(l to r) City Administrator John Harrenstein, Township Library Treasurer Tom Jerome and School Superintendent Don Grosdidier
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Officials from the City of Eudora, The Eudora Township Library Board and The Eudora School District gathered together on Wednesday, to sign an agreement that will allow the City to begin demolition of the the Old Eudora Middle School located at 10th and Main Street.
This site will become the location of a new Public Safety Building that will house Police, Fire and EMS services for the City of Eudora, as well as a proposed new library for Eudora Township and leave additional space for possible future expansion by the Eudora School District.
The Historical Society, which has a museum located in the north end of the old Middle School building, will be moving to the Old Nottingham School, located at 15th and Elm Street.
Tom Jerome, Treasurer of the Eudora Township Library Board is looking forward to the possibility of a new library. “We want to have something that will last 10 to 20 years and will be able to grow in the future.” Jerome said.
The funds for the demolition will come from a combination the three entities. All three of the groups have the funds already set aside for this demolition project.
As to a new library, Jerome added that the Township Board will be presented a proposal and that a bond issue would likely need to be passed to fund a new building.
According to Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein, the contract for demolition will be presented to the City Council for approval at one of the two May City Council meetings. Upon approval, demolition crews will begin with asbestos removal of the property.
“This project has specifically been designed to not interfere with the CPA picnic later this summer” Harrenstein said. The CPA picnic uses the parking lot to house various carnival rides, games and vendor booths during the annual event.