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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Maltbie, Gribble win Canton City Council seats

  • Earl Maltbie and Terry Gribble won seats on the Canton City Council Tuesday.
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  • Earl Maltbie and Terry Gribble won seats on the Canton City Council Tuesday.
    Gribble won the seat with 70 votes, and Maltbie won with 67 votes. Other candidates in the race included Jean C. Anderson, who had 24 votes, Cathy Morgan, with 27 votes, and Jeff Ecker, with 11 votes.
    Also running were Jean Anderson, receiving 24 votes, Cathy Morgan, receiving 27 votes and Jeff Ecker, receiving 11 votes.
    Gribble said he was grateful to win the council seat and wished to thank the city of Canton for electing him.
    He hopes to address the condition of the streets in the city of Canton. Gribble said the city is considering the cost effectiveness between concrete streets against asphalt street, and would like to examine the cost of repairs for himself and choose what he thinks would be best for the city.
    Gribble also said he’d like to encourage growth within Canton by restarting a chamber of commerce, and would like to work with the chamber to encourage new development.
    “There’s an empty restaurant downtown, that hasn’t had any attention in years,” Gribble said. “I’d like to see someone take the place, find a way to fill it up and use it to attract more jobs and people to the city.
    When asked what made the difference for him in the election, Gribble said he thought he didn’t hold any great advantage over his competitors.
    “Any one of them could’ve done the job,” he said.
    Gribble is a first-term council member. He’s a graduate of Canton-Galva High School, and works as a truck driver.
    Maltbie said he was hoping to win the election and was looking forward to serving the community of Canton.
    His primary concern will be ensuring the safety of Canton residents by keeping utilities maintained and law enforcement properly equipped.
    Maltbie also addressed the road conditions in the city of Canton, saying moves already are being made to address the problems, and he hoped his engineering background could be beneficial to street planning.
    Maltbie was an engineer at Coronado Engineering Inc. for 14 years. He also worked at CertainTeed Corporation for 20 years, spent four years in the U.S. Air  Force and is the president of the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission.
    Maltbie, 69, said his age may have given him an advantage in the election, saying that the majority of voters were likely elderly.
    “I would daresay that 40 to 50 percent of the voters were in my age group,” Maltbie said.
    Maltbie is a first-term council member. He said he hopes to represent voters well, and will research the issues addressing the city in order to choose the best option.
    Page 2 of 3 - “I think there is, shall we say, plenty to be concerned about,” Maltbie said. “But it’s important to get as much information about the issues before any decision is made.”
    Toews wins Inman mayoral election
    Jim Toews was elected the new mayor for the city of Inman on Tuesday.
    Toews won the election with 131 votes. Nicholas Reinecker competed for the position, with 17 votes.
    There were 73 write-in votes.
    Toews said he was pleased to win the position and said he’d try to continue the policies of his predecessor, John O’Brien.
    “John did a good job,” Toews said. “He was a good mayor.”
    Toews said he’d like to address water and sewer rights. He said the city of Inman needs to ensure that the water supply is maintained, and he’d like to construct another lagoon.
    Toews also said he’d like to encourage economic development within Inman, and is looking at different state agencies that may help develop growth.
    Toews said his volunteer work within Inman and his previous experience as a council member are what may have helped him win the mayoral campaign.
    Toews has served four terms as an Inman council member. He  also is a retired industrial engineer, and the former division president of Exide Corporation.
    Froese, Sisson win Inman city council seats
    Don Froese and Ruth Sisson are the winners of the city council seats in Inman.
    Froese came out of the election with 169 votes, and Sisson with 166 votes.
    Also running in the election was Rozanna O’Brien, who had 68 votes.
    The Sentinel could not reach Sisson for comment.
    Don Froese, a first term council member, said he was pleased to be elected to the council seat and was both ready and excited to serve.
    “I hope I can fulfill expectations,” Froese said.
    Froese said he’d like to encourage more growth within the city of Inman, and more growth would help to address tax problems within the city.
    Froese, 62, said he attributes his win to his long history with the city of Inman — he has lived within the community for most of his life.
    “It’s a small community,” he said. “How long you’ve lived and what part you’ve played makes a big difference.”
    Stucky, Schmidt wins Moundridge city council seat
    Kevin Schmidt and Lanny D. Stucky won the open seats on the Moundridge city council on Tuesday.
    Schmidt won the race with 106 votes, and Stucky with 77 votes.
    Page 3 of 3 - Also in the race was Jeremy Moore, who received 71 votes.
    Schmidt said he was thrilled of the idea of serving as a council member. He said he’s lived in the city for 20 years and was glad to see the public vote in a new council member.
    Schmidt said he looking at big projects within the city of Moundridge, including the construction of a new water tower and addressing an aging sewer system. Schmidt said he wants to ensure that his decisions will positively affect the next generation, citing his own kids as that future.
    Schmidt also said he wants to encourage new businesses by further involvement in commercial development zones in eastern Moundridge.
    Schmidt also said he’d like to update the state of parks throughout Moundridge, saying park equipment is outdated and needs to be upgraded. Schmidt said he’d like to find more ways through city parks to get young children involved.
    Schmidt said he was encouraged to run for city council by some friends, and those friends helped his campaign.
    Schmidt is a first-term council member. He served for four years on Moundridge EMS, is a member of the Moundridge Fire Department, and is serving a term on the Pine Village Endowment Board.
    Lanny Stucky said he was pleased to be elected to the city council, and the other candidates were just as capable for the position.
    Stucky said he wanted to address water and sewer issues within the city, saying the supply will be pretty tight come summer.
    Stucky said one of the lagoons within the city has come into disrepair, and needs to be both repaired and upgraded in order to provide sufficient water to the city.
    Stucky attributed his win to his previous experience. He has served as council member for Moundridge for the past 20 years.

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