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Community planning set for Jan. 30

January 24, 2008

The second 20/30 Community Vision meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Eudora Community Center. The first meeting took place Nov. 28 and about 20 community members - who formed economic development, quality of life and infrastructure subcommittees - decided Eudora needs, among other things, an economic development director, improved water quality and a traffic plan.

The subcommittee this time around will continue to refine those suggestions.

"We've identified general categories and goals that were brainstormed in the initial meeting," City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said. "The committee will start to look at some of those goals to identify, historically, how we got where we are and what is it that we want to achieve what does economic development really mean?

"Do we want to be the town that does heavy industrial development, or do we want to be the town that does eco-friendly, or do we want to be the town that concentrates on small-business development?"

After the subcommittees meet, public hearings will take place so residents will be able to give feedback about what has been discussed in meetings.

"We'll say, 'this is what the committee has identified historically, currently and what the future might be for Eudora," Beatty said. "Are we in the ball park or are there other ideas that we haven't even thought of that you guys would like to have input on in this process before we finalize a set of goals and plans and action items."

Date and time for regular meetings also will be decided. The frequency with which the meetings take place will decide how long the process will take.

"The more often they meet, the faster it will get done," Beatty said. "It depends on the group of people there, and we seem to have some pretty dedicated people."

Anyone can attend the meetings even if they did not attend the first meeting, but Beatty requests that they notify her of their intent to attend.

"They need to let us know if they're going to attend the meeting simply so that we can plan for the amount of space we need," she said. "But if they show up, we'll make them feel welcome."

For more information, call Cheryl Beatty at 542-4111.

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