Community owes Beatty thanks
On the morning after I read about her resigning, I went for a little drive through Eudora. The first thing I passed was our beautiful new recreation center and pool. Driving down Main Street, I came to the CPA Park and, indeed, the entire beautification project that downtown has undergone. The lasting stamp of Cheryl Beatty is upon each. I was privileged to work with Cheryl for the past four years as a member of the Eudora Planning Commission. She was a smart, articulate and driven advocate for what was best for Eudora. She gave tireless hours to our city, even going so far as to jumping on a mower when needed or taking on such tasks as planting flowers and weeding overgrown flower beds. She went above and beyond the job description of what a city administrator is expected to do.
Cheryl was instrumental in getting Lawrence Memorial Hospital to build a facility here near Kansas Highway 10, as well as devoting numerous hours to the new I-70 Interchange that is going in outside Tonganoxie and planning for the greatly increased traffic that it will bring through our city. I venture to guess that she has probably forgotten more than I will ever know or learn about the intricacies of operating a growing city like Eudora.
Councilman Tim Reazin has stated that it will probably take at least six months to bring a new administrator up to speed or what is going on in our town. I suggest that’s optimistic; her knowledge of city business will take a great deal longer to learn.
Cheryl, thank you for the great strides forward that you were so instrumental in for the city of Eudora. We owed you a debt of gratitude, not an acceptance of your resignation. We owed you a substantial raise and a resounding thank you for your dedication to making Eudora a better place. I wish you all the best as you grace another community with your skills and dedication. Wherever you go, that city will be greatly blessed.
P.S. Last Saturday, more than a week after Cheryl had resigned, she was seen planting flowers at the city hall to beautify it for spring. What a class act.