Conner hands Pyle the reins
Former Eudora Mayor Ron Conner said he was ready to hand the gavel over to someone else during his last City Council meeting Monday.
Ready or not, it was time to give the reins to Eudora's new mayor, Tom Pyle. Pyle was sworn in during Monday's meeting and left City Hall as the mayor of Eudora.
In his farewell as mayor, Conner thanked city employees and the Council for their support over the last four years.
"You've always been an interesting group to work with," he said.
Pyle seemed to hold back emotions after he was sworn in to begin the job he said he never thought he would have.
"I don't know anybody in the city who loves Eudora as much as I do, and I'm sincere," Pyle said.
New Council members Lori Fritzel and Bill Whitten were also sworn in Monday.
But before and after the festivities, the old and new Council members still had to make some decisions for the city.
The outgoing Council gave the Lions Club approval to begin construction of a directory that will be located in the northeast corner of the Eudora Cemetery. Lions Club representative Tom Tucker said the directory will have about 1,750 names. Large benches have also been incorporated into the design, which was created by Lions Club member Kurt von Achen.
The structure will be 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. Construction was scheduled for completion before May 30, which is Memorial Day.
Tucker said the club would like to have a Memorial Day dedication service for the directory.
In their first action as part of a new council, Eudora City Council members voted to donate $500 to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life June 10 to 11. Last year the city's donation was $250, but Councilman Scott Hopson suggested that since the Council donated $500 to the Eudora High School All-Night Prom, it would be appropriate to donate the same amount to the Relay For Life.
The Council tabled discussion on an official emergency management to allow for more review. Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem presented information obtained from other cities about official policies for handling large-scale disasters. City department leaders have been working on a plan for Eudora for months, and the Council directed them to proceed with planning at its March meeting.
The Council's next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.