Archive for Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Funeral home wins council’s approval

March 21, 2007

The final plat and final development plan for the Gorup Funeral Home received unanimous approval from the Basehor City Council on Monday night.

Planning director Dustin Smith made council members aware of changes that had been made to the plan since it was first submitted last summer. The entrance to the property was moved further south to avoid lining up with a residential driveway and the parking lot was moved to the northern half of the property.

Concerns that the duo might want to develop the southern half of the property, which were brought up at the planning commission meeting earlier in the month, resurfaced at the council meeting. However both Ed McIntosh of Benchmark Management and Jason Gorup, funeral director, said there were no plans at this time for further development.

They said the reason the parking lot was moved was to make the business look less commercial as the council had requested.

"There was talk of some type of chapel, community center of some type, but there are no plans at this point," McIntosh said. "We thought it would be best to be upfront and show that potential lot."

"The changes that were made were really requested by us," council member Iris Dysart said. "I don't see any problem with them packing it on one side."

Council member Terry Thomas asked about landscaping and said he wanted to make sure the trees around the property provided adequate screening for surrounding residents.

"I just want to make sure the trees are big enough," he said. "I want as much shielding as we can get."

McIntosh said the landscaping around the property would be about 5 feet high excluding the trees, which would add additional height.

Falcon Lakes special assessments hearing set

Basehor City Administrator Carl Slaugh said an estimated $91,000 is owed back to Falcon Lakes developer Rustom Ferzandi for special assessments for street and sewer improvements within the subdivision that had been overpaid during a three-year period.

It had been thought by Ferzandi and council members that the engineer for the development made errors in terms of how the property was broken down, causing the overpayment. However, Ferzandi told council members on Monday that he now believed the errors were made by the bond agent or bond counsel working on the benefit district.

Slaugh said some of the assessments would now being shifted to existing property owners in Falcon Lakes, who will pay a little extra in special assessments each year over a 15-year period to help repay the amount the developer overpaid.

The council voted, 4-0, with council member Keith Sifford absent, to set a public hearing for 7 p.m. April 16 on the new assessments. Slaugh said more research will be done before the public hearing date to try to determine where the errors were made and property owners will be notified of the public hearing.

Basehor to pay for work

on gas line outside city

The council approved, 4-0, paying 23 percent of the total cost for ATMOS Energy to move a gas line on the west side of 147th Street and Parallel Road to make way for street improvements.

About 320 feet of a 1,400-foot line is located outside of the city limits.

Slaugh said the city is expected to pay $13,117 for the 320-foot portion of the line to be moved. The total cost to ATMOS Energy is $57,030.86.

Council members agreed to hold the check for ATMOS Energy until proper easements for the street project have been established.

Other action items:

  • Approved, 4-0, amendments to the adopted Future Land Use Map and Major Street Plan.
  • Approved, 4-0, amendments to the adopted Comprehensive Plan relating to the streets/transportation element.
  • Approved, 4-0, the preliminary plat for Wolf Creek Junction, Phase II, as submitted by Benchmark Management, LLC.
  • Approved, 4-0, renewing the general liability insurance package with EMC Insurance and Reilly Insurance as the agent.
  • Tabled, 4-0, until the April 2 meeting consideration to cancel the April 9 work session.
  • Approved, 4-0, the transfer of $244,00 from the sewer fund to the bond and interest fund.
  • Slaugh reported that a training day for the new city council, Planning Commission and board of zoning appeals will be at 6 p.m. April 24.
  • The Mayor Citizen's Forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m., tonight, April 22.
  • Met in executive session for five minutes to discuss personnel matters.

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