FRONTENAC — The Frontenac City Council accepted the resignation of City Attorney Jennifer Brunetti at its regular meeting Monday.
Brunetti will remain in her post until May 31. Brunetti had worked as city attorney for Frontenac for 22 years.
“I am certain the City will continue to thrive and move in a positive direction even in my absence,” Brunetti said in her letter of resignation. “I will miss staff, city council meetings and municipal court as they have all been a tremendous part of my legal career.”
Last week, Brunetti cited the time commitment as the reason for her resignation. At Monday’s meeting, the city council also appointed Brunetti city prosecutor — a role she will remain in.
Brunetti also served as interim city administrator following the resignation of Doug Sellars in August 2015.
Sellars was charged with making false information, official misconduct, misuse of public funds, theft and misdemeanor stalking in September 2016. The misuse of public funds charge alleges Sellars knowingly misused public funds of at least $1,000, but less than $25,000. And the theft charge alleges that Sellars purchased $8,127.75 of “personal merchandise” using city dollars.
Brunetti resigned from the interim administrator position in December 2015 when Monica Kellogg took over the post.
Frontenac has since hired Brad Reams as city administrator and he will take office effective June 1.
In other business, Public Safety Director John Zafuta informed the council about drug bust by Frontenac Police Department on May 5.
FPD — assisted by the Pittsburg Police Department — executed a search warrant at 106 S. Dopking Street and arrested Jeffrey McClain, 33, of Pittsburg at the scene.
McClain was found to be in possession of highly concentrated marijuana with an estimated street value of $20,000 to $25,000, according to Zafuta.
McClain was booked into the Crawford County Jail for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant in Chetopa.
“I want to show the good work our officers are doing here,” Zafuta said. “It sometimes goes unnoticed, but I wanted the council to be aware.”
Paula Totman addressed the council regarding the business in her home. The Frontenac Planning and Zoning found that Totman has been operating a beauty salon out of her home through a business license that was erroneously provided to her by city staff.
Planning and Zoning Board Representative Bob Kunshek said neighbors had come to the board with concerns about parking on Leighton Street where Totman’s business is located. He said the board denied her request for a special use permit, and had given her 30 days to finish appointments.
Totman said before she opened her salon, she called city hall to ask what she needed to do to operate a business out of her home and was told she simply needed a business license. She is a licensed cosmetologist, and said she passed all state inspections for her business.
She also presented the council will plans to add a second driveway to her property so vehicles are not parked on the street. The council tabled the matter for the June 5 meeting and urged Totman to discuss her plans to remedy the traffic problem with her neighbors to possibly gain their approval.
The Frontenac Homecoming Association reported that it is officially a 501c3, and that renovations to the awning over businesses on the north side of McKay Street in downtown Frontenac had begun. The work is being done by the Frontenac High School trades class.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.