Bonner Springs council negotiates road repair
Prior to Monday night’s City Council meeting, the council came to a consensus that will turn a damaged stretch of road into a resurfaced one for a lot less money than might be expected.
Kevin Bruemmer, director of the Public Works Department, and city manager John “Jack” Helin gave a short presentation during a work session Monday night outlining the extent of damage done to parts of 121st Street, starting at Riverview Avenue and extending south of the Camp Naish entrance. The damage is a result of a 60-inch water line installed by Water District No. 1 of Johnson County, which extends from the Missouri River and goes through the city of Bonner Springs.
Damage to the road includes that done to both the surface and the base of the road, and Bruemmer said Water District No. 1 was willing to fix the damage for which it was responsible. But only parts of the road are damaged, Helin said.
“What that leaves us with is a hodge podge of repairs, with sections in between that aren’t damaged,” he said.
Instead of just fixing the damaged parts, Helin said, Water District No. 1 was willing to do chip sealing of the entire stretch of road, including the undamaged parts, if the city would kick in $5,000. Chip sealing is a surface application that would work as a protective sealant for the road.
Bruemmer said the typical cost of such work for that length of road would be about $43,000. He emphasize the road damage in question wasn’t due to any neglect on the city’s part, however.
“(Water District No. 1 has) a lot of responsibility with the road itself, which they are fully aware of, and they’re doing it,” he said, noting that it was a good idea to partner with the water district now so the entire road could see some restorative benefits. “Had we not worked with Water 1, they would have repaired those areas only for which they would be responsible.”
The consensus among the council was that getting $43,000-worth of work for $5,000 was an agreeable situation for the city. All the members – excluding Tom Stephens and George Cooper, who were both absent from the meeting – gave a thumbs-up sign at the end of the discussion, indicating their agreement with the upcoming street work.
Water District 1 will work on the damaged areas of 121st Street, including full-depth repair, where both the surface and base of the road will be removed and replaced. Helin said he didn’t know when the project might get started, but a starting time would be posted to the city Web site, bonnersprings.org, when it was decided.
Also on Monday, the council:
• Unanimously approved the minutes from the Sept. 14 meeting.
• Approved supplement claims for city operations in the amount of $30,537.30 and regular claims in the amount of $620,484.06. Council member Jeff Harrington abstained from voting on check number 108171 in the amount of $309.95, as this was made out to his family’s business, Harrington Floral.
• Unanimously approved Public Housing Authority claims in the amount of $6,200.06.
• Unanimously approved a massage therapist II license to Heather Ginger, who will be operating out of Pause … The Spa at 515.
• Unanimously approved a massage therapist II license to Amanda Innis, who will be operating out of Pause … The Spa at 515.
• Unanimously approved the adoption of the 2009 Standard Traffic Ordinance. The city annually adopts this ordinance, and the ordinance was approved with the same amendments as in previous years. An electronic version of the ordinance will be available on the city’s Web site, bonnersprings.org.
• Unanimously approved the adoption of the 2009 Uniform Public Offense Code. The city annually adopts this ordinance, and the ordinance was approved with the same amendments as in previous years. An electronic version will be available on the city’s Web site.
• Heard the city manager’s report. Included in John “Jack” Helin’s report was that the recycle-in place work on Metropolitan Avenue was completed Sept. 9, and that the city had received its portion of Countywide Infrastructure Funding Initiative in the amount of $92,400.
The money will be used for such projects as the parking lot extension at North Park. CIFI funds are those allocated by Wyandotte County to the three cities in the county to be used in necessary infrastructure projects. The city won’t be receiving any CIFI funds in 2010.
• Heard the mayor’s report. Included in Mayor Clausie Smith’s report was that during the annual banquet of the Bonner chapter NAACP last weekend, council member Jerry Jarrett was honored with the President’s Award.
In addition, a “kick in” ceremony was Sept. 17 at North Park to commemorate the new soccer fields. City officials kicked a ball into the goal in place of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony.