Community business sign project renewed
The city of Eudora is working with the Eudora Chamber of Commerce to complete a signage project begun more than two years ago.
At the Eudora City Council meeting earlier this month, city leaders agreed it wasn't a conflict of interest for the city to help the Chamber erect signs publicizing and promoting local businesses.
City Administrator Mike Yanez said the city would start the process of securing the OK from property owners and area governments to place the signs at four entrance points:
¢ Kansas Highway 10 and Church Street
¢ 10th Street and Winchester Road
¢ Main Street in north Eudora
¢ Douglas County 442 in east Eudora.
Initially, two signs have been purchased by the Chamber and will be placed at the south and east entrances to town. Once financing is secured for the remaining two signs, they will be purchased and installed at the other two locations.
The city also said it could help the Chamber install the signs.
Mayor Ron Conner said the city could back the signs because the city was working with the Chamber rather than with one particular business.
However, City Attorney Jerry Cooley said if the city was a partner in the project the signs should be open to all businesses, not just Chamber members. Participation on the signs, which will rotate businesses among the four signs, is $200 for members of the Chamber and $400 for other businesses.
Cooley said the city would also have to look at its billboard policies, although it was generally agreed that a community business listing wasn't what policymakers had in mind when they prohibited billboards.
The policy of such signage on Kansas Highway 10 was raised earlier in the meeting when K-10 Association Director Rich Caplan gave a highway planning update.
Chamber President Theresa Abel, who is also general manager at The Eudora News, said it was important to get the project rolling because of the money already invested from 15 Chamber members. Moreover, the project's delay had influenced some former members' decision to renew.
For more information on purchasing a sign, see Page 7B or call the Chamber office at 542-1212.