Archive for Wednesday, April 4, 2007

City Council hires to design wastewater plant

April 4, 2007

A new city council is poised to take the helm in Basehor. But the old council got a few things squared away during Monday night's meeting regarding the city's wastewater treatment plant plans.

The council approved, 5-0, a professional service agreement with Burns & McDonnell Engineering for services in connection with the design of the wastewater treatment plant expansion.

City Administrator Carl Slaugh said the firm's services were broken down into several phases, and the council would first be focusing on the first phase --concept development -- which will include an engineering report.

"My short description is that the engineering report will establish the need for the project, evaluate alternatives, recommend improvements and present an opinion of cost for recommended alternatives," Slaugh said.

"This phase will review all studies and the wishes of the council. By the end of that process, they should have a pretty good idea of cost."

John Mitchell, project manager from Burns & McDonnell, said that while the agreement was broken up into detailed phases, the project can be thought of as three larger phases -- concept design, detailed design and construction.

Mitchell reiterated what Slaugh said about the concept design phase and said his firm would complete a feasibility study and facility plan, as well as review studies the city had McAfee, Henderson and Strict conduct. Once those are complete, Mitchell said the council would have a clear idea of construction cost.

"I think the studies you've done in the past are going to be very useful," Mitchell told the council. "We're not going to redo that work. We'll look at it and make sure it is appropriate for incorporation into the long-term plan."

The detailed design phase, or the second phase, will take concepts developed in the facility plan to create construction documents, to be used in soliciting contractor bids, Mitchell said. Those bids would lead to the construction phase.

"I think each of those phases really builds on the one before it," he said.

The first phase will be completed within 60 days of execution and fees will not exceed $52,400, Slaugh said.

In other action Monday , the council:

  • Approved, 5-0, an ordinance adopting amendments o the streets/transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Approved, 5-0, amendments to the Future Land Use map.
  • Approved, 5-0, purchase of a color printer at a cost of $9,595 plus service charges for the administrative department.
  • Approved, 5-0, authorizing the administrative department to send notice to delinquent sewer and solid waste accounts.
  • Approved, 5-0, a resolution supporting the Kansas PRIDE program for 2007.
  • Approved, 3-2, with council members John Bonee and Keith Sifford opposed, to partially renew membership support to the Mid-America Regional Council. Bonee and Sifford wished to have a full renewal.
  • Approved, 5-0, a proclamation in support of Arbor Day activities.
  • Approved, 5-0, to make a donation of $1,500 to PRIDE for the Fourth of July fireworks display. Council members noted that they had only budgeted a $1,500 donation, but will look into budgeting a larger donation in future years.
  • Approved, 5-0, waiving the permit fee for the PRIDE fireworks stand. Council member Terry Thomas also asked staff to look into increasing the permit fee to $500.
  • Approved, 5-0, a bid to replace sections of sewer line in the city.
  • Met in executive session for 10 minutes.

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