Archive for Thursday, March 20, 2008

KDOT to keep signal at 155th and 24-40

The signal light at Basehor's main intersection, 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 will remain according to the final 24-40 Corridor Study documents.

The signal light at Basehor's main intersection, 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 will remain according to the final 24-40 Corridor Study documents.

March 20, 2008

The signal light at 155th Street in Basehor will remain according to the U.S. Highway 24-40 Corridor Study.

Revisions to the final corridor study, which analyzed current and future development along a two-mile wide section of U.S. Highway 24-40 through Basehor and Tonganoxie, were presented Monday to the Basehor City Council.

City Administrator Carl Slaugh said several discussions have taken place between the city of Basehor and the Kansas Department of Transportation since the final report was released in December 2007.

"I had some discussions with KDOT staff, they made some proposals, I made my proposals and we kind of hashed out some wording," Slaugh said.

One of the largest and most valuable revisions to the city of Basehor was changing statements that suggested the removal of the signal light at the U.S. Highway 24-40 and 155th Street intersection.

KDOT suggested removal of the light at a future date because it did not meet the one-mile signal light spacing guidelines set during the study. In response to complaints from several residents, especially business owners near the intersection, the city has been in negotiations for months to try to prevent the future removal of the light at what is now Basehor's main intersection.

Language stating that the light at 155th Street would remain after signals were installed at 150th and 158th Streets was added. However, since keeping the signal at 155th Street does not comply with the desired one-mile spacing of signal lights along the corridor, language was also added stating that the intersection would be monitored for future safety issues.

If safety issues arise, KDOT and the city of Basehor would discuss ways to remedy the situation, which could include removal of the signal light or other steps.

Council member Keith Sifford disagreed with the added language and said that KDOT could decide to remove the signal light anyway, even with the revised statements.

"I wonder if this language wouldn't be better if stricken from the study," he said. "The reassessment of the lights in the future is a given. Whenever we have this type of wording it's vague it leaves it open to interpretation."

Slaugh agreed the wording was somewhat vague, but despite his suggestions to leave the wording out, he said KDOT thought it was necessary to leave at least some of it in because the signal did not meet the one-mile standards and safety concerns could arise in the future.

Council member Terry Hill said while he had some of the same concerns as Sifford, the modified language was at least a compromise from the original plan.

"It will be reviewed based on safety issues," Hill said. "If there is a safety issue, this council would want it reviewed. I think we have a compromise here."

Council member Jim Washington agreed.

"I think we're as close to making the maximum number of people as little dissatisfied as possible at this point," Washington said. "This is the first time we've gotten anything that says, 'signal will remain.'"

The council approved, 5-0, an interlocal agreement between the city and the other U.S. Highway 24-40 Corridor partners, including the city of Tonganoxie, Leavenworth County, KDOT and the Mid-America Regional Council, with staff recommendations.

Slaugh said he believed Basehor was the first of the partners to approve the interlocal agreement and it will now move onto the city of Tonganoxie, the county and MARC, then back to the secretary of transportation for approval.

In other action Monday night, the council:

¢ Approved, 5-0, to apply for corridor matching funds for the 150th Street project from Craig Road north to Parallel Road.

¢ Approved, 3-2, with Terry Thomas and Washington opposed, a request from Basehor Field of Dreams to connect to the Basehor sanitary sewer system contingent on voluntary annexation petition.

¢ Approved, 5-0, the purchase of weapons for the Police Department to standardize the type of weapon and make the weapons city property.

¢ Approved, 5-0, authorizing administrative staff to proceed with notifying delinquent sewer and solid waste accounts of the delinquent amount and possible tax assessment.

¢ Approved, 5-0, the report and resolution setting the public hearing for the annexation of the Breuer property located at 16101 Parallel Road for 7 p.m. May 19.

¢ Approved, 5-0, the report and resolution setting the public hearing for the annexation of the Bryant property located at 19249 N. 158th Street for 7 p.m. May 19.

¢ Approved, 5-0, the final plat for Pebblebrooke Phase I, submitted by Pebblebrooke, LLC.

¢ Met in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss attorney-client privilege.

¢ Denied, 5-0, an agreement to obtain utility easements and temporary construction easement for the Chestnut Lift Station deactivation project.

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