Fire department plans expansion
The Basehor City Council and Fairmount Township Fire Department intend to work with one another in coordinating a project that would expand the fire station in Basehor.
On Monday night, Roger Brandt of the fire department spoke before the City Council to discuss some of the project. The fire department is planning to expand its current facility, which is not adequate to house some of the department's equipment.
"We need to add onto our facility," Brandt said. "We have a ladder truck too long, too tall to fit into our building."
The department is still in the planning process for the project, and no construction date was mentioned Monday night.
The fire station and Basehor City Hall are located in the same area and share parking lots. The expansion project would affect both locations, so the fire department is looking to coordinate planning with the city.
"There is still a lot of planning (needed) on this," Brandt said. "On our part, on the city's part. Maybe we can kind of work hand-in hand on this.
"We're not wanting to put an eyesore out there."
Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said the city would work with the fire department.
"We've always worked well together," he said, " and I think we are all willing to work with you as much as we can."
In other action, the City Council:
- Scheduled a governing body retreat for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Cabela's in Kansas City, Kan.
- Approved, 4-1, a general liability insurance package. Iris Dysart voted against the proposal.
- Denied, 5-0, a request to exclude King's Construction from having terrorism insurance. The cost of the insurance is $16 per year, city officials said.
- Approved, 5-0, the purchase of lift station dialers.
- Denied, 3-2, the adoption of job descriptions for street maintenance and wastewater positions. Julian Espinoza and Keith Sifford voted for the proposal.
- Denied, 5-0, a request to advertise job descriptions for street maintenance and wastewater positions.
- Approved, 5-0, an annual resolution lending support to the Basehor PRIDE program.
- Approved, 5-0, a $1,500 donation to Basehor PRIDE to help fund the city's annual Fourth of July celebration.