Council sets public budget hearing for Dec. 17
Basehor City Council members Monday night set a public budget hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.
At the hearing, council members will take comment on proposed budget amendments to special parks and recreation, bond and interest, and sewer funds. The amendments would give the city authority to spend funds not originally planned without additional tax levies.
With debt refunding, the city incurred debt service expenses that exceeded the original debt service and sewer budgets. But those additional expenses were offset by bond proceeds.
In addition to the sewer and bond and interest amendments, special parks and recreation needs to be amended to reflect $15,000 for capital improvements to Field of Dreams, which was approved last April.
Also on Monday:
• City Administrator Lloyd Martley said installation of the 158th Street and State Avenue stoplight has been delayed from mid-December to mid-January because of Hurricane Sandy. Storm damage required the stoplight manufacturer to fill orders in the affected areas first.
• Council members met in executive session to discuss the search for a new city administrator.
• Heard from Martley about updates to the city’s personnel manual. Among Martley’s suggestions: Employee reviews be done annually, with checkups six months after each evaluation session; and employees be allowed to carry more vacation time over from one year to the next. The council will consider the manual changes on Dec. 17.
• Council members reviewed a resolution to refinance general obligation bonds from 2004 and 2005, which would save the city about $388,000 of interest in the long run.
• Mayor David Breuer suggested the city develop a benefit district policy for developers. City Engineer Mitch Pleak said he will begin researching and the council will revisit the issue in upcoming meetings.
• Martley updated the council on the cost of replacing a grinder pump at council member Brian Healy’s home in October. Replacing the pump required a large excavation and removal of landscaping, for which the city is obligated to reimburse the homeowner for repair. Healy has agreed to do the work himself, and repairs are estimated at $1,200. Council members will vote on the issue at its next meeting.
This story has been updated to clarify the following: Replacing the pump required a large excavation and removal of landscaping, for which the city is obligated to reimburse the homeowner for repair. Healy has agreed to do the work himself, and repairs are estimated at $1,200.