Archive for Thursday, February 28, 2008

Council approves wellness center discounts

February 28, 2008

The Eudora City Council approved discounted memberships to the Wellness Center in the Eudora Community Center for city employees at Monday's council meeting.

Only nine city employees surveyed by department heads said they were interested in the discount, but the measure was unanimously approved. Councilman Jeff Peterson was not present at the meeting.

Enrollment will be voluntary. Single memberships will be free, but employees will be taxed $75 on the paycheck following their enrollment.

Family memberships, which will be discounted 20 percent, will be available as well.

If both bidders are qualified and services are equivalent

Families can use the facilities during business hours, but there will be stipulations put on single memberships.

"Full-time, single employees will have special hours they can go, or they go can anytime during the day as long as they are not interfering with paid members who are using machines and equipment," Beatty said.

Single employees also will be able to use the facilities when they are closed, as they will be given access to keys that they must check out from their department head.

There was increasingly contentious discussion on the issue of granting employees use of the facilities after it has been closed. Some council members said allowing people into the facility without any supervision could be a liability issue, in the context of injuries and intentional damage done by employees.

City Administrator Cheryl Beatty and City Attorney David Waters will draft a formal set of rules regulations and the policy will be brought to the council for approval at the next city council meeting, which will be at 7:30 p.m. March 10.

"Our goal is to try to draft a clear policy statement that they will be able to vote on and agree to." Beatty said. "They (the city council) will make the final decision."

In other actions, the council:

¢ Granted permission to the Eudora Amateur Baseball and Softball Association for a fireworks stand. The stand will be in the parking lot of C&S Market from Jul. 1 through 4.

¢ Approved the purchase of a new police cruiser at a cost of $22,583.

¢ Approved the purchase of a thermal imaging camera at a cost of $9,500 and 20 high pressure 45 minute air pack bottles at a cost of $12,730.

¢ Approved the purchase of a wheel balancer for the Public Works Department at a cost of $5,495

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