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Land donated for detention pond to ease flooding on Muddy Creek

By Dennis Minich

The city of Harrisonville can proceed with the construction of a storm-water detention basin on the south side of town after developers of the Glen Eagle subdivision donated 28 acres of land to the city. The board of aldermen voted during its regular meeting Monday to accept the donation.

Flooding on Muddy Creek was determined to be one of the two major flood threats to the city by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, following floods in 2017 and 2019. The other threat is at the lakes in City Park and are being addressed through work in that area.

The Glen Eagle subdivision is a planned 144-acre development located north of 267th Street, just south of the Parkwood
South Subdivision.

Community Development Planner Roger Kroh said the land acquisition completes the process to start the project.

“This was the third step. The first was the funding, second was the capital improvement plan. We have done some preliminary design work, now we can start the final design process.”

The project is funded as part of sewer bond funds which were approved last year.

The board approved the financing of some short-term bonds primarily for park improvements. The board had approved plans for renovations and repairs at the community center and the outdoor swimming pool in October and voted to advertise for bond bids. The winning bid was presented by Zion Bancshares, St. Lake City, which will provide the city’s $3.5 million bonds at 1.35 percent. The bonds will paid off within four years.

The board also approved new regulations concerning ministorage facilities. The city had passed a moratorium Nov. 23 on applications for such facilities to give staff time to research and devise a policy. Krohtold the board at that time several inquiries had been made, including some at sites which could be better served by retail development.

Staff came back with a plan which allows for special-use permits in C-2 (Commercial) and M-1 (Industrial) zoned areas. Regulations were outlined concerning screening and other issues.

The board also voted to rezone 30.35 acres of land owned by Sapp Bros., Inc. to C-2. The land was recently annexed into the city and Kroh explained the land had to be rezoned for its current use. He noted the C-2 district makes the Sapp Bros. area
the same zoning as Love’s.

The board approved the replating of 6.75 acres of land. The land, which is in a floodplain, is undevelopable. It will be divided between six adjoining landowners, two each on Bird Avenue, Lauren Lane and South Stella Street.

In other action, the board approved several appointments: Donna Pfautsch to the TIF Commission, Charles Hotchkiss to the board of zoning adjustment, April McLaughlin to the board of zoning adjustment and Sandy Franklin as the alderman liaison to the park board.

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