Leavenworth has a new mayor ― Laura Janas Gasbarre.

Leavenworth has a new mayor ― Laura Janas Gasbarre.

Gasbarre was appointed to a one-year term as mayor during Tuesday's City Commission meeting. Her appointment comes after she served the past year as the city's mayor pro-tem.

"I feel honored to represent the citizens of Leavenworth," Gasbarre said after becoming mayor.

She thanked her fellow commissioners for their confidence in her.

Each year, city commissioners select one of their own to serve as mayor. Tuesday's vote for the mayor's appointment was unanimous with Gasbarre joining her fellow commissioners in the vote.

Outgoing Mayor Larry Dedeke handed Gasbarre the mayor's gavel, and the two commissioners switched seats at the dais in the commission chambers.

According to information from the city, Gasbarre has served two previous terms as mayor in 2003-2004 and 2006-2007.

Commissioner Mark Preisinger was appointed Tuesday to serve a one-year term as mayor pro-tem.

"Thank you," Preisinger said after his appointment was unanimously approved.

Commissioner Lisa Weakley was appointed to serve as the financial claims reviewer for the next year.

Weakley is starting a four-year term on the commission. She was elected to the commission last week.

She previously served two terms on the commission but had taken a break in 2011.

Preisinger was re-elected to a four-year term in last week's election, and Commissioner Davis Moulden was re-elected to a two-year term.

Moulden, Preisinger and Weakley were sworn in for their new terms during Tuesday's meeting. The oath was administered by City Clerk Karen Logan.

Phil Urban, who lost a bid for re-election last week, was presented a plaque in recognition of his service.

Urban expressed disappointment about the low voter turnout in the April 2 election.
According to County Clerk Janet Klasinski, voter turnout in the city of Leavenworth was 9.87 percent.

Tuesday's meeting had started with Urban at the dais and Weakley in the audience. Urban continued to serve on the commission as it went through old business. At the start of new business, Weakley began her term.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved an ordinance to amend the Uniform Public Offense Code. The amendment enacts a new prohibition against littering. Violation of the littering section can result in a fine of up to $500.

According to City Attorney Tom Dawson, the League of Kansas Municipalities has warned against filing littering cases under an old provision of the Uniform Public Offense Code used by cities. He said this is because of conflicting state statutes that address littering. But cities can adopt their own ordinances to prohibit littering.

The new ordinance was unanimously approved Tuesday.

Following the vote, Preisinger asked if signs will be erected to notify people of the ordinance.

City Manager Scott Miller said there will be signs placed at entrances to the city as well as in major traffic areas.