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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Sewer rate increase approved

  • When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a 25 percent rate increase for sewer service.
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      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:

      They waived $950 worth of administrative fees tied to the property at 426 Pawnee St. The waiver is contingent...
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      In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:

      They waived $950 worth of administrative fees tied to the property at 426 Pawnee St. The waiver is contingent on the property being sold. Paul Kramer, assistant to the city manager, said $1,004 has been assessed to the property by the city for lawn mowing and other cleanup work. Those fees will remain in place. But the administrative fees are being waived to help bring about possible commercial development of the property.

      The vote to waive the administrative fees was 4-1 with Commissioner Mark Preisinger voting against the measure.

      They approved employee benefit plans for mental, dental and vision coverage. The health and dental plans through United Healthcare and Delta Dental will have no premium increases. The vision coverage plan through VSP will have a 4 percent increase.

      They approved a cereal malt beverage license for Abe's Place at 5101 10th Ave. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Davis Moulden voting against it. Moulden typically votes against cereal malt beverage licenses.
  • When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a 25 percent rate increase for sewer service.
    Commissioners also approved the sale of city-owned properties. And they approved the purchase of land in Lansing on behalf of the Leavenworth Water Department.
    The 25 percent sewer rate increase will raise the minimum fee from $19.63 per month to $22.68.
    City officials proposed the increase to help finance improvements at the wastewater treatment plant on South Second Street. A $4.6 million project at the plant is adding a disinfection system that uses ultraviolet light.
    Public Works Director Mike McDonald has said the disinfection system is intended to destroy things such as a E. coli before treated water from the plant is discharged into the Missouri River.
    The regulation requiring the disinfection system is being enforced by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment but originated at the federal level through the Environmental Protection Agency.
    The increased rates should first appear on the bills residents receive in December.
    Commissioners approved the sale Tuesday of four city-owned parcels of land.
    Last month, the city began accepting bids for 12 city-owned properties. Bids were accepted through Oct. 1.
    "We only received bids on four different properties," City Clerk Karen Logan said Tuesday.
    Commissioners approved a bid of $250 from Wesley Management for a 0.1-acre parcel on Miami Street, which is located near 823 Miami St.
    A bid of $200 from Joseph Garrett for a parcel that's adjacent to his property at 1913 Metropolitan Ave. also was approved. The property being sold is 3,133.37 square feet, and there are restrictions on the property.
    Commissioners approved a bid of $2,101 from W.W. Schuler for a 0.23-acre parcel at 521 Short St. This property also has restrictions.
    Commissioners also approved a $360 bid from Dennis and Alicia Hund for a 0.03-acre parcel on Fourth Avenue. The parcel is behind the Hunds' property at 618 Ohio St.
    A couple of the properties being sold received other bids. Commissioners approved the highest bids.
    Logan said the city can negotiate with anyone interested in any of the other properties that didn't receive bids. She said another bid process won't be required because the city already has gone through the proper channels to give everyone a chance to bid on the properties.
    Commissioners approved the purchase of 32.2 acres of land at 779 N. Highway 5 in Lansing. The property is being purchased for $265,000 on behalf of the Leavenworth Water Department.
    The Water Department is paying for the property, but under the law the land has to be held in the city's name.

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