Archive for Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Eudora resolutions for the coming year

December 25, 2002

It is time for our annual New Year's resolutions for Eudora. Unlike personal resolutions, we don't define resolutions as determination to change the community for the better -- although we think some items of the list would -- but rather of resolving community issues.

Before addressing this year's list, we will stop to commend the Eudoran City Council for resolving the top item on the 2002 list with the hiring of Mike Yanez as the city's first city administrator. Yanez's expertise has proven valuable on a number of issues, in particular preparation for a bond referendum for a new pool. It is our expectation he will help the city resolve many of the issues it faces in the year ahead.

Our 2003 resolution list is:

  • Winchester Road improvements. The long-overdue joint city/county project, scheduled to get underway early this fall, was delayed when when the city was forced to take condemnation proceedings against a landowner. That will obviously be resolved, we hope in time for a spring construction date.
  • Eudora Middle School. Firm plans for the future of Eudora Middle School become more critical with every new block, beam and brick that is added to the future high school. The school district is well prepared for that part of the middle school complex it wants to keep. The city's plans are less definite. A committee identified possible uses -- a museum, meeting rooms and recreation classrooms -- but few details. Perhaps the process should be renewed so that a consensus of how the community would like to use the space and how any renovations would be financed can be developed.
  • A new swimming pool. The Eudora City Council has made progress toward bringing a bond referendum before city voters in April. Final numbers aren't available, but it is estimated the pool would cost $2.3 million. We applaud the ongoing City Council's public involvement process that should produce a product that serves the community's needs.
  • Church Street. The Douglas County Commission left any widening of Church Street south of Kansas Highway 10 in the city's court. We don't expect anything to be done this year, but would hope a plan is developed to improve the street that will become more important with the opening of the high school and the proposed Shadow Ridge addition.

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