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.