Archive for Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Developments seek alternate sewer options

Options are temporary solutions

April 23, 2003

Due to construction delays on the Kansas Highway 24/40 sewer interceptor project, two Basehor developments received approval Monday night to seek alternate measures for sewers.

The sewer interceptor will run from the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility to the highway and connect with developments south of the highway, along County Road 2.

The line will also run east along the highway to 150th Street and connect with developments.

Developers of Prairie Gardens (158th Street) and Prairie Lakes (150th Street), both residential, commercial and retail developments, petitioned for and received approval Monday night to seek alternate measures to provide their developments with sewer capabilities.

City officials described the alternate measures as "temporary solutions."

"It's a solution that works," said Basehor Mayor Joseph Scherer. "If (the interceptor line) goes in timely, it's a solution that will never happen."

Phase one of Prairie Gardens operates on a temporary sewer line which eventually feeds to the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility.

City officials granted the development approval for an additional temporary line for the second phase.

"They could tie the temporary line of phase two into phase one," said codes administrator Mike Hooper.

Prairie Lakes currently has its waste hauled away. However, this process is extremely costly, developer Steve Cole said.

The development received approval to run a temporary line north connecting with a manhole on 155th Street, in sewer district 12. The line will also feed into the city's treatment plant.

"In my mind, it's a Band-Aid but it works," said Julian Espinoza, City Council president.

Sewer District 12 serves approximately 20 Basehor homeowners. Prairie Lakes will pay normal sewer rates, but the development will also chip in $100 per house for using the sewer district.

"There's no detriment to District 12, we're not abusing them," Scherer said. "It's a temporary fix and something we can apply to their principal."

City Council members approved re-bidding the interceptor line Monday night.

The City Council originally awarded the bid to Wilson Plumbing of Kansas City, but, after change orders, the two sides could not come to an agreement on final cost.

Advertising for the bid began April 23, with a pre-bid meeting scheduled for May 9.

In other news, the City Council:

  • Approved an annexation resolution for a 300-acre piece of ground south of 24/40.

The property, 168th Street and Evans Road, is owned by Ginger Creek developer Tony Lacy.

The majority of the property is not developed but could be in the future, city officials said. When developed, the tract could feature both residential and commercial lots.

Before the annexation becomes final, the Leavenworth County Commission must determine the "annexation of such land will not hinder or prevent the proper growth and development of that area," according to the annexation resolution.

Since 1990, the city of Basehor has expanded its boundaries, annexing approximately 1,200 acres of new ground into the city.

  • Installed three new City Council members and recognized outgoing members.

Basehor voters elected Iris Dysart, John Bonee and Bill Hooker during the general election April 1. They each took an oath of office Monday, swearing to "faithfully discharge the duties of a City Council member."

"Welcome to your new home three days a month," Scherer said.

The new members replace Joe Odle, Chris Garcia and Burl Gratny, who were awarded plaques of recognition during the meeting.

"Thank you for your time," Scherer said. "You gave the city a great benefit.

"Take a little time and hopefully, someday, you'll come back."

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