Archive for Thursday, July 8, 2004

City considers cooking up office space in kitchen

July 8, 2004

As the growing city staff looks for more office space, it will likely affect other groups using Eudora City Hall.
The city is looking at converting a kitchen located off the City Council meeting room into office space for the city's court clerk. The kitchen facilities and Council room are frequently the site for groups like the local Lion's Club chapter and Eudora Area Historical Society to meet. The facility also accommodates special events like retirement parties and class reunions.
"Every time we go to look at the (scheduling) book, it's full," City Clerk Donna Oleson told the Eudora City Council recently. "It was a nice service to the community, but we need the space."
Oleson said she had looked at money set aside in the budget for capital improvement projects that wouldn't get done this year.
"We're cramped for space, and I don't see where we'll be getting a (new) City Hall soon," she said.
Mayor Ron Conner, who directed city staff to begin taking bids, said shifting the space would be a short-term solution to accommodate the city's growth.
Oleson said it would be convenient to have either the city administrator or court clerk in a new office upstairs, but to have room for both would be nice. She suggested the open counter connecting the kitchen to the City Council room be made into a glass window for the new office.
It was discussed to have the court clerk set up shop in the public safety office, at Ninth and Main streets.
Although doing so wouldn't be against state law, Police Chief Greg Dahlem said the problem was rather how the public would perceive the fairness of the court were it conducted in the prosecution's home turf. Moreover, Dahlem said the department didn't have adequate space for court.
With any such changes to City Hall, Oleson said the city could look at making better use of the lower level space.

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