Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Commission approves new EMS station plans

November 8, 2007

With architectural plans for a new Emergency Medical Services station now in place, county officials will begin seeking bids for the building's construction in late December.

Don Pruitt, an architect with Horst, Terrill & Karst, presented plans Thursday to the Leavenworth County Commission for the $1.16 million station.

The 8,480-square-foot building, which will be behind the Metropolitan Steakhouse at 16th Street and Metropolitan Avenue, Leavenworth, will house on-duty EMS personnel in four bedrooms and will feature four ambulance bays. Also included in the design is a 2,800-square-foot basement intended for storage.

Earlier in the design process, the size of the bedrooms was reduced and plans for a public restroom were removed to cut costs, but EMS Director Jamie Miller told the commission Thursday, "I think we came up with a very workable structure size-wise."

The facility will be made of stucco with stone columns and a heavyweight, asphalt shingle roof.

"We wanted to give it a civic presence but allow it to fit in with the neighboring residences," Pruitt said.

He assured Commission chairman J.C. Tellefson that exterior lighting would be minimal as to not unduly impact surrounding homeowners.

Included in the $1.16 million cost projections are approximately $848,000 for the building, $140,000 in site development, $49,000 for contingencies and $123,000 in soft costs, which include design fees, soil testing and legal fees.

Pruitt said bids for construction should be received by Jan. 30, 2008, and construction could begin as soon as February with a tentative move-in date set for Sept. 30.

In business Tuesday, the board:

¢ Made revisions to draft job descriptions for a new county solid waste director and for a county administrator.

Commissioners agreed that candidates for the solid waste position, recently vacated by Debbie McRill, should have four years of supervisory experience in the field and should obtain all necessary certification within the first year on the job if not prior to being hired.

The job will be a level-10 position, with an annual salary ranging from $38,417 to $48,021.

As for the county administrator, commissioners adjusted the wording of several requirements for the job but tabled a resolution that would actually create the job for further discussion.

¢ Heard back from Monday's U.S. Highway 24-40 Corridor Study meeting with Kansas Department of Transportation and city of Basehor officials, where access into the Wolf Creek Junction near the intersection of U.S. 24-40 and 155th Street was discussed.

Staff engineer Mickey Schwartzkopf said his understanding was that KDOT does not want to see any access whatsoever not even a right-in, right-out access at 153rd Street as Ed McIntosh of Benchmark Management, the developer who has plans for a grocery store in Wolf Creek, has requested.

Commissioners Clyde Graeber and Tellefson expressed concern over the added delays for motorists that increased access would cause.

"I thought the whole purpose of the corridor study was to keep traffic moving at a reasonable pace," Graeber said, "and the more stoplights we put in, the slower everything becomes."

Planning and Zoning Director Chris Dunn said Basehor may be "getting a lot of heat" now, but the county will start hearing complaints if access is further reduced along U.S. 24-40.

¢ Discussed a letter sent to Public Works Deputy Director Mike Spickelmier from the Wyandotte County engineer requesting Leavenworth County's cooperation in funding improvements to the 142nd Street bridge that runs over Interstate 70.

Commissioner Dean Oroke said Wyandotte County's Unified Government has maintained 142nd Street the county line road since the 1980s when an agreement was made between Wyandotte County officials and the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

Oroke said he wanted to know what the terms of that agreement were and what responsibility the city of Bonner Springs, whose city limits extend into Leavenworth County where the bridge lies, has in the undertaking before agreeing to commit to the project.

"I'm not saying we won't participate, but I want those questions answered before I'm willing to participate," Oroke said.

¢ Received word from Community Corrections Director Mikel Lovin that his department was awarded $34,142 grant funding from the Kansas Department of Corrections. The funds will be used for client services, which include drug and alcohol treatment and housing and job assistance, Lovin said.

¢ Voted, 3-0, to accept the low bid of $23,819 from Kansas City, Mo.-based Lee Matthews Equipment to upgrade Sewer District No. 2's lift station after its motorized pump was damaged in September. Sewer District No. 2 services the Timber Lakes subdivision in southeast Leavenworth County.

¢ Met in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss potential litigation.

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