Archive for Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sampler Festival committee reports to council

April 9, 2009

The Kansas Sampler Festival is making its way to Concordia in May, but in 2010 and 2011, Leavenworth County has dibs.

Bob Topping, the president of the Kansas Sampler Festival Steering Committee, spoke to Basehor City Council members Monday night about what to expect when the event is showcased in Leavenworth.

“This festival is really an opportunity for people to see how special Kansas is as a state,” Topping said. “When it comes to Leavenworth, the process will have to be a countywide effort.”

Penner farm in Inman was the site of the festival’s debut, Topping said. For eight years, the Sampler attracted people to Inman, and in 1998, the festival was on the move. Pratt was the first place to house the traveling event in 1998, followed by Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City and Concordia. The festival stays with each venue for two years then rolls to another location.

Topping said that Leavenworth was scheduled to have the Kansas Sampler on May 1 and 2 in 2010 and May 7 and 8 in 2011.

Each year, the Sampler gives several communities the chance to display their unique qualities, he said.

“Over 140 communities promote their points of interest and rural culture annually,” he said. “They do this with exhibits and booths, demonstrations, ethnic foods, stage entertainment, living history and much more.”

During the next 90 days, Topping said, the steering committee had some goals to achieve in order for the Leavenworth Sampler to run smoothly. The committee has to seek corporate sponsorships in Leavenworth County, engage with civic groups for education, vendors and volunteers, and possibly most important, it has to observe the festival in Concordia. Topping said that visiting the Concordia festival was an excellent way to learn how the Kansas Sampler will affect Leavenworth County.

“I would like to encourage all of you to go to Concordia this May,” he said to the council members. “As a little enticement, we will have T-shirts available for you as mayor and council, and you’ll be able to ride a bus to Concordia for only $25. You couldn’t drive there for $25, so it’s a good deal, and it’s a great way to see what you can do to prepare when the festival comes to Leavenworth County.”

For more information about the Kansas Sampler Festival, contact the steering committee’s office in Tonganoxie at (913) 417-7575, or go to

In other action Monday night, the council:

• Heard a presentation by Kim Bomberger of the Kansas State Forester on the Tree City USA program and what Basehor could do to prepare to become a Tree City USA. Basehor voted to pursue Tree City USA status in 2008, and now must establish a tree board. Two Basehor citizens, Allison Theno and Douglas Conrad, volunteered to serve on a tree board. Bomberger will be assisting Basehor as it works to achieve Tree City USA status.

• Heard proclamations by Mayor Chris Garcia declaring April 6, 2009 Basehor-Linwood Bobcat Day and congratulating the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team and the Basehor-Linwood power lifting teams.

• Heard a proclamations by Garcia declaring April 24 Arbor Day in Basehor, April 12-17 National Library Week and April 25 to May 2 National Volunteer Week.

• Heard a request from Basehor resident Twila Heinen to repair curbs and streets in the Pin Oak subdivision. Garcia and city superintendent Gene Myracle said repairs in the subdivision were made last year and would continue this year on a priority basis.

• Approved, 5-0, pay application 5 from CAS Construction for the wastewater treatment plant expansion in the amount of $590,887.57.

• Approved, 3-2, change order request 2 for the wastewater treatment facility. Council member Jim Washington and council president Iris Dysart were opposed.

• Approved, 3-2, to award bids on the Wolf Creek Parkway street project, contingent on the state’s approval. Washington and Dysart were opposed.

• Approved, 4-1, to go to bid on the 150th Street project from Craig Road north to Parallel. The estimated construction cost for the project is $850,000, with $100,000 coming from the KDOT corridor management funds. Council member Keith Sifford was opposed.

• Approved, 4-0, an ordinance to amend the park board duties to include serving as a tree board and appointment of two tree board members, Allison Theno and Douglas Conrad. Washington left the meeting at this time.

• Approved, 4-0, a proposal to increase sewer connection fees and monthly sewer maintenance rates by 2.5 percent each year, effective May 1. The annual rate increases were deemed necessary by the User Charge Study conducted by the Larkin Group in 2006. The increase will amount to about $1 more per user each year. If a residential growth returns to about 50 houses per year during the next few years, the 2.5 percent annual increases may no longer be necessary.

• Approved, 4-0, a proposal to seal coat and re-stripe the Basehor City Hall parking lot.

• Approved, 4-0, to purchase four lift station communication dialers at a total cost of $7,880 for the units, installation and cellular fees.

• Approved, 4-0, a resolution regarding the foundation at 807 155th Terrace in the Pinehurst Estates Subdivision. The resolution states that the foundation is in violation of municipal code and gives the builder 45 days to rectify violations. If violations are not rectified, the city will abate.

• Approved, 4-0, a resolution regarding the foundation at 604 154th Circle in the Pinehurst South Subdivision. The resolution states that the foundation is in violation of municipal code and gives the builder 45 days to rectify violations. If violations are not rectified, the city will abate.

• Approved, 4-0, to authorize city staff to start the collection process for delinquent utility and miscellaneous accounts.

• Approved, 4-0, replacement of the Basehor Police Department’s in-car VHS camera systems with digital systems.

• Approved, 4-0, to add Item L to the agenda, to discuss plans for Southside Village.

• Heard from Benchmark Management owner Ed McIntosh about Southside Village. He said he needed some indication that the city favored construction of a benefit district for the area so that he could attain commitment from existing businesses. The council told McIntosh that it was a possibility, should he meet the necessary requirements.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.