Haysville mayor decides to let economic development group continue to meet at City Hall; future of group is uncertain

WICHITA — A few days have passed since Haysville Mayor Ken Hampton quit Haysville Forward Inc., the city’s economic development group, and he’s had time to reexamine the situation.

Not much has changed, although Hampton has decided he’ll allow the group to continue to meet at City Hall.

“We’re going to go ahead and allow them to meet where they have been meeting.”

He and the city’s other representative on the committee won’t be there, though, because of Hampton’s frustration over losing a March 1 vote to continue as the group’s president.

“So basically, nothing’s changed. … They’ll just have a little harder time making quorum,” Hampton says. “Sometimes we do have trouble getting enough people there to get a quorum in the first place.”

There have been 16 members, and it takes nine people for a quorum. Now, there are 14 members.

“It’s one of those unfortunate things, but it happened,” Hampton says.

“I agree with him on that,” says Tim Massey, director of the Haysville Chamber of Commerce.

Massey is serving as something of a point person on the fallout from Hampton’s departure.

“All I’ve done is read e-mails, and nobody knows what we’re doing yet,” Massey says.

Hampton is downplaying the situation.

“It’s not like it’s a big deal,” he says.

Except Hampton is cutting off any future city funding of the group, which could be tens of thousands of dollars.

Massey says he’s not sure what’s going to happen.

He says there are “questions and questions.”