April 17, 2014

Edgerton council to vote on sewer system for intermodal

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
The Edgerton City Council is expected to approve a wastewater treatment system to serve the intermodal logistics park on Nov. 10.
During an Oct. 27 work session, the council reviewed five options for extending sewer service to the development which is expected to open in late 2013.
The council in July approved a design/build contract with Burns and McDonnell and CAS Construction to provide sewer services to the intermodal logistics park.
Engineers from Burns and McDonnell and CAS Construction, Tom Kaleko from Springstead,  City Administrator Beth Linn and City Superintendent Mike Mabrey and been reviewing wastewater treatment options ranging from a $5.5 million temporary pump station to a $15 million complete treatment plant.
Kaleko told the council that infrastructure for economic development projects carry more risk and unknowns than infrastructure for capital improvement projects.
So far, only one 40,000 square foot tenant has been named for the logistics park.
“Your challenge is that the council must find its comfort zone,” Kaleko said.
In addition to serving the intermodal logistics park, the city has pressing wastewater treatment needs of its own.
Mabre said the current treatment plant needs about $300,000 in concrete work.
The team, made up of Kaleko, the engineers, Linn and Mabrey, studied all five options and ranked them based on a point system.
The system ranked each project based on low intitial cost, long-term project cost, size for capacity and scalability, schedule for additional construction, and economic development.
Based on the rankings, the team recommended that the council consider a $10.7 million half-plant that could be expanded in the future as needed.
The half-plantwould be sized for a capacity of 250,000 gallons per day, expandable to 500,000 gallons per day.
The expansion would be needed in 2017 to meet the needs of the city, the intermodal logistics park and future delveopment.
The city would continue to be served by the existing treatment plant in the short term.
The city in 2009 approved a public infrastructure finance agreement with BNSF and the Allen Group that specifies fiancing for $46 million to $53 million in road and utility infrastructure to support the development.
“Under the financing plan, various revenue sources are to be deposited into the public infrastructure fund,” Kaleko wrote in a memo to the council. “These revenues aer then used to pay for the required infrastructure. The infrastructure projects are to be built in six stages triggered by attainment of specific development milestones.
“Given the cost of the improvements and the fact that the revenues will be received over time, it is anticipated that the infrastructure projects will be financed with debt obligatiosn — although the financing plan does not preclude financing infrastructure projects with cash, if possible.”
Those revenue sources include property, excise, utility francise and utility sales taxes and origination fees generated by the intermodal logistics park.

Comments

  1. How much are property taxes and utility fees going to increase for the residents of Edgerton???

  2. Judith Rogers says:

    The risk is being placed on the people once again by a Dream Team who are here to make money but not pay the bills. You have to look no further than the Corbin project in Overland Park and the Bass Pro project in Olathe to find out how the thieves and the worthless politiicians/bureaucrats can put the people on the line to pick up the pieces and be the cash drawer when a bailout is necessary – you also have to look no further than Gardner, Ks. to see where the special interests get their financing thru the people via a benefit district and then don’t pay their assessments and the people get stuck with that bill and in many instances these same special interests have claimed farm use on their property paying perhaps $10 to $30 a year in taxes or they don’t hestitate to throw open storage lots in your community so they can get out of the hole or make their money. You know why the people are going broke and aren’t getting ahead – cronyism government that does not work for the citizens but puts them further in the hole while the jerks are smiling on the way to the bank. The incentive handout program does not work for the people just like the trickle down economics is a myth. The only trickle a citizen gets out of these deals is the trickle down of their bank account. That is my opinion and has been for years now.

    So we will watch as the Edgerton politicians/bureaucrats put their people at risk on this deal. And the citizens have been forwarned that in 5 years they will get more to pay for and be placed further in risk. All those promises of income just wouldn’t cut it with me but it never has – I know how I am and have been used and abused. And even your school district is playing the same game – their deal will result in over $100 Million the people will have to pay and millions and millions of that debt will not even be for education. I will wait to see whether the people will drink the koolaid once again and in the meantime I will try to figure out to save that big increase I am getting on my Social Security, after 3 years of no increase, so perhaps I can have the cash to pay for all of the increased taxes of all kinds to keep the big boys/politicians/bureaucrats happy – wonder how much longer all of this privitization of gains and socialization of costs and losses will go on before the people figure out they better make some needed changes. I am pleasantly surprised to see many marching in the streets of the U.S. because of this cronyism government – perhaps the great awakening has begun.

  3. ??? Edgerton resident said he couldn’t wait until the intermodal came as his property taxes would go down by 60 per cent!!!

