A new animal control facility, improvements to Limit Street and a Cherokee Street bridge are among the projects that appear in the city’s Capital Improvements Program for 2013-2017.
The CIP, which was approved this week by Leavenworth city commissioners, is a plan for $31.5 million worth of projects for improvements to things such as streets, parks and city-owned buildings as well as the purchase of equipment.
When city commissioners were approving the CIP Tuesday, City Manager Scott Miller said they still will be able to make changes to the plan.
“Usually this is a blueprint we follow,” he said. “It is not cast in stone.”
Projects from the CIP are funded through various sources including sales tax revenue, bonds and money from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
One of the sources of revenue is a countywide sales tax that is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2016.
The sales tax could be extended by voters. But the CIP doesn’t budget for an extension of the sales tax.
Even if it sunsets, city officials expect to still receive about $450,000 in distributions from the sales tax during the first couple of months of 2017. This is reflected in the CIP.
One of the CIP projects slated for 2013 is a Limit Street project. The project would widen the street between 15th and 20th streets and make other improvements.
The projected cost for the project is $2.1 million. The Kansas Department of Transportation is contributing $1.1 million to the project.
Design work for the project, which cost $155,000, was done in 2011, according to the CIP.
Construction of a new Animal Control center also is scheduled for 2013. Design work began this year. The total projected cost for the project is $2.39 million.
Design work for a replacement bridge at Cherokee Street and Three Mile Creek is scheduled for 2013. Construction of the new bridge is planned for 2015, the total projected cost for the project is $945,000.
Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city, said the 2013-2017 CIP should be posted on the city’s website, lvks.org, Monday.