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Council approves Dollar General lot split

Crews broke ground recently on a new Dollar General being built in Basehor.

Crews broke ground recently on a new Dollar General being built in Basehor.

May 20, 2010

Progress continues on Basehor’s newest business with the Basehor City Council's approval of a lot split.

The Dollar General should open this summer at 155th Street, between the post office and American Family Insurance.

At Monday night’s council meeting, members approved, 4-0, a request by Dollar General to separate its current lot into two lots: one .95 acres and one 1.05 acres.

The Basehor Planning Commission approved the request at its April 6 meeting, and thus, the item moved to council for a vote. The full lot, which was in the past split in two parts, has already been zoned as commercial 1 and is part of phase one of the Crestwood Country Estates property.

Negotiations with Dollar General and the city began in December 2009 when the company requested a change in the city’s sprinkler codes to better accommodate its business. The Basehor City Council approved this change at its Dec. 21, 2009, meeting, giving the city an advantage in acquiring the new business.

Ground broke on the project in March, and Basehor officials expressed positive comments about the project.

“We’re really excited,” City Administrator Mark Loughry said in an earlier interview. “Any economic development at this time is good economic development. It’s a nationwide, established chain, and we really hope it’s successful. We think it will be.”

One of the key benefits to the store will be its location, Loughry said.

“It’s a great location,” he said. “It’s downtown, within walking distance to many people. We just couldn’t be more excited about the project and the location.”

Also on Monday night, the council:

• Heard a report from Mayor Terry Hill, who read a statement in which he addressed his reaction to the April 21 special council meeting called to consider his appointment for city clerk.

“I was disappointed to an extreme and expressed my anger openly,” Hill said. “I do not intend to discuss the reasons or dynamics that surround that appointment or the council vote. I have met with every council member and the administrative staff since and assured all of them it is my intention to restore the professional working relationships we had prior to the special meeting.

“I am confident this is not a rift in the city council as we move forward. It is my intention to continue to serve the City of Basehor as a professional, and every city council member and administrative staff member expressed the same feeling and desire to serve the city.”

• Voted, 4-0, to remove item 6 — resolution 2010-06 regarding the mayor’s appointment for city clerk — because City Attorney Patrick Reavey said the resolution was unnecessary at this time.

• Took no action on item 13 — appointment for city clerk — because the candidate the city was considering took another position.

• Unanimously reappointed Susan Adams as the city’s treasurer.

• Unanimously reappointed William Pray as the city’s municipal court judge.

• Unanimously reappointed Lloyd Martley as the Basehor Police Department’s chief of police.

• Unanimously reappointed KiAnn McBratney as the city’s prosecutor.

• Unanimously reappointed Patrick Reavey as the city’s attorney.

• Unanimously renewed the city’s contract with Reavey Law LLC.

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