The new city commission will take its first swing at tax abatement Tuesday when it considers making official a package of industrial revenue bonds and abatements for Packer Plastics Inc.
In March, the commission approved on a 3-1 vote a letter of intent to issue the bonds and abatements. New Mayor Bob Walters was not at the meeting.
Former Commissioner Mike Rundle voted against the package, saying abatements should be reserved for companies offering higher-paying jobs. He argued that other area companies were paying higher wages for comparable jobs without the aid of tax abatements.
Former Commissioner David Penny and Commissioners Bob Schumm and Shirley Martin-Smith voted to grant the package.
Two new commissioners have since been seated.
Packer is requesting $6.27 million in taxable industrial revenue bonds and abatements to finance an expansion it said was necessary to secure about 150 existing jobs put at risk by the loss of a contract.
According to a city study, the 50 percent abatement would save Packer $192,418 over its 10-year life.
OF THE BOND issue, $4 million would be used to purchase equipment to expand the "PackerWare" line and for use in recycling.
The remainder would be used to pay off conventional financing on equipment already in use, said Packer President James Schwartzburg.
Only the new equipment is eligible for the tax abatement.
Here is the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts:
Awards and proclamations:
Presentation of Lawrence Arts Commission's City Enhancement and Cultural Exchange Award to Lawrence High School Arts Department.
Proclaim April 21-27 as "Victims Rights Week."
Proclaim April 21-27 as "Boys' and Girls' Club Week."
Proclaim April 21-27 as "Professional Secretaries Week" and April 24 as "Professional Secretaries Day."
Proclaim April 21-27 as "Twins Week."
Proclaim April 21-27 as "National Credit Education Week."
Proclaim April 21-27 as "Volunteer Week in Lawrence."
Receive minutes of various boards and commissions.
Review bids for 1991 overlay and curb repair program; traffic signal equipment at North Second and Lyon; roofing of the bathhouse at the municipal swimming pool and a pumper-aerial fire truck.
Set April 30 as bid date for Massachusetts Street milling, overlay, curb repair and pavement marking.
Consider on final reading an ordinance amending site plan enforcement sections of the city code.
Consider on final reading an ordinance amending the city code to limit duration of demolition permits.
Consider a resolution authorizing mayor to execute an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to improve U.S. Highway 40 from Monterey Way to Wakarusa Drive.
Consider a request for a temporary use permit for a two-hour band days promotional event in the the parking lot at Alvin's IGA, 901 Iowa.
Consider an ordinance authorizing issuance of $6.27 million in taxable industrial revenue bonds to Packer Plastics Inc. and the execution of other appropriate documents.
Consider report of activities from Douglas County Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Consider a request to rezone to RS-2 (single-family residential) from RS-1 (single-family residential) about 1.6 acres north of 14th Street Court and east of Monterey Way.
Consider a request for a use permit to operate a day care for children at 1101 Wakarusa Dr.
Consider a request to rezone to RS-1 (single-family residence) from agricultural district about 30 acres to be used as city park land. The land is directly east of Lawrence Prairie Park and adjacent to Mary's Lake. It is directly west of the Lawrence school district property located on the west side of township road 1600E, about one-half mile south of Kansas Highway 10.
Consider a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow car washes in the C-2 zoning district.
Consider a request to rezone about 10 acres to RM-2 (multifamily residence) and 12.28 acres to RO-1 (residence-office) from agricultural use. The property, which previously was annexed into the city, is south of Sixth Street at Wakarusa east of the Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship, 700 Wakarusa.
Consider a request to withdraw about 4.75 acres included in the preliminary plat of Four Seasons No. 7 from the Four Seasons Planned Unit Development. The property will be a cul-de-sac east off the southern end of Crossgate Drive.