Archive for Thursday, March 2, 2006

City officials move forward with work on hiring planner

March 2, 2006

With a city administrator set to come on board at the end of this month, Basehor officials now are turning their attention to filling a vacant planner position.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said the city has received five resumes for the job. Applications will be accepted through March 10. The new position, which pays between $50,000 and $55,000 per year, will oversee the planning commission, work with developers and help develop long-range plans for the city, Garcia said.

The city formed a committee to screen candidates for the position. The panel comprises Garcia and council members Bill Hooker and Terry Thomas. They will interview candidates before bringing a list of finalists before the governing body.

Garcia said he hopes to have the position filled by the end of March.

New City Administrator Carl Slaugh was hired in January to fill Basehor's long-vacant administrator position. He is set to begin work March 27 in Basehor.

Meanwhile, the city soon will have an updated comprehensive plan. Representatives from Shafer, Kline and Warren presented a revision of the comprehensive plan to the planning commission Tuesday. The plan presented was similar, in large part, to a plan presented to city officials late last year. It details the city's vision for the future on issues, including transportation, infrastructure, education, physical image and recreation.

At their next meeting, planning commissioners are expected to schedule a public hearing on the revised plan. The commission will meet next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.

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