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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Condemnation ordinance advances

  • When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took another step toward using eminent domain to acquire private property for a road project.
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    • In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:

      They approved an ordinance to levy special assessments for lot clearing costs.

      They approved amending ...
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      In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:

      They approved an ordinance to levy special assessments for lot clearing costs.

      They approved amending the 2012 budget to allow increased expenditure authority for library, library employee benefits, bond and interest and sewer funds. Finance Director Dan Williamson said the increased expenditure authority for these funds is not resulting from property tax increases. He said the law prohibits budgets being republished in order to raise property taxes.

      They approved the cancellation of outstanding city checks. All of the checks were issued at least two years ago.

      They approved a quarterly payment of $11,854 to the Leavenworth County Development Corporation.

      They approved the renewal of cereal malt beverage licenses and massage and tattoo establishment business licenses. The vote for the cereal malt beverage licenses was 4-1 with Commission Davis Moulden voting against the motion. Moulden typically votes against alcohol licenses. The vote for the massage and tattoo business licenses was unanimous.

      They voted to ask a person who submitted a $1 bid for city-owned land on Ninth Street to pay half of a $750 surveyor fee. The land is considered surplus property

      They approved change orders for the rehabilitation of homes at 621 Kickapoo St. and 1718 S. Fifth St. as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The change order for 621 Kickapoo St. includes $3,060 worth of additional work. The change order for 1718 S. Fifth St. includes $1,610 worth of additional work. Funding for the work comes from an NSP grant.
  • When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took another step toward using eminent domain to acquire private property for a road project.
    Commissioners reached a consensus to advance a proposed ordinance to use condemnation, or eminent domain, to acquire land at 2900 Tonganoxie Road for a Limit Street project.
    The project would widen the Limit 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.
    The ordinance will be brought back to commissioners next week during a special meeting for a possible vote. If the ordinance is approved, it would allow the matter to be moved to district court, according to Public Works Director Mike McDonald.
    He said the city has acquired other easements needed for the project. But easements still are needed from the property owners of 2900 Tonganoxie Drive.
    “We continue to be in contact with that property owner,” McDonald said.
    Documents prepared for Tuesday’s meeting list the owners of the property as James Magee and Christy Jenkins.
    City officials are not seeking to acquire the entire property. McDonald said the needed easements include a strip of the property along Limit Street that may extend about 20 feet from the property line.
    Also during the meeting, city commissioners approved a resolution that authorizes the demolition of a home at 854 Sherman Ave., which was deemed to be a dangerous structure.
    According to City Planner Berrin Nejad, the home was damaged by fire in March.
    Commissioners approved the resolution after holding a public hearing on the structure. No one from the public spoke during the hearing.
    Two properties, 321 Market St. and 1327 Metropolitan Ave., were removed from a demolition list. Commissioners were told repairs have been made to both properties, with work already completed to one of them.
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