City seeks drainage study for VFW building
Plans are on hold for VFW Post 9271.
Members had planned to start construction in early October on a 2,400-square-foot building on the east side of Reusch Memorial VFW Park.
"We hope to have it weatherproofed by the time the snow flies," Larry Meadows, VFW trustee, said last week.
But this week post members learned the city had rejected their building permit application because part of the site is in a floodway.
Linda Zacher, city planner, said the city needs to take a closer look at the property.
"We need to have a storm drainage study," Zacher said. "Since they're down at the bottom of the flood plain almost right in the flood plain I seriously doubt they'll have to do any type of mitigation."
Zacher said it's her guess that no serious type of work would be needed. "Probably, just by putting curbs around the parking lot, that would take care of it," Zacher said. "But I can't say that for sure without a study."
Harold Denholm, adjutant of the VFW post, said he thinks the organization and city will get things worked out.
"It may take us a while," he said.
Denholm said the original plans called for the building to be constructed slightly higher than a nearby business.
"We're going to be a foot above Park Oil's floor and they've never flooded," Denholm said.
The building will be about two feet higher than the parking lot, Denholm said.
"But a little water on that won't hurt us," he added.
And, he noted, in the event of a large rainfall, it's doubtful members will be at the building.
"The water will get over First Street before it gets on our parking lot," Denholm said. "We can't get over there anyhow."
Meadows said the VFW has saved money for the building since 1985, when the post was reorganized.
Meadows said his company, Meadows Construction, will pour the concrete floor and Tonganoxie builder Sam Wiles will construct the building.