Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Council OKs grocery plans

September 20, 2007

Concerns about traffic and access to Wolf Creek Marketplace, Basehor's future grocery store, were still in the air as the Basehor City Council approved the final development plan for the project, 5-0, during Monday night's meeting.

Basehor City Planner Dustin Smith said the Planning Commission recommended approval of the plan with seven conditions, while the Planning Department recommended approval of an added condition regarding increased traffic at the U.S. Highway 24-40 and 150th Street intersection.

"I think there are some safety issues with leaving the intersection as a fully directional, nonsignaled intersection, then adding more traffic," Smith said.

Because of uncertainty with the final outcome of the U.S. Highway 24-40 Corridor Study and its effects on the portion of the highway through Basehor, the Planning Department's eighth condition stated that there should be some coordination with the Kansas Department of Transportation to construct a median at the intersection in question to restrict cross-traffic and left turns onto the highway.

Council member Jim Washington said at the most recent 24-40 Corridor Study meeting, he got the impression that 150th Street would probably be a full-service intersection, including signalization, sometime in the future. He asked Smith if he had had any further communication with KDOT that gave him any other insight.

Smith said he had not been in contact with KDOT about the matter, but suspected that the 150th Street intersection would not be signalized. He reminded council members they did not include 150th Street in a list of signalized intersections for the highway when their input was sought.

Council president Terry Thomas said he was concerned the language in condition No. 8 could restrict development of Wolf Creek Marketplace and the rest of Wolf Creek Junction if KDOT were to refuse to work with the developers, Ed McIntosh and John Bell of Benchmark Management.

"What happens if he tries to coordinate putting in an intersection and KDOT says no?" Thomas asked. "Does that stop the development? If things are beyond the developers' control and the city's control, we can't penalize the developer for that."

While there was some discussion about amending the language in No. 8, council members approved the development plan with the seven conditions from the Planning Commission, leaving out the eighth condition from the Planning Department.

Road construction nearing completion

The road project at 147th Street and Parallel Road should be complete by next month if the weather cooperates, Basehor City Administrator Carl Slaugh said.

The first payment of $76,623to H.E. Miller & Sons Construction for the project was approved, 5-0, by the council Monday evening.

Basehor City Superintendent Gene Myracle said the project was more than 65 percent complete.

"Two good working weeks and they'll be out of there," he said.

City explores fees paid by credit card

Residents soon will have a more convenient option for paying outstanding citations.

The council approved, 5-0, an online credit card payment system for court fines through a company called nCourt. Traci Dockery, Basehor Police Court clerk, said nCourt would create a Web site for Basehor Municipal Court, Basehortix.com, which will allow defendants who are not required to appear in court to pay their fines, along with any processing fees, online. Once the fine is paid, the court is notified by e-mail and the city receives the payment through electronic transfer on a set schedule.

Dockery said the user-friendly program would be installed at no cost to the city. Once a new set of tickets are ordered, the Web site address will be printed on the back to let people know that online payment is available.

She also said nearby cities such as Bonner Springs and Edwardsville use this program and said they are extremely happy with it. Several thousands of dollars in fines have been collected that the cities may not have received otherwise because of the convenience of the system, she said.

Council approves new city prosecutor

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said he along with Slaugh conducted several interviews for the position of city prosecutor and decided to go with Michael Mogenson, who is also the city prosecutor in neighboring Tonganoxie.

The council unanimously agreed with Garcia's appointment.

In a later interview, Garcia said Mogenson was chosen because of his experience and familiarity with the city court system.

"We had a couple good candidates," Garcia said. "It was hard to pick just one."

In other action Monday night, the council:

  • Approved, 5-0, Wolf Creek Junction Phase II Final Plat and Subdivision Improvement Plan.
  • Approved, 5-0, the adoption of the Kansas City area American Public Works Association standards.
  • Approved, 3-2, with council members Washington and Iris Dysart opposed, AT&T Video Service Provider Agreement.

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