Archive for Thursday, January 4, 2001

Quorumless council postpones meeting, amendments amendments

January 4, 2001

A special meeting to consider amendments to the 2000 Basehor city budget was postponed because there weren't enough city council members to form a legal majority.

Absent from the special meeting were council members Joseph Cole and Julian Espinoza, which nullified the ability to vote on the proposed amendments.

However, taking action with the motion before the end of the year will allow the city to adjust the budget as needed.

Basehor Mayor John Pfannenstiel told the three council members who were present that the city was well under the total 2000 city budget.

The proposed amendments will allow the city treasurer to make changes to the budget as needed. However, those changes won't exceed the original budgeted expenditures approved by the council.

Those funds include the highway, parks and recreation, law enforcement, waste, sewer, employee benefits and the general fund.

The only fund that can exceed its budgeted expenditures are transfers within the employee benefit fund.

The City Council will vote on the proposed amendments Tuesday, Jan. 16. The council's regularly scheduled meeting was moved from Monday's original date in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Another issue that was discussed, but the council didn't take any action on, dealt with land not far from where Thursday's meeting took place.

Earlier this year, John Bonee, a developer for the Pebble Brook subdivision, attempted to purchase 35 units adjacent to the Basehor City Hall building for an original rate of $600 per lot.

Developmental plans were submitted and approved by the city, minus authorization from the Department of Water Resources, which came through in May.

Progress was further delayed when a city engineer did not issue an approval on the final plans until after July 1, when the rate doubled to $1,200 per lot.

Bonee, who was not present the meeting, has said he would purchase all units for the original rate.

A final decision on the development will occur at the Jan. 16 meeting.

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