Archive for Thursday, July 20, 2006

Work on tap for city streets

July 20, 2006

To continue upgrading roads in Basehor, six more streets will be repaired during the next few weeks.

Basehor city council on Monday agreed, 5-0, to authorize funds for the street overlay project.

Now in its fourth year, Gene Myracle, city superintendent, started this project with the hopes of improving all Basehor streets within five years.

"All the old parts of the subdivisions were chip and seal," Myracle said. "We're trying to get away from that to get asphalt."

The overlay will consist of a two-inch compact asphalt layer, which Myracle said will adhere better than chip and seal and will not crumble as easily under the weight of cars and trucks.

Myracle said there are only two more sections to improve in the city before the project is complete. All of the streets in need of improvement were evaluated when the project began.

"I divided the whole town up and prioritized the chip and seal streets based on the shape of the streets," Myracle said.

Bennett Paving in Bonner Springs, a company the city has used in the past, will improve the 11,935 feet of roads at a cost of $161,423. Funds will come out of the consolidated highway fund. Myracle expects the six streets to be completed in the next two to three weeks.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved, 3-2, with John Bonee and Iris Dysart opposed, to consider the proposed 2007 budget for the city and authorize the city clerk to publish a notice of a public hearing. The budget public hearing will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7.
  • Approved, 5-0, the final plat for Stimetz subdivision.
  • Approved, 4-1, with Bill Hooker opposed, the final plat for Pinehurst Estates.
  • Approved, 5-0, to authorize a grant submittal to the Kansas Department of Commerce for street improvements with amendments. If the grant request is approved, the state will cover $2 million of the cost to improve 155th Street from U.S. Highway 24-40 north to Parallel Road, making it into a 36-foot-wide three-lane street with curbs and gutters, storm sewers and street lights. The project would be completed in 2010. The estimated cost with inflation in 2010 is $2,833,502. The city will cover the extra $833,502. The city plans to reserve adequate funding to cover the city's cost of the project.
  • Agreed, 5-0, to authorize repair of hail damage and leaks on the city hall building and hail damage on the park restroom building.
  • The interlocal agreement among the city, Jeffrey Theno and Leavenworth County providing for treatment of wastewater, the resolution to annex Theno Estates and the scheduling of a public hearing to revise special assessments for Falcon Lakes subdivision were deferred until the Aug. 7 council meeting.

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