The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1997 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 5, 1997
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-•' THE SALINA JOURNAL SALINA CITY COMMISSION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1997 A7 Salina developers oppose fextra fees to develop parks YWCA YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE pevelopers say city, jNiot homebuyers, Sihould pay for parks ®i ! CRISTINA JANNEY ft-; v Some developers are opposed to £,tt>e Salina City Commission's ef- jvlort to require them to dedicate land or pay a fee in lieu of dedication for parks, especially since the proposal was expanded to included previously platted developments. The commission will consider the proposal at its meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. "It is not right to go backward on an existing situation," said Tim Howison, developer of Golden Eagle Estates, which is east of the corner of Magnolia Road and Ohio Street. . JDarvin Dent, developer of V^oodland Hills Estates in east* central Salina, said half of. the development would have to pay under the park proposal, and the half that has already been built would not. * Dent said he thought the city at- large should continue paying for parks. I "It is kind of hard for developers \^hen people who buy lots from here on out will have to pay for parks that the rest of the city will u'se. They have to foot the bill "It is not a good plan at all, not just if you look at it as a developer, but as a builder or a homebuyer." The proposal would require developers to dedicate park land or pay a fee in lieu of dedication at the time building permits are issued for new houses. "; The proposal would affect un- platted residential subdivisions and parts of platted subdivisions on which houses have yet to be bhilt. , The recommended fee would be $200 for single-family homes, $150 a unit for duplexes and $100 a unit for apartments. There are 699 lots in 25 subdivisions in the affected southeast areas of the city. That means the plan could raise an estimated $140,000 just from the existing subdivisions, said Steve Snyder, parks and recreation director. The money acquired through the fee could be used for land acquisition, equipment or any construction costs of the parks, Snyder said. jThe park plan sprang from a neighborhood park plan approved earlier this year by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The plan found that the city was deficient in neighborhood parks, especially in the newer sections of the city. Neighborhood parks usually require several acres and are built in areas that do not have easy access to other parks. John Heline, developer of Valley View Estates and Pheasant Ridge in the area of the Salina Municipal Golf Course, said he thought requiring both unplatted and platted developments was fair and spoke in favor of that idea at 'Salina Planning Commission meetings this summer. "It is not a good plan at all, not just if you look at it as a developer, but as a builder or a homebuyer." Darvln Dent Woodland Hills Estates developer In east-central Salina "Anytime a house goes up parks are affected," Heline said. "I think the fee should be charged when the building permit is issued. It is a reasonable fee. It is a user fee. It is equitable." Downtown traffic The city will make its final decision Monday on what to do with five traffic signals that were slated for removal under a plan to revamp downtown traffic. Six signals have already been removed, and a seventh was moved. The city staff is recommending that the signals at Santa Fe Avenue and Mulberry Street and Santa Fe Avenue and South Street be kept, and that the signals at Fifth and Ash streets and Fifth and Walnut streets be removed. There was no recommendation on the Seventh and Iron streets signal. Other business In other business, the commission is scheduled to: • Consider the second reading of ordinances that would impose zoning regulations on adult-oriented businesses and require the licensing and regulation of adult- oriented businesses. • Consider the second reading of an ordinance providing for the vacation of portions of Orange Street and Ash Street in the Elm Grove Addition in west Salina. • Consider a resolution establishing various fees and services for the city. A $250 fee would be set for licensing, plus a $250 first-year licensing fee for adult-oriented businesses. Bail bond insurance agents would have to pay $5 for photo identification cards issued by the city clerk's office. A $24 fee for special trash pickups would be instituted for residential noncity trash customers. • Consider an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for replacement of the Walnut Street Bridge located just west of Front Street. KDOT will pay 80 percent of the $282,780 cost of the bridge. • Consider street, water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage improvements for the Riffel Addition at the southwest corner of Ninth Street and Schilling Road and Golden Eagle Estates on east Magnolia Road. The Uncommon Florists" grtful Flowers Hours: 9-5, Mon.-Fri. 827-8448 921 Shalimor Drive Behind tt» Southgota Dairy Queen Need help with your banking needs? Stop in and see usl We are a family-owned, independent bank, ready to give our customer's the personal attention they deserve. Left to Right: Janye Jackson, Maty Fulton Kathy Breer and Audeen Eiseuhauer re Salina's Smallest Bank 605 Magnolia Solomon ABILENE • SAUNA • SOLOMON 827-3600 A Fuji Service Bank The Golden Eagle improvements are estimated to cost $535,000. The Riffel Addition improvements are estimated to cost $816,663. The improvements will be initially paid for with city general obligation bonds. The developer is required to put up 20 percent of the cost in cash or a letter of credit for 35 percent of the cost. • Set a public hearing for the issuance of $980,000 in industrial revenue bonds for the construction of a manufacturing and office complex for Coronado Engineering. The 27,600-square-foot facility would be located in the Salina Airport Industrial Center. • Consider a change order for the 1995 Curb and Gutter/Pavements Improvement Project. The change order will cover overruns in the project in the amount of $43,698.05. The original contract amount was for $299,661.25. With this and two other change orders, the project total will be $373,042.10. •Full Court Instructional Basketball League •Guaranteed At Least And 1 Practice Per Week for Registration yment by Starts Nov. t, anuary 11, 1998. Scholarships h a team and for information, call Amy O'Brien at Working to empower girls and women and eliminate racism. 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