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City Council members wasted no time in deciding that the city will not add fluoride to the municipal water system.  Mayor Scott Hopson opened the topic during Monday evening’s Council meeting and before he could even finish the agenda statement, there was a motion on the floor to not add fluoride.  All five City Council members voted against the addition of fluoride.

The City Council had heard testimony at two precious Council meetings from experts and citizens, mostly opposed, to  adding fluoride to the water.

“According to much of the information we received, it showed that it can cause serious health issues,” Councilwoman Ruth Hughs said. “And we can’t take it out as easy as we can put it in so I was against it.”

Councilman John Fiore said he not only listened to the experts but went out and researched it greatly before coming to a no decision.

“I had a conversation with a dental professional who recommended strongly against it,” Fiore stated. “The only possible reason to add it to the water was to reduce cavities and the research shows that it only reduces cavities 20 percent.  At those odds, I don’t like adding chemicals to the water supply.”

We had good information from the experts,” Hughs added. “It helped us make a very informed decision.”

 

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Normally City Council meetings are relatively short and to the point. Monday’s meeting will likely be the exact opposite of that.  Normally we just print the agenda but today, with so much on it, we are adding a couple of notes

On the agenda for Monday night:

PUBLIC HEARING:  Addition of fluoride to the city water supply

BUSINESS ITEMS:

– Consider resolution 2012-10 ordering the removal and abatement of nuisances at 40 Stevens Road

– Consider approving resolution 2012-11 authorizing the construction of a new public safety building

– Consider approving resolution 2012-12 offering the sale of General Obligation Bonds to pay for the cost of a new public safety building

– Consider approving a contract with Hernly Associates for design services for the proposed public safety building

– Consider approving a contract with Strickland Construction Company for construction management services for the proposed public safety building

– Consider approving a lease with USD 491 for space located at West Elementary

– Consider adopting ordinance 992 regarding adaptive reuse amendments to the City of Eudora’s Zoning Regulations

– Discuss letter to be sent to USD 491 regarding the School Resource Officer Position

– Discuss proposed Charter Ordinance regarding change in form of government

– Discuss the proposed 2013 budget

Obviously, there is much on the agenda and there will be plenty to write about all week long.  We will call your attention to some of the very important things to be discussed:  Fluoride, Public Safety Building, School District SRO, form of government and zoning amendment changes.  If you have ever considered attending a City Council meeting, this is the one you want to go to.  We will be reporting on many of the above issues in the days to come. Make sure to check back each day to keep up to date on all these issues facing our city government.

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The City of Eudora has been working hard for the last several months to improve the quality of water in the city.  While we have been unable to obtain the latest numbers from the city,  numbers provided to us in late 2011 and early 2012 indicated that the city’s quality of water was showing significant improvement.  This has also been echoed by many residents who have noticed better color, clarity and taste.

Now, the next step is to talk about adding fluoride to water system.  The addition of fluoride is one that has two distinct views.  To add nor not to add.

According to John Harrenstein, the reasoning behind adding fluoride to the water is for improved teeth.

“Studies by the American Dental Association have shown the adding fluoride, in proper amounts, reduces cavities and strengthens dental health.”

Harrenstein also provided a chart that shows other nearby cities and their levels of fluoride in the water.

Harrenstein did add that it must be a very controlled system because adding too much to the water supply could cause problems.  Current recommendations by the Untied States Government are that fluoride levels in municipal water be 0.7 mp/l.

Opponents of  the addition of fluoride to municipal water systems  have  quite different view about adding it.  The Fluoride Action Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to opposing to adding fluoride to the water, lists multiple reasons to not add it to the water treatment process.

Quoting from their website:

“Excessive ingestion of fluoride during the early childhood years can damage the tooth-forming cells, leading to a defect in the enamel known as dental fluorosis.  Teeth impacted by fluorosis have visible discoloration, ranging from white spots to brown and black stains.”

The controversial nature of water fluoridation has led the city to hold two public hearings on the issue.  The first one will be held Monday, July 23 during the City Council meeting with the second to occur on Monday August 13.

“Because of the sometimes controversial nature of adding fluoride, we really need to hear from the citizens on this issue,” Harrenstein said.  “We want to be sensitive to what the public wants and people need to let us know, one way or the other.”

The public hearings will allow the opportunity for those served by the City of Eudora’s water system the opportunity to speak for or against adding fluoride to the water.  City Council meetings begin at 7:00 PM at Eudora City Hall, 4. E. 7th Street.

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