Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Beatty knows need for follow up

May 18, 2006

Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty set up a voter registration table Saturday morning at the Eudora Parent Teacher Organization carnival at Eudora Middle School for the obvious purposes of increasing awareness and the pool of registered voters prior to the Aug. 1 referendum for the $3.8 million swimming pool and recreation complex.

The initiative the city administrator demonstrated is to be applauded. The city saw two bond referendums for new pools voted down three years ago in large part because few cared. Voter turnout was dismal in both failed referendums, with fewer than 30 percent of the city's registered voters going to the polls.

Beatty, and by extension city council members, are sending the signal this time that they understand their work doesn't stop with crafting the language to put before voters. And although it is true they can't as a body take a position for or against the proposal, Beatty's presence at the PTO event sends a strong message she takes a personal stake in its approval. It was also a smart move to reach out to what should be the pool's biggest constituency -- parents with young children.

Beatty's initiative shows savvy and follow through that wasn't present three years ago. The same traits were demonstrated in the successful effort to secure the grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation to revitalize downtown. In so doing, Beatty is proving her worth by showing success requires more than majority votes in the council room.

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