City Approves Construction Contract for Arbor Lane Buildout

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Atchison city commissioners voted Monday to approve the construction contract for the Arbor Land addition to the Brookdale subdivision in northwest Atchison.

All four of the commissioners participating in the meeting approved the contract, which was awarded to Engemann Drainage Company, Inc. out of Troy in the amount of $1,192,126.32. The contract authorizes the building of infrastructure – streets, utilities, drainage, etc. – for up to 48 new residential lots in the subdivision. Commissioner J. David Farris was absent.

The project is backed by city issued general obligation bonds though the repayment is coupled with a newly created benefit district and a special assessment on the properties in the new subdivision. Commissioners on Monday also approved the re-zoning of the Arbor Lane property from Agriculture to Residential.

In other business Monday, commissioners voted to move ahead with a CDBG grant application that would update the north/south side sidewalks included in the AMS West sidewalk plan. The first phase of the plan was completed in 2018, which included east/west sidewalks in the census tract immediately to the west of Atchison Middle School.

Commissioners also approved an Infrastructure Memorandum of Understanding with Evergy that would assist the electric company to acquire and use the old Atchison County Auction Co. (sale barn) property at the corner of Main Street and Forest Park Ave. on the western edge of the city. The memo obligates the city to help acquire and redesign the intersection of Forest Park and Main for better traffic flow.

Commissioners also set a demolition hearing for seven properties. The hearing was set for Monday, Dec. 7, and is concerning the garages at 119 S. 5th St., 705 Riley St., 923 S. 5th St., 1408 Kansas Ave., the house at 1717 Chestnut St., and the houses and garages at both 601 S. 5th St. and 923 King St.

Finally, with Mayor Allen Reavis participating only by phone, Vice Mayor Abby Bartlett proclaimed Oct. 13 as Kim Bottorff Day in Atchison in recognition of her non-profit service to the community.

The next regular city commission meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.