Archive for Thursday, August 6, 2009

Council settles Glenwood sewer issue

August 6, 2009

The Basehor City Council decided Monday at its regular meeting to go forward with its initial plan for the decommissioning of the Glenwood Estates sewer lagoons.

Earlier this year, the council chose a plan — coined plan A — and signed an interlocal agreement for the sewer project that would include a gravity feed from the lagoons, which would flow to a newly constructed lift station. From there, sewage would be pumped to the lift station in Pinehurst and then into the city's wastewater treatment plant.

In an effort to save the residents of the Glenwood subdivision money, council members David Breuer and Dennis Mertz recently worked with Leavenworth County to devise a second plan that would involve a force main along 158th Street to bring sewage to the 24-40 interceptor, then to the city's plant. This plan — coined plan B — would cost about $100,000 less than plan A.

Council has discussed some ways to mitigate the cost of plan A to Glenwood residents who will have to hook up to the city’s sewer plant. At Monday night’s meeting, Mertz presented what he said was the best option. He said he and Breuer talked with officials from the Basehor-Linwood School District about the district contributing $200,000 to the project cost if the city waived $200,000 of the total connection fees. Basehor-Linwood Superintendent David Howard said he wasn’t necessarily happy about the $200,000, but the district was willing to compromise with the city to make sure the project was completed in time for the new middle school to open and use the sewer system.

“We want to work with all parties involved,” Howard said. “We’re not thrilled about putting up the $200,000, but obviously time is an issue for us. We’ll support whichever plan can get it done.”

Breuer and Mertz also talked with the president of the Glenwood Estates Homeowners Association, who said he had a consensus from several homeowners that plan A was best for all.

Leavenworth County Commissioner James Tellefson was present at the meeting, and he told council members he was in favor of plan A, as well.

“I was one of the people who said let’s really look hard at plan B, but I don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to go with that,” Tellefson said. “I recommend A.”

Breuer made a motion to approve plan B and the force main at Monday's meeting, but his motion died for lack of a second. Thus, the project will move forward according to the original plan with a gravity feed.

During his council member report, Breuer said he wanted to express his disappointment about plan B not getting approved.

“I also want to apologize to the residents up there at Glenwood for not being able to articulate how Plan B could work better,” Breuer said. “In my years of experience, I truly believe it would be about $150,000 less than the engineer has estimated. I think it will come as a true cost to the city, and it’s a shame I wasn’t able to articulate that to council.”

Mertz said during his member report he wanted to thank everyone involved with the sewer project.

“Thank you to the residents of Glenwood, to the school district, to the county commissioners and councilman David Breuer for working on this,” Mertz said. “I hope that this is a positive thing moving forward that we were all able to work together.”

The council will still need to approve a final project plan, after which a public hearing on the sewer decommissioning will take place.

Also on Monday, the council:

• Approved, 4-0 with council member Iris Dysart absent, a payment to CAS Construction in the amount of $502,070.03 for the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant and change order request 3. Mayor Terry Hill was also absent from the meeting, and council president Jim Washington presided as head of the council.

• Approved, 4-0, a payment to Consolidated Water District No. 1 in the amount of $55,570.86 for phase two of water main construction in the Wolf Creek Parkway project.

• Approved, 4-0, a payment to Consolidated Water District No. 1 in the amount of $105,812 for the relocation of a water main on 150th Street.

• Approved, 4-0, an ordinance adopting Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain management measures that satisfy 44 code of regulations, section 60.3b of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations. The council in its approval of the ordinance amended the fourth line on page six section B1A to say “two feet” instead of “one foot” and made the same change to lines one and three on page seven section B.

• Approved, 4-0, a motion pursuant to the criteria contained in section 18.08 of article 18 of the zoning regulations to override the Basehor Planning Commission's recommendation to deny the Tomahawk Valley preliminary development plan, and to direct staff to place an ordinance on the agenda memorializing the governing body's decision.

• Approved, 4-0, to take a vote on the Tomahawk Valley preliminary plat pursuant to section 2-102 of article 1 of chapter II of the subdivision regulations. The council then approved the preliminary plat, 4-0. The final plat will now go back to the planning commission to make sure it is in compliance with the preliminary plat.

• Approved, 4-0, to authorize the mayor to sign the bylaws for Midwest Public Risk of Kansas, Inc.

• Approved, 4-0, to reschedule the public hearing for the 2010 budget to 7 p.m. Aug. 17. The hearing will take place as part of the regular meeting.

• Approved, 4-0, to authorize the mayor to sign the contract of city attorney Patrick Reavey, provided he has not already done so. Reavey will receive a monthly retainer of $1,600 for 15 hours served and will be paid by the city for all additional hours at a rate of $110 per hour.

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