Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2000

Trash rates may go up

November 16, 2000

For the first time in more than two years, Basehor residents may see an increase in their trash collection bill. The change is expected to take place at the first of the year.

Mayor John Pfannenstiel said the city council would be presented with an ordinance Monday night that would raise the trash collection fees from $8 to $9 per month.

Pfannenstiel said he did not think many people would be surprised by the action.

"I think most everyone in town has anticipated this increase," he said. "We didn`t raise the rates at all this year, even though Deffenbaugh increased their rates for us."

In the spring, Deffenbaugh Disposal Services, which holds the city`s contract, raised rates from $6.49 per month to $7.19 per month.

Pfannenstiel said the city collects a small charge on top of Deffenbaugh`s fee for administrative fees. Paying the increase, without raising fees to citizens, caused the city to dip into the solid waste reserve fund, he said.

The council will also be presented with a new design for the parking lot and front porch of city hall.

Pfannenstiel said something needed to be done to make the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The council will be asked to approve a concept plan, but the job is not ready to be put out for bids.

Also on the agenda for the city is:

Proposed changes in the city`s employee policy manual.

A lease renewal with Underground Vaults and Storage, Inc.

A plan to dispose of Christmas decorations.

The city`s annexation plan.

A requested rezoning from Industrial to Planned Industrial for land owned by John Bonee.

A conditional use permit for an in-home beauty shop.

Scheduling of a work session for Dec. 4.

Approval of the resignation of the city treasurer.

Chuck Magaha, representing the Fairmount Fire Department, will discuss plans for a 50th anniversary celebration of the department.

An executive session is scheduled.

The meeting will begin Monday at 7 p.m. at the city hall.

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