Bonner council approves final K-7 resolution
The Bonner Springs City Council Monday approved its official message to the state: changes need to be made in plans for Kansas Highway 7.
After months of discussing the city’s frustrations with the state’s plans to turn K-7 into a freeway following Olathe’s decision to pull its support the plans, the council gave final approval to a resolution establishing the city’s new position on K-7. The resolution requests that several triggers be met before an interchange is built at Kansas Avenue or 130th Street, among other items.
Jeff Harrington said he thought the new resolution stated the city’s position clearly and thoroughly.
“It’s certainly easy to understand how we feel after reading through this,” he said.
Mayor Clausie Smith caused some chuckles among council members and city staff when he said he was hopeful the resolution could bring an end to the city’s K-7 concerns, which began when the state began talking about turning the highway into a freeway in the late 1990s.
“This begins I hope to bring some closure to what we want,” he said. “It’s just been a long, long struggle… I hope this settles the problem once and for all.”
Council member Racheal Haas did not attend the meeting or the workshop sessions held prior to the meeting.
In other business, the council:
• Discussed the 134th Street utility relocation project in a workshop session. Don Slone, city planning director, explained some changes to the plan for relocating water and sewer mains that would affect fewer property owners. A public meeting with property owners is tentatively set for Dec. 13, he said, and the council is set to award the construction contract Feb. 25, with construction to begin March 18.
• Conducted a 45-minute executive session during the workshop to discuss Union Pacific Railroad and Front Street property with the city attorney. No action was taken during the meeting related to the executive session.
• Had a moment of silence for Travis Fox, city employee who died Nov. 4.
• Heard the mayor proclaim Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day in the city.
• Heard from Jerry Jarrett, former council member, who expressed concerns about an American flag being displayed upside-down at the residence of Council member George Cooper. Cooper said his reason for doing so is he believes the country’s government is in distress. Jarrett said he believed the act was offensive, but Cooper said displaying a flag in such a way was his right.
• Approved the consent agenda. Cooper abstained from a check related to his employer in the claims for city operations.
• Approved 6-1 a KDOT construction engineering inspection services agreement and an increase of $5,239 for the city’s share for Phase IV of the walking trail. Cooper asked that the items be pulled from the consent agenda and voted in opposition to both, saying that he thought the funds should be spent on sidewalks rather than a walking trail. Helin said he would bring a plan to address sidewalks to the council next year.
• Approved a resolution for the issuance and delivery of $1.75 million principal amount of temporary notes, series 2012-1, to provide financing for the 134th Street utility relocation project. The city’s bond counsel reported that the winning bid for the temporary notes came back with an extremely low .58 percent interest rate; the last temporary notes issued had an interest rate of 1.65.
• Approved a zoning ordinance amendment to landscape regulations to change the number of trees required per dwelling unit for apartment complexes.
• Rescinded an award of the codification project to Municipal Cod Corporation for an amount of $10,975, and awarded the project to Citycode Financial for an amount of $3,500.
• Approved a reciprocal emergency water sales agreement with Water District No. 1 of Johnson County.