Council approves annexation
The Basehor City Council approved an annexation agreement and resolution pertaining to the Falcon Lakes Development on Tuesday night at Basehor City Hall.
Falcon Lakes is a 540-acre tract along K-7 Highway, a mile north of Leavenworth Road. The project would include a public 18-hole golf course and 500 residential lots.
Falcon Lakes was originally owned by Sunrise Development Company but has since gone bankrupt and was bought by Falcon Ridge Communities Company.
Mayor John Pfannenstiel said there are many benefits to annexing the residential development.
"The most obvious benefit to the annexation of Falcon Lakes is the revenue to the city of Basehor," Pfannenstiel said. "Secondly there is additional connections to the city sewer system. Then there is the benefit of image because this will be a premier development."
Pfannenstiel said when the subdivision is completed, it will generate approximately $300,000 annually to the city of Basehor general fund through property taxes.
"At the current rate of 16 mills, it will generate in the area of $300,000 for the city. This year, the total tax levy is $199,000 for the entire city," Pfannenstiel said.
Pfannenstiel said the annexation resolution will be sent to the Leavenworth County Commissioners Office, where they will have 30 days to approve the resolution.
Pfannenstiel said that he does expect the county commissioners to approve the resolution.
"I expect the county commissioners to approve it," Pfannenstiel said. "There are some statutory things they have to conclude. One is that it won't detract from the growth of the area and two is that is it in the best interest of the public."
Pfannenstiel said that annexing Falcon Lakes fits in with the growth plans of Basehor.
"From a long term view, it fits right in," Pfannenstiel said. "When I came into office, we didn't have the city council that could look outside the city limits. We didn't have a city council that looked six months down the line, let alone six to 10 years. We have a city council today that does that."
The city council also heard from Basehor resident Tom Laflin regarding a proposed city of Basehor website. The website would include the city newsletter, lists of local organizations, community events and city regulations. The total initial fee for the website would be $750 with a $50 monthly updating fee.
In other action, the city council:
granted Bonee Construction authority to purchase sewer connector fees at old rate of $600 for Pebblebrooke Retirement Apartment Complex.
approved contractor payments to Carrothers Construction Company of Paola.
approved of change order number four to the Kansas State Revolving Loan Program in the amount of $827.
approved an ordinance amending chapter nine of the comprehensive plan
agreed to amend the 2001 employee positions and pay range assignments and job description for maintenance worker level number three.
The next city council meeting will be March 19.