Archive for Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Morse, Maniez win City Council seats

April 5, 2005

Ted Morse, who ran for De Soto City Council emphasizing his retail background, found city voters liked what he was selling.

The first-time political candidate finished with the 572 votes, most of the four candidates seeking the two Council seat contested Tuesday. Finishing second was incumbent Tim Maniez with 457 votes, more than enough to earn his fifth term on the Council.

"I just hope I can justify the hope people put in me," Morse said, adding that he would now apply himself to getting up to speed on city issues.

"I'm still a very conservative person. Let's look at the (Sunflower) water plant, let's look at the swimming pool and sewer and let's get at it."

Maniez said he, too, was pleased with the show of support.

"You hear good things, but sometimes you don't know if you just hear from those who support you. All and all, I must be doing a fairly good job."

Maniez said he would remain the same skeptical presence on the Council, a quality he thought appealed to voters.

"I ask a lot of questions," he said. "Whether I'm right or wrong, at least things are brought out. People tell me that's one of the things they like."

Tops on his agenda was progress on the water treatment facility the city has leased at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant since 1998, Maniez said. Sunflower's prospective developers have agreed to give the city title to the treatment facility when the plant is transferred to them.

"I hope we get something out of the deal so we can see how we're going to fit into the deal," he said "We need to move forward one way or the other real soon.

"Hopefully, we can produce water for De Soto and give our customers a break."

Dave Vigness said although he wasn't pleased with the results, he was happy with his campaign and the number of votes he attracted. He would remain a regular at City Council meetings and would run again in two years when he might be better known, he said.

"Ted's a lot more well known than I am," he said. "That's a big factor. I'll keep active and hit it again."

Barry Thierer, who finished fourth with 205 votes, introduced the issue of SBC Communication Inc.'s metro charge. He said he was glad other candidates picked up on the issue and hoped they would press the telecommunications giant to drop the $25 a month added charge to connect De Soto phone lines to seven-digit metropolitan service.

Running unopposed, Mayor Dave Anderson gathered 785 votes.

Looking ahead to his second term, Anderson said the Council must be prepared to deal with a myriad of issues related to growth that will come with the completion of the new sewer plant in two years.

Anderson said he would also like to see progress make on the "Y-to-Y revitalization" he advocated during the campaign.

The results from the election will remain unofficial until they are canvassed by Johnson County Commissioners later this week. Andrson, Maniez and Morse will be sworn in at the Council's April 21 meeting.

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