City Council annexes Falcon Lakes
The Basehor City Council approved the annexation of the proposed Falcon Lakes development during its monthly meeting Monday at Basehor City Hall.
The Leavenworth County Commissioners have the final say as to whether Basehor can annex the 550-home residential development, and according to Basehor Mayor John Pfannenstiel, the commissioners will indeed pass the resolution authorizing the annexation.
"The county commissioners have not yet passed a resolution saying it's OK to annex the property, but they have passed a motion saying they are in favor of it and will pass the resolution," Pfannenstiel said.
Last Thursday, the commissioners passed a motion that said they were in favor of the annexation as long as the city of Basehor would annex the entire road right-of-way and enter into an interlocal agreement on the main roads.
Pfannenstiel said he expects the county commissioners to pass the resolution on Thursday at their monthly meeting in the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
"The county will have to take final action on Thursday to approve the resolution that authorizes Basehor annexing Falcon Lakes and approve the interlocal agreement," he said.
The interlocal agreement is a contract with the county pertaining to the road maintenance of the development.
Pfannenstiel said in the original resolution, the City Council was not going to annex any of the roads, so there would be no question as to what city entity is responsible for maintenance.
In meeting with the county commissioners, the city entered into an agreement to annex all of the roads for the development as long as the county would still maintain those roads. After the roads are improved, the city will take responsibility for them, Pfannenstiel said.
The interlocal agreement with the county has been tabled until next month's meeting.
The City Council also approved the hiring of another full-time police officer. In Police Chief Vince Weston's request for the additional officer, he outlined several reasons why the city should hire another officer.
"Hiring an additional full-time officer will provide a number of benefits to the city," Weston said. "It will reduce the city's dependence on part-time officers and provide an additional staff member whose first employment priority is to the city of Basehor."
The Police Department made several attempts in the past year to hire another officer through a universal grant program offered through the Justice Department. The city was not able to obtain those funds, Weston said.
Weston said the hiring of an additional officer will allow him to devote most of his time to the administration of the department.
In other action, the City Council:
approved purchase of a new police vehicle and equipment not to exceed $30,000.
approved contractor payments for Wastewater Treatment Facility in the amount of $201,265.
approved the payment of the State Revolving Loan in the amount of $180,000.
approved the purchase of map cabinets and a computer for Planning Department in the amount of $3,713 by a 5-0 vote.
approved to commence sewer and solid waste account delinquency process (first reading)
approved the purchase of broom bucket for uniloader by a 4-0 vote.
The next City Council meeting will be April 16 at 7:00 p.m.