City Council members set to decide on building’s fate
With a tentative agreement in place, the Basehor City Council moved another step closer to solving a situation concerning a dilapidated building.
On Monday, Nov. 5, council members discussed the situation concerning the Cabinet Shop of Basehor, which was destroyed by a fire in May.
Although no action was taken on the issue, council members did agree to be polled later by telephone on whether to approve the agreement between the city, Cabinet Shop of Basehor owner Ken Lindsley and Miles Excavating.
The cost of the demolition is reported to be approximately $40,000, of which Lindsley would pay $10,000, the cabinet shop's insurance $10,000 and the city would pick up the rest.
Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker recently said the city would eventually recover any money spent for the demolition when the building property is sold.
The property is currently for sale with an asking price of $30,000 as is or $60,000 after the demolition is completed.
There are, however, several possible stumbling blocks to the agreement.
At issue is whether Miles Excavating will be able to obtain a performance and liability bond that city officials are requiring for the demolition of the building.
Since Miles Excavating is not a demolition company, city officials said the company might not be able to obtain the necessary bonds.
City officials said the bonds would be required to ensure completion of the job as well as protect the Basehor Community Library and a private residence that are near the building.
"I don't have a problem with Miles, but I want to know we are covered if something happens," City Council member Chris Garcia said.
Basehor City Attorney John Thompson said the company should be able to obtain the required bonds.
"I would think they would be able to come up with that package," Thompson said. "We have got to have that coverage. That is not something the city wants to waive.
"If no one will write the insurance it is back to the drawing board," he said.
The issue of the bonds could prove costly for all parties involved should Miles Excavating not get the bonds.
City officials said a demolition company could charge between $60,000 to $80,000 for the building's removal.
An agreement for the future of the building must be made by Nov. 23. City officials said the funds from the cabinet shop insurance company would no longer be available after that date.
Although there are several issues yet to be determined, City Council president Joseph Scherer said he was confident the situation would be resolved to the benefit of everyone.
"I don't see any reason why everyone shouldn't come out of this scot-free," Scherer said.