Basehor city council accepts 2014 budget
The Basehor city council voted, 5-0, to accept the city’s proposed 2014 budget at a special meeting before its monthly work session Monday at City Hall.
According to the budget, which had been discussed at several meetings prior to the vote, the city’s mill levy will be reduced for the third consecutive year. The 2014 mill levy will be 29.031 — down from 29.407 in 2013.
Additionally, the budget shows economic gains for Basehor, as the assessed valuation of $49,098,691 is an increase of more than $100,000 from the current year. This is the first year the valuation has increased since 2011.
“Everything looks really, really good,” mayor David Breuer said of the budget.
The special meeting was opened to the public, but nobody in attendance expressed any concerns with the proposed budget. There were no council members absent from the meeting.
At its work session, the council heard a presentation by Erin Allen of Midland GIS Solutions about the potential addition of a database format of the city’s internal sewer infrastructure. The company, based in Maryville, Mo., already does work in Leavenworth County, including the city of Lansing’s new system, so a system in Basehor would be compatible with that of neighboring communities.
Following the presentation, the board elected to compile a list of questions for next month’s work session.
In other business, the council:
• Considered entering into a contract with Donelson Construction Company, LLC, for the remainder of its 2013 pavement management project. Already in 2013, the city has resurfaced 142nd Street from Parallel Road to north of U.S. Highway 24-40. Sections of 158th Street and Parallel Road still need resurfaced this year. In total, this year’s plan includes about seven miles of pavement treatment.
The budget for pavement management this year is $350,000. Donelson has submitted a proposal with a contract price of $3.28 per square yard — comparable to that of the chip and seal program used in 2012 ($3.32).
The council will vote on the proposed contract at its meeting on Aug. 19.
• Considered entering into a contract with McAfee Henderson Solutions for construction inspection services of the U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor management projects. A selection committee formed in April had selected three candidates from a list received by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The board will vote on the proposal at its next meeting.
• Considered amending city ordinance 585, which covers appointment of city officers, duties and compensation and removal. The potential amendment was moved to the Aug. 19 council meeting.
• Considered adopting ordinances 631 and 632, which would amend the current standard traffic ordinance and uniform public offense code. The city adopt the ordinances in order to enforce new laws. Both items were moved to the consent agenda.
• Considered designating Commerce Bank, Country Club Bank, First State Bank and Trust, Citizens Savings and Loan Association FSB and Community National Bank as the city’s depositories. The item was moved to the consent agenda.