Archive for Thursday, March 23, 2006

Basehor Council declines to waive audit standards

March 23, 2006

After hearing from Basehor residents, Basehor City Council decided against waiving generally accepted accounting principles for audits of the city's 2005 and 2006 spending.

Jim Washington and Dave Brewer argued against the waiver during the public comment session. Waiving the use of GAAP rules for auditing, Brewer said, makes audits more like reviews. Verne Leikerd spoke to protest what he considered a low price for his property offered by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Washington, Brewer, Bob Moore and Jim Flower all argued against a proposed sewage rate increase. The council was apparently swayed, and the increase was denied. A motion was then made and passed to review the ordinance governing regular rate increases for a possible amendment.

Monday's meeting was the last before the new Basehor city administrator comes on board. Carl Slaugh, the new administrator, is scheduled to start work Monday. Slaugh is currently serving as city administrator in Hiawatha, Kan.

In other actions, the Council:

  • Approved amending Chapter XV of city ordinances concerning utility services and delinquent accounts, repealing ordinance 238 in its entirety. The change will increase the processing fee from $50 to $100 for delinquent accounts that are turned over to Leavenworth County, which then adds the fee onto property taxes and repays the fee to the city, Carole Dickey, assistant city clerk said.
  • Voted to approve the appointment of Dustin Smith as city planner at a salary of $52,000, contingent on his passing a background check and references.
  • Voted to accept insurance bids for the city's General Liabilty Package. The package will cost the city $45,120, up from $40,500 due to the addition of coverage for the stoplight at 155th and 24-40, and for the city's lift stations.
  • Heard from Darryl Fields, transportation planner for Mid-America Regional Council on the scope of the study for the K-7 corridor. The study will identify current and future land use along the corridor, identify areas that are incompatible with the state highway, address current and anticipated traffic issues, identify opportunities for coordination of planning and zoning regulations among jurisdictions, establish a framework for a formalized partnership among KDOT, MARC, and Leavenworth County, Tonganoxie and Basehor, produce strategies for balancing land use and transportation, and provide for public involvement in the development of plans for the corridor.

The Council voted to table until April 3 consideration of paying the city's $14,490 share of the study's $200,000 cost.

  • Denied authorization to Operation Wildlife to release injured animals once they are rehabilitated within the city limits.
  • Tabled the consideration of the creation of 24-40 Sanitary Sewer Taxing District and the articulation of repayment of the city's at-large costs for the district.
  • Table until the April 3 work session consideration of the Leavenworth Road drainage project.
  • Voted to rezone the northeast quarter of section 34, TWP 10S, Range 22E of Metzger Meadows to R-1, Single family, from R-2, suburban family.
  • Tabled until the April 10 work session the consideration of funding for the 24-40 corridor study.
  • Tabled the consideration of the K-7 Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Voted to accept a proposal from MHS Engineering for a wastewater collection system master plan, not to exceed $39,200.

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