Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2003

Council to discuss alternatives to costly repair of intersection

September 18, 2003

Although no definitive action was taken, it became clear that members of the Basehor City Council aren't interested in paying $640,000 to repair the intersection at 147th Street and Parallel Road.

City Council members and city staff discussed the intersection and necessary repairs during a work session Monday, Sept. 15 at Basehor City Hall.

The problem at the intersection stems from the weight of large trucks when coming to a stop at the south end of 147th Street. The trucks are causing the deterioration on Parallel Road, city staff said.

Last week, city engineers submitted a cost of $640,000 for repairing the intersection, which would include making 150 feet of improvements to 147th Street and beefing up the intersection on Parallel.

However, City Council members shied away from that price tag Monday night, saying they had "sticker shock" when receiving the engineers' figures last week.

"I'm not willing to spend $640,000 of (city) money for that intersection," Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said.

"I think that price was absurd for that job," City Council member Bill Hooker said.

Instead of spending the full $640,000 on the intersection, City Council members agreed to discuss alternatives for repairing the dilapidated roadway. The Council is considering completing the project in phases as funds become available.

"We need to chisel on this . . . and get that price down," Scherer said.

City superintendent Gene Myracle reiterated the importance of making the repairs.

"We have to address that issue on Parallel," Myracle said.

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