City prioritizing needed capital improvements
A southside park, police car computers, and a credit card payment system for City Jall are capital improvements city leaders hope to see come to fruition during the next five years. But before such improvements become realities, the Eudora City Council will meet for a study session Thursday night to discuss the merits of the suggested improvements and to set priorities among the nearly $27.5 million in projects that could take place between 2005 and 2009.
Adopting a capital improvement plan wasn't a commitment on the city's part to guarantee the projects, said City Administrator Mike Yanez. Rather it was an outline of projects that would be beholden to the city's budget and the desires of the Council.
"The numbers are staggering," Yanez said Feb. 9 at the Council meeting. "It still means we don't do things unless we have the money."
The list of projects -- compiled from department heads, the city's comrehensive plan, and required codes -- reflected what Eudora had to do to deal with growth and the backlog of deferred maintenance, Yanez said.
The draft proposed Thursday will include capital improvements for City Hall; the fire and police departments; for streets, water, sewer and electrical service; and for parks and recreation.
The latter category accounts for a new swimming pool, which voters twice turned down in bond elections in 2003. Other such projects, whose cost would be dependent upon the terms of debt service, include a community recreation center and skate park.
Also included in the proposal is $500,000 in 2005 for a downtown beautification project, which the city pursued last year, beginning with designs for sidewalks, landscaping, and other amenities like park benches and street lamps. The city pursued the idea of a federally-financed, state-distributed Community Development Block Grant but was unable to garner the needed private sector involvement before the application deadline.
The capital improvement study session begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.