Overland Park & Leawood

Leawood faces more than $1 million in unexpected costs

Updated: 2014-01-09T20:06:06Z

By TERI SCHAEFER

Special to The Star

Leawood City Administrator Scott Lambers told council members this week that the city is facing more than $1 million in unexpected bills because of cost overruns and a mistake by the state.

The state’s error — giving Leawood credit for sales tax that actually came from an Overland Park business — lasted about 16 months beginning in 2012. Now the Department of Revenue wants Leawood to pay back more than $400,000.

The project overruns Lambers told the council about total $675,000.

The biggest comes from expansion of the Ironhorse Golf Course Clubhouse. The estimate has risen from about $900,000 to $1.3 million. Developers say they need the extra money to expand a grill area into a banquet room.

At Ironwood Park, engineers want the City Council to approve an extra $75,000 to add more toilets near the amphitheater. The project had been estimated to cost $475,000 before the request. The proposed restrooms would have seven stalls for women and four for men.

But some neighbors of the park say the restroom would be too big.

“It’s designed to fit a really big amphitheater, like 500 people. Too huge for our smaller facility,” said Kerry Phillips.

And the cost of shoring up a creek bank near a trail at 123rd Street and State Line Road rose from $1 million to $1.2 million after thunderstorms washed out the bank and trail in May.

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