Come April 2, the city of Liberty will have a new mayor, in the form of either current Ward 3 Councilman Lyndell W. Brenton or former Army Sgt. Travis G. Stoufer.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Both men discussed the importance of fostering a relationship between the city and the schools.
Brenton said it’s important to discuss with the school board where the two organizations’ priorities and initiatives overlap, so as to better asset each other.
Stoufer said he would set up a scholarship by donating half of his 2013 mayor’s salary if he is elected, and he’d ask council members to follow his lead.
The Liberty City Council includes two council members from four wards plus the mayor. The mayor serves a two-year term.
Lyndell W. Brenton
Address: 2155 Oak Crest Drive
Occupation: Senior manager business planning and analyst with Kansas City Power and Light Co.
Education: Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; Bachelor’s degree in business administration from William Jewell College.
Public experience: Liberty Ward 3 city councilman 1997-2005, 2007-present; Liberty Tax Increment Finance Commissioner 1997-present; Liberty Budget Committee 2009-present; Liberty Roadway Development Tax Committee 2001-2005.
Stances: His top three priorities are roads and traffic, utilities and economic development. He wants to focus on interstate access, local street construction and maintenance and the completion of Phase 2 of the South Liberty Parkway. He believes the city needs a sewage treatment solution either through a long-term contract with Kansas City or by having the city build its own facility. He’d like to see more commercial growth and residential housing projects.
Travis G. Stoufer
Address: 409 Melrose Lane
Occupation: Honorably discharged from the U.S. army in November after 12 years of service.
Education: Master’s degree in business administration from DeVry University; graduate certificate in project management from DeVry University; bachelor’s degree in administrative management studies from Excelsior College; associate’s degree in general studies from the University of Maryland-University College.
Public experience: N/A
Stances: Stoufer said the three most important issues facing the city are infrastructure, budget and sustaining public safety. Stoufer says he’d donate half of the 2013 mayor’s salary to two high schools to support a “Mayoral Leadership Scholarship” and said he plans to ask fellow council members to do the same. Says the city needs to look at how it prioritizes its expenses. He would like to increase fire and police personnel and city employee pay. He wants to take a look at large corporations that have received tax abatements.