ARMA — Lissa Rhodes stepped down from her temporary seat on the Arma City Council Monday when Mary Lou Peace took over, but Rhodes will still be working closely with the council on economic development issues.

Over the past few months, Rhodes has organized several Arma Economic Development and City Revitalization meetings. She has brought in Certified City Planner Dick Horton, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson, Live Well Crawford County Director Brad Stroud and more to discuss how Arma can grow and work with local groups.

Monday, Rhodes updated the council on her efforts. She recommended the city set up a committee or board to focus on the Arma Community Fund through the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas. She also related information about possible grant opportunities for the city through Live Well’s Pathways Grant and Westar Energy.

The next meeting for the economic development group will be 6 p.m. January 22 at Northeast Arma High School. The meeting will not have a speaker, and will be used as a work meeting. Rhodes said she is working to get the word out to more residents about the meetings, and encouraged council members to attend.

“Even if you have to come late, it’s really important for you to be there and show support,” she said.

In other business, the council:

Discussed possible changes to the zoning of Westland Acres, and the the city’s Westland Acres covenant. The council plans to review the provisions of the covenant and make any changes they see necessary;

Approved the purchase of four, 4-feet by 8-feet signs to be placed along U.S. Highway 69 for promotion of the city. The cost is just under $2,100;

Approved sending the city’s worker’s compensation insurance plan out for bid; and,

Renewed the city’s audit contract with Diehl, Banwart and Bolton.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.