City Hall expansion set
City officials could soon be getting more elbowroom.
The Eudora City Council approved an ordinance and resolution Monday authorizing the issuance of up to $450,000 in general obligation bonds to finance an expansion of City Hall.
The project has been on the minds of council members since earlier in the year and will radically change the size of City Hall and, if completed, centralize many of the city's offices.
"When the city grows, the city offices will grow," city clerk Donna Oleson said.
Oleson said she has been working on the expansion plans from the beginning.
"I think it's wonderful," Oleson said.
The city voted to publish a bond resolution that would give it the authority to spend the money and bring the project to fruition.
The resolution will be published for two weeks in The Eudora News, the city's official newspaper, then be subject to a protest petition for 60 days afterward.
If no petitions are received, construction will begin March 15, 2006, Oleson said.
The expansion will eventually place city offices in the two buildings directly to the east and one to the north.
The project will allow the city to forego a rental obligation and increase space for municipal events.
Currently, because of lack of space, the city council meets in a cramped room for its executive sessions.
When the project is completed the tight space won't be necessary.
"It will give us more room to operate," said Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle. "We'll appear more together and it will appear easier to approach one another."
Before work went into the bond language, city employees and council members suggested multiple ways of optimizing space in the current City Hall set up.
One option would have turned the kitchen into office space.
Pyle said the expansion would not be a waste of money for the city.
"We're trying to spend it where it would be an enhancement to the city of Eudora," Pyle said.
The new building will house the city attorney, city administrator, the parks and recreation department and others.
The current basement of the city hall, which houses the parks and recreation department and the city administrator, will be used as the municipal courtroom.
"This will give us more room to operate more freely and be able to accomplish more things," Pyle said.
The length of the bond will last 10 to 15 years.
Joe Rawie, the current owner of the space, is moving his business, Blacktop Paving and Construction, to De Soto, Oleson said.
"It's sad to see him go," Oleson said.