Archive for Wednesday, January 5, 2005

County OK’s Cedar Falls plat

January 5, 2005

The Leavenworth County Commission approved Thursday the final plat for Cedar Falls, a proposed single-family development located just outside Basehor. Commission members voted 3-0 to approve the development's plans.

Cedar Falls is a 68-home, single-family subdivision located on 40 acres east of Cedar Lakes, an existing 114-home development south of Basehor. Gary Wells is the developer behind both Cedar Falls and Cedar Lakes.

Plans for Cedar Falls have been in the works for five years, but approval has been slow because of uncertainty surrounding sewer plans for the development. A three-lagoon system that serves Cedar Lakes has been ordered closed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The department recently levied a $15,420 fine against the county for not complying with its order to close the lagoon system.
A deal that would solidify sewage treatment for Cedar Lakes and Cedar Falls is pending.

Basehor city officials are considering an interlocal agreement that would allow sewage from both Cedar Lakes and Cedar Falls -- Sewer District No. 7 -- to be pumped to the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility. County and city officials met Dec. 20 to discuss the proposal; the city agreed in principle to the deal pending the rewording of language in the agreement.

Once an agreement has been finalized, sewage from Cedar Lakes and Cedar Falls will be pumped to a lift station inside the nearby Pinehurst development, which will eventually connect with a line running to the Basehor treatment plant.

Cedar Lakes and Cedar Falls will be responsible for installing their own facilities to hook onto the treatment plant. County officials said the department of health and environment has given preliminary approval to grant a low-interest loan to the developments that would pay for the facilities.

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