Archive for Thursday, November 19, 2009

Council offering lower connection fees to Glenwood Estates residents

November 19, 2009

Residents of Glenwood Estates might be able to pay significantly lower connection fees when they hook into Basehor's wastewater treatment plant.

At Monday night’s Basehor City Council meeting, the council approved, 4-1 with member Iris Dysart opposed, to offer Glenwood homeowners a reduced flat rate of $2,000 per lot to join the city’s sewer system when their current lagoons have been decommissioned. However, the lower price will only go into effect if the subdivision has 100 percent of its residents agreeing to voluntarily annex into the city.

The city has prepared agreements to be sent to each of the 97 lots, and if it receives all 97 back signed as consenting to annexation on or before March 1, 2010, the $2,000 fee will be applied to all. If it receives any less than 97, residents will pay the full $4,425 per lot.

Some of the council members were dubious the city would receive all the forms. Dysart said she did not believe all the residents would volunteer for annexation, and she was reluctant to take that potential money away from the city when it was trying to pay off its loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for expansion of its wastewater treatment plant.

“We are not going to get 100 percent,” Dysart said. “I see we’re dangling a carrot in front of them… but I think that’s a great amount of money for the city to give up granted it was already pledged to put that money down on the wastewater treatment upsize project.”

Council member David Breuer also said he was not expecting a full voluntary annexation, and he thought it was a shame that a few people might ruin a large savings for the whole subdivison.

“It’s unrealistic thinking,” Breuer said. “I do think it would be rather sad if we got 90 or 95 percent of people signing off on that, and then we say ‘OK the offer’s off the table.’”

On the optimistic side was council president Jim Washington, who said the savings might be enough to persuade everyone to sign the annexation agreements.

“I think we probably, based on a $2,400 savings per lot, we may have an awfully good chance we will get 100 percent,” Washington said.

Glenwood Estates residents should receive the forms in the coming weeks, and will have until March 1 to respond.

Also on Monday, the council:

• Approved, 5-0, an ordinance amending article 1 of chapter XV in the Basehor City Code pertaining to utility services. The amendment states landlords can be held responsible for tenants’ delinquent utility accounts, specifically delinquent sewer accounts. The city currently is owed $72,870.72 in delinquent utility accounts.

• Approved, 5-0, an ordinance amending article 4 of chapter I of the Basehor City Code pertaining to personnel policy and employee benefits. The amendment states any changes made to personnel policy or benefits may be done by way of a resolution instead of an ordinance.

• Approved, 5-0, a resolution amending article R pertaining to employee recognition. City Administrator Mark Loughry requested to be in charge of the money allocated for recognizing city employees for years of service. He said he intended to use the money more effectively along with adding awards for one year and five years of service.

• Approved, 5-0, to use the services of Lowenthal, Webb and Odermann for the 2009 audit in the amount of $18,400.

• Approved, 4-0, a technology agreement with Versent Group LLC, or The Purple Guys, for city services and support in the amount of $2,075 per month. Washington excused himself from discussion on the matter and from the vote because his daughter and son-in-law work for the company.

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