City, developer reach agreement
The city of Basehor and a local developer have made a tentative agreement that could lead to the opening of an industrial park that has been engulfed in controversy for several weeks.
The Basehor City Council and developer Dave Scott have been in a debate during the past several weeks regarding the proper submission of street and drainage plans for his development, Highview Industrial Park on 147th Street.
At it's Monday meeting,the Basehor City Council heard separate petitions from Scott and Basehor Chamber of Commerce president Susan Guy.
Scott had requested the City Council approve street plans for the development. The council did not approve the plans, but did agree to place the development on the agenda for a July 9 work session.
The decision to place the development on the agenda was a positive step for both the city and the developer, City Council member Joe Odle said.
"I am glad something positive has come out on this," Odle said. "Hopefully we can get it settled and move onto something else."
The council could approve the development at the work session although it will not solve the immediate needs for a business trying to locate at the development.
All About Dreams gymnastics studio is currently without water service and cannot obtain a business license without it. In order for water service to come to the building, Consolidated Rural Water District #1 has to have city approved street plans to service the building.
If the council approves the plans July 9, city officials can release utilities to the buildings in the development although water service to the gymnastics studio will take time.
Rural Water District No.1 manager Lois Fulkerson said the water company must have a City Council approved set of street plans before the water company can begin the process of installing water lines.
Fulkerson said there is no way of determining how long the whole process could take.
"Once we have received the approved plans, we send it to the engineer to begin designing the lines," Fulkerson said. "Depending on how busy the engineer is and how busy the contractor is, we couldn't say how long it would take."
Gayle Innis, owner of the All About Dreams gymnastics studio, said she is considering moving her business to another building because of the financial strain the delay in opening has caused her.
"I am trying to hold off on making that decision as long as I can, but when you have bills like insurance and phone for the gym coming in, you have to consider it," Innis said. "I am almost to the point that if one pops up then I am going to have to take it."
In other action, the City Council:
approved contractor payments for Wastewater Treatment Facility.
approved resolution to create improvement benefit district.
approved to waive the fireworks permit fee for Basehor PRIDE organization Fourth of July festival.
approved the hiring of Tom Laughlin to design and maintain a city Web site, basehor.org.
approved interlocal agreement with Fairmount Township for improvements to Basehor City Hall parking lot.
tabled discussion on health and life insurance for full-time employees.
approved to schedule 2002 budget work session to be held on July 9.
approved the May 2001 Treasurer's report.