Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2001

Suggested community resolutions for 2002

December 27, 2001

This was as a year of transition for De Soto. We elected a new mayor and city council, a change that set into motion a chain of events leading to the recent departure of former City Administrator Gerald Cooper. Governments on all levels scrambled to fill the void left by the demise of Oz Entertainment Co.'s bid to build a theme park at the closed Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education authorized the last projects left on the 2000 bond issue while putting a stamp of approval a new bond issue. In moves that illustrate the community's pervasive growth, both the city and the school district moved into newer and more spacious administrative offices.

It is our hope that the transitions of the last 12 months will lead to meaningful progress, perhaps resolution, on a number of important community issues in 2002.

In that spirit, we made the following community resolution list for the coming year.

Community consensus on Sunflower's future and a realistic game plan for the plant's redevelopment and approval on the proposed Sunflower public benefit transfers, including the water treatment plant the city has leased for more than three years.

A solution to De Soto's long-term water supply needs, an issue dependent on resolution of the Sunflower public benefit transfers. Although Mayor Dave Anderson gave the city council a four-month deadline to decide if the city should build a new water plant, renovate the Sunflower treatment plant or purchase water from another producer, it appears unlikely that decision be resolved while the Sunflower public benefit transfers remain in limbo.

Passage of a USD 232 bond issue that provides the classroom's the growing district needs. We still feel the proposed $92.5 million bond issue needs one last tweaking by the school board concerning the construction of a proposed central athletic complex.

A plan for a new city swimming pool. This issue seems to have disappeared since last spring's tardy opening of the pool. Although serviceable last summer, the patched pool's days are obviously numbered and a decision on its replacement overdue, which should start with the long-anticipated cost analysis.

Stability at City Hall. It is our hope the city can find a new city administrator eager to apply his or her expertise to the challenges of a growing community and match the expertise and drive of City Engineer Mike Brungardt and City Attorney Patrick Reavey, who obviously have the confidence of the city council. With a new administration in place for at least three more years, we hope a team can be put in place that will provide the city with the professional leadership it needs to resolve the municipal issues identified above and others the growing community will face in coming years.

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