Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2010

Community improvement district policy gets city’s OK

September 30, 2010

The city of Bonner Springs has another tool to use to help further economic development in the city.

The Bonner Springs City Council gave its unanimous approval Monday night to a community improvement district policy. Marcia Ashford, community and economic development director, brought the proposal to the council during a workshop prior to the Sept. 13 council meeting.

The policy will allow business owners or developers a possible new means of financing large renovations or expansions, by requesting a CID agreement with the city.

Two types of CIDs would be available:

• One in which a special assessment would be levied among each business owner within the district, much in the way a benefit district works. Each business owner would be responsible for paying a portion of the cost as an added fee on their taxes.

• Another in which up to a 2 percent increase in the city’s sales tax would be levied on purchase from businesses within the CID.

Business owners or developers could also opt to finance their project using a combination of special assessment and sales tax methods.

Under the policy approved Monday:

• General obligation bonds are prohibited, but special obligation bonds will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

• Tenants working in the bounds of the CID must be notified prior to a public hearing where the CID will either be approved or denied by the City Council.

• A CID cannot be used for any business that is inconsistent or incompatible within a given neighborhood.

• Under the CID agreement, the developer must contribute equity or private financing of at least 50 percent of the total cost of the improvement project, or provide a performance bond, letter of credit or other appropriate security for the completion of the project.

In other action, the council:

• Made a proclamation in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3-9, and the open house to be held at the Bonner Springs Fire Department/EMS building on Oct. 9.

• Unanimously approved the minutes from the Sept. 13 meeting.

• Unanimously approved supplemental claims for city operations totaling $87,041.34 and regular claims totaling $244,953.35.

• Unanimously approved Public Housing Authority claims totaling $18,058.67.

• Unanimously approved a motion to reschedule the Oct. 11 meeting to Tuesday, Oct. 12. The change is due to a conflict with the Kansas League of Municipalities 100th Anniversary Gala, which is scheduled the evening of Oct. 11.

• Unanimously approved a motion to authorize City Manager John “Jack” Helin to award the bid, at an amount not to exceed $300,000, for the Front Street Sewer repairs to the most responsive bidder. The action is in preparation for the bid opening, which will be today, Thursday, Sept. 30. Approval of the bid chosen by Helin will be on the agenda of the next City Council meeting, Oct. 12.

• Unanimously approved a motion to amend the City Code of Ordinances to add a new stop sign at eastbound Warner Avenue at the intersection of Spring Avenue, which the council believes is needed due to traffic and safety concerns.

The council also unanimously approved ordinance amendments for two stop signs already in place: Spring Avenue on the east side of Warner Avenue and 129th Street on the north side of Kansas Avenue. The stop signs were installed without an ordinance amendment, and so approval for the amendments was granted at Monday night’s meeting.

• Unanimously approved a motion to accept the sludge dewatering building contract and to approve final payment to U.S. General Contractors in the amount of $31,500.

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