Archive for Thursday, August 7, 2008

Council approves mill levy increase for 2009 budget

August 7, 2008

The Basehor City Council unanimously approved the proposed 2009 budget with a slight increase in the mill levy after a public hearing Monday night.

A comparison of surrounding cities prepared by City Administrator Carl Slaugh showed that Basehor's proposed 28.598 mill levy rate was one of the lowest, just more than neighboring De Soto. Last year's mill levy in Basehor was 28.547 mills.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

"Most (cities) have experienced an increase because of a decrease in property valuation and sales tax revenue," Slaugh said.

The city's property valuation is also up to $43,959,448 - a small increase from last year's $41.1 million. The steady increase is mostly due to new residential construction, Slaugh said.

While the city's overall budget increased from $11.307 million in 2008 to $12.114 million, Slaugh said, general-fund expenditures, which include overhead such as employee wages and utilities, decreased from $3.1 million to $2.6 million. The overall budget increased because of major construction projects such as the wastewater treatment plant expansion, sewer-line rehabilitation and road improvements, Slaugh said.

Wastewater treatment plant ready to bid

Construction documents for the planned wastewater treatment plant expansion for the city of Basehor were recently approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the council unanimously approved the solicitation of bids for construction.

Bids were to be sent out this week, with a projected bid opening on Sept. 4. The Council is expected to make a bid selection on Sept. 15.

The Council was also informed that the price quote from EIMCO Water Technologies, LLC, the company previously approved by the Council to provide equipment for the wastewater treatment plant, could increase more than $20,000. While the Council chose EIMCO because the current plant already utilizes its products, the bid includes EMU mixers, rather than Flygt mixers, which are currently in use at the plant. Mixers provide movement of fluids.

City Superintendent Gene Myracle said that brand of mixer is preferred because word of mouth from other plant operators as well as past experience has shown that Flygt mixers last longer and the repair shop is in nearby Lenexa, while EMU mixers, which are made overseas, could have as much as a three-week turnaround for parts.

The Council decided to table the item, 3-1, with Keith Sifford opposed, until more data could be collected and compared on both brands of mixers.

City administrator announces meetings

Slaugh made several announcements during Monday night's meeting regarding upcoming public meetings and information:

¢ There will be an open house to discuss the annexation of the Cedar Lakes subdivision from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School with a public hearing on the matter at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at GRES.

¢ A public informational meeting for the planned 150th Street project is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at City Hall. The city has budgeted the $850,000 project that will improvement the narrow road to residential street standards including widening, curbs and gutters, storm sewers, streetlights and sidewalks.

¢ U.S. Highway 24-40 will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday at Kansas Highway 7 because of construction. If the work is not completed during this time, the highway could also be closed Saturday evening, Slaugh said.

In other action Monday night, the council:

¢ Approved, 3-1, with Terry Hill opposed, a contract with Burns and McDonnell Engineers for construction services.

¢ Approved, 4-0, a change in relationship with Piper-Jaffray from financial advisor to underwriter status for issuance of temporary notes.

¢ Approved, 4-0, the appointment of Geoffrey Sonntag as a replacement court-appointed attorney.

¢ Approved, 4-0, an amendment to ordinance setting state mandated court fees.

¢ Approved, 5-0, with mayor Chris Garcia voting, a charter ordinance amending charter ordinance 3 to correct the reference to K.S.A. 79-1122; a charter ordinance repealing charter ordinances 2, 4 and 9, which exempt the city from laws that been repealed by the Kansas Legislature and a charter ordinance exempting the city of Basehor from the provisions of K.S.A. 15-209 regarding residency requirements and providing substitute provisions.

¢ Approved, 4-1, with Sifford opposed, a charter ordinance repealing charter ordinance 5, which provides for removal of employees if "good cause" is established and implements "at-will" doctrine consistent with the personnel manual.

¢ Approved, 4-0, the results of the sewer-line filming project and proposals for moving ahead with sewer line repairs.

¢ Approved, 4-0, the appointment of Pat Rogers to the Park Board.

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