Archive for Thursday, October 23, 2008

Council allots funds for road work

October 23, 2008

The Basehor City Council approved two agreements Monday night comprising one of the first steps in road improvements for the city.

Kansas Department of Transportation promised $600,000 in corridor-project funding for both Basehor and Tonganoxie, the cities participating in the U.S. Highway 24-40 Corridor Study. The city of Basehor allotted from its share of the funds $100,000 for the 150th Street project from Parallel Road south to Craig Street as its first priority and the remaining $500,000 for improvements to Wolf Creek Parkway as the second priority.

The Council approved the first agreement, 4-0, with Roger McDowell absent, between the city of Basehor and KDOT for the $100,000 for the 150th Street project from Parallel Road to Craig Street with a notice to proceed by June 1, 2009, and a projected completion date before July 1, 2010.

Another agreement was crafted between the city of Basehor and Basehor Properties LLC to help fund initial improvements to the intersection of 50th Street and the U.S. 24-40 intersection. Ed McIntosh, Wolf Creek Junction developer, hopes the improvements will improve access to a grocery store planned for the development.

KDOT has agreed to provide an additional $325,000 for real estate acquisition and preliminary engineering design for the intersection. The council approved this agreement, contingent upon city staff approval, 3-1, with Jim Washington opposed.

City Administrator Carl Slaugh said in the future there would be other agreements regarding corridor funding, including one regarding the $500,000 designated for Wolf Creek Parkway. Right now, McIntosh and the city are discussing the possibility of splitting the $500,000 between Wolf Creek Parkway and the 150th Street and U.S. 24-40 intersection, rather than putting it all toward Wolf Creek Parkway.

In other action Monday night, the Council:

• Approved, 3-1, with Iris Dysart opposed, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment loan establishment for the wastewater treatment plant expansion in the amount of $6,424,516 with a repayment term of 20 years.

• Tabled, 4-0, a resolution ordering demolition of structure at 2805 N. 155th St., and directed staff to hire a structural engineer to determine whether or not the property is unsafe.

• Approved, 4-0, the renewal of an auditing contract with Lowenthal, Singleton, Webb and Wilson for 2008 in the amount of $17,800.

• Met in executive session for about 20 minutes to discuss attorney-client privilege, personnel matters related to nonelected personnel and acquisition of real estate.

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