Parallel petition targets speeders
Residents request police to enforce speed limits
On Friday evening, a Basehor police officer issued a speeding ticket to the driver of a black van for allegedly speeding on Parallel Road.
It's a scene many Basehor residents, who claim motorists are ignoring existing speed limits, hope to see more of in coming weeks along the roadway.
More than 30 people signed a petition that was submitted to Basehor city officials last week requesting an audience with the Basehor City Council to discuss a request that police monitor more frequently and enforce the existing speed limits on Parallel Road.
Members of the Basehor City Council are scheduled to hear a presentation on the petition during next week's regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
Basehor resident Sidney M. Lindelof, who lives on Parallel Road, submitted the petition and is slated to speak to the City Council Monday night, according to the agenda.
His petition indicates the 32 residents that signed the petition believe "the existing speed limits are more than adequate for safe and efficient traffic flow if the present speed limits are properly enforced."
Parallel is a two-lane thoroughfare running east and west; the city's portion of the roadway lies between 161st and 142nd streets.
Basehor police chief Terry Horner said he'd reviewed the citizen's petition and was curious to listen to the presentation Monday night. The police chief added that a "special watch" could be placed on Parallel that would ask officers to pay close attention to the roadway to "enhance public safety by reducing (speeding violations)."
In other news:
Basehor city officials will receive bids for parking lot improvements at Basehor City Hall until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.
City officials said bids received after that time and date will be returned unopened.
The project shall include approximately 858 square yards of asphalt pavement, 373 lineal feet of curb and gutters and 96 square yards of sidewalks.
The city has not set a timeline on when the bid will be awarded.