City Council was presented StormReady signs last week to be
placed at entrances to the city. The city was designated as
a StormReady community April 5 by the National Weather Service.
The weather preparedness program uses a grassroots approach
to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe
weather. Overbrook is one of four communities in Kansas to earn
the designation. Displaying a sign are, from front clockwise—planning
commission chairman Sheila Dale, council members Jim Gates,
Carol Baughman, and Dorthy Chikly, mayor Don Schultz, city clerk
Jim Koger, and council member Jon Brady.
approves bond issue
for water line repair
Wayne White | Managing Editor
OVERBROOK—Relying on a state statute that allows a municipality
to incur indebtedness for a public water supply system without
a public vote, the Overbrook City Council approved spending
up to $200,000 to repair water lines last week.
During the April 14 meeting, the council first considered an
upcoming project that will replace and repair concrete structures
and manholes in the sewer system, meeting with engineer Vic
Robbins, of King and Associates. That project is close to commencing,
with Robbins continuing communication with the construction
company to determine a start date.
The council also spoke to Robbins about the proposed water line
project. He said two companies had estimated the project would
“I think if we put it out for bid, it will be less than
that,” Robbins said.
Robbins said the next step would be to present plans to the
Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and his goal would
be to have plans ready for KDHE’s review in a month.
Discussion turned to funding the project. Overbrook Mayor Don
Schultz said community development block grants could not be
secured for the project and it was unlikely federal stimulus
funds would be available.
Schultz also noted that applying for a government loan would
take time, which could delay a planned street resurfacing project.
“My concern is that residents who were supportive of this
would take a dim view if this project wasn’t completed
this year,” Schultz said.
Pointing to the authority of the council to issue a bond for
the water line project, Schultz presented a draft resolution
that would allow a bond of up to $200,000.
Overbrook City Council Member Jon Brady said the water lines
needed to be repaired this year, and Robbins noted that if grants
were sought for the project, it would be unlikely the project
could be done in that time frame.
“I think we need to do what we need to do,” said
Overbrook City Council Member Jim Gates.
“We know we were going to do the streets … but we
need to fix that water line, too,” Schultz said.
Overbrook City Council Member Dorthy Chikly said the public
had previously shown support for the water line repair.
She said that at a previous town meeting, “the public
was very loud and clear in stating that they wanted to ensure
we were protecting the water before we did street repairs.”
With all council members present in agreement, Gates’
motion to authorize a bond issue up to $200,000 was approved
unanimously. Council member Tadd Goodyear was absent.
The council followed that by approving a motion by Overbrook
City Council Member Carol Baughman to direct the engineering
firm to proceed with developing plans.
Robbins offered a caveat to the council’s decision, noting
the water project involved only a small amount of the city’s
Robbins said the engineers and city staff had tried to identify
“what are thought to be the major problems … I’m
not going to give any guarantee that next year another one won’t
pop up somewhere. I’m not going to guarantee we won’t
get the streets resurfaced and then it has to be dug up somewhere.
“We’re doing the best we can, but $140,000 doesn’t
do a whole lot.”
Also during the meeting the council worked to identify the streets
and type of surfacing for street repairs. As first proposed
last summer, that project is estimated to cost about $730,000
and will resurface the high priority streets in the town. Some
streets are to receive hot asphalt overlay, while a chip and
seal method will be used on other streets.
The council spent considerable time discussing the project with
King and Associates representative Bill Jacobs, trying to determine
whether some streets should have a thicker overlay, and if a
truck route should be established to prevent damage to the resurfaced
streets. With a number of questions unanswered about the amount
of traffic on specific streets and whether thicker overlay will
help, Jacobs is to return to the council with answers before
a final decision is made.
In other business, the council:
• agreed to hold a joint work session with the Overbrook
Planning Commission to consider new zoning regulations as proposed
by planning commission chairman Sheila Dale.
• heard from Jim Foster, who told about potential problems
if the city was to become involved with a rails to trails project
inside the city limits.
• heard from Emery Elliot regarding the county unit road
system in Osage County. Elliot said city residents’ mill
levy would rise if a county unit is established. He encouraged
city residents to sign a petition in circulation that will bring
the issue to a vote.
• approved allowing Neil Baughman to put on a fireworks
display for PRIDE on Fourth of July. The proposed site for the
exhibition is at the city lake, with the lake separating spectators
from the shoot site.
• directed the city attorney to draft a purchase proposal
with a lease agreement to be presented to Ridgeway Lodge No.
62, which owns the upstairs portion of the city building.