A changing of the guard occurred at the city commission meeting on Tuesday night. Former vice-mayor Aron Cromwell was chosen as the next mayor of Lawrence, and city staff welcomed the new commissioners.
Mike Amyx started off the meeting with his State of the City Address. Amyx highlighted several accomplishments made by the commission during 2010. Perhaps the biggest, he says, came from the city’s acquisition of the old Farmland Industries property.
Amyx also said he appreciated the voters in Lawrence for approving a multi-million dollar expansion to the public library. He also heralded the renovation of the Carnegie Building in Downtown Lawrence.
Outgoing commissioners Rob Chestnut and Lance Johnson also took some time to thank their families, city staff and the community of Lawrence.
The city clerk swore in new commissioners Bob Schumm and Hugh Carter as well as incumbent Mike Dever.
The first item on the newly formed commission’s agenda was to elect a mayor and vice-mayor. Mayor Amyx passed the gavel to Cromwell, and Schumm was chosen as the new vice-mayor.