Archive for Thursday, February 28, 2008

Differing sides spew arguments over sewer district discrepancy

February 28, 2008

Disagreements on who should have been responsible for the decommissioning and study of sewer districts in southern Leavenworth County continues.

In a meeting Thursday, concerned parties gathered to determine what entity should have paid for Sewer District No. 7's closure after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment mandated the district's wastewater lagoon be decommissioned and connected with the city of Basehor's wastewater treatment system in 2004 and 2005.

Those meeting were Leavenworth County commissioners, Basehor city officials, county staff and John Flower, president of the Cedar Lakes Homeowners' Association.

Sewer District 7 serviced the Cedar Falls and Cedar Lakes subdivisions near Basehor.

According to Flower and county public works director Mike Spickelmier, members of Sewer District 7 paid more than $26,000 in 2005 out a state revolving loan from KDHE to among other things study hooking onto the Basehor system.

"As it stands right now, Sewer District No. 7 is bearing the full cost of the study under the loan," Spickelmier said Tuesday.

Flower argued other sewer districts in the county benefited from the study, which was conducted by engineers with Olathe-based Ponzer-Youngquist in spring 2006.

"My concern is that two other sewer districts as well as southern Leavenworth County benefited and were (part) of this study," he said.

Flower requested the $26,000 expenditure be reapportioned back to Sewer District Nos. 3, 5 and 6, which were also included in the study.

County commissioners questioned how to best rescind a decision by a previous board.

1st District Commissioner J.C. Tellefson said, "I just want to resolve this," but he asked whether reassigning debt to other sewer districts would create further problems.

Ultimately the issue was tabled for an additional two weeks, but Commissioner Dean Oroke, whose voting district includes southern Leavenworth County, asked Basehor City Superintendent Gene Myracle to monitor assessments to sewer districts and see if more funds would need to be budgeted in the future.

Myracle said assessments have not led to an increase in the city's sewer maintenance fund as of yet.

In business Monday, the County Commission:

¢ Accepted a low bid for 485,000 gallons of road oil for chip-and-seal projects in 2008 from Kansas City, Mo.-based Vance Brothers Inc. at a total cost of $920,650.

¢ Unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding between the Leavenworth County Department of Juvenile Services and the Leavenworth Guidance Center to provide mental health services at the county's Juvenile Detention Center. The guidance center will supplant services previously rendered under contract with The Health Professionals Network.

¢ Approved, 3-0, a composting operations plan for the Solid Waste Department, providing for the proper composting of grass clippings, leaves and wood chips that will eventually be made available to Leavenworth County residents.

¢ Considered approving a final plat for Drinnon's Estate, at 16520 256th St., near Tonganoxie, but discussion was tabled until Thursday.

At issue is whether the 70-acre tract can be split into three lots while still maintaining the adequate frontage required under the county's zoning and subdivision regulations.

¢ Approved, 3-0, the final plat for Denholm Acres, an 18.6-acre tract divided into two lots near the intersection of Hollingsworth Road and 211th Street.

¢ Met in executive session for one hour in regard to the hiring of a county administrator.

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