Council approves demolition of building
The Basehor City Council recently approved an agreement for demolition of the Cabinet Shop of Basehor.
City officials said council members, during a telephone poll, unanimously approved the agreement between the city, cabinet shop owner Ken Lindsley and the demolition company, Miles Excavating.
An agreement for the building that housed the cabinet shop, which was destroyed by fire in May, has been sought by all parties involved since July.
An agreement for the demolition had to be made by Nov. 23 because the funds from the Cabinet Shop insurance would not be available past then, city officials said.
"We had to have it done before the 23rd," Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker said.
The total cost of the demolition project is estimated to be $44,000. Of that total, the Cabinet Shop would pay $10,000, the Cabinet Shop's insurance $10,000, while the city pays the remainder of the balance.
When the building is sold, the city would recover any money lost in paying for the demolition, if the funds from the sale covered the city's end of the demolition.
"When it is sold, we have the first right up to what we paid," Hooker said.
Earlier in the negotiation process, city officials required Miles Excavating to obtain liability insurance for the job because of the location the building has to a private residence and the Basehor Community Library.
Hooker said Miles Excavating has obtained that bond, at a cost of $5,500.
The liability insurance covers both the city and Miles Excavating should something go wrong during the demolition, city officials said.
Although Miles Excavating is not a demolition company, Hooker said he was confident the company would be able to handle the job with little problems.
There has been no timetable set for the demolition. City officials said once the job begins it will take less than a week to perform the demolition.
Regardless, the agreement comes as a relief to city officials and to some Basehor residents that have labeled the building an eye sore.
"We have been working on this thing for a while now," Hooker said. "It is in there shoes now."