Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 1990


October 24, 1990


The Lawrence City Commission completed another chapter but didn't close the book on the saga surrounding an expansion project at the Jayhawk Bookstore.

A week ago, city staff detailed to the commission 13 irregularities at the newly remodeled Jayhawk Bookstore, 1420 Crescent Rd., and commissioners agreed to require the store's owners to submit a revised plan showing correction of those inconsistencies.

Commissioners, at their Tuesday meeting, unanimously approved the revised plan.

However, at Tuesday's meeting another another site plan issue was raised: sales of books out of the second floor of the store. Under an earlier agreement between the store and the city, the space was to be limited to use as book storage except for limited periods coinciding with enrollment at Kansas University.

Jane Eldredge, attorney for the bookstore, told commissioners that the store was living up to its agreement by not allowing access to the public in the storage area. But City Manager Mike Wildgen said an on-premises inspection led him to believe that the store was in violation of the agreement. Customers in the store are guided to a landing area on the second floor where they can request a book out of a closed-off area.

THE COMMISSION took no action on the second-floor complaint. But commissioners' comments indicated their expectation that the intent of the second-floor sales restrictions would be followed.

This morning, Planning Director Price Banks said there are several steps the city can take to force compliance, including filing a suit against the store and not issuing a permanent occupancy permit when the temporary permit expires on Dec. 1. He said no decision has been made about what action the city will take.

IN OTHER action Tuesday, the commission:

Proclaimed Thursday "CCC Head Start's 25th Anniversary Celebration Day."

Proclaimed 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 "Halloween Beggars Night."

Proclaimed Nov. 3 and 4 "Help the Mentally Handicapped Citizens Days."

Proclaimed Monday through Sunday "NAACP Week."

Proclaimed Sunday through Nov. 2 as "Hiratsuka, Japan-Lawrence, Kansas, USA Sister City Week."

Heard a presentation about a basketball game to benefit the Haskell Indian Junior College athletic program. The game, 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Haskell, will feature a group of former Kansas University basketball standouts against the Lawrence Indians, a team that won the Sunflower State Games basketball tournament this past summer.

In a single motion, the commission unanimously approved the following consent agenda items:

Minutes from the commission's most recent meeting.

Payment of city expenses and payroll.

An ordinance regulating traffic within the corporate city limits, incorporating by reference the "Standard Traffic Ordinances for Kansas Cities," 1990 edition.

First reading of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance to clarify parking requirements for single-family and duplex lots.

Awarding a contract to McLouth Excavating, which bid $17,076 for a sanitary sewer sewer project for Lawrence Baptist Temple.

Setting Nov. 7 as the date to receive bids for construction of a building to house equipment at the Kaw Water Treatment Plant.

Setting Nov. 14 as the date to receive bids for constructing a continuous right-hand turn off Massachusetts west on 23rd.

Setting Nov. 7 as the date to receive bids for a sludge injector hose and Vap-O-Root machine.

Setting Nov. 21 as the date to receive bids for rehabilitation of two high-service pumps at Kaw Water Treatment Plant.

AUTHORIZING the mayor to sign an assumption agreement with Barney Hubert and Kathleen Finns for property at 766 Maple.

Authorizing the city manager to sign contracts with Kansas Department of Health and Environment for a compost pilot program and a pilot project for operating a cooperative recycling program.

A request that a public hearing on a rezoning application for the 700 block of New Hampshire be postponed until Nov. 20.

A resolution authorizing the sale of $1.3 million in general obligation bonds. The money will finance improvements on Sixth Street, the intersection of 23rd and Massachusetts, in the 1000 block of Massachusetts, acquisition of right of way and easements on 31st Street, 19th Street, and engineering for Ninth Street and Emery Road.

A resolution appointing a successor trustee for two industrial revenue bond issues in the wake of receiving a letter from The Bank of Kansas/Lawrence resigning as fiscal agent on the issues.

After removing the following items from the consent agenda for discussion, clarification or a separate vote, the commission:

Appoved by a 4-1 vote first reading of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance to allow medical offices in the M-1 zoning district. Commissioner Bob Schumm voted against the proposal.

Unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance prohibiting parking on a 125-foot stretch of the west side of Oread Avenue, near 13th Street.

Awarded to Kaw Sand Co. the contract for sand to be used by the city this winter in its snow and ice control efforts. Kaw Sand's bid, which included costs of hauling sand to the city garage, came in at $2.79 a ton 77 cents a ton less than the only other bidder, LRM Industries. Commissioner David Penny, owner of Kaw Sand, abstained from the vote. The rest of the commission voted unanimously in favor of awarding the contract to Kaw Sand. City Manager Mike Wildgen said the contract is based on the purchase of up to 25,000 tons of sand, depending on the harshness of the winter.

Regular agenda:

Met in executive session for 20 minutes to discuss unspecified litigation matters with the city attorney.

Heard a presentation by Michael Stineman, community coordinator of Full Citizenship Inc., on "Bridges to Success" program. He urged the commission to participate in programs designed to put people with disabilities to work.

Unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance establishing new sanitation rates. The city is proposing raising residential rates 81 cents a month, to $7.57 a household, and increase minimum commercial rates $1.14 a month to $10.66. In addition, commercial container rates would be raised 2 percent for city provided containers. If the rates gain final approval at the commission's Nov. 6 meeting, they would go into effect in time for the final billing cycle of 1990.

Unanimously approved delaying advertising for bids on the Harper Street extension project south of 23rd Street. Bids were to be due next week. Commissioners ordered the delay to give the city time to investigate alternatives to taking a 30-foot-wide path from the property of Bob Pearson, 1701 E. 24th.

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