Harlow reinstated by council
The position of city superintendent and Bill Harlow's immediate reappointment were both approved Wednesday by the Eudora City Council.
The action was approved, 4-1. Willene Blackburn cast the only opposing vote.
With about 40 people in the audience, Tom Pyle made the motion to reinstate the superintendent position and Harlow, with full benefits and salary. Dan Gregg seconded the motion.
"That's when the meeting got out of hand," Gregg said.
Audience members began screeming at the council. About 10 minutes later, order was restored and the vote was taken after Eudora News presstime.
"There wasn't a lot of discussion by the council," Gregg said. "It was too noisy. Once it quieted down, we took a vote."
Some audience member called for an individual vote of each council member, to which Mayor Fred Stewart objected.
"We haven't done that before and we're not going to do it tonight," Stewart said.
Due to commotion in the room the vote was not heard and an individual count was called out of necessity.
"I don't want any praise," said Pyle, who addressed the cheering members of the audience. "I just want Harlow to have his job back."
Though Harlow's job and position was reinstated, city electric foreman Delbert Breithaupt and electric worker Jeff Schmidt submitted their resignation from the city. As Breithaupt made his way to submit the resignations, Stewart tried to contain the noise and keep the meeting in order.
"We're not open to comments, we're following procedures," Stewart said.
"What have you done to follow a procedure in your life?" Breithaupt commented, giving the two resignations to the council.
No official comment was mentioned on when Harlow could begin work, but Pyle said the motion's passing made it effective immediately.
"As far as I'm concerned he can start tomorrow," Pyle said.
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