Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Study team unveils goals;3 areas subject to scrutiny

May 28, 2003

Setting goals anywhere from attracting a hotel to enforcing a hazardous waste ordinance, the Basehor Community Assessment team unveiled a list of lofty goals Tuesday night.

The Community Assessment team consists of approximately 70 local residents, government leaders, school officials and business owners.

The members divided among three committees, each responsible for analyzing existing city strengths and determining areas for future improvement. The three committees consist of:

  • Business and economic opportunities: A team assesses elements of commercial, retail and industrial businesses in Basehor. The team also identifies potential businesses, which would benefit the city.
  • Social environment team: Assesses items such as education, health care and recreational programs available in Basehor.
  • Physical environment team: Analyzing the city infrastructure -- streets, utilities and parks -- to determine where improvements should be made.

Team members gathered Tuesday, May 27, and each committee unveiled its findings. Each committee listed three to four goals for the city's future in their presentation.

Basehor Chamber of Commerce president Debbie Bonee led the business and economic opportunities committee. Her committee considers the following its top priorities:

  • Develop documented procedures and a uniform process for permits and business applications.
  • Provide adequate highway access to commercial and industrial development areas.
  • Attract a hotel to Basehor.

Basehor resident and PRIDE leader Chuck Wilderson led the social environment team. The team's top priorities are:

  • Bringing a family physician to Basehor.
  • Locate a fully staffed ambulance at Glenwood station on County Road 2.
  • Initiate recreation programs in Basehor and Linwood communities by securing funding through the Basehor-Linwood School District's 2004-05 budget.

Lois Fulkerson, a Basehor resident and director of Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1, coordinated the physical environment team. That group lists its top priorities as:

  • Maintaining and improving the existing downtown and promoting business in that area.
  • Beginning a priority street improvement project creating curbs along existing corridors.
  • Provide sewers east of town where none exist
  • Implementing a general cleaning and enforcement of hazardous materials ordinance.

Wilderson said establishing the goals are the first step in a "long-term process."

"This is not the final result," he said. "We're still about a month away from the final product."

Upon further review between committees, goals could be changed or altered, Wilderson said.

The initiatives could also be different following a presentation of the Community Assessment to the Basehor City Council and Basehor Planning Commission June 16.

The goals gathered by the committees will also be the center piece of a Basehor PRIDE and Gold PRIDE presentation to a Kansas state PRIDE evaluation team Tuesday, June 3, officials said.

The program is a requirement of PRIDE communities, similar to a city's comprehensive plan, and is updated every five years.

The program is coordinated locally by the Basehor PRIDE and Gold PRIDE organizations. The groups receive help at the state level though the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.

Later this summer, the Community Assessment team will compile a report and submit it to the Department of Commerce and Housing.

Following feedback from the outside parties, the Community Assessment team will begin plans for implementing its goals.

"Some of these things we'll have to form a task force to put in place," Wilderson said.

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