The Eudora City Council on Monday night approved an ordinance restricting public access to the two cemeteries in town.
The ordinance, presented to the council last month but tabled for further consideration, states that no one may be in the either the city cemetery on East Seventh Street or the Holy Family Catholic Church cemetery, located near the Holy Family parish hall, 820 Birch, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Under the ordinance, violators could be fined up to $100 or jailed for up to 30 days or both.
JoAnn Becker, city clerk, said the council passed the ordinance because it wanted more authority to restrict public access, saying it saw no reason for anyone to be in a cemetery between those hours.
ADOPTION OF the ordinance is a direct result of a vandalism spree at the Holy Family cemetery on Aug. 6, when vandals caused more than $15,000 damage to the cemetery, said council member Tom Pyle. About 10 headstones were damaged.
During the spree, vandals broke crosses off the tops of several stones, overturned a large stone and damaged a steel marker in an attempt to dig it out of the ground.
Pyle said the vandalism, as well as some minor problems in the past at the city cemetery, prompted the council to restrict access to the cemeteries.
IN ANOTHER matter, the council approved two recommendations from the Eudora Planning Commission.
The first recommendation was that the council approve a request from Dwane Richardson to rezone two lots at 1038 Pine from single-family residential to duplex. Richardson plans to tear down an old house on the property and build a duplex. The house, moved years ago from Sunflower Village near DeSoto, has been vacant for more than a year.
The second recommendation was that the council approve the final plat for Maple Lane Subdivision, 815 Maple St. The subdivision, developed by Miller and Midyett, will include two new triplexes.
In other business, the council:
Accepted a $2,367.98 bid from Motorola to provide the city's new police car with radio equipment.