City Officials cut the ribbon to open the new Eudora Public Safety Building on Saturday, July 27. Pictured (l-r) City Manager Mike Press, Commission Tim Reazin, Mayor Ruth Hughs, Commissioners Jolene Born and John Fiore (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)
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City Officials cut the ribbon and opened the doors of the new Eudora Public Safety Building Saturday morning. Several former Police and Fire Chiefs along with dignitaries from Douglas and Johnson County as well as a large contingent of citizens were on hand to witness the dedication of the new building.
Mayor Ruth Hughs described the new facility as a huge step forward for Eudora.
“Today is a milestone day for the city,” Hughs said. “This building represents our present and our future. It makes a statement that the citizens of our town deserve the best in police and fire protection.”
Acting Fire Chief Pete Feyerabend was amazed how good the building turned out.
“This is pretty magnificent,” Feyerabend said about the new station. “It great that the community and the City Commission stepped up to provide this fantastic facility which will allow both the the Police and Fire Departments to better serve all the residents of Eudora.”
Feyerabend was filling in for Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter who was out of town due to family commitments.
The Fire and Police Departments were most recently housed in a much smaller and, as determined by an independent evaluation, very substandard building at 9th and Main Streets.
After the speeches by various city dignitaries, the firefighters displayed several age old traditions when opening a new firehouse. As Feyerabend explained to the audience on hand, it is traditional for a new station to be christened with two hoses on either side of the bay doors and have the streams cross together in the middle to form an arch. A baptism if you will, of the new building.
Another of the traditions dating back to the years before gasoline powered trucks were invented, was the citizens of a community would help push a fire truck into the station backwards since the horses that would draw the carriage could not walk backwards. Saturday, with maybe a slight bit of assistance of the combustion engine, the City Commission and several firefighters pushed Engine 1232 into it’s new permanent home at 10th and Main.
The Eudora Public Safety Building has been in the works for nearly three years. Former City Administrator/Manager John Harrenstein along with then Police Chief Grady Walker and Fire Chief Chris Moore began planning for a new building in the summer of 2010. All three worked behind the scenes to make the new building possible. Sadly, none of those three were able to be in attendance for the dedication on Saturday.