Archive for Thursday, June 8, 2006

City agrees to spend $24,000

June 8, 2006

Between power outages and bouts of pounding hail caused by the large thunderstorm that passed over Basehor Monday evening, the Basehor City Council agreed to spend about $24,000 on two studies in the area.

The council agreed, 4-0, with council member Keith Sifford absent, to contribute funds to the 24-40 Corridor Study. Velda Roberts, Tonganoxie city council president, reviewed a brochure about the study with Basehor city council members and encouraged them to fund the study.

"I think we're getting a lot of bang for our buck," she said.

The study, which will be performed by the firm Bucher, Willis and Ratliff, will be conducted during a 12-month period and will look at issues such as land use, economic development and transportation management. The study area will stretch along a one-mile-wide corridor of U.S. Highway 24-40 from Kansas Highway 7 to one mile south of Tonganoxie.

The $249,790 study will be jointly funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation, Mid-America Regional Council, Leavenworth County and the cities of Tonganoxie and Basehor. Basehor's share of the funding is $19,666.

These funds will come out of the Planning and Zoning Department for Engineering Studies fund, which has a $58,000 budget. A little more than $9,000 of this fund has been expended to-date.

"We still have enough to cover this easily," council member Terry Thomas said.

Council members also agreed, 4-0, to spend up to $4,500 on a sewer rate study, conducted by the Larkin Group.

According City Administrator Carl Slaugh, the city is required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to conduct a study on wastewater services to ensure the city will have enough revenue to pay off its current loan for sewage treatment facility.

"We have to look at our rate structure and make sure we have enough funds for not only upkeep and maintenance, but money left over to plan for expansion," Slaugh said.

The city needs to expand the existing wastewater facility or construct a new facility in the Wolf Creek Basin because of continued growth. This study, which will be complete within 60 days, also will help with development of a financing plan for an expanded or new facility.

"We're probably OK for a year," Slaugh said. "But if we don't get construction under way and the plant completed, we're going to be in a bad situation with the city."

In other action Monday, the council:

  • Agreed, 4-0, to table the ordinance articulation repayment of city-at-large costs for 24-40 sanitary sewer taxing district.
  • Approved, 4-0, to table the ordinance authorizing the creation of a transportation development district and maintenance agreement for Wolf Creek Junction Development.
  • Approved, 4-0, the proclamation for Business Appreciation Week.
  • Approved, 4-0, to schedule a public hearing for sewer and solid waste delinquent accounts for 7 p.m. June 19.

The rest of Monday night's meeting will continue June 19 because the council could not establish quorum after council member Bill Hooker had to excuse himself from the meeting.

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