Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Basehor delays public hearing on annexation

November 18, 2004

A meeting scheduled for later this month during which the Basehor City Council was to discuss the possible annexations of the Cedar Lakes residential area and the commercial areas of Briarwood has been postponed until December.

The annexation hearing, originally scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22, will now take place Monday, Dec. 13.

Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said the meeting was canceled because the annexation was the only item listed on the city's agenda for Monday night. The meeting was also moved because it might conflict with travel plans for the holiday.

"There was nothing else on the agenda so we canceled," he said. "There is nothing we're waiting on or looking for (regarding the annexation plans)."

The Cedar Lakes annexation would include all homes in the residential area, which is located just south of Basehor's existing boundaries, off County Road 2. The subdivision includes 110 homes and approximately 352 residents, according to the city. Briarwood includes four businesses.

If the December annexation hearing is similar to a meeting earlier this month with Cedar Lakes residents, the city may want to rethink its stance on not wanting any residents to miss the upcoming meeting.

During a public hearing earlier this month, Cedar Lakes residents were adamant they wanted nothing to do with becoming Basehor residents. The residents criticized the city's annexation plan by claiming it lacks merit and much-needed details.

The residents also brought an attorney with them to the meeting, Pete Heaven of Lathrop & Gage, who all but assured council members the involuntary annexation would be taken to court if the city proceeded.

City Council president Julian Espinoza said the council hasn't discussed the annexation since the meeting and has yet to reach a consensus. However, Espinoza said the displeasure voiced by Cedar Lakes residents didn't change his mind about annexing the proposed areas.

"I felt like I knew what was coming from the residents regarding the annexation," Espinoza said. "I'm still in favor of moving forward with this issue.

"We're still moving forward with it right now. I haven't heard of anything that's happened to stop it."

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