Archive for Thursday, February 14, 2008

Eudora applies for water appropriation

February 14, 2008

Eudora is taking steps to be first in line for the distribution of additional water rights.

Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty told city council members Monday the city of Eudora would begin the application process of water appropriation.

The first step in the process is for Beatty and Brian Kingsley, of BG Consultants, to meet with the Kansas Division of Water Resources to examine whether or not unappropriated water is available.

Beatty said the city seeks the additional appropriation of water based on a 20-year population projection.

Beatty said the sooner the city applied for the water appropriation, the better chance the city will have of receiving any available water.

"We're going to need it, and I was told 'first appropriation, first gets,'" she said. "So, if we apply for it now then we'll be higher up in the order of cities (to receive water)."

Beatty said they would use the same population projection the Eudora USD 491 used to show a need for the $45 million bond issue that was passed in November.

If the appropriation is granted, DWR still would evaluate the need on an annual basis, also making sure that Eudora's infrastructure could support the extra water.

In other actions, the council:

¢ Appointed Johnny Stewart to the Board of Appeals, replacing Robin Ross.

¢ Approved the purchase of a Digital Ally in-car video system, at a price of $4,075, for a police cruiser.

¢ Approved the purchase of four Tasers for the Eudora Police Department at a total price of $4,010.09. Approval of an ordinance outlining procedural use of the Tasers was tabled for the next council meeting.

¢ Approved the adoption of Kansas State Ordinance No. 890, Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, and Kansas State Ordinance No. 891, Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities.

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