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  • Commissioners, new mayor sworn in

  • Tuesday’s Pittsburg City Commission meeting was largely without action. That said, it had plenty of emotion to make up for it.

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  • Tuesday’s Pittsburg City Commission meeting was largely without action. That said, it had plenty of emotion to make up for it.
    The meeting was more a game of musical chairs than all that productive, with only one commissioner — Patrick O’Bryan — sitting in the same seat at the beginning of the meeting as the end.
    Last week, residents elected Monica Murnan and Michael Gray to four-year terms and Chuck Munsell to a two-year term as commissioners. Gray, the lone incumbent, edged Munsell out in the final count of the ballots on Monday morning for the four-year term.
    Murnan and Munsell took the seats of long-serving city commissioners Marty Beezley and Rudy Draper. Neither chose to run for re-election. Both gave their final words before leaving their seats.
    “I’d like to thank everybody that’s supported me over the last six years,” Draper said. “I’m proud to have served the community. It’s a great community here in Pittsburg. We’ve had good times and stressful times. It’s been a lot of hard work. I thank my family for supporting me when I needed someone to watch the kids while I was at meeting. I’d like to thank the city staff for answering all my questions.”
    Beezley thanked the citizens of Pittsburg for supporting her for 14 years on the city commission. She said that she learned a lot, including how to be more compassionate and “worldly wise.”
    “There were many nights I awakened with bowling balls in my stomach wondering if I was doing the right thing,” Beezley said. “I know the new commissioners are going to do a wonderful job. Their heads are in the right place, they are intelligent and willing to serve.”
    Beezley also thanked City Clerk Tammy Nagel, her husband and family, the city staff (singling out in particular Public Works Director Bill Beasley), her fellow commissioners, and a Morning Sun reporter in attendance.
    After the swearing in of Murnan, Gray and Munsell, commissioners continued the traditional rotation by electing the president of the board in the previous year, Michael Gray, to mayor.
    “I’m a little emotional. My family is in the room, and my two kids. My sister is here with her two. I wish my dad could be here, too. I know he’s here in presence,” said Gray, whose father passed away in late January.
    Gray then presented a ceremonial gavel to his predecessor as mayor, John Ketterman, who remains a city commissioner. Murnan was chosen as president of the board on a motion by Munsell.
    In actual city action on Tuesday, the city commission:
    • approved the agreement with the state for the construction of the 20th and Broadway intersection project. The project has long been approved, but the agreement was necessary to move forward. Bids are expected to be let in December, and the city’s cost is expected to be somewhere in the $800,000-$900,000 range.
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