City council approves new member
When the Tonganoxie City Council meets again, a new member will join its ranks.
Council members on Monday approved the appointment of Cami Zimmerman, 31, to fill a vacancy created when Janet Angell resigned about six weeks ago.
Zimmerman, 139 Hatchell Rd., said she's eager to begin work. She will take the oath of office at the council's next meeting, scheduled for April 22.
Zimmerman is a teacher who left the profession to care for her 15-month-old daughter, Katie. She said she's particularly interested in investigating whether the city could expand the types of activities it offers Tonganoxie's young people.
"I think trying to provide more opportunities for the children of the community, from birth up through high school-aged kids, is important," she said. "In the summers, I think, is a time, when we could be lacking in things to do for kids."
Zimmerman and her husband, Brian, an investment executive at RBC Dain Rauscher, have lived in Tonganoxie for nearly five years. She grew up in Emporia, attended the University of Kansas and earned a bachelor's degree in 1994 from Emporia State University.
She said she enjoys living in Tonganoxie.
"My husband and I both lived in Overland Park before we moved out here, and we liked the area and the serenity and the laid-back atmosphere," she said.
The city council on Monday also approved the appointment of Jim Bothwell, a First State Bank and Trust employee, to the planning commission to fill the unexpired term of Kent Weatherby.