Archive for Monday, March 22, 2010

Eudora High football stadium proposal moves forward

March 22, 2010

A new athletic facility on the Eudora High School campus cleared its final hurdle Monday night when the Eudora City Council unanimously approved the use permit for the Eudora school district.

The move was expected, as the Eudora Planning Commission had previously approved the district’s plans to build a multi-million dollar football stadium on the west edge of campus.

City Councilman Tim Reazin used the discussion portion of the agenda item to express his own concerns about the project.

“The only concern I have is the traffic leaving the area after games,” Reazin said. “I don’t know if there is a real way to fix it.”

The council briefly discussed putting up a traffic signal at the entrance to the high school on Church Street. Everyone agreed, however, that the future site is far safer for fans and students than the current location at Laws Field.

Laws Field has a seating capacity of about 1,300 people, but the typical crowd at a varsity football game is 3,000 to 5,000 people. Some of those attending games can park on the west side of the field, but many park across the street on the east side of Church Street. As a result, pedestrians and vehicles pack the small area on game nights.

The council also unanimously approved adopting an ordinance dealing with floodplain management. The change adds seven homes to a floodplain area within the city’s limits.

The city will work to notify all seven property owners of the change and the requirement to purchase flood insurance.

Also Monday:

• Council members discussed plans for the Ninth Street bridge project and agreed that realigning White Dog Road south of Kansas Highway 10 would be a better use of money in the short term. City crews will continue to monitor the cracks in the foundation of the Ninth Street bridge between Oak and Acorn streets and bring any changes in condition to the council as they arise.

• The council approved the purchase of a John Deere skid-steer loader in the amount of $30,843.33. The piece of equipment will replace the outdated and failing skid-steer loader that was purchased in 1998.

Comments

hales 4 years, 8 months ago

Of course sports for some wins over education for all. All of our parent's taxes are getting raised and once again we're getting cheated out of our money. We can afford a football field that is $600,000 OVER budget but not teacher's jobs and supplies that we need for school and we're cutting programs. Wake up. We're NOT Johnson County:)

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thiisiknow 4 years, 8 months ago

Wait until we have to redo Church St. to allow for the influx of traffic and the hospital----You ain't seen nuthin yet!! The money in the bond ,I guess,had to be used or lost.So, the school board felt they had to go ahead with the stadium.I cannot seem to spend more money than I have but,everyone wants to spend my money for me. I don't know about the rest of you but my wallet is low and I have to live with what I have and they will deceide later if they will up taxes???? I personally would like to know now. AND,how much luck will they have selling Laws Field for what it's worth ?. Could they not have waited til the market got better? Will they sell to someone that will run our small business' out of business? Has any business inquired about it and offered an amount? Maybe they have and that helped the board vote.

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hales 4 years, 7 months ago

Those are really good points. Well what I don't think is fair, is that some kids live in Eudora and don't go to school here so their parents are paying for a football stadium that is completely no use to them whatsoever. That's some BS

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