City considers annexation of development
The Basehor City Council selected a new council president and city treasurer, and proposed annexation of 533-acres during a meeting Monday night.
Chris Garcia was elected council president, following former council president Bob Vervaecke's resignation last month.
Vervaecke resigned because he purchased a home outside the Basehor city limits. Mayor John Pfannenstiel appointed Julian Espinoza to fill the vacancy until Vervaecke's term expires in April.
The council approved the appointment of Baron Powell as city treasurer. Powell's term of office will be up for reappointment in May.
Pernell Dye resigned as city treasurer, but will remain to assist with training and year-end close-out.
The council discussed a variety of issues related to the annexation of Falcon Lakes.
The 533-acre development, formerly known as Prairie National Estates, is located northeast of Basehor, and west of K-7 Highway. The project features an 18-hole golf course, 50-acre lake and more than 600 residential lots.
Schlagel and Associates presented information and proposals about the development to the council during a work session several weeks ago.
Council members discussed a petition for voluntary annexation; availability of streets, sewers and water; creating a Neighborhood Revitalization Area; and creation of benefits districts.
Pfannenstiel asked for a cursory vote to determine if the council was willing to consider annexation and development of the land under city regulations.
Councilman Joseph Odle raised concerns about proposed project plans. Odle questioned why the city made local developers pay for sewer lines in the city limits, but would consider negotiating with developers outside the city limits. He voiced concerns about how Falcon Lakes will benefit the city, if there was any cost to taxpayers, and who will pay for a benefit district.
Odle also said property not adjacent to the city shouldn't be considered for annexation.
Pfannenstiel agreed that annexation should be on property adjacent to the city, but said it doesn't always happen. It would be simpler to annex the area now with one owner, than to wait 20 years and annex hundreds of property owners, Pfannenstiel said.
"I can't imagine us going one or two miles outside the city to annex property," Odle said. "This will spread our police and services too thin."
Pfannenstiel said it's not uncommon for Basehor police to respond outside the city limits.
Pfannenstiel added that the county approved the development and development is occurring all around the city.
On a motion by Odle, the council authorized the mayor and city staff to negotiate with developers on possible annexation and development of Falcon Lakes.
Mike Hooper, code administrator, presented design changes to the parking lot and front porch of city hall for ADA access. The council discussed and approved the changes. Estimated costs for the project to raise the parking lot, concrete and paving are $68,000.
Gene Myracle, city superintendent, reported that 68 tons of salt and sand were used to treat streets during the past week. The council approved payment of $4,791.60 for salt and sand.
In other action, the council:
Approved payments to contractors for a wastewater treatment project in the amount of $640,262.52.
Approved an ordinance issuing a conditional use permit for a woodworking cabinet shop located at 14800 Parallel requested by Dwaine Pant.
Scheduled a special meeting on Thursday, December 28 to approve budget amendments.
Approved renewal of cereal malt beverage licenses or liquor licenses for Kelley's Bar & Grille, Rumsey's Liquor Store, Bichelmeyer Store, Doc & Bruties Pizza, Roseroom and Casey's General Store.
Approved employee pay range assignments and salaries for the mayor and city council members in 2001. The council set the salary of the mayor at $9,250 and salaries of council members at $12.00 per year.
Approved renewal of a court services contract with Leavenworth County for probation services.
Approved renewal of worker's compensation insurance with Kansas Municipal Insurance Trust.
Approved an ordinance codifying city ordinances.
Approved municipal policy statements for petty cash funds.
Approved a 2001 calendar of events.