Archive for Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Church Street tops 2004 resolution list

December 31, 2003

It was a good year for resolutions in Eudora. That may be true of the personnel self-improvement kind, but it was also true of this newspaper's 2003 community resolution list.
Three items that made our annual list last year found resolution. As expected, Winchester Road improvements went forward when the delay caused by a condemnation was resolved.
Although some might not see it as a resolution, the issue of a new swimming pool was at least put to rest for the foreseeable future. If nothing else, the two failed bond referendums conclusively proved there wasn't enough interest in a new pool to overcome concerns of an added tax burden.
Also, the district unexpectedly resolved the question of how the former middle school would be used by continuing to use much of the building.
Only one item from last year's list remains on the table. That was a plan for improvements to Church Street south of Kansas Highway 10. Now that traffic patterns are better established with the further building at Shadow Ridge and the opening of the new high school, it is our hope that design and cost estimates for the increasingly important street can be put into action this coming year.
The other items on the 2004 resolution list are:
¢ Application for a Community Development Block Grant for downtown revitalization. The application was when city and downtown interests realized there wasn't time to organize a downtown association. It is time to build on the effort and jumpstart grant efforts before the October application deadline
¢ Realization of USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza's innovative proposed life science charter school. We look forward to his fleshing out the proposal with curriculum details and financial figures in the coming year and to the Kansas Department of Education's stamp of approval.
¢ The comprehensive plan update approved this month set aside added areas for future commercial growth. That was a good first step, but the city lags behind its peers in its lack of an institutional presence charged with recruiting businesses to the city. We suggest the city and Chamber of Commerce work together to address that shortcoming.

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