Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2004

Basehor benefit district questioned

July 15, 2004

Members of the Basehor City Council tabled action during Monday's City Council meeting on a cost share plan between the city and owners within a sewer benefit district after members of the public expressed concerns.

Resident Jeff Scherer said he was unsure how the original agreement was structured, but noted that, at one point, property owners had requested a 30 percent cost share from the city, which countered with an offer of 19 percent. Scherer also questioned whether a benefit district was created in the first place. He said a petition had been circulated that opposed the formation of a benefit district.

"I think what you will find is that we don't have a benefit district created," he said.

At that point, Basehor Mayor Joseph Scherer had already turned over the meeting to Council President Julian Espinoza because of a personal conflict with the matter. Jeff Scherer and they mayor are brothers and owership of many parcels listed belonged to Scherer Constructiont.

The Council eventually voted to table action on the agenda item and research the matter fully.

"Why don't you let us pull our records and get more information out," Espinoza said.

In order for the city to start collecting the funds in 2005, members of the Council will have to take some sort of action and Leavenworth County officials will have to approve the costs for the benefit district by Aug. 1.

In other action, members of the Council:

  • Tabled possible action leading to condemnation and acceptance of force main wastewater for Theno Farms because the necessary legal paperwork had not been received at City Hall,
  • Approved 4-0 a resolution establishing a $30 charges for insufficient checks received by the city,
  • Tabled possible action on amending charges for business licenses

 Approved 4-0 support for the renewal of the one-cent countywide sales tax,

  • Conducted two executive sessions for a total of about one hour to discuss attorney/client privilege and personnel matters,
  • Discussed promotion strategies with the economic development committee and members of the chamber of commerce during a work session following the Council meeting,
  • And held a budget session to discuss the 2005 budget.

Council member Iris Dysart was absent from the meeting.

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