Archive for Thursday, November 9, 2000

Council to talk sewers

November 9, 2000

Sewers and streets will again be the topic of discussion when members of the Basehor City Council meet in a special work session, 7 p.m., Nov. 13 at city hall.

Codes Administrator Mike Hooper said the meeting would give the council an opportunity to discuss two major projects as well as one slightly unusual request.

One of the major items under consideration will be running a sewer line from the citys front door at Highway 24/40 into the main system. Hooper said the development of that line is critical to future development.

There is no line there and we wont see any more development in the area until we get one there, he said.

Businesses in the area currently are served by Sewer District No. 12, but Hooper said that line would not support additional development. Also, developers in two areas near 158th Street are interested in residential subdivisions, but providing a sewer line will be necessary for the developments to begin.

Hooper noted another potential development in the area is not interested in a line at this time, making the route of a line something the city needs to address.

The street consideration will also focus on 158th Street, as the developers need a paved road for their developments.

Hooper said a combination of financing plans could be used or combined for either the sewer or roadwork, including the development of a benefit district, city financing or forcing developers to pay the costs. He said making a financing decision would be one of the councils main areas of concern.

They cant take action Monday, but they can ask questions and maybe give the staff an idea on what options to explore, Hooper said.

The city will also consider a request from developers of a 40-acre, 140-home subdivision, located about 1 1/4 miles west of the city to connect to the sewer line. The development is not within the citys limits and if they would connect to the citys lines, they would have to go into the same area as the sewer line the council will be discussing.

The price for such a line could range as high as $250,000 to near $400,000.

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