Council votes to vacate school utility easement, accepts final plat for Dollar General site

The De Soto City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to grant a new water utility easement to the De Soto USD 232 school district for the De Soto High School construction project. The new easement is necessary as the school's addition plans will encroach slightly on the old easement, requiring the public water main to be relocated, which will be done by the school's contractors during their building process.

The council also voted 3-1 to approve the final plat for the new Dollar General site at the intersection of Penner and Lexington Avenues. Councilman Randy Johnson cast the dissenting vote and councilman John Krudwig was absent from the meeting.

The council approved the plat on the recommendation of the De Soto Planning Commission, who approved the final site plan on a conditional basis. Per the commission's instructions following the results of the traffic study done on the intersection, a pedestrian crossing beacon with a button-activated light must be installed at the intersection and new traffic lane striping will need to be painting, all at the expense of Dollar General. The traffic study did not warrant the installation of a new traffic light at this time. If a traffic light is needed in the future, Dollar General will have to pay $10,000 towards the cost of the light, per their land purchase agreement with the city.

The council also unanimously decided to join a self-insurance pool for property and liability coverage through MPR insurance providers, the same company the city uses for its medical coverage, contingent on the state of Kansas approving MPR's application to offer such coverage in Kansas.

According to City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle, MPR needs a minimum number of Kansas municipalities to meet the property premium threshold required by the state, if the application is denied, De Soto will not be without insurance and will be able to renew their usual policy with a different company.

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