Archive for Monday, March 22, 2010

Eudora City Council OKs new athletic facility

The Eudora schools football complex cleared its final hurdle at a meeting Monday.

March 22, 2010

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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 The piece of equipment will replace the outdated and failing skid-steer loader that was purchased in 1998.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

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh-oh. An arms race between Eudora and Lawrence over athletic facilities. I wonder who gets the bobsled run on Mt. Blue?

At least these communities know what counts in education...FOOTBALL!

kittycatty26 5 years, 1 month ago

Building a new football stadium but cutting teachers? Wow, get your priorities straight, Eudora.

AimsMc 5 years, 1 month ago

A new football stadium makes since, as long as the school district sticks to the plan. Build the new stadium, then sell the property that Laws field and Nottingham sit on to help the budget and reduce expenses.

blackfox 5 years, 1 month ago

Just what Eudora needs! WHY?? School districts are going broke but Eudora can build a new stadium? Heck Eudora cant even take care of its main roads. Anyone drive on 20th st? IT SUCKS! But all they can do is put up signs and have the township maintain it for them. What a JOKE!!

MissinLawrence 5 years, 1 month ago

Did the city commissioners consider how this out affect the business across from the current Laws Field? What about Kwik Shop that benefits from the students/many spectators that visit them during halftime of chilly games? Or Sonic where students go during breaks at track meets? What about fans of visiting teams? Take for instance Gardner, Baldwin, Louisburg, etc (towns south of Eudora), these fans come in from the south, if the stadium is south of K-10, those businesses are losing money from those fans.

Good thinking City Council, way to think about the business' of your town.

blackfox 5 years, 1 month ago

Guess they think that the visitors will just drive to the Kwik shop and clog up Chruch street traffic. Again, the Eudora city DIDNT THINK!

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