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 The piece of equipment will replace the outdated and failing skid-steer loader that was purchased in 1998.