted all of Watts’ appointments that run through June 30, 2020, which were:
- Park Board Advisory Committee - Cinda Wand, Sue Von Stroke and Michelle Maggard;
- Planning and Zoning Board - Diane Simpson, with a Mike Wagner appointment likely to follow in coming meetings;
- Municipal judge - Ryan Ricketts;
- Superintendent of Public Works - Larry Harrison;
- City Clerk/Finance Officer - Melissa Mau;
- Police Chief - Darin Chance.
The board also voted unanimously to accept an amended budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.
In a review of Sparks in the Park, which occurred the day prior, Watts extended a “thank you” to everyone who helped bring the event together and specifically Ash Grove’s mayor Gardner.
“The mayor (Les Gardner) put in a lot of extra work and I’d like it to be known that the board appreciates it. I’d like to say ‘thanks’ on behalf of the board,” Watts said.
Prior to the meeting the board held a public hearing for a zoning change requested by Ash Grove residents Ian and Ashley Cress. The couple asked for a conditional use permit at 306 N. Maple Lane to allow horses on their property for up to five years. The two, who were in attendance, shared that there would be two horses on three acres, generally for six weeks at a time. They added that their neighbors are fine with the request. No one was in attendance to speak against the change during the hearing.
The board’s only concern expressed during the hearing was whether the horses would leave the property rife with weeds, as horses often do. However, the owners were confident they would keep the issue in check.
A vote on the issue is expected at the next meeting.

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