Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Revitalizing city on hold

November 21, 2001

Citing the need for further research, the Basehor City Council continued a public hearing concerning the proposed neighborhood revitalization program.

On Monday, Nov. 19, council members discussed the program and concluded there were items that still needed to be clarified before implementing the program.

The revitalization program gives property owners that make improvements to their homes a tax abatement on their property taxes.

One area of concern for council members is whether to allow multiple improvements to residential, commercial and industrial properties.

City Council member Chris Garcia said he was in favor of allowing only one improvement project for residences, but multiple projects for commercial and industrial property.

"We kind of want to encourage commercial and industrial properties to expand," he said.

Basehor resident Susan Guy, who spoke during the citizens' comments portion of the meeting, said she favored allowing multiple projects to all properties.

"Why exclude residences?" Guy said. "Encourage all the improvements you can get."

Another area of concern is how to spur development on some of the city's vacant lots.

It is the city's desire to fill those empty lots, City Council member Burl Gratny said.

"We have a lot of empty lots that we need to put houses on," Gratny said.

City officials said they would begin mapping out the properties they hope to develop in the future.

To approve the program, the city has to have consent of the Basehor-Linwood School District, Fairmount Township Fire Department and the Leavenworth County Commission.

Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker said he has had contact with all of those entities and they have given their consent.

Regardless, council members will continue to research the program in hopes of implementing it at the beginning of the year.

The public hearing on the revitalization program will continue during the next scheduled City Council meeting, city officials said.

Also approved by council members was the construction of a new shelter house that will be located at Basehor City Park.

That total cost of the project was believed to be approximately $18,000, but city officials said it would be closer to $10,000.

The shelter house would be 30 feet by 30 feet in size and have a concrete floor, wood pillars and plywood roof trusses.

The shelter house was originally designed to have a metal roof, but council members requested it be changed to a shingled roof to add a certain aesthetic value that is consistent with the rest of the park.

"It is a pretty nice place and it would be a shame to let it slide now," City Council president Joseph Scherer said.

In other action, the City Council:

Tabled approval of contractor payments for the Falcon Lakes subdivision.

Approved an ordinance amending the zoning regulations.

Tabled an amendment to the employee policy manual.

Approved an increase in uniform allowance to the Basehor Police Department and the Public Works Department.

Approved the final plat and subdivision agreement for phase one of the Prairie Lakes housing development.

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