Archive for Tuesday, February 15, 2011

County commission sets meeting with Sewer District 3

A World War I doughboy statue stands outside the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

A World War I doughboy statue stands outside the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

February 15, 2011

With construction complete on the Sewer District No. 3 sewer line, Leavenworth County commissioners are set to give residents of the district an update on the project and to decide how to decommission the sewage lagoons serving the Glenwood Estates subdivision south of Basehor.

One thing the county is not ready to give the residents, however, is a price tag for the project.

The county commission on Monday scheduled two meetings regarding Sewer District No. 3: an informational meeting with a group of homeowners, set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and a work session to determine how to decommission the Glenwood lagoons, scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21.

Both meetings will take place during the county commission’s regular, open meeting sessions at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St. in Leavenworth.

Commissioner John Flower said Monday that a group of homeowners from the sewer district had asked to meet with the commissioners for an update, and he said the commission should schedule such a meeting soon, even though much of the way forward on the project remains to be decided. The meeting Thursday will serve that purpose.

“I’d prefer we set a date, bring them in, tell them what we know, tell them what we don’t know,” Flower said.

What they don’t know yet includes the apportionment cost for the homeowners in the district. County public works director Mike Spickelmier said the county won’t be able to determine that figure until November or December, when the project will be complete.

During the work session Monday, the commissioners will discuss how to proceed with the state-ordered decommissioning of the Glenwood lagoons. The biggest decision will be whether to contract with an excavating company for the project or to conduct the work internally using county staff, Spickelmier said.

That decision will require a good deal of discussion, he said.

“It could become very complicated,” Spickelmier said.

County buildings and grounds director John Forslund said Monday that construction on the sewer line was finished, with the exception of an electricity connection that should be complete within a few weeks.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment granted the county a $1.37 million revolving loan for the construction of the new sewer line connecting the residents to the city of Basehor’s sewer system and the decommissioning of the Glenwood lagoons. KDHE ordered the lagoons decommissioned in 2009.

Also on Monday, the commissioners authorized, 3-0, the public works department to request bids for a new mower tractor, and they met in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.

During Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners:

• Approved, 2-0, a bid from Danny Zeck Ford for $43,354 for new vehicles for Juvenile Services, Community Corrections and Code Enforcement. Commissioner Bob Holland had not yet arrived.

• Awarded, 3-0, a noxious weed chemical contract to Murrfield Farm Supply for no more than $78,000.

• Entered into executive session with planning and zoning director Jeff Joseph for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.

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