Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2003

Council shies away from cost of repairs

September 11, 2003

The intersection of 147th Street and Parallel Road in Basehor is in desperate shape and could cost as much as $673,087 to repair, city officials said this week.

During the Basehor City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 8, city employees and City Council members discussed the intersection, which they said has been a constant source of complaint for area residents and tenants of the Highview Industrial Park, located nearby.

"The issue at hand is we have to do something with that road," city superintendent Gene Myracle said. "There's no doubt about it."

The problem stems from the weight of large trucks when coming to a stop at the south end of 147th Street, city staff said.

It has contributed to the continued deterioration of the road, Myracle said.

A remedy would be beefing up the intersection as well as making approximately 150 feet of improvements north along 147th Street to the entrance of the industrial park, city engineer Joe McAfee said.

City Council members agreed the intersection is in need or repair. However, at a cost of $673,087, where to get the money is another matter.

The city has approximately $368,000 gained from its excise tax, a nine cents per square foot fee applied to new development, city treasurer Baron Powell said Monday night. The city also has an additional $250,000 allocated for street repair in 2004, which could be used for the project.

The City Council must decide whether to place all those funds toward this project, or complete the project in phases.

"I'm all for doing something, but we've got to work with what we've got," City Council member John Bonee said.

The project is scheduled for further discussion during a work session next week, on Monday, Sept. 15.

Other topics slated for discussion Monday include:

  • An interlocal agreement with Leavenworth County providing for joint regulation of use of land lying within territory designated as urban growth management area.
  • An interlocal agreement with Leavenworth County concerning the transference of wastewater from Cedar Lakes and Pinehurst to the Basehor Wastewater Treatment facility. Pinehurst developers are slated to present a plan for a benefit district, according to the agenda.
  • Renewal of the Sunflower Cable franchise ordinance.
  • Future development plan.

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