The Eudora City Council took a step backward Monday at its regular meeting, hoping to continue moving forward on the continued growth and improvements for this community.
The step backward was in the form of a resolution to again seek public approval of a bond that will allow the city to construct a new pool facility at the present site. In April, a similar proposal was defeated with only 20 percent of voters going to the polls.
The construction of the new pool facility will result in many positive returns to the city and the patrons.
¢ The steps forward will be realized when the city will reap the benefits from added revenue the new construction and commercial activity will generate in the community.
¢ Parents and teenagers won't need to travel to Baldwin or Lawrence to find recreational activity at their pools, and people won't be stopping for groceries, gas and snacks in other communities while their children are enjoying the pool.
¢ A clause in the pool construction contract can provide work for local contractors and help keep money from leaving town on Kansas Highway 10.
¢ This pool was designed to not only be enjoyed by the youth in our community, but also can be very beneficial for all. The zero entry area will provide access by allowing anyone to enter without struggling with steps.
¢ A vortex area will provide a therapeutic whirlpool effect built right in the pool that everyone will enjoy.
Many hours of thought and study have played into this decision to hold a special election on this item. The City Council feels it is imperative that a new pool be constructed for several reasons, the least of which being the present pool could break at any time, and repair won't be an option.
This isn't a scare tactic but the feeling of engineers who have inspected and evaluated the present pool. The present pool has deteriorated to a deplorable condition. Breakdowns are frequent and very costly, zapping tens of thousands in funds from city departments each year. A new pool will save thousands of dollars in maintenance costs alone. A pool built 27 years ago is just not economical to run or fix anymore.
The city council is aware of the cost burden on taxpayers and has worked on finance options that will take part of the revenue from sales tax, easing the load for property owners. Cuts have been made, trimming 10 percent from the previous cost figures, and with added low interest rates have dropped the mill levy for all. We are all taxpayers; and planning for what's best in the community is why this project is needed at this time. Waiting for the current pool to break down for good is not the way to plan for the future, leaving us without a pool or options.
The council has looked at ideas for repairing and bringing the current pool up to present day standards. The cost of $1.7 million was enough to convince the council that a new project needs to be looked at. This project will allow for continued growth within the city and surrounding area. (Douglas County was one of the fastest growing counties in Kansas for 2002). The pool will provide safe and enjoyable activities for all ages and abilities. This facility should be able to pay for operating costs for years down the road with the added revenues it will attract.
A committee has been formed to get the facts and information out about this election. If you would like to get involved or just learn more about the election, you are welcome at any time. The meetings are at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in the City Hall.
I'm asking all voters to get all of the facts and get out on Aug. 26 and vote. This is our community. One small step can lead to giant leaps for our future.
I want to thank Eudora fireman Jim Clarke and Eudora police officer Tad Teehee for pushing my car out of the flooded street June 22. It was raining hard, the water was high, and there was mud underneath -- pushing the car was not an easy thing to do. We are fortunate to have such good men in our fire and police departments.
Then, I'd like to ask if the city would please put up warning signs where low street areas rapidly flood, such as Ninth and Main streets and Ninth and Maple streets. This might prevent the next person from having to replace their car engine.