Archive for Wednesday, June 27, 2001

City moves forward on highway sewer project

June 27, 2001

The selection of an engineering firm that would design a major sewer intercepter project for Basehor could take place within the next few weeks, city officials said.

The engineering firm selected will be the primary designing force behind the Kansas Highway 24-40 sewer interceptor project. The sewer interceptor would allow developments south of 24-40 and east to Wolf Creek to tap into the city's new wastewater treatment facility.

City Codes Administrator Mike Hooper said he sent out 10 requests for proposals to engineering firms in Kansas and Missouri.

Of those 10, seven expressed an interest in the project. A seven-member committee consisting of Hooper and City Council members Burl Gratny, Joseph Scherer, City Superintendent Gene Myracle and Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker will review the seven firms and choose four to interview for the project.

"After the interview process we will select an engineer and start negotiating a price," Hooper said. "We have some rough estimates but we won't know how much until we select a firm."

After the committee selects an engineer the firm should begin designing the project, which will take between 3-4 months, Hooper said.

Once the design plans are finalized they have be approved by the Kansas Department of Health. From there the city will hear bids from construction companies hoping to build the sewer interceptor.

All told the project is expected to be completed anywhere from 6 months to a year, Hooper said.

"We hope to be done by April of next year but whether that will happen we don't know," Hooper said.

The lines running to the south of 24-40 will have to be completed before the east lines can be built, Hooper said.

The south interceptor lines will allow existing developments on County Road 2 to tap into the wastewater treatment facility. The east lines can tie into existing developments or new ones also.

Basehor resident Steve Miles has 100 acres east along 24-40 that he has expressed an interest into developing for a commercial and industrial park, Hooper said.

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