Archive for Thursday, October 5, 2006

City Council

October 5, 2006

Girl Scout Troop leads Pledge of Allegiance

Fourth-graders Kennedy Bowers, Taylar Bedell, Natalie Holmes, Leeann Walcott, Lorae Morris, Kelsey Coleman, Brittni Guthrie, Monica Brich, Carlie Holmes and Elisabeth Morris from Girl Scout Troop 1358 lead the Pledge of Allegiance Monday evening at the Basehor city council meeting. Troop leader Lynda Bedell said it allowed the girls to practice their first flag ceremony.

Council OKs purchase of new police vehicle

The Basehor police department was approved to purchase a new vehicle.

Police chief Terry Horner compared a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, the type of car the police department currently uses, and a 2007 Chevrolet Impala and presented the information to the city council.

"We found it best to stick with the 2007 Crown Victoria," Horner said.

The cost of the vehicle and other expenses such as the installation of equipment and decals for the exterior were also broken down and presented to the council.

The new vehicle will replace a unit that broke down earlier this year and will not exceed $27,000.

City takes no action on 'noise permit'

A Basehor citizen came to the city council asking to be issued a noise permit for an upcoming block party. There was some question whether the item should be on the agenda because the police chief usually handles these kinds of requests.

There was also concern about the wording of the request since there is a city ordinance stating that citations can be issued if noise, such as music, is heard within 50 feet of a site.

While the council voted to approve the request for the party, they took no action on issuance of a noise permit.

Mayor Chris Garcia also stated that while the council voted on the matter at the meeting, other such requests could continue to be approved by police chief Horner and did not need a vote from the council. However, he did ask Horner to place these requests and approvals in the weekly report to inform council members of activities going on in the city.

Park hours extended for library activities

Amy Schaffer and Carla Kaiser from the Basehor Community Library requested that the city park hours be extended for Halloween activities the library would like to offer to children, teens and parents on Oct. 27.

While the park usually closes at sundown, Schaffer director of teen services at the library, said the teens are looking forward to "Scary Stories in the Park" and putting together and running a haunted trail for younger children and parents. This would require extending the hours of the park to about 9 p.m.

The council agreed unanimously to approve the extended hours.

"It's good for the community and it lets everybody get to know each other," council president John Bonee said.

City offers utility

payment options

City employees and customers soon will have the option to use payroll direct deposit and automatic withdrawal payments for utility billing.

Gayle Runnels, branch manager at Citizens Savings and Loan, and Melanie Morris, branch manager at First State Bank and Trust, answered questions from the council.

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