Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Quick action needed on lease

April 6, 2006

Last week, the Eudora 491 Board of Education put a temporary brake on any action in support of the proposed new recreation complex. Instead, the board directed its attorney to review its lease agreement with the city for the land on which the current municipal pool sits and on which the proposed new pool and gymnasium/community center would be built.

The proposed recreation complex does give the district much to think about. And those deliberations are wrapped up in its own considerations of the future of Laws Field, other facilities in the Nottingham Elementary School complex, the Community Learning Center and its own coming bond issue.

It's good that the board should exercise due diligence in making those decisions, but if the city is to move forward with an August referendum on a bond issue to build the complex it needs answers relatively quickly.

It's true the Eudora City Council hasn't yet given approval for the referendum. That decision will be made next month, but the momentum for that action is clearly there.

From the city's perspective, it isn't helpful to see that momentum stalled by the board's hesitation. And its debate will cause head scratching and concern among residents. From their own recent experience, board members should know such public confusion could easily lead to opposition talking points.

Board members got a report on the complex from City Administrator Cheryl Beatty three weeks ago, but they had several months' notice that something was planned for the site. We would hope the board can approve a lease agreement for the site that will ultimately let voters decide if the city's proposal is the best use of the property.

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