Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Council proposes industrial park sites

April 18, 2007

The new Basehor City Council said its first "ayes" during Monday night's meeting.

Two outgoing members, council president John Bonee and former mayor Bill Hooker, were recognized for their service on the council with plaques.

New members Terry Hill and Jim Washington, along with re-elected incumbent Iris Dysart, were sworn in and joined council members Terry Thomas and Keith Sifford. Thomas then was elected the new council president.

City Administrator Carl Slaugh led the new council straight into business with news from the Industrial Site Selection Committee.

"The Leavenworth County Port Authority wants to develop a new industrial site somewhere in the county," Slaugh said. "We have a deadline of the first of May to submit nominations for this potential industrial site."

The council voted, 5-0, to submit all five industrial site selections as recommended by the committee.

The five submitted sites are the Schlagel property, southwest corner of 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40; the Nick property, 14700 block of U.S. 24-40; the Meyer property, southeast corner of 147th Street and Leavenworth Road; the Bock property, southwest corner of 142nd Street and 24-40 and the Miles property, southeast of 150th Street and 24-40.

The Port Authority's purpose is to promote economic development in the county by providing land to manufacturing and commercial businesses. When the Port Authority decided it wanted to develop a new industrial site, representatives from cities within the county served on a committee to come up with a scorecard to use when evaluating potential sites. Bonee served on this committee.

Once the scorecard was completed, the city of Basehor formed its own Industrial Site Selection Committee to decide which sites to submit for consideration, Slaugh said.

The scorecard measured each site in seven different categories: transportation, physicality of land, utility access, acquisition considerations, adjoining properties, cost to purchase and development process.

"The intent of this process would be to come up with some objective figures to help us decide what would be right for development," Slaugh said.

As of now, the Miles property scored highest with 774 points and the Meyer property scored lowest with 464 points. However, sites show zero points in the utility category because city staff is unsure how far utilities such as sewers, fiber optic telephone lines and gas lines are from the sites.

Slaugh said city planning director Dustin Smith would be calling utility companies shortly to try to figure out distances.

The Port Authority has agreed to foot the $500 fee for the first site submittal from each city. Cities will have to pay a flat fee of $500 for any additional site submissions.

Washington said wanted to submit more than one site because the ratio of businesses to homes in Basehor is out of kilter.

"I think we need to take every action we possibly can to fill the retail pipeline," he said. "It seems like a fairly modest investment to get all properties into the pipeline to get some consideration."

Slaugh said the southeastern part of the county where

Basehor is located has the best access to major highways such as U.S. 24-40, Kansas Highway 7 and Interstate 435. Even if Basehor does not submit the site with the highest score, political considerations might prove to be more important, Slaugh said.

"Keep in mind, we're not just competing Miles against Nick, but we're competing against Leavenworth and Lansing, and they're wanting that park just as bad as we do," Bonee said from the audience. "We need to get those blanks filled in."

In other action Monday night, the council:

  • Approved, 5-0, adoption of a resolution to set the public hearing date of May 7 for the Falcon Lakes Benefit District.
  • Approved, 5-0, adoption of a resolution and bylaws for MARCIT. The city contracts with MARCIT for dental insurance benefits.
  • Approved, 5-0, the general liability insurance bids for year commencing April 1, 2007, through April 1, 2008.
  • Met in executive session for 15 minutes to discuss personnel matters.
  • Approved, 5-0, the revised assistant city clerk job description and wage plan.

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