State increases fund for Basehor project
Last month, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved an increase to the city of Basehor's revolving loan, which will fund construction of the U.S. Highway 24/40 sewer interceptor project.
The loan increase, $1.4 million, brings the city's total debt to the department to $7.785 million. The previous debt total, $6.3 million, funded construction of the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility and drainage of two lagoons among other sewer projects.
The 24/40 sewer interceptor project is a long-planned city endeavor deemed vital to Basehor's long-term growth.
The interceptor line will run from the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility to the highway and connect with developments south along County Road 2. The line will also run east along the highway to 150th Street and connect with developments.
The interceptor line consists of building a new sewage lift station, approximately 3,000 feet of six-inch force main, 10,700 feet of 21- to 30-inch interceptor, 2,100 feet of eight-inch sewer line and 46 manholes, according to the department of health and environment.
A bid for the project was let in November and initially awarded to Miles Excavating, a Basehor company.
Later, city officials rescinded the bid offer because of KDHE regulations. After re-adjusting the bid and its requirements, six months later city officials again selected Miles Excavating for the project when the company submitted a low bid of $1.244 million.
Ponzer-Youngquist, the city's engineering firm, recommended Miles Excavating be awarded the project.
The contract for the project has not yet been finalized, but Steve Miles, owner of Miles Excavating, said the job would begin as soon as possible and would take approximately three months to complete.
In a press release, KDHE said the project "will have no known impact on rare or endangered species, sensitive ecosystems, unique environmental features, critical archaeological or historic cites, parks wetlands or air quality."
No residences or buildings will be required to relocate, state health officials officials said.