When they met Tuesday, the Leavenworth City Commission tabled a proposed charter ordinance for creating a stormwater management program. But commissioners plan to revisit the ordinance again Feb. 27.

When they met Tuesday, the Leavenworth City Commission tabled a proposed charter ordinance for creating a stormwater management program. But commissioners plan to revisit the ordinance again Feb. 27.

Commissioners have been discussing the possible implementation of a fee to pay for maintenance of the city's stormwater system, which carries rainwater away from buildings and roads. The water is channeled into creeks and watershed areas.

City officials say they have identified about $84 million in needed maintenance. Commissioners plan to have the fee included on annual property tax statements.

Commissioners have not yet set the rates for the fee, but they have been presented options for charging between $75 and $270 per year for single family residences.

The ordinance that was tabled Tuesday would exempt the city government from provisions of the Kansas Water Pollution Act and enable the city to establish a stormwater management program and stormwater utility fee. But the ordinance would not set the rates for the fee. Those would be approved later.

Commissioners had what is referred to as first consideration of the ordinance last month. At that time, commissioners reached a consensus to advance the ordinance.

The ordinance was placed on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting for a final vote.

After Tuesday's meeting, City Manager Paul Kramer said the ordinance was tabled because of a transition in the city attorney position.

Tom Dawson is stepping down from his duties as the Leavenworth city attorney. Tuesday marked the last time he attended a City Commission meeting as the city attorney.

For now, the city will be relying on the services of an interim city attorney. And Kramer said the person taking over the city attorney duties will be involved with the ordinance.

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