Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2005

Basehor codes administrator resigns post

Two members of Basehor Planning Commission decide to leave their seats

May 26, 2005

Basehor city officials and staff will have to work overtime during the next few weeks to fill several vacancies in city government.

The Basehor City Council on Monday accepted the resignations of Angie Solberg, codes administrator, and two members of the planning commission, Burl Gratny and Julie Cogley. The planning commission is now down to three members.

Solberg's resignation from her city job is effective June 8.

"That will mean that we will have nobody in our planning department, other than a building inspector," said Mary Mogle, city clerk.

Solberg is resigning after receiving a job offer in Iowa, where much of her family lives. She became codes administrator last July, when Mike Hooper was fired. No one was hired to fill Solberg's former position of planning director.

Gratny is moving from Basehor, and Cogley had conflicts with her job, cutting short the amount of time she could commit to the planning commission, Mogle said.

The resignations caused Mayor Chris Garcia to postpone a joint work sessions he had hoped to schedule between the council and planning commission. He asked that anyone interested in joining the planning commission write him at City Hall.

The city will need more help in the planning department to deal with land recently annexed into the city. The council on Monday voted to return to the planning commission a rezoning request for the southwest corner of 155th and Donahoo.

The council discussed rezoning 73.5 acres from rural to single-family and 6.5 acres from rural to general business. Members voted 3-1 to return the rezoning to the planning commission to discuss enlarging the commercial portion of the land. Council member Keith Sifford voted in opposition.

Council member Terry Thomas did not attend the meeting.

In other business, the council:

  • Discussed hiring a detective for the police department and tabled voting on the issue until June 6.
  • Discussed repairs to the south end of 150th Street and asked the city superintendent to investigate the possibility of county funding for the project.
  • Approved allocating funds for school zone push-button flashing lights, provided the school district participates in the costs.
  • Rejected a resolution and agreement for first-time home buyers.
  • Approved a resolution regulating construction west of the Kansas Highway 7 corridor.
  • Approved, 3-1, a statement of action by the planning commission for High Point Downs preliminary plat. Council member Bill Hooker voted against approval.
  • Approved a final plat and subdivision improvements agreement for the third phase of Creek Ridge.
  • Approved the purchase of a 55-gallon drum of polymer at $1,645 for filter press operation and ultraviolet bulbs for $2,268 for the treatment system at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Approved the appointment of Traci Myracle as Municipal Court clerk.
  • Directed the city superintendent to hire a new block layer for the restroom in the city park.
  • Heard Garcia announce that he had received five applications for the position of city administrator.

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