Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2001

City council briefs

June 13, 2001

Developer, council to meet

City council members decided Monday night that they would like to talk with the developer of a 29-acre tract about fees the city might charge because of increased traffic from the site.

After considerable discussion about the impact of the fees on Steve Kelly's ability to market his land, council members agreed to talk with Kelly at their next meeting.

Kelly, an Overland Park developer, owns 29 acres along U.S. Highway 24-40, just south of Urban Hess Business Center. He hopes to develop the land commercially.

At issue is whether the city should charge impact fees on developments that generate a large amount of traffic.

Pharmaceutical firm seeks IRBs

The owner of a new pharmaceutical firm going up in the Urban Hess Industrial Business Park said he wanted to make certain the city would not have any liability if the business were to default on an industrial revenue bond.

Jim Aldrich said the bonds will be used for financing the acquisition, construction and equipping the new facility. Representatives and bond underwriters for the firm attended Monday's meeting. The company should enter into its bond purchasing agreement in August.

The firm plans to supply pharmacists with overnight service.

City updates some building codes

After a recent fire at Cedar Hills apartment complex, the city and fire department have decided to update and enforce codes.

The codes in question have not been updated since 1995, some even as long as 1991.

Penalty sections were added to three codes the National Electric Code, Abatement of Dangerous Buildings code and the Kansas Building Fire Safety Code. Fees were also set for the National Electric Code. More codes will be addressed at the next council meeting.

Dirt removal just got costly

Developers and builders will be required to provide a deposit to the city to cover the cost of removing dirt that flows into city streets.

On Monday, Tonganoxie City Council members approved an ordinance requiring the deposits, which would be refunded if no problems occur. Under the ordinance, the city would notify the person who took out a building permit if any dirt flows from the development onto city streets. The city would allow up to 48 hours to clean the street. If the problem is not corrected, the city would handle the clean-up. Cost of the clean-up would be deducted from the deposit.

Council members said the issue was one of safety and city liability.

City pay competitive, comparable

The city's current pay system was deemed fair and competitive by Steve Cohen, owner of the Company Labor Management advisory group, in a preliminary survey.

Cohen conducted a city salary survey and provided some results at Monday's council meeting. A survey had not been conducted since 1999 even though it was an annual requirement. Cohen said that the city should compliment itself for having a current, fair pay plan.

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