Archive for Wednesday, February 12, 2003

City, county close to working out sewer agreement

February 12, 2003

Basehor and Leavenworth County officials should have a good idea about the plans for sewer connections south of Kansas Highway 24/40 by the end of the month.

During a work session Monday, Feb. 3, the Basehor City Council and Leavenworth County Commission met to discuss those plans.

However, both sides said the meeting was premature and agreed that it would be better to wait until after a public meeting scheduled for later this month before making a decision.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, the County Commission will meet with residents of the Cedar Lakes development to get feedback concerning sewers.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Basehor-Linwood High School auditorium.

"In my mind, we're probably a little premature in having this meeting," Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said. "I think results of that meeting will have a big impact on what we do."

Cedar Lakes, a 118-home development, is currently on a lagoon system. However, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said the lagoon must be closed by October.

Plans call for sewage from the development to be pumped to the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility, county officials said.

How it will get there is another question.

One option being considered is a joint cost-sharing venture between the county, Cedar Lakes and Pinehurst, a residential, industrial and commercial development on the south side of the highway.

If agreed upon, the three would share the cost of building a sewer line and lift station with the purpose of sending sewage to Basehor's treatment plant.

City superintendent Gene Myracle said the added burden to the treatment plant isn't a problem because it's going to need expansion anyway.

Cost for Cedar Lakes residents and annexation into Basehor is another consideration that must be discussed during the public hearing, county officials said.

Basehor bylaws state that non-residents hooking onto the sewer plant must pay 125 percent of the monthly cost and connection fees.

However, if the city annexes Cedar Lakes, residents would pay the normal city rates.

"All discussions have been we would take Cedar Lakes with annexation," Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper said. "And Glenwood Ridge would come down the line at some time."

Scherer said there would be little problem in annexing both developments, which could be done unilaterally when Pinehurst is annexed, possibly later this month.

"I think the City Council is willing to take Cedar Lakes and Glenwood Ridge," Scherer said. "We want them, so we'll take them."

But city officials said they won't force annexation on the developments and would only add Cedar Lakes and Glenwood Ridge voluntarily.

Both sides agreed to meet following the public hearing.

"Let's hammer this out and get this going," Scherer said

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