Archive for Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Council OKs agreement for Wolf Creek Parkway

November 19, 2008

The city of Basehor has given its blessing to an agreement between Benchmark Management and the Kansas Department of Transportation to construct improvements to the north side of the intersection of 150th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.

At Monday’s council meeting, Council member Terry Hill made a motion, to approve combining the 150th Intersection project with construction of Wolf Creek Parkway. The city’s $2 million share would be paid for with Transportation Development District funds generated from a special 3/4-cent sales tax levied on sales at businesses within the district, including the Wolf Creek Marketplace grocery store.

The motion was approved, 3-2, with Council President Iris Dysart and Council member Jim Washington opposed.

Monday’s action requires the council to approve an amendment to the Transportation Development District agreement to allow funds from the district to be used on the 150th Street intersection, which lies outside the established TDD. Mayor Chris Garcia said a vote on that issue is expected Dec. 1.

Dysart said she did not feel it was fair to the council to take a vote Monday without the item being on the printed agenda and allowing time to make an informed decision.

Washington expressed concern over adding the item to the agenda and not allowing public input on an important matter. He also disagreed with committing $2 million of city funds without a complete financial disclosure from Benchmark Management. He asked Ed McIntosh of Benchmark if he had paid all of the excise tax for the property. McIntosh answered he had not been billed, had no problem with paying the excise tax and would pay when he received a bill.

Hill stated the council approved combining the projects at an earlier meeting and the motion was just taking one more step in the project.

The motion gives direction to staff to prepare the agreements with KDOT for receipt of $500,000 in corridor funds for Wolf Creek Parkway and $325,000 to go toward the 150th Intersection project. The combined projects are estimated at $3.0 million.

In other action, the city:

• Approved, 5-0, an agreement requested by the city of Tonganoxie to allow access to utility easements on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40 between 153rd and 158th streets and between 166th and 170th streets for a water line that will connect to BPU water line.

• Approved, 4-1, the annexation of Basehor Field of Dreams. The annexation followed approval of the Leavenworth Board of County Commissioners. Dysart cast the nay vote, based on concern over maintenance of Fairmount Road and lack of an amended road maintenance agreement with Leavenworth County.

• Approved, 5-0, an ordinance allowing payment in lieu of construction of sidewalks.

• Approved, 5-0, a revised substance abuse policy that requires random drug testing only for those in sensitive city positions.

• Approved, 5-0, standard operating procedures for some administrative functions. The action was requested by the city’s auditor. Council also accepted standard operating procedures on meeting agendas on a 4-1 vote, with Hill dissenting, after amendments were offered by Washington.

• Approved, 5-0, payment No. 1 to Holland Construction in the amount of $130,578. 53 for the 2008 overlay program.

• Approved, 5-0, up to $3,225 to be spent to correct a drainage situation on 155th Terrace.

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