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Archive for Sunday, May 2, 1999

S OPEN HOUSE

May 2, 1999

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Members of the Eudora City Council sat with their coffee in hand Saturday morning, staring at empty seats.

"Have some coffee and doughnuts," Mayor Fred Stewart said as a few people walked in the door to the council's open house.

The open house at the municipal building sparked little interest among the city's residents. Coffee and doughnuts apparently weren't enough to tempt them inside.

"Just a few people have been in," new Councilman Tom Pyle said. "I don't look for a big amount. It's the first good day we've had."

Most Eudorans were probably outside enjoying the sun, he said. The few who did show up could bend council members' ears to whatever topic they wished.

"We listened to what they had to say, and that's the important thing," Pyle said.

Cindy True wanted to talk about the city's teen-agers. She was thrilled to get a chance to discuss the issue with local politicians.

"I've never been to anything like this," she said. "It's not intimidating at all. ... They just sat and talked to us."

New Councilwoman Willene Blackburn said that some people had stopped by just to meet the members, "which is what we hoped would happen."

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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