At-Large Council Candidates Talk Streets at Forum

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 03/25 2014 11:05PM

Updated 03/25 2014 11:18PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) At-large candidates for the St. Joseph City Council discussed the issues in a forum Tuesday night at Missouri Western.

Three incumbents and three challengers are vying for votes in the April 8th election.

The forum was sparsely attended, but that didn't stop the candidates from sharing their ideas.

Much of the debate centered on the state of St. Joseph's roads and streets. All of the candidates agreed that the city's roads are in need of repair. They were prompted by forum moderator John Euchner of Missouri Western to share what their plans would be if elected.

"How you go about fixing the streets?" Euchner asked the candidates. "Isn't this the time to let the public hear those ideas?

"We don't have an automatic town hall meeting system of government," he said. "It's not up to the public to decide these things. Yes they vote, but they are looking for leadership.

The three incumbents, Donna Jean Boyer, Jeff Penland and Byron Myers, as well as Mayor Falkner, all said that the council might have to ask for a bond vote in the future.

Ken Beck said city budgets continue to be stressed by state and federal mandates that cost money.

Kent "Spanky" O'Dell said he would be a part of a city planning committee to develop a plan of action.

Kenneth Reeder said there is already money at city hall to pay for roads. He would find waste in other areas of the budget.

Candidates for contested city council seats will have their own forum Thursday evening at Missouri Western. It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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