Archive for Thursday, May 1, 2008

County favors Basehor sewer accord

May 1, 2008

Leavenworth County commissioners have voiced approval for an interlocal agreement with the city of Basehor regarding Sewer District No. 3 in southern Leavenworth County.

The agreement would bring about connection of a sewer line to the city's wastewater treatment facility at the point where sewage now is discharged into the district's overcapacity wastewater lagoon.

Sewer District No. 3 services 91 lots, including the Glenwood Estates subdivision near the intersection of Evans Road and 158th Street and the Glenwood Ridge Elementary School on 157th Terrace.

It will take on an additional load once a new Basehor-Linwood middle school is complete in what school district officials have projected as fall 2010.

Under the proposed agreement, a gravity line would be laid to transport wastewater from within the boundaries of Sewer District No. 3 to sewer facilities maintained by the city of Basehor.

The district is to pay for construction costs and connection fees upon receipt of funds from the state revolving loan fund and will eventually be reimbursed on a per-lot basis. The amount to be reimbursed by property owners totals $621,000.

While county counselor David Van Parys said the cost per lot was more than county officials would like right now, he noted, "Staff feels the cost will dramatically be reduced over time," adding, "The land available for future development is nearly twice the size of the existing Glenwood subdivision."

Commissioners voted, 3-0, to pass a resolution in support of the interlocal agreement contingent upon the Basehor City Council's approval of the agreement in a meeting Monday, May 5.

Commissioners also accepted a bid from Kearney, Mo.-based Trickle Construction Monday to build a new Emergency Medical Services building near the intersection of 16th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Leavenworth. The $846,500 construction project is to be financed through a state statutory bond and a performance bond issued by Safeco Insurance.

In other business Monday, the board:

¢ Approved final architectural designs for the Judicial Center project submitted Monday by Dan Rowe, with Treanor Architects of Topeka.

The project will add a kitchen for the county jail as well as a work release/trustee area for inmate workers.

¢ Accepted, 3-0, a $37,380 bid from Automated Business Systems to install moveable shelving units in an employee break room at the Leavenworth County Justice Center that will store dead files from the district court.

¢ Did not grant relief from the County Road 1 moratorium area to James Belt, a property owner who wanted to subdivide and develop two five- and 18-acre parcels east of the intersection of Kansas Highway 32 and County Road 1.

¢ Met with Public Works staff and county surveyor Dan Schmitz in an effort to reduce the amount of on-call surveying services needed for Public Works projects.

So far in 2008, over $19,000 has been expended in contractual services. That's 35.7 percent of what was spent in total for 2006 and 2007.

¢ Met in executive sessions totaling 20 minutes to discuss acquisition of real property with Van Parys and County Administrator Heather Morgan and to discuss personnel with Morgan and Human Resources director Diane Collins.

In business Thursday, the board:

¢ Unanimously approved a special use permit, allowing the expansion of a Westar Energy electric substation near the intersection of Bauserman Road and 195th Street.

¢ Considered reinstituting a safety incentive program for county employees who stay accident-free. Under the program, employees would be entered into a drawing for two $25 cash bonuses each month they are not involved in an accident. Two $100 bonuses would be handed out each year to employees with no more than one accident.

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