Governor Mark Parkinson
(l to r) Council Members Tim Reazin, Ruth Hughs, Gov. Mark Parkinson,
Mayor Scott Hopson and City Administrator John Harrenstein
While Eudora may be a first class city to many of its residents, the city has been designated a city of the 3rd Class since the state adopted the class system. Today, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, by official proclamation, designated the City of Eudora a City of the Second Class.
The class system for all cities in Kansas is based on population. Cities below 2000 residents are considered 3rd Class Cities and those above 15,000 residents are cities of the first class.
This change in designation, allows the city to do two things. First, if approved by the City Council and a vote of the electorate, the city can alter its form of government dividing into precinct wards and give the power for the mayor to vote in City Council decisions. The City Administrator can also be given, with City Council approval, additional powers to perform his duties.
Secondly, this allows the city to alter its taxation policies in regards to outlying areas. Both of these possible changes will be discussed in future City Council meetings.
City Administrator John Harrenstein, in an interview with Eudorareporter.com, said that these changes are being looked at by City Council members but he has not received any directives thus far to move towards changing the form of government.
Governor Parkinson in his remarks at the ceremony mentioned how he has been impressed by the growth in the City of Eudora. “About 20 years ago my wife and I almost moved to Eudora” Parkinson said. “My wife was up for a job in the Lawrence area, and we really liked Eudora. She did not get the position so we never made the move.”
Parkinson also went on to tell those in attendance that he thinks the cleanup of the old Farmland Industries property just east of Lawrence could help spur more development to the east and help Eudora grow even more.
Mayor Hopson added how with the completion of the Lawrence Memorial Medical Building and the possibility of further development on the Church Street corridor could also have a large impact on the town’s population.