Stewart presides over final meeting
Residents witnessed the changing of the guard at the Eudora City Council meeting Monday night, as Mayor Fred Stewart handled old business and then passed the gavel to newly-elected Mayor Ron Conner.
Before leaving office, Stewart heard a request from Don Cooper, vice president of operations and development for Topeka-based Commercial Group. Commercial Group is the developer of Pinecrest I and II apartments. Cooper submitted a request for the council to allow the city building inspector to issue a building permit for a third phase of the development.
The council unanimously approved the permit, but not without some convincing from Cooper.
The developer noted the city had a policy of not issuing a permit until the required roads and access ways were completed. He asked the council to overlook the policy because the roads would be built by the same contractor who would build the addition to Pinecrest.
"This is a situation somewhat unique," Cooper said. "We're the same developer of the street and the project."
Cooper urged the council to allow the permit to be issued because the company had a pre-existing and longstanding relationship with Eudora.
"Our time frame is very critical," Cooper said. "As you can see, we're having some great weather. We are ready to go."
Council member Pat Dardis questioned what impact the construction would have on city utilities if construction would begin soon. Monday was Dardis' last council meeting after deciding to step down this year with the expiration of his term.
Bill Harlow, city superintendent, said the construction could slow utility projects within the city, but said it would not stand in the way of their completion.
With the passing of the motion, Cooper said construction on the Pinecrest III development should begin within the next two weeks.