Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Basehor mayor makes changes to composition

May 18, 2006

A new addition has been made to the Basehor Planning Commission.

On Monday, Mayor Chris Garcia announced his decision to reappoint Bob Harrison and Jason Logsdon and replace Jim Washington with Steve Douglas on the planning commission.

Garcia did not disclose his reason for not reappointing Washington.

Washington spoke to council members Monday stating he was disappointed he was not reappointed, but was glad to have had the opportunity to serve on the commission.

"I was certainly disappointed, considering the work and personal expense I have put into this unpaid position in the last 10 months. ... However, I thank the mayor for appointing me and the council for confirming and allowing me to serve as a commissioner," he said.

He also went over several issues the Basehor city council and planning commission are currently discussing and made suggestions.

"For many years the growth that this community anticipated did not occur," he said. "Well it's here now. This city and community must be prepared to embrace rapid growth, not just cope with it."

Council president John Bonee along with members Iris Dysart and Terry Thomas said they, too, were disappointed Washington wouldn't be reappointed.

"As a person, I think he has a high degree of integrity, ethics and a burning desire to help Basehor grow and grow right," Thomas said of Washington.

But Thomas said he would support the mayor's decision and Douglas as a new commissioner.

"As the mayor, it is his right and obligation to appoint who he sees fit," he said. "If he thinks he's the best guy for the job, I'll support it."

In other action Monday, the council:

  • Approved, 5-0, an ordinance creating 24-40 sanitary sewer taxing district and setting assessments.
  • Approved, 5-0, a proclamation proclaiming the week of May 14 through May 20 as Peace Officers Week.
  • Approved, 5-0, an interlocal agreement with Leavenworth County for work on Hollingsworth Road.
  • Approved, 5-0, a preliminary plat for Stimetz.
  • Approved, 4-1, with Terry Thomas opposed, a petition and resolution for voluntary annexation of Cedar Lakes phase five.
  • Approved, 4-1, with Iris Dysart opposed, the appointment of planning commission members.
  • Approved, 3-2, with Dysart and Bill Hooker opposed, the annual appointment of city attorney, city engineer and municipal judge.
  • Approved, 5-0, the annual appointment of municipal court clerk.
  • Tabled appointments to the board of zoning appeals.
  • Approved, 3-2, with Dysart and Hooker opposed, the city's purchase procedure policy.
  • Agreed, 5-0, to hire seasonal help to mow city park.
  • Agreed, 5-0, to purchase a John Deere riding mower for $12,500 for city park.
  • Approved, 5-0, to send Police Chief Terry W. Horner to Federal Emergency Management Training in Maryland.
  • Met in executive session to discuss land acquisition.

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