Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2001

City engineer steps down

April 12, 2001

After more than two years as Eudora's city engineer, Matt Taylor is stepping down from his position.

Taylor submitted his resignation to the Eudora City Clerk's office Tuesday. He will continue to work for the city until April 30.

Taylor started working Eudora in August 1998. He said he decided to leave because many of the larger projects in town are completed or under way and he's in search of a new challenge.

"I've been here for a couple of years and all the big stuff is pretty much done," he said. "All my responsibilities are shrinking. It's time to leave and I don't want to overstay my welcome. It's time to do something new."

The engineer said he is now looking for a job with more responsibility and improvement projects such as ones he was worked on while working for the city. Taylor noted that Winchester Road is designed and the city is taking bids for its construction. Also, the sewer interceptor line is being designed and the new water tower has been completed.

In his absence, Taylor said, he's confident that city superintendent Bill Harlow will be able to oversee the completion of the projects that aren't finished.

"They've got the day-to-day operations in the capable hands of Bill Harlow," he said. "The major design projects in town have all been completed or adequately under way that the superintendent can carry them on."

Despite that his resignation came after newly elected Mayor Ron Conner took office, he said his resignation wasn't political. Taylor worked for two years with Conner when the mayor was then a council member.

"I've worked with him fine and thought that he was one of the more informed council members at the time," Taylor said. "Based on his background, he tends to have a better grasp of what I brought to (the council) at times."

In the meantime, Taylor is attending classes at Kansas University. He is working on his master's degree in civil engineering, which he hopes to complete this summer.

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