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Fall LeafFall Leaf School by Shirley M. Douglass 

Don and Dianne Huggins are hosting an Open House at their home this Saturday (04/25) from 10am until sunset. Their home is the historic, rehabilitated former Fall Leaf School. In addition to admiring the painstaking work that went into restoring this historic schoolhouse, you will be able to admire the flower garden and help yourself to refreshments.

Location: The Fall Leaf School is located at 10928 229th Street, Lindwood, KS 66052

Directions: From Eudora, take Main Street north, going out of town over the Kansas River. Main St turns into into 222nd Street, take that to left on Alexander Road to left on 230th Street to left on Fall Leaf Road.

When: Saturday April 25 from 10am until Sunset

Contact: Lorene Cox for any questions, 785-542-2562

This promises to be a neat event, the Huggins’ hope you can make it!

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The Eudora School Board has called a special meeting for Wednesday night to talk about budget cuts for the coming school year.  The meeting will take place at the Eudora High School Performing Arts Center. The meeting is set to begin at 7:00 P.M.

According to the agenda published by the School District, Superintendent Steve Splichal will share information about the district budget and options for cuts for the 2015-2016 budget.   The public will have time for comment following the presentation by Splichal.  Unlike most Board meetings, there is no need for prior approval to speak to the board in the public comment section at this meeting.

Following the public comment, Splichal will provide information about the next steps in collecting community feedback and budgeting for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Citizens headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide on who will run their City, School District and if the sales tax should be raised.

In the City Commission race, Incumbent Ruth Hughs easily won re-election for her second full term by garnering 398 votes. Hughs was appointed to the Commission to replace Fred Stewart in 2010 and was elected to a four year term in 2011. Similar to 2011, Hughs won the race by a large margin.

“I am truly honored to have the support of the citizens and be re-elected to serve four more years,” Hughs said following the win. “I am looking so forward to being a part of the plans the city has for the future.”

Maria Nelson will be making a return to the City Commission as well.  Coming in second to Hughs with 327 votes, Nelson said she was happy to be back on the Commission.

“I love being involved with the city,” Nelson told us. “Having the opportunity to once again work with the staff of the city and be a part of the decisions that shape this town is very exciting.”

Nelson served one term on the then City Council from 2007 until 2011. Nelson narrowly lost in the 2011 election.

Tim Bruce won the third and final seat up for election, getting 300 votes. Bruce also serves as President of the Chamber of Commerce.

Finishing in a distant 4th and 5th place were Justin Eddings (165 votes) and Chris Fiedler (138 votes).

Bruce and Nelson will replace Mayor John Fiore and Commissioner Kenny Massey, both whom decided to not run for election.

One of the first items on the new Commission’s docket will be to look at how to spend the new approved sales tax money.  The decision to raise the city sales tax by 3/4 of a percent narrowly passed.  The final count was 317 – 257 to approve the increase.

“I am very thankful to the citizens and thrilled they have the faith in us as good stewards of the tax money,” Mayor John Fiore told us. “I am confident the city will return and investment that benefits the citizens and that Eudora will generate a product greater than most other communities.”

Ruth Hughs was delighted and trilled that the sales tax increase passed.

“I am looking forward to the projects this will fund,” Hughs said.

It will be interesting to see what this does fund. City officials have said in their presentations to bolster this increase that the most important item the city wants to do is expand the Rec Center to include more workout facilities and look at adding an indoor walking facility. Will the estimated $2.7 million the tax is expected to raise over the course of 10 years fund all that and have any leftover for other projects such as CPA Park? Time will tell.

Over at the School District, two long time incumbents easily won re-election bids. Joe Pyle led the pack with 448 votes. Mark Chrislip came in second with 398 votes. This will be Pyle’s fourth term on the Board and Chrislip’s seventh term.  Two newcomers will join Pyle and Chrislip.

Bryan Maring won a seat by finishing third with 370 votes. This was Maring’s third attempt to win a School Board race having fallen short in 2011 and 2013.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Maring stated. “When you can give back to a community that has given my family so much over the last ten years, it’s a wonderful feeling.”

