Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2001

Council furthers discussions of larger fines

July 26, 2001

Eudora drivers are one step closer to paying three times as much for in-town speeding tickets as they do currently.

The city council decided Monday to have City Attorney Jerry Cooley draw up a final ordinance for the next meeting when the council will vote on raising fines.

"It's an increase, that's for sure," Cooley said.

The proposed ordinance would put Eudora's fines schedule on par with the schedule passed by the state. The state's new fee schedule, which affects K-10 and county roads, for instance, tripled the cost of fines ranging from speeding to not stopping for a school bus to alcohol related offenses like DUIs.

"I would have no problem to adopt it," council member Dan Gregg said.

Lawrence and De Soto also adopted the state's fee schedule.

"It gives us something comparable to the cities around us," council member Willene Blackburn said.

The council decided to spend more time looking over the revisions to the standard traffic and public offense code adopted by the state. Police Chief Bill Long said the city adopted the changes each year when they come out.

Added Gregg, "It's pretty much a standard thing you do every year."

Although councilman Rex Burkhardt said the changes are usually adopted statewide, councilman Tom Pyle pushed to table the issue, allowing the council to compare the changes to last year's codes.

If the city wanted to make changes, Cooley said, the revisions should be made in the city's copy of the codes, which the city leaves in the clerk's office for residents to see.

In other news:

The council had no comments about the proposed extension of a franchise agreement with Sunflower Broadband. A hearing on the request to extend the franchise agreement for 15 years will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the council room in Eudora City Hall.

The council approved the purchase of a $3,105 used drop box to replace the one on the east side of city hall. City Clerk Donna Oleson said this drop box with a safe chest is quite a bit bigger than what the city has now, meaning it can accommodate bags of money, such as those deposited from the swimming pool, as well as envelopes. The city will move the drop box to a window on the east side of the building to accommodate its larger size.

The council approved bids for poles for the city's general use and transformers for three subdivisions.

The council confirmed Lowenthal, Singleton, Webb and Wilson of Lawrence as auditors for 2001.

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