Mayor urges Council to change schedule
In an effort to increase dialogue between the city and Basehor-Linwood School District, at the request of Basehor mayor Chris Garcia the City Council unanimously approved Monday night changing its schedule for monthly meetings and work sessions.
Meetings will now begin at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month. A work session will take place at 6 p.m. before each meeting. A work session will also take place at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.
Garcia said the city's past meetings schedule conflicted with meeting dates of the Basehor-Linwood School Board and a change was implemented in the municipal calendar so local residents could be available to attend both Council and School Board meetings if they desired.
The conflicting schedules came up during a conversation between Garcia and Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent Jill Hackett shortly after the new mayor took office.
The work sessions that will take place before each council meeting will serve as a preview of sorts before the regular meeting, Garcia said. During the work session, the Council will have a chance to direct questions to department heads and address concerned residents.
Garcia said he believes the new schedule will allow for less spending because employees won't be required to attend meetings as long, increase communication between the city and school district and allow for a more efficient meeting.
In other action, the Council:
- Approved, 4-1, a $1,500 donation to Basehor PRIDE for the 2005 Fourth of July fireworks display. Council member Iris Dysart voted against the proposal.
- Approved, 5-0, a resolution supporting the 2005-06 PRIDE program.
- Denied, 5-0, paying $754 in membership dues to Mid-America Regional Council.
- Denied, 3-2, a proposal for crossing guards on Leavenworth Road. Council members Keith Sifford and Terry Thomas voted in favor of the proposal.
- Approved, 5-0, an interlocal agreement with the Basehor-Linwood School District for flashing lights in a school zone.
- Approved, 5-0, a charter ordinance changing a quorum from three to four members.
- Approved, 4-1, a rezoning request from rural to planned residential for land owned by Miles Excavating, Inc. Council member Bill Hooker voted against the proposal.
- Approved, 4-1, a rezoning request from planned industrial to commercial property for land owned by Miles Excavating, Inc. Hooker again voted against the proposal.
- Approved, 4-1, a preliminary development plan and preliminary plat for the Tomahawk Valley development. Hooker voted against the proposal. The approval is pending developer stipulation with several conditions required by council members.
- Approved, 5-0, scheduling a public hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, June 20 to allow property owners the opportunity to oppose delinquent utility bills added to their property taxes.