Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2001

Council votes against duplex proposal

May 31, 2001

Mary Ann Stewart's last chance at building a complex of duplexes was shot down on Tuesday by the Eudora City Council.
The council unanimously voted to deny Stewart a change of zoning from single-family residential to multi-family residential for 19 lots. The three-and-a-half acres of land are located north of Eighth Street, north of where the new Pinecrest III addition is to be built.
Council president Rex Burkhardt was not present.
The council made its decision based on a recommendation from the Eudora Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission met last month to hear the change in zoning request and chose to recommend the council to vote against the zoning change.
Mayor Ron Conner said he didn't feel duplexes would be the best use for the land. Conner said he agreed with residents in the area that duplexes would bring too much traffic to the quiet neighborhood.
After researching possibilities with representatives from a Lawrence-based engineering firm, Peridian Group, Stewart said she felt the duplexes were a viable option.
"We were just trying to come up with the best use of that land north of Eighth Street," Stewart said.
The council also approved a change in the charter ordinance regarding the city's annual appointment period.
With the change, the appointment period will change to the first meeting in July from the first meeting in May. The change was made so new elected officials could have more time to become acquainted with those who serve the city.
City attorney Jerry Cooley said the ordinance will come into effect after it has been publicized in a local publication for two consective weeks. Also, 60 days must pass without a protest petition being filed against the ordinance. After that time, the ordinance will become effective and will have its first impact in July 2002.
In other action, the council:
approved denying bids for construction of Winchester Road at this time because submitted bids were higher than anticipated.
approved city superintendent Bill Harlow to hire two employees for summer help.

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