Archive for Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BOCC not pleased with attendance at Basehor meeting

A World War I doughboy statue stands outside the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

A World War I doughboy statue stands outside the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

January 26, 2011

Despite Leavenworth County Commissioners’ disappointment that no residents showed up at last week’s evening meeting in Basehor, the commission will continue to hold its quarterly evening meetings in the southern part of the county, at least for now.

Commissioner John Flower said at Monday’s commission meeting that the snow last week probably contributed to the no-show from residents at the meeting Thursday evening at Community National Bank in Basehor.

The snowstorm Wednesday night left nearly 8 inches of snow on the ground in Basehor, according to the National Weather Service, resulting in canceled classes in the Basehor-Linwood School District on Thursday and the postponement of the Mayor’s State of the City address, also scheduled for Thursday at Community National Bank.

Though the other two commissioners questioned whether the evening meetings were worthwhile, Flower pushed to continue holding them.

“I feel that we still have the opportunity to make contact and to make an impression on our constituency in southern Leavenworth County,” Flower said,

The commission holds the meetings every three months to allow for public comment from residents of the southern portion of the county who cannot attend the regular commission meetings on Monday and Thursday mornings. The meetings alternate between Tonganoxie and Basehor.

Earlier this month, the commissioners decided to stop holding similar quarterly meetings in Leavenworth because of a lack of attendance.

The evening meetings in Basehor and Tonganoxie usually draw about six residents, Flower said.

Though Flower represents the southern part of the county as the 3rd District commissioner, he said the other two commissioners should also seek input from Tonganoxie, Basehor and the surrounding areas.

“Once you are elected, you are a Leavenworth County Commissioner, and all constituents become yours,” Flower said.

Commissioner Bob Holland, who took office earlier this month, said he agreed but still wondered if the meetings were a productive use of time if few residents attended.

“I was rather disappointed in the non-turnout,” Holland said.

Chairman Clyde Graeber suggested that the commission decide whether to continue the evening meetings based on the turnout at the next quarter’s meeting in Tonganoxie.

Flower suggested the commission increase awareness of the meetings using newspaper advertisements.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the commissioners authorized, 3-0, the public works department to purchase a chip spreader from the G.W. Van Kepple Company for no more than $245,000. The county purchased its current chip spreader in 1998, and it is scheduled to be replaced this year. The chip spreader is a piece of machinery used to chip-seal roads.

During Thursday morning’s meeting, the commissioners:

• Authorized, 3-0, the emergency management department to purchase a vehicle from Roberts Auto Plaza at a cost of no more than $36,100.

• Authorized, 3-0, the public works department to spend up to $15,000 to fix a mold problem in an emergency management office in the county courthouse caused by an exposed water pipe.

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