Archive for Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Basehor council to discuss city administrator position

January 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m.

Updated: 9:00 a.m.

— Tuesday night's Basehor City Council meeting was one with little on the agenda, but council members did agree to put something that hasn't been discussed for a months on next the to-do list.

Councilor Dick Drennon told the council he would like to discuss the city administrator position and the city's need, or not, to fill the position.

"I think it's about time we discuss it,"Drennon said.

The council will have an open discussion at its next work session on Feb. 3.

Interim City Administrator and Police Chief Lloyd Martley has been in under the "interim" label for more than two years now. In the past two years, Basehor has seen record growth including more than 80 new requests for building permits in 2013.

Basehor's last city administrator, Mark Loughry, was voted out of the position in 2011 by the council, which has since had four members replaced.

In 2011, the money the city spent on the city administrator position was more than $135,000. Without a full-time city administrator in 2012 and 2013, the city spent about $31,000 each year on the role filled part-time by Martley.

The proposed 2014 budget has allotted $99,000 for the position based on the council's desire to fill it.

Mayor David Breuer did not comment officially on the subject but said he will offer a solution at February's work session. The discussion from that meeting will then be taken to the 2014 budget retreat in April, where the council will make a decision regarding the position.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council also discussed:

• Waiting on word from the U.S. Postal Service Post Master in Denver regarding the city's request for a zip code change. Basehor has been sharing the 66012 zip code with Bonner Springs, which is located in Wyandotte County. That has resulted in confusion and higher home and car insurance rates. The city was told that it would have an answer by December 2013.

• Council members Travis Miles and Vernon Fields were absent from Tuesday's meeting.

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