Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2007

Council OKs design work for 150th St.

December 6, 2007

It's going to be a lot of work, but Basehor city officials and residents believe planned improvements to 150th Street will be well worth it.

The portion of 150th Street from Craig Street north to Parallel Road, which is currently a chip and seal road and about 18 feet wide on average, was previously placed on a priority list for improvement by the City Council.

City Administrator Carl Slaugh and Dave Lutgen of McAfee Henderson Solutions, Inc., presented three options and cost figures for construction and engineering design for the 2,020-foot portion of the street to the council during Monday night's meeting.

The three options included asphalt with curb and gutter for $678,424 and a design fee of $45,450; asphalt with ditches for $496,595 with a design fee of $35,785; and chip and seal for $419,861 and $7,450 for the design.

After some debate, the council approved, 4-0, with Terry Hill absent, to begin design improvements for option one: asphalt with curb and gutter.

"We have design costs budgeted into 2008," Slaugh told council members. "It will probably take most of the year just to have the design done and obtain the easements."

Construction is planned for 2009.

A few residents present at the meeting advocated for the project.

"I would just like to promote the asphalt with curb and gutter based on the fact that it's going to be several years before it's completed," resident George Smith said. "With the new grocery store going in on State Avenue and the traffic that's going to bring, I think that it needs to be a good solid road as opposed to chip and seal."

Several houses are built close to the current roadway along with overhead power poles, Slaugh said. Utility easements will need to be obtained to widen the road. Residents will also lose part of their front yards to the project, but the curb-and-gutter option would allow them to save more of their yards.

"You're going to lose a lot more property with ditches," City Superintendent Gene Myracle said. "The crest of the ditch could be at their front porch."

Some council members raised questions about the curb-and-gutter option.

"I'm still leaning toward ditches because we don't have a collection system," Council president Terry Thomas said. "Where is it (runoff) going?"

Lutgen said curbs and gutters do increase the velocity of the runoff, but it empties into Wolf Creek.

"We haven't curbed and guttered any of our arterial or collector streets," Council member Iris Dysart said. "If we start this, other people are going to want their street curbed and guttered. That is a pretty high standard for Basehor to maintain."

Council member Keith Sifford commented that the city requires developers to curb and gutter streets in new subdivisions, yet the city does not hold itself to those same standards.

"That's certainly an issue," he said.

Lutgen agreed.

"If you require a developer to do something, it's good that the city does that same standard," he said.

In other action Monday night, the council:

  • Approved, 4-0, the year-end transfer of funds and set a public hearing date of Dec. 17 to amend the 2007 budget.
  • Tabled, 4-0, payment No. 3 and change order No. 4 to H.E. Miller & Sons for the 147th Street project.
  • Approved, 4-0, a proposal to purchase one 2008 Ford Crown Victoria for the Basehor Police Department not to exceed $26,949.
  • Approved, 3-1, with Jim Washington opposed, the adoption of the proposed Personnel Policy and Guidelines excluding the 2008 wage adjustments section.
  • Tabled, 4-0, approval of an ordinance to proceed with condemnation of right-of-way on the Baker property.
  • Met in executive session for 20 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.

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