Archive for Wednesday, November 6, 2002

No decision made on city government positions

November 6, 2002

While new officials across the state and the country were elected Tuesday, three open seats in Basehor city government remain vacant.

Those vacant positions City Council president and seats on the City Council and Planning Commission were scheduled for appointment during a Basehor City Council meeting Friday, Nov. 1.

However, the positions were not filled and appointments will not be made until later this month, Basehor Mayor Joseph Scherer said.

"The positions will be filled at the Nov. 18 meeting," he said. "The council president will be chosen following the appointments."

Previously, council members could not agree on who would become the next council president. The two members discussed for the position were Julian Espinoza and Chris Garcia, a former council president.

Scherer said the two are still under consideration for the vacancy.

"At this point, yes, unless there is a different motion," he said.

The deciding vote for the position could come from the new council member appointee.

City officials have interviewed candidates for the position and Scherer said he would most likely appoint Basehor resident Keith Sifford.

Scherer said he would also appoint Basehor resident Jason Logsdon to the planning commission.

Both appointments must be approved by council vote. Scherer said he thinks both Sifford and Logsdon will be approved.

While there was no action on the city vacancies at last week's meeting, council members did take action on two proposed developments.

Pinehurst, a retail, commercial and industrial development located south of Kansas Highway 24/40 petitioned the city for annexation.

However, annexation was not approved during the meeting.

"There's still some issues to work out on the final annexation," said Mike Hooper, city codes administrator. "There are details on (sewer) connection fees and the benefit district that still need to be worked out."

A work session was scheduled this week to discuss the Pinehurst development.

"It'll all get worked through. We want to work it out and they do as well. We want to get it annexed into the city," Hooper said.

Council members also denied a request from Commercial Group of Topeka during the Friday night meeting.

Commercial Group asked the council for a letter of support for an affordable family housing project, which would be located at 155th Street and Crestwood.

Commercial Group has proposed building approximately 40 units of senior housing in the city, ranging from one- to two-bedroom apartments. The group also hoped to build 16 family units as part of the same project.

The development group had previously asked council members for a letter supporting an affordable senior housing center in Basehor. City officials obliged, however, resident opposition led to the denial of the family housing project.

"We've gotten a lot of comments on the affordable family part," Hooper said.

The area slated for the senior housing construction was approved for rezoning Tuesday, Nov. 6. Planning Commission members approved rezoning the area from commercial to residential.

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