Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sewer problems focus of talks with commission

Discharge levels in lagoons over capacity for Cedar Lakes, Glenwood subdivisions

July 25, 2007

Leavenworth County Commissioners and Basehor City Administrator Carl Slaugh met Monday to determine what to do with sewer lines that are beyond capacity in southern parts of the county.

Building permits for homes in certain subdivisions continue to be issued, Commission Chairman J.C. Tellefson said, while discharge levels at the wastewater lagoons that the sewer lines flow into are above what is permitted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The subdivisions in question are Cedar Lakes and Glenwood, both south of the Basehor city limits and serviced by Sewer District No. 7 and Sewer District No. 3, respectively.

As an interim solution, the city of Basehor will now provide connections to the county septic system for homes built in the two subdivisions, Slaugh said.

In a June 28 meeting, Commissioner Clyde Graeber said he thought Basehor had agreed to fully assume the responsibility of Sewer District No. 3, but noted that nothing official was ever signed.

On Monday, Tellefson asked Slaugh why Basehor doesn't just annex the subdivisions.

Slaugh responded that the liability of maintaining the roads and infrastructure associated with annexation was a consideration and that the city "would have to extend services that (the area) already gets."

Glenwood property owners already have water service, electricity and other utilities provided by a private homeowners association. Cedar Lakes has just three homes in it.

Commissioners alluded that they would like to see Basehor take over the reins in Sewer District No. 7 as well, where sewage from the Cedar Lakes and Cedar Falls subdivisions fill the lift station there.

Slaugh said the Basehor-Linwood School District has announced it was pursuing a bond issue for improvements to the Glenwood Ridge Elementary but that costs for the project "have not been pinpointed."

"If a sewer system doesn't presently exist, then there will be additional costs involved," Slaugh said.

While Monday's meeting was mainly to have a face-to-face discussion between the city and county, another meeting was scheduled for Sept. 10 to discuss sewer expansion projects.

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