The El Dorado City Commission gave its consensus Monday night for the composition of the task force to address homeless and housing needs in El Dorado.


The El Dorado City Commission gave its consensus Monday night for the composition of the task force to address homeless and housing needs in El Dorado.

The proposed composition for the task force was two from the City Commission, two from the
Planning Commission, one from the Police Department, one to two city staff liaisons, two from the Ministerial Alliance, two from the Butler Homeless Initiative, one from Susan B. Allen
Memorial Hospital, one from the school district, one from the school board, one from the downtown business district, one from the West Central business district, one from community corrections, four citizens at large (one from each voting district), one from El Dorado Inc. and one from the YMCA. Other proposed members included the Kansas Social Services, Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation, Family Life Center, court system and County Commission.

Krystal Wallace, president of the Homeless Initiative, suggested they also add representatives from Mid-Kansas Community Action Program and the Salvation Army, which the commission agreed would be good additions because they deal with adult homelessness, which is the issue they are addressing.

Commissioner Shane Krause asked if city staff would help with the task force.

“I believe you would have the staff driving this for you,” said Herb Llewellyn, city manager. “I believe you would look for leadership within that organization to actually manage that group. I believe your city staff would be more of a support role to give them staff and clerical support.”

Anyone interested in serving on this board can call City Hall for an application or apply online.

“I would encourage anyone who is watching or listening to consider getting involved with this,” said Commissioner Bill Young. “It is a great opportunity to serve our city and get involved. It’s a good mixture of the demographics of the needs in El Dorado. I’m appreciative of the Butler
Homeless Initiative for getting the ball rolling and getting us to this point and hopefully be involved moving forward.”

“It’s going to be a large group and we understand that,” Mayor Tom McKibban said. “For this to move forward we need a good majority of our citizens to have buy-in on this. We want to know what the citizens’ ideas are and how to address these issues.”

The city currently has one application for the task force.

In other business, the commission re-appointed Tim Lane to the Prairie Trails Advisory Board and appoint Andrea Van Auken to the CTC, Brad Demo to the Prairie Trails Advisory Board and Marilyn Roberts to the Recreation Board.