Archive for Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Basehor set for two July 4 fireworks displays

Basehor PRIDE, Falcon Lakes to host displays; both available to residents

June 11, 2003

Neither Falcon Lakes representatives or the Basehor PRIDE organization lit the other's fuse Monday night as each presented plans to host a fireworks display July 4.

The possibility of a riff between the two existed, but any expected sparks turned out to be a dud.

For the past several years, the PRIDE organization has sponsored and coordinated a July 4 fireworks display, one of the highly regarded displays in Leavenworth County. The display typically costs PRIDE $3,000.

On Monday night, the Basehor City Council approved a donation of $1,000 to PRIDE for the display.

The annual PRIDE display won't be the only one available to Basehor residents July 4.

Representatives of Falcon Lakes -- a residential development featuring an 18-hole golf course, located on Kansas Highway 7 -- said they plan to host their own fireworks display on July 4. On Monday, the City Council approved issuing a permit to the development for the display.

Falcon Lakes developer Rustom Ferzandi said the display is not in competition with Basehor and was only scheduled to cap off a golf tournament and concert that will take place that night.

"We are not trying to compete with you guys at all," Ferzandi said.

"We feel like we needed to do something to promote the golf course," he added.

Falcon Lakes representatives previously offered to host and pay for the the Basehor July 4 celebration at their development. However, the offer, although generous, was turned down, said Basehor PRIDE leader Chuck Wilderson.

"Our consensus was we need to have the fireworks display at the high school here in Basehor (as in years past)," said Wilderson, citing the high school site as a more ideal location for Basehor residents.

The PRIDE display will follow a parade, beginning at Leavenworth Road and 155th Street and ending at the high school. The fireworks should begin about 9:30 p.m.

So as not to create tension between the two as well as offering Basehor residents more July 4 bang, Ferzandi said Falcon Lakes would begin its display after the other one ends.

Funding the Basehor celebration usually comes from PRIDE, local sponsors and city and county donations. This year though, amid budgetary restrictions, Leavenworth County bowed out of its normal donation, around $800.

Wilderson approached the City Council hoping to garner just the city's annual portion, approximately $700. He came away with an offer from City Council members for $1,500.

City Council members John Bonee and Julian Espinoza broached the idea of donating more funds this year.

"I've always see this twofold: 90 percent of our community comes out for this and we're giving back to local organizations that support this community," Espinoza said.

Wilderson said PRIDE would need only $1,000.

"I do appreciate the generous offer," Wilderson said, "but I think $1,000 will be sufficient."

Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said both displays will benefit Basehor residents July 4.

"We'll have two shows this year and we greatly appreciate that," Scherer said.

In other news, the City Council:

  • Authorized city staff to commence negotiations with Sunflower Cable to renew its franchise agreement, which has expired.

In past months, in hopes of landing a new cable carrier , city officials have negotiated with at least one other cable company, including Time-Warner. City officials said they were disappointed with the service provided by Sunflower.

But Scherer said Time-Warner was not interested in providing cable to Basehor.

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