Archive for Thursday, April 24, 2003

City pushes forward on fire chief, pool plans

April 24, 2003

After informally interviewing Eudora's volunteer Fire Chief Spencer McCabe Tuesday night, the Eudora City Council is expected to make a formal motion to make McCabe a full-time chief at Monday's meeting, said City Administrator Mike Yanez.

The Council agreed at its last meeting that Eudora needed a full-time chief. Choosing to forego a formal search process, the Council agreed to work with McCabe.

Yanez said the Council directed him to work on hammering out salary negotiations with McCabe.

The Council also took the opportunity to figure out what steps should be taken with the municipal swimming pool since earlier in the month, when voters failed to pass a $2.5 million bond to build a new pool. Although the facility will be open this season, Yanez said the city was looking at what it might need to do in the future to secure the passing of a new pool.

The Council will discuss the issue in a couple weeks, and Yanez said the city would invite the proposed pool's designers, Ford Bohl and Steve Palmer, to help brainstorm ideas to develop a passable pool bond and whether the failed plan included too much pool or not enough pool.

"Basically we think the major factor was a low voter turnout," Yanez said.

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