Pettegrew formally resigns as Conway Springs mayor

By Paul Rhodes

In a brief letter that was read at last week’s Conway Springs City Council meeting, Mayor Dee Pettegrew formally resigned his position with the city.

In his letter, Pettegrew said he had enjoyed his time as mayor, and was resigning for health reasons. The letter of resignation was unanimously accepted by the members of the city council.

Council member Dan Doffing has been serving as acting mayor for the past several months, and is expected to officially be sworn in to that position at next week’s council meeting. Doffing told The Star-Argosy that he expects to name someone to fill the vacant seat on the city council soon, possibly next week.

Mayor Pettegrew suffered an apparent heart attack during a city council meeting in December of last year. He remained in the hospital for several weeks following the incident.

Following the medical emergency that put Mayor Pettegrew in the hospital, council president Lyn Meyers had been officiating city council meetings and fulfilling the mayor’s responsibilities. However, at a special meeting in January, Meyers stepped down as council president, citing the need for someone to be available during business hours.

After that, the council named Doffing as acting mayor.

In other business at last week’s meeting, the council:

• Approved a resident’s request to remove a sidewalk on her property that is damaged and doesn’t connect with any other sidewalk in the area.

• Held an executive session to review applications for police chief.

• Approved a new policies and procedures manual for the police department, and an ordinance amendment relating to the manual.

• Approved Cummins Sales and Service to test the city’s water well generator, at a cost of $1,018.

• Discussed the sign application for Dollar General, and noted that the sign will meet both city and county regulations.

• Noted that the Community Building was tested for mold, and that no mold problems were found.

• Noted that two lots in the Leddy Addition have been closed.

• Approved annual membership in the Sumner County Economic Development District, at a cost of $2,000.

• Approved a new computer for City Hall, at a cost of up to $1,700 with Unique Enterprises for the computer and transfer of information.

• Discussed the school district’s plans for two additional tennis courts, and what would be entailed with that project. Those discussions will continue.

• Discussed window repairs at the Conway Springs Museum.