Winfield City Commissioners recognized an employee for his years of service and approved expanding membership on the city’s Building Trades Board from seven to nine at their Monday meeting.

Jim Neal, the city’s electric production superintendent, was recognized for 45 years of service with the City of Winfield. Neal was also recognized earlier this year by the Kansas League of Municipalities with a 45-year service award.

The trades board expansion was requested by members of the Winfield Landlord Association, which wanted to have at-large representation on the board. 

The board’s purpose is to license and regulate persons, firms or corporations that want to engage in any of the defined building trades, as regulated by applicable ordinances, according to the city website. 

Trades board membership previously consisted of one architect or engineer, two general building construction professionals, two electricians, one plumber and one mechanical specialist. The Winfield city building official is also an ex-officio member without voting privileges and is not counted toward determining a quorum.

Trades board in several other cities, including Arkansas City and Wellington, also allow at least one at-large member. 

The ordinance passed by the commission adds two at-large members to Winfield’s board and maintains the same numbers for the other trades, bringing total membership to nine.

All members, except for the building official, are appointed by the city commission.

The ordinance goes into effect upon publication in the Cowley CourierTraveler, which was set for today.

It will be part of the city’s municipal code as Section 2-462, replacing the previous section of the same number.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved reclassifying Winfield Rest Haven, 1611 Ritchie St., from R-1, low density residential, to R-3, high density residential.

• Approved two permanent easements in the Sixth Avenue and College Street area.

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