Archive for Thursday, December 4, 2003

City Council reaches tentative decision for next phase of highway interceptor line

December 4, 2003

During a work session Monday, Dec. 1, the Basehor City Council reached a tentative decision to pursue a $1.4 million option for the third leg of the U.S. Highway 24/40 sewer interceptor line.

The interceptor line connects the city's residential and commercial developments along the highway to the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility. Two portions of the interceptor project, a long-planned endeavor, are completed.

The design of the third leg of the project has been debated in recent weeks among City Council members, city officials and nearby developers. It was again Monday night.

The option City Council members are pursuing is estimated to cost $1.4 million and would service 575 acres of development. The cost would be divided among developers Steve Miles, who will pay $329,000 and Basehor Plaza developers and Prairie Lakes developer Steve Cole will share in a cost of $233,000.

The remaining portion of the project, $838,000, will be paid by the city.

Those property owners along the highway not wishing to hook onto the interceptor line will not have to, Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said.

"If you are not hooking onto this system, this will not cost you a dime," Scherer said.

"You will not pay for it now but you will when you connect," added Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator.

At this point, no plans are finalized, and costs attributed to the project are estimates only.

City Council members hope to recoup funds spent on the project in a short time period, approximately 10 years.

The third leg of the interceptor project will serve areas east and west of 150th Street, south of the highway.

To regain funds, the City Council is counting on those areas to develop. When those areas start developing, they will need sewer treatment and will pay fees to hook onto the line, city officials said.

Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said the city's portion of the cost is to ensure the future development of areas along the highway.

Prairie Lakes developer Steve Cole, an outspoken critic of the interceptor project, voiced his frustrations Monday night.

"I don't see the benefit I'm getting out of it and quite honestly, I don't see the benefit to the city from it," Cole said.

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