Archive for Thursday, February 26, 2004

Sewer rate scale under study

February 26, 2004

The Basehor City Council is considering a scale that would assess sewer rates for commercial areas differently than residential areas.

On Feb. 23, City Council members were slated to act on a measure that would reduce the sewer rates for Basehor Suds Car Wash located inside the Basehor Town Square at U.S. Highway 24/40 and State Avenue.

The measure was tabled until March so the City Council could explore the feasibility of a uniform ordinance instead of making an exception for just one business.

The sewer rates for residences and businesses in Basehor are among the highest in the area.

Basehor Suds Car Wash opened in 2003 and is paying more than $1 in sewer charges on each $1.25 that customers pay for car washes.

Car wash owner Mario Moore approached the Council with the hope of allowing his business a percentage break for his sewer bills.

City Council members said they are willing to explore the issue further in an effort to make the city an attractive location for new businesses.

City officials said the item would be up for discussion in coming weeks.

In other action, the Council:

  • Denied, 3-2, a developer request to waive the excise tax for a retention pond at the Basehor Plaza development. City Council members Keith Sifford and Julian Espinoza voted in favor of waiving the nine-cents per square foot fee for the development's lake.
  • Approved, 5-0, adjustments to developer reimbursement expenses for Scherer Construction.
  • Tabled the purchase of a new backhoe for the Basehor Public Works Department.
  • Approved the purchase of new software for the planning and zoning department.
  • Approved an ordinance allowing meetings and work sessions to begin an hour earlier, at 6 p.m., beginning March 15.
  • Approved contractor payments for U.S. Highway 24/40 interceptor project.
  • Approved payments for Pinehurst benefit district.

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