Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

Council receives updates on major city projects

October 8, 2009

Monday night's Basehor City Council work session was all about updates.

The council previously asked engineers working on some of the city's major projects to provide monthly progress presentations, and Monday was the first of such reports.

Representatives from McAfee Henderson Solutions, MKEC Engineering and Level 4 Engineering were present at the work session to provide the latest information on the 150th Street project, the Wolf Creek Parkway project and the Basehor Town Center project.

While Wolf Creek Parkway is in the midst of some significant delays because of an unforeseen sewer line relocation, 150th Street and Basehor Town Center are moving right along.

Matt Henderson, with MHS, spoke to the council about 150th Street from Craig to Parallel, a project that was awarded to Larkin Excavating in May for $665,264.50.

Storm sewer construction on the project is complete, Henderson said, along with the asphalt base and driveway pavement removals. Some of the remaining work includes construction of driveways and sidewalks.

By Christmas, the work should be completely finished, Henderson said.

“We’ve been working well, and we’re right on task to be complete on time,” he said.

Wolf Creek Parkway workers have run into some trouble having to relocate utility lines and now having to shift the road down 20 feet to provide for landscape and utility easements. Aaron Hale, with MKEC, said the project design was verbally approved by the Kansas Department of Transportation, and some final cost numbers still needed to be approved by the city. Funding for the project comes from a $1.5 million KDOT transportation revolving loan.

Alongside this is another project on 150th Street intended to straighten the section of the road off United States Highway 24-40 and allow access to Wolf Creek Marketplace off of the highway.

Council member Bill Moyer said he did not understand how work on these projects came to a screeching halt. The problems encountered thus far should have been anticipated or dealt with immediately, Moyer said.

“So, right now, it looks like the grocery store will operate through the winter without access from 150th Street,” Moyer said. “We made some mistakes in the way we planned that project. We planned it out to get the road open to the food store. It seems to me like we just let time slip through our fingers.”

Basehor Town Center is coming to fruition little by little, Brett Napier, with Level 4, explained. The benefit district that will serve Basehor-Linwood’s new intermediate school and several future buildings is nearly finished. Fine grating, street lights and sidewalks are still to come, and the project will be wrapped up in three to four weeks, Napier said.

“Right now, we’re on schedule and under budget,” Napier said. “We should have everything done for you soon.”

Also on Monday night, the council discussed:

• A personnel and policy audit conducted by People Wise. Kevin Robinson of People Wise said the audit found Basehor’s operations to be running efficiently, and he said the city staff should be proud. Mayor Terry Hill emphasized the audit was not conducted out of any suspicion of wrongdoing but to give the city a better idea of areas for improvement.

• The Glenwood Estates sewer decommissioning project. City Administrator Mark Loughry said he would be attending a public meeting about the project. During the meeting, the Leavenworth Board of County Commissioners would be present to provide details about the project to Glenwood Estates residents.

• For more information about Tuesday’s Glenwood Estates sewer decommissioning project meeting, see page 1.

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