Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2001

Eudora’s 2002 resolution list

December 27, 2001

This is the time of year we make resolutions. We enter the new year pledging renewed determination to improve ourselves.

We would like to suggest a community resolution list. As with our personal resolutions, the goal is improvement. But our community list includes issues we would like to see the Eudora community resolve in 2002.

The list is:

Hiring a new city administrator. Our unrealized suggestion was that that the city council hire a city administrator to start in January when the position's budgeted salary dollars would be available. We are pleased the council is starting the give consideration to the search process. We look forward to welcoming a professional manager who will help Eudora cope with the many and complex problems of continued growth.

Update of a comprehensive plan. The plan desperately needs to identify and create needed land for future commercial development. More importantly, we hope the community takes advantage of the update process to engage in debate and develop a consensus of the type of community it wants.

A plan for a new city pool. We hope the city council builds on its early discussion of alternatives for a new swimming pool and develops a proposal to bring to the community in the coming year.

A plan for the future use of the middle school. Although the Eudora school district will use the building through May 2003, it would be to have a community consensus on the building's future use and good estimates of renovation costs this year. How the city will pay for these repairs should be part of the turnover discussion with the school district.

Finally, the city needs to go to the county with a strategy for upgrading 1061 and Main Street. There has to be a workable solution to what has long been shrugged off as someone else's problem. If the county isn't going to be held responsible for upkeep of its roads, it's time area voters took recognition of this slight by its commissioners.

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