Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

Council discusses road work

April 21, 2005

Basehor city officials are exploring legalities and funding packages to improve approximately 3,000 feet of Hollingsworth Road from Kansas Highway 7 to Clubhouse Drive.

The Basehor City Council discussed the road improvement project at a work session Monday night.

Basehor city engineer Joe McAfee presented the City Council will several options for improving the road. In the end, the package council members favored was improving the road to 28 feet wide with six inches of rock and four inches of asphalt. The road would support a 35 miles per hour speed limit and would cost about $276,000.

City officials said approximately $150,000 of excise tax money could be used toward paying for the road as well as another $40,000 from the Hollingsworth Estates development, which has been required by the Basehor Planning Commission to put money toward the road's improvement.

Hollingsworth Estates has plans to build 69 townhomes near the roadway. A condition the Planning Commission placed on the development is having an improved Hollingsworth Road before an occupancy permit is granted.

City Council president John Bonee described land in north Basehor as an "economic engine" but said that development is being curtailed because of poor road conditions like those on Hollingsworth.

There's no guarantee the area will boom with development if the roads are improved, Bonee said, but it's a certainty the area "will remain stagnant" if those roads aren't upgraded.

Several developments are considering the area for future projects. Bonee said with improved roads, chances are there will be several more.

"You've got to make the step in faith," he said.

Before moving forward with the project, Basehor officials are researching an interlocal agreement with Leavenworth County, which currently owns Hollingsworth Road right of way, and researching a cost analysis of the area to learn whether revenue generated from the area is enough to pay back a loan possibly needed for the road improvements.

Two items scheduled for council discussion during Monday night's work session were delayed until May. The items delayed were:

  • A discussion regarding the allocation of funds to Leavenworth Area Development for its 2006 budget.
  • Consideration of a resolution that lends support to a Leavenworth County proposal to enforce setbacks on land parcels along Kansas Highway 7.

Two other items discussed briefly Monday night were the development of a community center and the city's upcoming fall festival.

Organizers pushing for a community center had no new information to report Monday night regarding the possible project. Meanwhile, city clerk Mary Ann Mogle asked council members whether they would interested in participating in the fall festival, either through funding or providing staff to the city's Oct. 15 Dairy Daze festival.

Council members told Mogle they would be interested in participating and requested that more information be submitted before a final decision is made.

In the last discussion item of the evening, City Council member Iris Dysart requested that the council give consideration to Bill Robinson, a Basehor resident, member of the Basehor Board of Zoning Appeals and a retired judge, as a possible appointment as the city's municipal court judge.

Next month, Chris Garcia will shape his administration by appointing two members to the Basehor Planning Commission, a member to the Board of Zoning Appeals as well as judge, city attorney and city engineer. City Council members will vote whether to confirm the appointments.

Robinson recently sent a letter to Basehor city officials asking to be considered for the job.

William Pray is the city's current judge. He has worked for the city for the last 15 years.

Garcia said the City Council will discuss the item in the future during an executive session.

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