Member Items: David Martine said he would like to see the Andover Stone entry monument sign installed. There was discussion about building it at Central & 159th Street at Kutter's corner. Dr. Kutter has approved the placement there as long as it won't obstruct traffic, and won't increase maintenance on his own ground, and won't effect the road project or drainage.
David said he could donate some plant material to put around it. He said he did not know if the grade is okay or if a wall would have to be built.
There was general discussion about this being a 3-5 year old scout project that was not completed due to lack of money. Les said the plans show a brick & wrought iron stone monument sign. The City purchased the stone and it is being stored at the street shop.
Les said that discussions were held in both the Park Planning and Comprehensive Development Plan Committees about how to establish identity for Andover. Both groups said there needs to be some visible gateways to let people know when they are in Andover.
Jeff Bridges said it would cost $8,000 to resurrect the Central Avenue Monument Project of which there is not room in the current budget for. Jeff said the girl scouts were supposed to supply the iron, concrete, brick, block, and the labor to get it installed.
Les said this monument would be on the street right-of-way in front of Dr. Kutter's property. Les said that the plan that was drawn up and approved by the council involves brick columns, wrought iron fence, landscaping and lighting. Les said this is to set up on a brick base.
David Martine wondered if the plan could be changed. Les said the stone is 3' x 5' and the monument was to be 6' tall. Les said that there are paving bricks left over from the Andover Road project that could be used, but it is a matter of putting together the concrete base for the walls, the capstones, and hiring a mason.
In the beginning of the plan, Bob's Fence had donated the wrought iron, but it was never built because he needed the final dimensions. Jeff Syrios asked if the sign could be scaled down. Les said that at 40 m.p.h. the sign needs to be large enough to be noticed. He said that this sign also needs to be built to remain in character with the neighboring structures.
Jeff was concerned about Sedgwick County's upcoming construction of Central Avenue. Les said it should not harm the sign.
Les said he has never put a dollar estimate on the completion of this sign. David said he has several materials to donate to the project if the city has the brick, and he would get a price quote for hiring a mason to put it together. There was general discussion about service organizations in the area donating to this project. David Martine said he would ask the Rotary Club for a cash donation. Les said he would work with David to complete this project as soon as possible.
Ron Roberts said the County took action to start limited abandonment of the rail line. He said the Economic Development Director is very emphatic about the Rails to Trails instead of abandonment.
Les said that Bruno Township is working on the crossing at 13th Street right now removing the tracks and will cut the grade down for site distance, and later this summer, Butler County will install a new box culvert under the road.
Les said the Rails to Trails is an expensive program. Les said there are a lot of funding opportunities available. He suggested they pursue the TEA-21 Grant Program for walk/ bike paths, but that is 75/25 financing.
Ron Roberts said that as an adjacent landowner, he is not in favor of this project. Les said that he and David Martine are also adjacent owners. Les said he is in favor of it being done right, but he understands that doing it correctly is more expensive. There was general discussion about the traffic on the path as well as care of the grass, repair of the sidewalk, and etc.
Les said that Sedgwick County has a developed trail plan that they stick to closely, that the BNSF right-of-way is not included in the trail plan.