Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

Cedar Lakes annexation on Dec. 13 agenda

December 2, 2004

A meeting Tuesday between officials from the city of Basehor and Leavenworth County didn't yield any decision regarding the city's possible annexation of the Cedar Lakes development.

The Basehor City Council is considering annexing Cedar Lakes -- a residential neighborhood located south of the city's existing boundaries on County Road 2 -- and is scheduled to vote on the annexation during a meeting Monday, Dec. 13.

On Tuesday, officials from the city, including city administrator David Fuqua and Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer, met with county commission representative Joe Daniels and county attorney David Van Parys, among other officials, to discuss the annexation.

An agreement was not reached between the sides during the meeting.

At a November public hearing, Cedar Lakes residents voiced displeasure with the city about their development's possible annexation. They criticized annexation plans as lacking merit and details.

Cedar Lakes residents also claimed they already receive from the county services the city plans to offer.

Perhaps the most pressing service Basehor can offer the development is sewer treatment. Cedar Lakes is currently operating on a lagoon system, which the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has ordered to be shut down.

A Leavenworth County study recommended that sewage from the development be pumped to the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility.

However, use of the facility could prove costly for Cedar Lakes residents. Basehor regulations state that non-city users will pay a hook-up fee of 25 percent more than in-city residents.

The current hook up fee is approximately $1,600; the cost to Cedar Lakes residents, without annexation, would be $2,000.

Those fees are scheduled to increase in 2005.

After Jan. 1, the new hook up fee will be $2,200, bringing the price tag for Cedar Lakes residents to approximately $2,750.

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