Archive for Tuesday, April 27, 1999

EUDORA SWEARS IN NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS

April 27, 1999

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— The new council members said Monday night they would like to see the city encourage development and lower utility rates in effort to improve Eudora.

Although they expressed slightly different goals, Eudora's three new city council members all said they wanted to make Eudora a better community in the next four years.

"I'm wanting the people of this community to bring forth their ideas because there are a lot of good ideas out there," said new council member Willene Blackburn.

Blackburn said that "with some hard work and careful study, I believe we can lower the utility rates here."

Blackburn, Dan Gregg and Tom Pyle were sworn in as new council members on Monday night.

They replace outgoing council members Allen Morriss, Ronald Conner and David Durkin.

"I'd like to thank every employee that the city's got," Durkin said. "I really appreciate all that you do, and I don't think you've heard it enough from me or anybody else for that matter."

For Pyle, serving on the council is not a new experience.

He's twice served for periods of eight years -- from 1968 to 1976 and from 1980 to 1988.

"I'd like to restore some things that have sort of restricted Eudora," he said, referring to development issues.

Also, he said, "Some of the (utility) charges are higher here than they are in other places. There's just a number of things that need to be looked at."

Gregg said he wanted to enhance the "community" aspect of Eudora, including maintaining its downtown and enhancing emergency services.

"Our community is growing very rapidly, and with this proposed Land of Oz theme park (near DeSoto, 7 miles east), it's going to really take off," he said.

The newly elected members were sworn in Monday evening at the end of the council's regular meeting, during which mostly standard business was conducted.

Before new members were sworn in, the old council met in executive session for 20 minutes to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken following the session.

One of the first orders of business for the new council will be the appointment of a new fire chief.

Former chief Scott Robinson resigned March 1 because of his claim that a nearby anhydrous ammonia storage tank would be too dangerous in the event that it caught fire.

Current chief Carl Tuttle is resigning as of May 1 for the same reason, Gregg said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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