Six to run for
Express Staff Writer
The city of
Bellevue will have a full slate of alderman candidates for its April 1
nominating caucus started at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bellevue City Hall, and
within minutes, seven candidates had been nominated.
declaring for the three two-year seats are Jon Anderson, Jon Wilkes, Bob
Heed and incumbent Parke Mitchell.
day, Heed withdrew his candidacy. He cited in a letter "circumstances
beyond my control."
declaring for the one one-year seat are Judith Peak, Dick Fairfield and
incumbent Tammy Schofield.
alderwomen Joanna Ehrmantraut and Vivian Ivie said they would not run
again, opening up two two-year seats for newcomers.
one-year seat is a departure from regular Bellevue politics.
year’s election, George Moore was elected to a two-year term, but
because of health reasons, he resigned his seat soon after the election.
place, Mayor John Barton and the city council appointed Tammy Schofield to
take Moore’s place for a year, with the understanding that someone would
be elected, not appointed, to finish Moore’s second year.
charter city, Bellevue doesn’t have councilmen, it has aldermen.
the city refers to its legislative body as a city council, Bellevue
aldermen are often called councilmen.
caucus was over at 7 p.m., the council began its regular meeting, where it
approved the preliminary plat of Maple Ridge Subdivision.
subdivision is located on the east side of Eighth Street, between Pine and
process of going through review by the Bellevue planning and zoning
commission, the developers and the city realized Eighth Street did not
follow the city’s easement.
the road bends to the east outside the city’s easement and into the
discovery made several residents on the west side of the street upset
because they would be losing some of their front yards.
preliminary plat application for Maple Ridge first came before the council
on Jan. 10, when it was tabled, so the city could study the problem.
night’s meeting, Councilman Wayne Douthit took the lead on the city’s
position about the location of the street.
the road in crooked was the city’s mistake, but as we have done in the
past with situations like this, we’ve put the road in the center of the
right of way," he said.
fixing, we should put the road where it belongs."
P&Z reviewed the application, it recommended shifting the road 12 feet
to the west, putting the road into the city right of way, but not in its
One of the
affected residents, Wayne Inman, told the council Thursday night, "I
don’t want to see the road moved at all."
affected homeowner, April Chizum, told the council that if the road were
moved, it would mean moving two mature trees on the corner of Eighth and
that if the developers and the affected homeowners agreed to leave the
road where it is, why should the city want to move the street?
came from Councilman Dale Shappee who said, "It’s the only fair
thing to do."
member Willy Huxford was of the same mind.
would ask the city council to make all property owners equal by putting
the road into the right of way and giving the developer the full use of
his property," he said.
said, "Any time you give one side more, you give the other side
He made the
motion to approve the application with the condition that the street
problem would be addressed at the next city council meeting.
passed with four yeas. Two nays came from Shappee and Schofield.
said the reason he wanted to delay a decision about correcting Eighth
Street is because he wanted to research cost.
developers, Ken and Cindy Ward, have already said they would pay for a
section of the street their subdivision would affect, between Walnut and
is interested in rectifying the entire problem, which starts at Pine