Archive for Thursday, July 16, 2009

City reviews new sewer plan

July 16, 2009

The Basehor City Council opened discussion again Monday about the Glenwood Estates sewer decommissioning at its work session.

The council entered into an interlocal agreement with Leavenworth County in February to proceed with a plan for sewer district 3 that involved a gravity feed from the subdivision and a new lift station built near the subdivision to pump sewage to the Pinehurst lift station and into to city's wastewater treatment plant.

Council members David Breuer and Dennis Mertz have been working with Leavenworth County to design a different plan that would involve a lift station near the subdivision and a force main along 158th Street to bring sewage to the U.S. Highway 24-40 interceptor. From there, the sewage would go into the city’s treatment plant. With this second plan, $300,000 or more could be knocked off the total project cost, thus saving the residents of Glenwood Estates some money. The idea, which at first looked like it would fall to the previously-approved plan, is making some headway.

Plan A, which includes the gravity feed, is expected to cost $1,695,623. Plan B with the force main would cost around $1,346,235. The residents of Glenwood Estates and the Basehor-Linwood School District – with Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and the new middle school – will be responsible for payment of the project. This means each household in the subdivision could see an increase of $1,306.98 in fees per year for 20 years with Plan A and $1,109.78 per year for 20 years with Plan B. Plan B allows less room for future development in the area than does Plan A.

County Commissioner John Flower was present at Monday’s work session, along with commissioner James Tellefson and county engineer Mike Spickelmier.

“You have a decision to make here about the two plans,” Flower said to the council members. “You have to ask yourselves, ‘Do I want to go more expensive and have more growth, or do I want to go less expensive and have less opportunity for growth?’”

Mayor Terry Hill said both the city and the county were in favor of saving Glenwood residents money if it was possible, but the council would need more information to make a decision.

“I think we’re all in agreement that this is a large expense,” Hill said. “We are looking at this again to see if there’s a cheaper way to do it, and I think the council is comfortable considering another option, but we will need more accounting information.”

The council, at the request of council president Jim Washington, requested the county gather data on how much each plan would cost the city and Glenwood in the long run. The $300,000 savings might not be worth the growth limitations it creates, Washington said.

“We have to take into consideration not only the upfront cost but the life cycle cost,” Washington said.

The Glenwood Estates sewer decommissioning will be an agenda item at the July 20 city council meeting.

Also on Monday, the council discussed:

• The city’s possible tax rebate program. The council has devised a new plan for the program, which it is coining as the 3-3-3 program. It would allow new homeowners a rebate of 100 percent for three years and 50 percent for three years during the three-year duration of the program. The program would also offer a rebate of 80 percent for three years and 25 percent for three years for new commercial structure owners. The council is continuing to discuss the program with the county, the Basehor Community Library, the Basehor-Linwood School District and the Fairmount Township Fire Department. It will be addressed at future council meetings.

• The 2010 budget. The budget is near completion. A public hearing concerning the budget will be scheduled during the July 20 city council meeting.

• A request from Deffenbaugh for a route change. Deffenbaugh is considering changing the trash pickup day in Basehor to Wednesday. A portion of the city currently has trash pickup on Monday and another portion on Friday. The new route would allow for more efficient trash collection, Deffenbaugh says.

• Kansas Department of Transportation transportation revolving loans 0125 and 0126. TRF loan 0125 is currently being used for the Wolf Creek Parkway project. TRF loan 0126, which will be used for the 150th Street project, has been delayed because of issues related to acquisition of a triangle piece of property owned by Ed McIntosh at the project site. The loan will be discussed further at future meetings.

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