Archive for Thursday, February 7, 2008

Council puts off speed change on 155th

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia

February 7, 2008

The speed limit on 155th Street in Basehor was something Mayor Chris Garcia brought up in his State of the City Address a few weeks ago.

And, as promised, it was a topic of discussion at Monday night's City Council meeting.

Several residents spoke against raising the speed limit during the public portion of the meeting. They said they opposed it for safety and noise reasons, mostly because of children walking to and from school.

Others who were in favor of raising speed limits said if people could not get through the area at a reasonable speed, they would avoid the area. Such a scenario, they reasoned, would not be ideal since the Basehor City Center residential and commercial project is planned for the area off of 155th Street.

The majority of the council members were in favor of at least exploring the idea of raising speed limits on 155th Street in certain areas and keeping the areas around schools posted at 20 miles per hour.

"My personal opinion is 20 miles per hour is ludicrously slow," council president Terry Thomas said. "I don't see why we can't increase it to 30 or maybe 40 south of Parallel."

The topic will be discussed further and brought to a future council meeting for a vote.

Yes for county air and business park

An air and business park may be in the future for Leavenworth County. Basehor City Administrator Carl Slaugh said the Federal Aviation Administration has determined there is an interest for such a park in the county, and a subcommittee of the Leavenworth County Port Authority is asking cities in the county to help fund a feasibility study.

Port Authority would pick up $15,000 of the estimated $100,000 study and the rest would be split among the cities of Basehor, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth and Lansing. Basehor's share would be about $3,017.

This would be a county project, Slaugh said, and wherever the property is purchased, it would not be annexed into any city.

Slaugh said a consensus from the Leavenworth City Commission seemed to be in favor of the proposal after the committee met with them last week. However, it was during a work session, so the decision is not official.

The council approved, 5-0, to help fund the feasibility study for a Leavenworth County Air and Business Park.

Language revisions to require re-design

After a 20-minute executive session for attorney-client privileges, council members approved, 6-0, with Mayor Chris Garcia also casting a vote, a revised ordinance containing corrected legal descriptions and clarification language amending the Zoning Ordinance of the city of Basehor, by rezoning certain property in the city of Basehor for Basehor City Center and a Preliminary Development Plan.

The issue of Crestwood Drive was brought up at the last council meeting when Planning Director Dustin Smith asked council members to clarify their intent on a previous vote to make Crestwood Drive a through street for the Basehor City Center development. Plans showed Crestwood Drive lined up with an entrance to a parking lot for a future grocery store or department store, which Smith and the majority of the council said was not an appropriate connection to Crestwood Drive.

Mike Duncan, developer for Basehor City Center of Affinity Development, and members of his staff said putting a street through the development would cause a safety concern and may ruin the ambiance of the shopping center.

However, there seemed to be some miscommunication because Smith and council members said they did not want the developer to run the street between the parking lot and the store. The developer would have to redesign the area so the store and parking lot would be on one side of Crestwood Drive.

New vehicle policy approved

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley presented a proposal at the last council meeting to allow on-call Police Department and Public Works supervisors who live within 5 miles of the city limits to take home city-owned vehicles.

"Keep in mind that these vehicles would only be used for city work and related situations," Martley said.

Currently the department keeps all of its vehicles in the city garage, Martley said, but this poses a problem in the event of a disaster such as a tornado because the entire fleet could be destroyed.

Allowing on-call supervisors, who could be called back to work at anytime, to take home the vehicles would also allow for a quicker response time.

The council asked that Martley make the appropriate changes to the policy manual and then bring it back for approval. The council approved the policy Monday night, 5-0.

In other action Monday night, the council:

¢ Approved, 5-0, an ordinance amending code on truck traffic.

¢ Approved, 5-0, a ZIP code change proposal.

¢ Tabled, 4-1, with council member Keith Sifford opposed, an excise tax refund payment to Pinehurst commercial and Medicine Store until an audit can be performed.

¢ Approved, 5-0, plat for Holy Angels Catholic Church.

¢ Approved, 5-0, site plan for Holy Angels Catholic Church.

¢ Approved, 5-0, the re-plat of Pinehurst with the city contributing $1,001.

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