Basehor Council returns to storm-delayed meeting
The unpredictable Kansas weather forced the Basehor City Council to meet not once but twice this week before the governing body was able to check every item of business off of the agenda .
Mayor Joseph Scherer called a halt to the originally scheduled May 24 meeting after Interim Police Chief Martin Cigich informed him that there were reports of a tornado in the area and that a Tornado Warning had been issued. The news of the ominous weather came about one hour and 45 minutes into the council's meeting and sent the handful of citizens in attendance scrambling to the City Hall exit to head home.
Members of the council did have time to call two 15-minute executive sessions, work through their unfinished business and hear public comment during the open forum, where the theme was opposition to the proposed speed limit increases and excise tax waiver. The meeting was adjourned before the council was able to hold any votes on any of the action items.
However, members of the council promptly got down to business when the meeting resumed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Consolidated Rural Water District #1 office, which served as a replacement venue because of remodeling at City Hall. Once action had resumed, the council approved the reappointment of four different city staff positions in one fell swoop: Municipal Court Clerk Traci Myracle, City Attorney John Thompson, City Engineer Joseph McAfee and Municipal Judge William Pray. Members of the council then went on to reappoint Rick Oak to the Planning Commission.
Members of the council also unanimously approved an ordinance that will distribute the Mayor Joseph Scherer's salary between members of the council. The ordinance calls for Scherer's salary of approximately $9,760 to be distributed between members of the council and the mayor. Thus, council members' stipends will increase from $1 to $100 a month.
In other action, members of the council:
- Tabled a potential excise tax waiver and subdivision agreement for Honey Creek Farms.
- Tabled an agenda item that called for improvements to the City Hall parking lot in conjunction with planned improvements to the Fairmont Township Fire Department's property.
- Denied a motion to change some of the speed limits within the city,
- Tabled an agenda item pertaining to an Economic Development Grant for 158th Street that the city had considered.
- Approved a retainer contract with Integrated Systems for technology support in the amount of $1,310.
- Approved an amendment to the State Revolving Loan Contract that raised the project principal amount to $8,285,000.
- Approved an annexation schedule for Briarwood Commercial and Cedar Lakes Subdivision after members of the council originally tabled the motion and then rescinded.
- Approved a bid to low bidder J.W. Warren in the amount of $42,000 for a stoplight project at 155th Street and State Avenue.
- Conducted a 20-minute executive session to discuss potential legal action.
- Approved a $22,000 bill that the city will pay to Miles Excavating.
Following the meeting, the council conducted a one-hour work session in which easement condemnation for Theno Estates was discussed.
Scherer proposed that the council hold a retreat to reassess priorities and draw up a plan concerning the future and development of the city. Members agreed to hold the retreat at 5 p.m. June 22.