Archive for Thursday, August 7, 2003

City Council work session has many topics

August 7, 2003

The Basehor City Council scheduled a work session at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 with topics ranging from the 2004 budget to the long-term future development of the city.

City Council members were also scheduled to sit down with officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation regarding access from developments north of the city onto Kansas Highway 7.

Results of the meeting were not available as of press time, however, city officials did not expect to take action during the hearing.

The City Council will host a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.

One item listed for consideration by the City Council Monday night is an amendment to the city's vicious dog ordinance, which could ban the ownership of dogs such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf-hybrids.

The amendment would grandfather in residents owning those dog breeds before the new ordinance's approval, city attorney John Thompson said.

City Council members reviewed an amendment to the city's ordinance last week; in addition to banning the ownership of certain breeds, the amendment mandates vicious dog owners carry loftier insurance policies.

A vicious dog is defined as "any dog which by virtue of its breeding, training, characteristics, behavior or other factors the owner or custodian knows or has reason to know has a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked," according to the amendment.

Pursuing the amendment comes as result of an incident in June 2002, in which two stray dogs, a pit bull and Rottweiler, attacked and killed a miniature show horse valued at $4,500 on Parallel Road in Basehor.

Also slated for further discussion Monday night are results from the City Council's meeting with KDOT officials.

The city's concern along the highway revolve around two developments -- Falcon Lakes and the Zarda property (see related story, Page 6A) -- both of which are outside the city limits, north of Leavenworth Road along K-7, but have been annexed by the City Council.

There is no direct access from the highway into the developments. KDOT mandated an access road -- Falcon Lakes Parkway -- be barricaded after developers received KDOT approval to build the $1.4 million access road.

Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said last week that fighting for highway access is one of the most pressing concerns for the city; the development of K-7 is a linchpin for the city's future economic development, the mayor said.

Full coverage of both meetings will appear in next week's Sentinel.

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