City exploring ways to keep kitchen and add office space to City Hall
Organizations and community groups that have come to rely on the kitchen at Eudora City Hall for events from ice cream socials to retirement parties should be pleased to hear that the facility may have a reprieve. The Eudora City Council agreed to have Council member Rex Burkhardt pursue a plan that would keep the kitchen usable while also creating more office space at City Hall.
The city is looking to create an office for the court clerk, and creating an office in the Council room, where court takes place, seemed most logical. In earlier discussions, the Council talked about creating office space out of the kitchen, built in the facility in 1954.
Mayor Ron Conner said he'd gotten a lot of feedback from local groups saying the city should keep the kitchen in tact. Burkhardt suggested creating office space out of a corner of the room that would shrink but not eliminate the kitchen.
But City Clerk Donna Oleson said renting out the Council room had caused problems, such as tape being left on the walls and moved equipment. Oleson said she didn't want the city to prevent local agencies from using the Council room to meet, but the city might consider no longer renting out the facility.
"It's a wonderful thing we've done (renting it out) -- I've done it myself," Oleson said. "We're having more and more meetings, and this is a meeting room."