The Lawrence City Commission will get a jump on its work associated with the proposed eastern parkway when it discusses one of the so-called "18-criteria" at its next meeting.
The commission, which meets at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, will discuss whether it should attempt to purchase property north of Seventh and New York streets and turn it into a "natural, low-intensity park."
Purchase of the property is one of 18 proposals included in the Eastern Parkway Analysis Plan, which was adopted by the Eastern Parkway Task Force.
THE COMMISSION is slated to hold a study session on May 14 to consider the 18 criteria, but Commissioner Bob Schumm requested that the commission consider the land purchase before then. Schumm said that John Lungstrum, attorney for the land's owner, Bill Penny, indicated that other parties are interested in purchasing the land. Schumm wants commissioners make an offer before the land is sold.
Representatives of East Lawrence who sat on the task force want the city to buy the industrially zoned land to prevent it from being developed and becoming another heavy traffic generator once the parkway is built.
HERE'S TUESDAY'S commission agenda:
Proclaim May 5 "Headquarters Inc. Volunteer Recognition Day."
Proclaim May 5 "Paul Gassman Day."
Proclaim May 7 "National Nurses Day! 1990."
Proclaim May 1-14 "Lawrence Pride Week."
Proclaim May 6-12 "Kansas Extension Homemakers Week."
Proclaim May 6-12 "Drinking Water Week."
Proclaim May 6-12 "National Music Week."
Receive and consider minutes of the commission's most recent meeting; receive minutes of recent meetings of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.
Consider payment of city expenses.
Consider adopting an ordinance authorizing and providing for codification of the general ordinances of the city.
Consider an ordinance adopting the codification of ordinances of the city.
CONSIDER giving first reading to an ordinance annexing 5.0 acres generally located at the northeast corner of Arrowhead Drive and Peterson Road.
Consider giving first reading to an ordinance rezoning lots 1, 3 and 4, Edgewood Parks No. 9 and unplatted Talley property from RS-2 (single-family residence) to RM-2 (multiple-family residence).
Consider giving first reading to an ordinance designating hours of no parking on Rhode Island Street.
Review bids for public works department vehicles.
Consider a resolution authorizing execution of an agreement with Kansas Department of Transportation for improvements to 31st Street, from Iowa to Kasold.
CONSIDER a resolution declaring the intent of the city to construct improvements to Sixth Street.
Consider a resolution setting a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 15 to establish a benefit district for a parking lot on Sixth Street, between Vermont and Kentucky streets.
Consider a request to close Massachusetts Street between North Park and South Park streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 for the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships.
Consider the final plat of H-TEC subdivision, a one-lot, .86-acre commercial subdivision at the northwest corner of 23rd and Silicon Ave.
Consider a request to annex approximately 15 acres north of Sixth Street, east of Folks Road and west of Monterey Subdivision No. 1 and Trail Road (extended).
Hear a report from the public works director on the first "Safe Driving Roadeo."
Receive a petition from "People Against Violence."
Hold public hearings to receive comments on properties at 1512 Powers and 1131 N.J., and if appropriate consider directing staff to prepare resolutions calling for property owners to abate violations.
Consider a request for a sign variance by First Fuel Bank, 1548 E. 23rd.
Discuss the purchase of property east and north of the Santa Fe Depot.
Consider any miscellaneous items, hear public comments, consider appointments to various boards and commissions and establish topics for future study sessions.