Archive for Monday, April 19, 2010

City to buy Field of Dreams

Basehor City Hall is home of the Basehor City Council

Basehor City Hall is home of the Basehor City Council

April 19, 2010

The City of Basehor has embarked on a new business venture.

At Monday night's Basehor City Council meeting, the council voted, 4-1 with member Iris Dysart opposed, to buy the Basehor Athletic Association Field of Dreams at a cost not to exceed $400,000.

The Field of Dreams approached the council in November 2009 to request a donation that would aid the organization in overcoming a $10,500 deficit. From discussions thereafter, council began exploring the possibility of buying the Field of Dreams and taking over its operations.

Council directed the city staff to conduct a survey, appraisal, financial analysis and title work on the facility to determine the feasibility of the city buying it. The findings showed the Field of Dreams is worth $550,000, which is lower than the asked price of $372,000. City Administrator Mark Loughry said at the April 5 council meeting he found to replace such a facility, the city would need to spend $3,019,000. He recommended the city take advantage of such an offer, and on Monday, the council did just that.

For more on this story, see Thursday's issue of the Sentinel.

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