Basehor council tables new hire
The Basehor City Council delayed a vote Monday night to fill the vacant director of community development position.
Basehor mayor Chris Garcia said the vote was tabled so a search committee -- consisting of the mayor and City Council members Bill Hooker and Terry Thomas -- could continue interviewing prospects.
The director of community development position is a newly created one. Responsibilities for the job will include working with developers, reviewing building plans and overseeing the Basehor Planning Commission.
The position was re-shaped following the resignation of city planner Angela Solberg earlier this year. The job has been maintained by representatives from McAfee Engineering, the city's engineering firm, since Solberg's resignation.
Council member Keith Sifford said it's important the city fill the vacancy soon. Garcia agreed.
"The sooner the better," he said.
Council members have delayed renewing a search for a new city administrator until after it hires a director of community development.
Garcia said he and committee members will interview the leading contender for the position Thursday evening. The front runner hails from the Kansas City metropolitan area and has extensive planning experience, the mayor said.
In other action, the City Council:
- Approved, 4-0, authorizing the city attorney to proceed with legal action to remove a retaining wall on lot 61 in the Falcon Lakes residential development.
- Approved, 4-0, authorizing the city attorney to file a quit claim deed for Falcon Lakes Parkway with the register of deeds.
- Approved, 4-0, a $3,500 highway safety grant with the Kansas Department of Transportation.
- Approved, 3-1, the final plat and subdivision improvement agreement for Pines of Pinehurst.
- Approved, 4-0, a proclamation deeming October 2005 as domestic violence awareness month.
The City Council will meet next Thursday, Oct. 20 at Basehor City Hall to discuss a Kansas Highway 7 improvement project with the design firm, HNTB. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.