  4. Judith Rogers says:

    Here is a Star editorial that caught my interest today. I have never been around a farmer that didn’t “poor mouth” me – I expect there are loads of families across the U.S. who wished they could have an average income of around $88,000. Sen. Roberts and politicians like him will continue to make sure those “farmers” keep getting their checks. This is something worth keeping your eye on. I do not believe any “Committee” will make any needed adjustments to the farm subsidy program – keep paying your taxes, citizens, since this program alone costs the citizens a good $5 BILLION PER YEAR and another Dream Team is looking for ways to manipulate things to make you think changes are being made to this program when, in reality, this is far from the truth – they are just shuffling the money around to make you think that. I have also brought out how little entities pay in property taxes when “farm” use is utilized for appraisal p0urposes when in reality the property should be appraised as commercial or industrial vacant land and based on sales of that type of property. Another method for the big boys to not meet their responsibilities to communities and the taxpayers lose millions and millions of tax revenue due to this manipulation. Last year the Denver Post wrote several articles on this issue and brought out the huge loss of tax revenue for the citizens.

    One of the parcels of land bought for the school bond issue to be placed before the families in January were owned by investors and they had their good ole “farm” appraisal and were paying tiny tax amounts compared to what they should be paying but they sure jacked the price up there for the people to pay for that property – I can’t quite see where there is farm use of that property or many other parcels of land so appraised. You have to look no further than the property on the SE corner of 183rd & Center, Gardner, Ks. That property owned by First Federal Savings & Loan of Independence, Ks. and the developer is good ole Paul Licausi. They too got their “farm” appraisal by filing an ag lease (which the County will not let your see) on the property and yet I have lived across from that property for the past 8 years and there has never been a crop or a farm animal crazing on that property. But your good ole city government gave them finoncing thru a benefit district so they could have the money to have utilities installed on that property and put you, the citizen, at risk of paying that bill too if the owners of the property fail to pay the assessment fees. Tell me again who City Hall and many other government entities work for…………

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    The Star’s editorial | Stop giving farmers wasteful subsidies
    Updated: 2011-10-29T01:59:21Z

    Lawmakers from both parties have found something on which many agree: elimination of the cash payments program for farmers, which costs taxpayers about $5 billion a year. With the nation facing a fiscal crisis, farmers want to do their part, said Garry Niemeyer of the National Corn Growers.

    The move isn’t quite as public-spirited as it may seem. Lawmakers are now talking about turning a big chunk of the cash payments into a new subsidy and funneling the money back to the farmers.

    The new program would add “shallow loss” coverage to crop insurance so that farmers would receive payouts not only in years of massive losses, but when revenue dips only 10 to 15 percent.

    Critics of the idea note that this could encourage riskier behavior, including buying more land than it’s possible to effectively farm; operators would know that crop insurance would cover any losses. One likely result: even higher land prices.

    Overall, leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees have proposed that farm programs be cut $23 billion over 10 years, which at $2.3 billion a year is a bit short of earthshaking. The recommendation will be sent to the congressional “supercommittee” charged with carving $1.2 trillion out of the next decade’s spending, along with a draft of the farm bill that will govern agriculture for the next five years.

    Direct payments have been a target for a long time. The outlays are based on acreage and historic yield, rather than actual yield or market prices, and they embody the major flaw of modern farm programs, namely that big farms get the big money. Last year, according to the Environmental Working Group, nearly 60 percent of the cash went to the top 10 percent of recipients.

    As Professor Vincent Smith of Montana State University told The New York Times, the farm sector is not on the edge of catastrophe and is “really a very healthy industry.” Average household income: $87,780 for all farms, $201,465 for households running large farms. This year is expected to be another record for farm income — $115 billion.

    Isn’t it time the taxpayers got a break from shoveling money to rich farmers? The supercommittee should carve this pork down to the bone.

  5. Sorry, Edgerton says:

    250,000 gallons will more than double your current capacity which is 187,000 gallons a day. Since I don’t see any other economic development projects on the horizon it looks like YOU are paying for BNSF’s sewer. So much for all of the tax windfall you thought was coming your way.

    Just think of it as getting the check from your waitress before your food is delivered. Hope the meal lives up to your expectations but I doubt it.

  6. Met people that moved from Overland Park to Stanley-Stillwell area. Property taxes were $700.00. But, when the people lost the annexation battle not to be annexed into Overland Park, their property taxes became $4,000.00 (almost 7 times higher or 700 per cent higher). Wonder where Edgerton resident got his information that his property taxes would be lowered by 60 per cent??? Mayor Roberts is giving BNSF 75 per cent tax relief. Understand that Edgerton already is the highest taxed town in the State of Kansas.

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