Potential council members speak at meeting


By Michelle Leidy-Franklin

CLEARWATER – Members of the Clearwater City Council heard from two people interested in filling the vacant council seat during last week’s city council meeting.
There is an opening on the council following the recent resignation of Yvonne Coon.
Crystal Walter has lived in Clearwater for 14 years. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and is the director of marketing for a local manufacturing company. She also has previous experience working at the Wichita Art Museum, Shell Oil, and placing foreign exchange students, including some in Clearwater. She has volunteered at church and at the Clearwater High School.
“My family and I have a deep appreciation for Clearwater and all it has to offer,” said Walter.
Walter has two children, aged 17 and 15, who have grown up in the Clearwater school district. Her family has taken part in many local events and are familiar with the local library, city parks, and other community resources.
Walter said she has kept up with the city council meetings and is up-to-date on the city agenda. She also keeps up with current events and approached the city with her desire to serve.
William “Tex” Titterington also is up for consideration for the seat. Titterington has been appointed in the past and has previously served three years on the city council. During the meeting, he also expressed his intention to run for the seat when it is up for election in August.
Titterington settled in Clearwater in September 1990 after serving many years on active duty with the United States Air Force. He raised three children in the Clearwater school district and now has grandchildren attending local schools.
Titterington said he had also been monitoring city council meetings online. He currently holds a seat on the planning committee and has remained involved in the community.
“My main goal is, if I’m going to live here, I want to know what’s going on, have a say and make sure everybody is represented,” said Titterington.
A decision for a new council member was not made at the meeting. An appointment is expected to be made during the meeting on Jan 26.
In other business:
• The council approved resolution 1-2021 to extend the city boundaries to include three additional addresses.
• Approved the purchase of an updated extrication device. Also known as the jaws of life, the new device will be battery operated and can be operated with a Milwaukee drill battery. The fire department will purchase the device from its reserve budget. The council approved the purchase from Genesis Rescue Systems in the amount of $30,712.
• The council approved housing incentives for Clearwater’s housing developments, keeping them at the same level as 2020.