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Leavenworth commissioners OK annexation

May 28, 2003

Despite plans deemed incomplete, the Leavenworth County Commission approved an annexation resolution, which could make 300 acres of ground a part of the city of Basehor.

During an annexation hearing Tuesday, May 27, the county commission voted 2-1 to allow two tracts of land south of U.S. Highway 24/40 and west of County Road 2 into Basehor. The annexation is voluntary and is at the request of property owner Tony Lacy.

The agreement cites that county officials "find that such an annexation, at the request of the property owner, is advisable, desirable, beneficial and in the interest of the public."

However, some county officials expressed concern that plans submitted for the annexation were not complete, leaving questions regarding future sewer uses in that area.

Representatives of neither Lacy nor the city attended the Monday afternoon meeting.

"I think they need to be here before we move any further," said John Zoellner, Leavenworth County Planning and Zoning director.

"If we're going to look at something in that area, let's look at the big picture," he added, citing that plans for the Lacy acreage could affect the development of other properties in the area.

In the plans, acreage outside the area slated for annexation is designated to carry sewer lines. Representatives were not available to answer questions on whether negotiations had begun to acquire land to carry those sewer lines.

"There's just a lot of issues on sewer here that need to be addressed," Zoellner said.

However, county commissioners Don Navinsky and Bob Adams said if Basehor annexed the land, it would become the city's responsibility to plan for sewers on that ground.

"If it's in the city we don't have to worry about sewers," Navinsky said. "Our problems always arise when people want city services but live within the county."

Adams said the plan was voluntary and what the owner wanted to do.

County commission chairman Joe Daniels disagreed, asking commissioners to postpone the decision until representatives could answer questions.

"If he's got a flaw in his requirement, he's going to be back," Daniels said. "I'd rather do it right the first time."

The annexation process is not completed; the Basehor City Council must approve the agreement before it becomes legal, city officials said.

There is no timetable for when that decision will take place.

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