Archive for Thursday, February 23, 2006

Levies for sewer project still under discussion

February 23, 2006

At the beginning of next month, the Basehor City Council will make a final determination on how much local property owners will pay for a $1.7 million sewer project.

Determining the final assessments for the U.S. Highway 24/40 interceptor project -- a long-planned project connecting areas west, south and east of the city to the wastewater treatment plant -- has been a focal point for the City Council in recent weeks.

Last month, the city heard from disgruntled property owners during a public hearing. They again discussed the assessments at a work session Monday night.

Although it made no final decision regarding the levies, the council directed city engineer Joe McAfee and city attorney John Thompson to explore different scenarios for the assessments.

Those scenarios include changing the amount of money leveled against some property owners.

According to the city, assessments will be levied on 448 properties that officials say benefit from the project, which is complete. The assessments will be used to repay a loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Owners of those properties will pay $1.3 million total for the project, or 80 percent of the total cost.

At tonight's City Council meeting, the council is scheduled to reopen a public hearing regarding the 24/40 assessments.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia, who was slated not to attend the meeting due to a prior commitment, indicated the public hearing would be reopened for the sole purpose of continuing the meeting until March 6.

Before making its final decision in March, the council will host a work session to discuss the assessments. The work session is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

Also slated on the council's Thursday agenda was:

  • Consider cereal malt beverage license for Casey's General Store at 15441 Wolf Creek Parkway.
  • Consider request to reconsider housing clarification from C classification to D classification as originally shown in Barrington Manor preliminary plan. Request submitted by David Breuer.
  • Consider authorization to allow Operation Wildlife, Inc., to release rehabilitated animals back into Basehor city limits.
  • Consider authorizing mayor to sign Wolf Creek Industrial Park annexation agreement.
  • Consider letter of support for U.S. Highway right-in, right-out lane for Pinehurst.
  • Consider purchase of computers and copier for police department.
  • Consider amending ordinance #410 chapter.
  • Consider final development plan for Stone Creek Crossing.

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