When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners held a public hearing for a proposal to vacate a section of 20th Street that's actually never been part of the roadway.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners held a public hearing for a proposal to vacate a section of 20th Street that's actually never been part of the roadway.

The city has been petitioned to vacate property that was platted as 20th Street in what is known as Marsh's Pilot Nob subdivision.

Mike McDonald, director of public works, said there is no roadway at this location. But there was land that apparently had been intended for use as 20th Street at one time.

"It's public property," McDonald said.

The land that is the site of the vacation request is 40 feet wide and 1,900 feet in length, extending south from Lecompton Road.

City officials did not use the original Marsh's Nob Pilot Knob Subdivision plat when 20th Street Trafficway was constructed in the 1990s, according to McDonald.

The 20th Street Trafficway is located to the west of the site of the requested street vacation.

The petition comes as owners of property at 1923 Lecompton Road are seeking to create a new lot at that site and build a home there.

McDonald said there wouldn't be adequate frontage for the lot, but this can be achieved by the city vacating the public property.

City officials are requesting that an easement be retained for 10 feet on each side of the center line of the right-of-way.

No one spoke against the request to vacate the street during the public hearing. John Karrasch, who filed the petition, said he didn't have a problem with maintaining an easement along the property.

An ordinance for vacating the street was presented for first consideration, but the matter will have to come back to the commissioners for a final vote.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved a request for a waiver to a sidewalk requirement as part of the construction of a new home at 1923 Lecompton Road.