Archive for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Council eases office space crunch

Bonner Springs to extend northwest side of Public Works building

March 12, 2008

Two Bonner Springs city departments should see some relief from the dearth of space afflicting city offices.

At its workshop session Monday before its regular meeting, the City Council voted to approve construction of an additional extension to the Public Works building at 12401 Kaw Drive.

A maintenance building for the Parks and Recreation Department had already been tentatively approved by the Council, for the eastern side of the Public Works building, at 12401 Kaw Drive, at an estimated cost of $255,000. The parks department had been using the old rectory building at Sacred Heart School to store materials and equipment. Since demolition of Sacred Heart began, the department has had to keep equipment at the Public Works site.

An extension on the northwest side of the Public Works building will provide about 1,674 square feet of office space for the Utilities Department, at an estimated price tag of $159,000.

The money had previously been earmarked for the conversion of the old library to a space for community activities.

Currently four people - the assistant Public Works director and grounds maintenance employee, the city project manager and an administrative assistant - share two offices in the Public Works building. City Manager John Helin's report said the arrangements were "cramped and are not conducive to efficiency."

Rick Sailler, director of utilities, now has his desk in the Water Department's laboratory in the rear of the Public Works building, a space also shared by the water superintendent and the water plant operator.

Helin's report says the space has "high employee and vendor traffic, constant interruptions and no privacy for the director to handle personnel matters or hold staff meetings, and is an inadequate administrative work environment."

The new office space would include an office for the utilities director as well as for a future assistant director.

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