Archive for Thursday, March 13, 2008

Council drafts employee wellness center policy

March 13, 2008

The Eudora City Council made amendments Monday to a draft of the employee wellness center discount policy.

Single memberships still will be free and family memberships still will be discounted by 20 percent. Participants in the voluntary program were initially to be given keys by department heads, allowing them to use the facilities after hours in an attempt to prevent overcrowding during regular business hours.

Since low numbers of participants are anticipated, Parks and Recreation Director Tammy Hodges told the council they no longer will need to use the facilities at any time other than regular operating hours.

As a result, employees will not need to have keys to the facilities, which was a point of contention at the last council meeting Feb. 25.

"The council worked well to compromise with the concerns of staff and employees as well as the concerns expressed on the council," City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said. "This policy will satisfy the needs of the employees but yet not compromise security of building."

Mayor Tom Pyle also informed the council that he now will require them to ask his permission before they speak as a result the last meeting's sometimes combative exchanges regarding the policy.

In other actions, the council:

¢ Heard the results of the traffic study that began in mid-November and covered the eastern corridor of Eudora via 10th Street.

Traffic flow currently is moving at an acceptable rate, but future growth will need to be accommodated.

The council would like to discuss the cost of the improvements with the organizations that will be building in the area and will do so in the coming weeks.

¢ Approved a contract with the Eudora Amateur Baseball and Softball Association to provide five total baseball diamonds for use during the youth season, which runs from March 15 to Aug. 1.

¢ Reappointed City Superintendent Delbert Breithaupt as Director No. 2 representing Eudora with the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency.

¢ Approved the rezoning of .84 acres owned by Robert and Virginia Durr to be changed from residential agricultural to residential, single family.

¢ Approved the rezoning of the 46.58 acres of land where the new elementary school will be built to be changed from residential agricultural to residential, single family.

¢ Approved a trip to the International Institute of Municipal Clerks conference May 18-23 in Atlanta for City Clerk Donna Oleson, who also received a $1,500 scholarship to attend from City Clerk and Municipal Finance Officers Association of Kansas.

¢ Approved preparation of the construction site of the new elementary school. However, the school district will not be allowed to make any changes to the public infrastructure.

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