Courtesy photo / City of Merriam, Kansas

When Ken Sissom became the mayor of Merriam, Kansas, in 2008, he knew exactly what he was getting into.

He was on the police department in Merriam for 26 years, serving the last 13 as police chief.

“When I became mayor in 2008, I had attended every city council meeting, with the exception of maybe four or five, since 1992. So there were no surprises for me on the Mayor’s job,” he said.

For a city of its small size — only 4.5 square miles — it has 600 business, which makes it an interesting place to govern.

Waste Rubber Blight Under Assault

Apr 8, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City Council may ask voters to decide in August whether to license the city's 600 tire dealers. The problem is thousands of discarded tires, often dumped at night.

If the ordinance passes, voters would decide whether to levy a $250 annual fee on dealers.