Wintry weather causes mass cancellations
Ice storms that wreaked havoc throughout the Midwest caused Eudora School District and city officials to cancel events throughout Eudora Monday through Wednesday.
Monday's city council meeting was postponed until next week and Eudora High School activities including the band concert for grades six to 12 and the Boys and Girls High School JV Basketball Tournament at Ottawa for Monday evening also were postponed. School was cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday as were all school events.
"The decision to close schools is one we take very seriously because I recognize the challenges it can create," Superintendent of Schools Marty Kobza said. "But the safety of our students and staff is our number-one priority."
The city had a staff meeting Monday in preparation for the storm and the Red Cross delivered cots to Eudora City Hall in case any residents were evacuated.
City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said all emergency equipment was fueled up and or otherwise checked.
The city also did a complete check to make sure all power lines were cleared of any tree limbs that could fall and cause a power outage.
The city has spent approximately $30,000 per year on preventative limb removals over the last four years.
"After the last ice storm, the city of Eudora made a conscious effort to go out and spend a significant amount of money on tree trimming around power lines," Beatty said. "So, all the main lines have been trimmed."
Seven volunteer firefighters spent the night at the Eudora Fire Station Monday, though they only received one call.
"We listened to everyone around us run the sparking lines calls, fire alarm calls, smoke alarm calls -- fortunately we've been fine," Eudora Fire Department Chief Randy Ates said.
Ates attributes the fact that they didn't receive many calls to the proactive response of the city and its workers.
"The fact that our city crews did the big tree cutback program this summer and checked yesterday for bad spots I think is a big reason why we're sitting around today doing practically nothing," he said.
Ates kept a crew on until midnight Tuesday.
The weather especially snarled holiday music programs.
The following events were rescheduled as a result of cancellations.
There will be a joint vocal and instrumental winter concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Eudora Middle School auditorium for grades nine to 12, with the choir performing until approximately 7:50 p.m. where after the band will perform.
The Eudora West Elementary Honors Choir concert will be at 6 p.m. Friday followed by the fifth-grade musical at 6:45 p.m.
The Eudora Middle School winter choral concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Eudora Middle School auditorium, with the Eudora High School choir making a guest appearance.
The middle school winter band concert will follow at approximately 7:45 p.m.