Archive for Thursday, September 22, 2005

Right of way purchase OK’d for E. Eisenhower

September 22, 2005

Action by the Lansing City Council on Thursday cleared the last hurdle toward a widening project on East Eisenhower Road.

The council, after a 30-minute executive session on Thursday, voted 6-0 to direct City Administrator Mike Smith to complete negotiations with Speedway Chrysler Dodge Jeep for a piece of property needed for the estimated $2.31 million project.

John Young, the city's public works director, said plans call for widening and rebuilding East Eisenhower from Main Street to Kansas Highway 5 and installing curbs, gutters and storm sewers. Pedestrians will have a new sidewalk on the north side of the road. Drivers will be able to use new turn lanes at both ends of East Eisenhower.

Other features of the project, Young said, are to eliminate the skewed, three-pronged intersection at Eighth Street and Eisenhower and to align Seventh Street on the north and south sides of Eisenhower.

When Smith seals the deal with Speedway, the city will own all the rights of way necessary for the project.

"Speedway was the last one we were able to come to terms with," Smith said after the meeting.

The city will pay $200,000 to purchase the property, move a driveway, install temporary lights while construction is under way, and install permanent lights once the project is finished, Smith said.

The $200,000 isn't a budget-buster for the project, Smith said, noting that because the land is zoned for commercial use it is more expensive than other rights of way purchased for the project.

Of the project's total cost, the city's share is estimated at $913,000. The federal government is picking up the remainder of the tab, Young said.

The road-widening is the final project from the 1996 countywide sales tax referendum that the city promised to develop.

Some utility work already is under way on East Eisenhower, but actual construction is slated for spring 2006.

Council President Kenneth Ketchum ran the meeting in the absence of Mayor Kenneth Bernard, who was out of town at a National League of Cities function. Also absent from the meeting was Council member Dee Hininger.

In other action Thursday, the council:

¢ Recognized Terry Denny for his years of service as softball commissioner on the Lansing Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

¢ Heard reports on football, soccer and cheerleading programs from sports commissioners. Soccer participation is up 57 children this year, to 217 overall. Football has drawn 166 players, up from 127 a year ago. Cheerleading is up 10 children, to 54 overall.

¢ Heard a presentation by Lansing Area Development officials on a new "universal" brochure, which will be distributed to prospective business owners and developers looking to locate their projects in Leavenworth County. The brochures allow each of the cities in the county to insert their own material along with the LAD-produced information.

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