Taking the final position on the School Board is Lynn Reazin. Reazin received 333 votes to claim the final spot.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity,” Reazin said. “There are a lot of challenges ahead for the District and I am excited to be a part of it and help out.”

Reazin served the Eudora Elementary School PTO and spent time on the Eudora Schools Foundation Board before deciding to run for the School Board. Her win also creates an interesting partnership in Eudora as her husband, Tim Reazin has sat on the City Council/Commission since 2007 and currently is the city’s Vice-Mayor.

Kelly Holder received 290 votes in the last and Michael Howard came in at 212.

Voting results are unofficial until the canvas by the Douglas County Clerk’s office which is set for April 16. Once the vote is certified, the new Commissioners will take over at the April 27 City Commission meeting. The new School Board members will take over during the summer.

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Election Day in Eudora could get a bit interesting. The ballots printed for Eudora say to Vote for THREE(3) or FEWER for the School Board.  The ballot should read Vote for FOUR(4) or FEWER for the School Board.  On the City Commission column, the wording of vote for three or fewer is correct.

According to Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew, he says they found out this morning.

“The printing mistake wasn’t caught until we opened up the boxes early this morning before the polls opened,” Shew said. “Workers corrected the ballots and they are instructing voters that they can mark up to four for School Board.”

Several midday voters have confirmed that this is occurring at the various polling locations.  We asked Shew about those who voted in advance with incorrect ballots. He told us that there was 28 voters who cast ballots prior to election day.  He stated that all tabulation machines were programmed to accept up to four votes for School Board.  Shew added that the office will be looking into why the ballots were incorrect.

“We haven’t gotten to the bottom of how it happened yet,” Shew said.

What will happen in regards to this could be something to watch. If a candidate for School Board wanted to contest the election, they could use this error as grounds to do so.  A candidate could call into question the 28 advanced votes and possibly election day ballots as well.  While 28 ballots is not a large number, in a smaller election with a very light turnout expected, 28 could mean the difference between 4th place (and a seat on the Board) and 5th place (watching from the cheap seats). In both the 2011 and 2013 School Board races, 42 votes separated the candidates from winning and losing. In those same two elections for the City Commission, the races were decided by 22 or less votes.

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With Election Day coming on Tuesday, we want to make sure you have as much knowledge as possible to make an informed decision about the people who will govern your town and run your School District.  Below are links to all the profiles that we were provided with.  You can click on the picture or the candidate to read the profile.

City Commission Candidates

Tim Bruce
Tim Bruce
Justin Eddings
Justin Eddings
chris_fiedler
Chris Fiedler
Ruth Hughs
Ruth Hughs
Marian Nelson
Maria Nelson

Voters will be selecting three candidates for the City Commission.

School Board Candidates

Mark Chrislip
Mark Chrislip
Kelly HolderKelly Holder
Person Outline
Michael Howard
(no profile provided)
BryanMaring
Bryan Maring
Person OutlineJoe Pyle
(no picture provided. Click to read profile)
Lynn Reazin
Lynn Reazin

Voters will be selecting four candidates for the School Board.

Also on the ballot is a question to raise the sales tax.

Shall a retailers’ sales tax in the amount of three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) be levied in the City of Eudora, Kansas, for the purposes of generating revenue needed to provide an effective level of public services within the City, to improve, construct, equip and maintain the public fitness and aquatic facilities including but not limited to sports parks, indoor and outdoor/fitness trails, and to provide funding for other capital expenditures.  

 A Yes vote authorizes the increase in the sales tax. A No vote does not authorize the increase.

Polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday.

West Eudora (Precinct 50) will vote at the Eudora Church of Christ – 1530 Winchester Road

North Eudora (Precinct 52) will vote at Eudora City Hall – 4 East 7th Street

South Eudora (Precinct 53) will vote at the Eudora Township Fire Station – 310 East 20th Street

Central Eudora (Precinct 54) will vote at the Eudora Rec Center – 1638 Elm Street

Remember, to vote in the election, you will need to show a picture ID per Kansas law.

We will have complete election coverage Tuesday night after the polls close and the ballots are counted.

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