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The Eudora City Commission normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. The exception this month is that today (the 2nd Monday of the month) is Veteran’s Day. As all government entities have the day off and City Hall is closed, the meeting for tonight has been cancelled.
The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers. The meeting has no official agenda as the only thing on the schedule is a work session to determine how the City Commission wishes to proceed forward on a variety of issues. No votes will be taken about these issues, the session is designed to gauge the interest in the commissioners and set up some priorities.
There are several issue that are likely to be on the list for the Commission to prioritize. One of the more important ones is the Parks and Rec Master Plan which was developed nearly three years ago. The majority of the Master Plan has never been implemented mainly due to budgetary reasons. It will be up to the Commission if the plan is a priority or not.
Another issue which will be highlighted is the current Information Technology structure of City Government. Late in 2011, the city lost its Information Technology person to another position outside the city. Eudora School District Technology Director Ron Long, who had served as consultant for the city previously, stepped in as a part-time person to fulfill the IT needs of the city. Long has since then been working for both the School District full-time and City part-time. Long told the Commission during a work session a couple of weeks ago that he could not continue past late spring 2014 working both positions and that the time had come for the City to make a decision about how they wish to handle their IT needs. Long also told Commissioners that staff will need to look at updating many of the computers in the city’s government offices as they are technology outdated and will not be upgradable to a newer operating system when Microsoft ends Windows XP support in the Spring.
Speaking of Technology, another issue that has been hanging around for some time is the fact that the water-meter technology is out of date as well. Both former City Manager John Harrenstein and current City Administrator Mike Press have talked to the Commission in the past about how water-meter technology needs to be upgraded and that repair of any meter reading equipment is patchwork at best as parts are no longer available. City officials will need to look at an alternative, and some reports say it may be an expensive alternative, in the near future.
The City Commission work session is open to the public.