Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2006

School bond tops local resolution list

December 28, 2006

In some respects, 2006 was a good year for resolution in Eudora. The Eudora City Council proposed a solution to the city's aging swimming pool and lack of community center, the voters approved of the plan and work started last week to realize the solution.

Also, the city's downtown revitalization grant application was approved, although final details need to be put in place before that issue can be counted as fully resolved.

Our community resolution list starts with the work of the Eudora USD 491 Board of Education to craft a $40 million bond issue. The board is doing a thorough job of developing community consensus of district needs and divestment or reuse of district properties.

Just how those issues are resolved will not only concern the education of our children but the physical face of the community. It is our hope the community accepts a bond issue that addresses existing and foreseen academic needs while providing for the community recreational and economic interests.

One can't cite the Eudora City Council for lack of progress in 2006, as the list of community accomplishments cited above indicates. However, it spent much of the last third of the year divided in dispute.

The spring elections present the city's voters the opportunity to resolve the points of that disagreement. We encourage a full slate of candidates to honestly share their views on such key issues as who should pay for the city's remarkable growth and the role of the city administrator.

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