Archive for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Eudora Parks and Recreation director looks forward to changes with new year

December 30, 2009

Eudora Parks and Recreation director Tammy Hodges will look to keep moving forward with the city’s recreational programs and services.

Q: Looking back, how did registration numbers for various programs and services compare to last year?

A: We were definitely up over last year. For instance, we had at least 50 more kids in our basketball league, and I think that’s due to online enrollment. We’ve been getting lots of compliments on that feature and I think we’re headed in the right direction with it.

We’ll be able to improve our accounting practices as a result of the online services, but we’re also saving man-hours.

Q: The city won an award of $54,500 in liquidated damages and another $33,000 for Vanum’s poor workmanship during the construction of the Eudora Community Center. What are the plans for those funds?

A: The major items that we’ll look to fix are the gym floor, the heating and air conditioning and the parking lot. We want to get the floor done because that’s basically the easiest fix.

Q: What were the issues with those three items?

A: Water had warped the gym floor, heating and the air needs to be reevaluated by an engineer to see how we can make them operate better and, of course, the parking lot is an eyesore.

Q: Any plans for 2010?

A: We’re hoping to get some cameras put in so that by the end of January, the community center can be open 24 hours a day.

Q: So between the online registration capabilities and the possibility of being open longer, it’s not unrealistic to say that revenues will increase next year?

A: Yes, that technology will help us tremendously in improving things. I’m really excited about it. I feel like we’ll be able to move forward and improve programs and operations. the city when in need. That is what makes Eudora a great place to live.

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