Bauder named mayor

John Richmeier
The Leavenworth Times
Nancy Bauder

Leavenworth has a new mayor.

During a meeting Tuesday, city commissioners chose Nancy Bauder to serve as the city’s mayor for the next year.

“I’m proud to represent the city and citizens of Leavenworth,” she said.

Each year, the Leavenworth City Commission selects one of its members to serve as mayor.

Bauder spent the last year serving as mayor pro-tem. Commissioners followed a tradition Tuesday of selecting the mayor pro-tem to serve as the new mayor.

This is the second time Bauder has been appointed to the position of mayor. Her term as mayor will end Dec. 14, 2021.

Tuesday’s meeting began with outgoing Mayor Mike Griswold presiding over the proceedings. After Bauder was selected to serve as the new mayor, she switched places with Griswold.

The mayor traditionally is seated at the center of the dais in the commission’s meeting room.

Griswold expressed appreciation for the support he received as mayor from his fellow commissioners as well as the city manager, other city staff and the residents of Leavenworth.

“I wish Mayor Bauder the very best,” he said.

Bauder said the city commissioners are a team.

Bauder said her vote on the commission carries the same weight as each of the other four commissioners.

Bauder said it has been an honor to serve on what she called a “stellar commission” as well as work with the city manager and other city staff.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Camalla Leonhard was appointed to serve as the new mayor pro-tem. Her term as mayor pro-tem also will end Dec. 14, 2021.

Commissioner Jermaine Wilson was chosen to serve as the commission’s financial claims reviewer.

Commissioner Mark Preisinger later said some members of the public may question why the mayor is chosen each year by the commission instead of voters.

Preisinger said voters approved the city manager-commission form of government used in the city of Leavenworth many years ago.

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In other business

The Leavenworth City Commission:

• Approved a one-year agreement with Jani-King for janitorial services for four city-owned properties for an amount not to exceed $75,384. The contract includes an option for two one-year renewals.

• Approved a bid with Midland Wrecking for $52,415 for the demolition of five structures.

• Approved the purchase of ExecuTime time management software for an amount not to exceed $42,826.

• Approved the purchase of two Monroe salt and sand spreaders from American Equipment for a total cost of $31,315.

• Held a public hearing for amending the 2020 budget. At the conclusion of the hearing, commissioners approved amendments to the budget. City Manager Paul Kramer said the amendments to the budget will not result in additional taxes.

• Reviewed potentially dangerous structures that previously were granted extensions to allow owners time to make repairs and avoid demolition of the properties.

Commissioners voted to remove one structure from a demolition list. The two remaining structures were granted extensions until Feb. 9.

• Approved an ordinance that amends a section of the city’s code of ordinances concerning land disturbance fees and bonds.