Cheney OKs street funding for development but waits on water, sewer

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By Travis Mounts, TSnews

CHENEY – The Cheney City Council has given the go-ahead for bids for street work at The Greens at Cherry Oaks housing division, but at last Thursday’s city council meeting decided to wait on moving forward with bids for water and sanitary sewer improvements.
While the council received bids for the sewer work that were slightly higher than anticipated and bids for the water that were slightly under, council members expressed concern about the total cost of all the improvements.
The primary issue is what the cost of paving might do to the special assessments that will be placed on the individual properties. If the specials are too high, it will be difficult to sell homes in the development.
As a result of the delay on the water and sewer bids, the council also tabled an agreement with Schwab-Eaton for construction administration related to the water and sewer work.
Once the paving costs are determined, the council is expected to once again take up the water and sewer bids.
In other development news, the council approved a special permit for Ryan Runnells for a planned unit development (PUD) at 324 E. South Ave. The PUD shows the layout for self-storage units to be built at the site. The city declined to provide financial assistance to offset the cost of materials, but will offer asphalt at the city’s cost. A gas line along the west edge of the property has caused some headaches in the development of the site.
In other business:
• City council members adopted Ordinance 939, which amends Cheney’s city code regarding the sale of cereal malt beverages and alcoholic liquor on Sundays. The action now allows the sale of these products at 8 a.m. on Sunday instead of at noon. The change was made to bring the city’s rules into alignment with changes made by the Kansas Legislature.
• The council set some guidelines for how it wants to see a glass art installation installed on the front of the Cheney Public Library. Council members had concerns about drilling holes into the front of the building. More on this project will be featured in an upcoming issue of TSnews.