Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

24/40 interceptor on Dec. 13 agenda

December 2, 2004

The total cost for construction, design and right-of-way expenses accrued from the U.S. Highway 24/40 interceptor project is approximately $1.3 million, according to a breakdown released by Basehor city officials this week.

The Basehor City Council is scheduled to host a public hearing concerning the interceptor project during its meeting Monday, Dec. 13.

In the last several months, Council members have searched for a solution to a problem faced by the construction of the interceptor line, a long-planned project that connects areas east, west and south of the city to a sewer line feeding into the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The city claims a benefit district was never created, and now that the project is nearing completion, officials are scrambling to find a way to recoup municipal funds spent on the interceptor line.

According to the city's cost breakdown, the city will be responsible for paying $499,348 for the project. The remaining $827,447 will be paid by nearby property owners, developers and business owners.

More than 200 properties are listed on the city's breakdown that will contribute toward the benefit district.

The public hearing scheduled for Monday labels the benefit district as "quasi." Basehor city attorney John Thompson said the peculiar wording was necessary because steps were missed before the project got under way.

The city's benefit district, as it stands now, does not meet the standards listed under Kansas statutes, the attorney said.

If an agreement is reached Monday night, property owners would have the option of paying for their expenses up front or throughout a 15-year payment plan.

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