City Council Briefs
Special meeting set on development plan
The Tonganoxie City Council will meet in a special session next Monday night to review maps and wording in a draft of the city's new comprehensive development plan.
The meeting, which will include a comprehensive plan task force and planning commission members, will begin at 7 p.m. at Council Chambers.
The meeting is in preparation for a public meeting on the plan, which is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Tonganoxie Junior High School.
Council addresses planning issues
City council members Monday night approved a new zoning for several acres south of Urban Hess Business Center.
The request to change zoning from I-2 light industrial to I-1 light industrial was requested by Steve Kelly, an Overland Park man who wants to develop a total of 29 acres in the area.
The council also approved a final plat for the second phase of Stone Creek residential development. Council members raised concerns about potential for flooding of homes in the area. Mayor John Franiuk said he wanted to ensure that basement openings in homes were high enough to prevent flooding.
"I really feel we have to go above the call of duty to make sure this doesn't get screwed up," he said.
In addition, developers of Stone Creek have agreed to set aside land for a park in the residential development. The city and the developer are working on agreement that would pave the way for the park.
Council members also discussed a proposed stormwater detention ordinance. Discussions of the plan, which would require engineering studies for many developments, will continue by the planning commission and city council. The draft of the plan is available at city hall.
Administrator trying to cut price tag
City administrator Chris Clark hopes he can continue to whittle away at the costs for improving the city's sanitary sewer plant.
An earlier estimate by the city's engineering firm had called for $3.156 million in improvements. Clark said Monday night that he believes the city can handle $2,365,850 in improvements. He said he would like to apply for a Community Development Block Grant grant, increase the one-time charge for hooking into the sewer system and restructure the city's debt service.
Clark also talked with council members about the possibility of an excise tax on new development, which could help finance road improvement projects.
However, Kathy Graveman, council member, said she doesn't think excise taxes would prove effective.
"I think we're going to drive future expansion in the city away," she said.