City council, school district cooperate on getting concession facilities at West
The city and the Eudora School District ironed out the wrinkles in a plan to put a concession stand and bathrooms at the ballfields by West Elementary School at the city council meeting Oct. 22.
After speaking with the school board Oct. 18, Superintendent Marty Kobza came to the city council offering to pay $20,000 for a the construction of a concession facility. If the cost were to exceed that amount, Kobza asked the city to kick in the rest. Mayor Ron Conner said the city had between $12,000 and $15,000 available for capital improvements for recreation facilities.
In return for the $20,000 toward a concession stand, Kobza asked the city to continue working with the district on utility hook-ups at the baseball and softball complex at the high school. He said he hoped to have the situation finalized by the November board meeting so the district could begin the bidding process. That way, construction could take place in late fall and early winter, having the facilities ready for the school in spring and for the city in summer.
The concession stand would be a scaled-down version of the facility going up at the high school fields. Previous suggestions included converting a truck trailer into a concession stand.
"One of the things about it that's really nice is if that school district wants it to be a permanent structure, it will go with what's already out there so it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb," Kobza said. "It should be very nice."
Council member Rex Burkhardt said, "That's what I like to hear."
Several other projects in Eudora started out as a cooperative effort between the city and school district, said council member Tom Pyle, mentioning the swimming pool and bleachers.
The Eudora Amateur Baseball Association, which uses the facility during the summer, would furnish what it could for the inside with equipment like a microwave and popcorn machine.
In other council news:
Marion Johnson of the It's a K-12 Solution Committee presented the organization's spiel about the proposed high school.
The council approved James Snow's plans for community bulletin boards as part of his Eagle Scout project.
City attorney Jerry Cooley and the council looked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain ordinance in coordination with new floodplain maps.