Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2007

Old middle school, water district suit, top resolution list

December 27, 2007

With the start of the new year less than a week away, it's time for The Eudora News' annual resolution list. In our case, resolution doesn't necessarily mean a wish list of self-improvement but a inventory of community issues we hope to see resolved in 2008.

From the passage to the $45 million USD 491 school bond to the opening of the new pool and recreation and aquatic center, 2007 was a good year for resolution in Eudora.

The school district's new building program, which will construct a new 1,000-student elementary school and touch every existing school building in the district, provides the district a growth plan for at least the next half decade.

With the bond's passage and the opening of the new community and recreational center, it would be our hope district officials will start serious discussion of the future of the old middle school, including its possible renovation for district use. Adding to the momentum on that issue is the delayed revitalization of the two-block downtown core, with construction slated for this year. The middle school property occupies too valuable a location in the city to remain underused for an extended time.

Johnson County Rural Water District No. 4 sued the city of Eudora in October to prevent the city from providing water service in recently annexed areas south of Kansas Highway 10. Last week, court dates were scheduled for the coming year.

Officials on both side have expressed hope a prolong court fight can be avoided and a negotiated solution can be found. However, neither side has backed down from current positions and it appears that more than $5 million still separates the city and water district.

Whether it comes from a judge's decision or by mutual agreement, it is to be hoped the dispute can be settled in such a way that doesn't compromise development in the city's growth area and provides a framework for future cooperation.

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