Archive for Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Basehor awarded KDOT grant

November 20, 2002

A grant funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation has been awarded to the city of Basehor, City Engineer Joe McAfee told members of the Basehor City Council Monday night.

The grant is worth approximately $600,000 and would be used for street construction to 158th Street, city officials said.

"Basically, there is some paperwork that still needs to be completed and the project would be slated for construction in 2006," McAfee said.

"It's a pretty good gift if you've got the money to use it," he added.

The total cost for the 158th Street project is approximately $2.3 million.

With the grant, the city's end would be $1.6 million.

"It's going to cost the city over a $1 million," City Council member Joe Odle said.

City officials said some excise tax money would be used to fund the street improvements. The excise tax is a nine cents per square foot fee applied to new developments and home renovations.

Odle asked whether an escalating budget deficit, now reaching $1 billion, would have any impact on the city being awarded the grant.

"We all know (the state) is going to hit KDOT, it didn't last time," Odle said.

But McAfee said KDOT officials have guaranteed the money would be available despite possible state cutbacks.

"Everything is on a go," McAfee said. "(KDOT) said you have the money."

The street project would entail widening 158th Street to 52 feet, and placing curb, gutters, asphalt and storm drainage along the roadway.

Another city project moved forward during the Monday night meeting.

Miles Excavating was awarded tentative bid approval for construction of the Kansas Highway 24/40 sewer interceptor project.

City officials said 12 companies submitted bids for the project, with prices ranging from $836,000 to $1.7 million.

The sewer interceptor project entails running a line from the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility to the highway, where it will connect with a similar line from developments along County Road 2.

The line will also run east along the highway and connect with the Prairie Lakes housing development.

Construction on the project is slated to begin in coming weeks, city officials said.

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