Archive for Friday, March 1, 1991

CITY TO CONSIDER CHANGES IN 10-BLOCK AREA OF SIXTH ST.

March 1, 1991

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Changes in a 10-block stretch of Sixth Street west of Massachusetts will be discussed by the Lawrence City Commission at its meeting Tuesday.

Discussion of the 12 proposed changes, including removal of parking to allow the addition of a left-turn lane, was deferred from the Feb. 5 commission meeting to allow the city's Historic Resources Commission and the Old West Lawrence neighborhood association to review the plan.

Commissioners also will consider input from the city's Traffic Safety Commission, the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas State Historical Society and city staff in deciding whether to implement the plan.

The HRC and OWL offered recommendations on three of 12 changes proposed by the Sixth Street Task Force, a city-appointed group that studied traffic and safety on Sixth Street between Maine and Massachusetts streets.

Changes were considered after the city last year received a state grant to resurface the street and city staff recommended the reconfiguration to "eliminate some of the conflicts along the street."

SOME RESIDENTS in the area have expressed concerns about a negative impact on the historic district, safety and parking problems the plan might create.

Both the HRC and OWL disagreed with task force recommendations to add a left-turn lane, remove on-street parking and install a traffic signal at Sixth and Mississippi streets.

"The city commission should be strongly encouraged to consider other alternatives that do not adversely effect the historic district," the HRC said in its minutes.

The HRC offered no comment on the other nine recommendations, but OWL agreed with recommendations to remove and reconstruct sidewalks, change Mississippi to one-way southbound from Fifth to Sixth, install flashing school beacons on Sixth adjacent to Pinckney School, increase enforcement of the 35 mph speed limit and have the school district investigate adding loading zones adjacent to the school.

The other recommendations made by the task force are the installation of a four-way stop at Fourth and Michigan, school beacons and a 20 mph speed zone on Maine for traffic approaching the pedestrian crosswalk at Fifth and a sidewalk on one side of Fifth between Maine and Michigan streets.

HERE IS the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, which begins at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall:

Consent agenda:

Receive and approve minutes of various boards and commissions.

Consider approval of expenses.

Consider bids totaling $28,061 for miscellaneous refuse containers, $11,585 for painting the municipal swimming pool building, and $195,625 for police sedans.

Consider approval of second-lowest bidder for potassium permanganate from Jan. 9 bid-letting. The change is requested because product supplied by the low bidder did not meet specifications.

Consider on second and final reading an ordinance authorizing installation of stop signs on Mount Hope Court, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida at West Second, and on North Fourth, North Fifth and North Sixth at Lincoln.

Consider the final plat of Alvamar Northwest No. 5, on Carmel Dr. south of Alvamar Northwest No. 4.

Consider the final plat of Green Meadows Subdivision, which is on the west side of Kasold Dr. at 27th Street.

Consider expenditures for hepatitis B vaccinations for fire and police department personnel.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Meet in executive session at 6:45 p.m. for 30 minutes to discuss litigation matters with the city attorney.

Consider progress report from Green Acres Mobile Home Park Tenants' Assn. regarding housing situation at the park.

Consider letter from Downtown Lawrence and proposal from city staff regarding changeover of all one- and two-hour parking meters to 90-minute meters.

Consider a sign variance for Bismarck Inn, 110 N. Third.

Consider staff report on Sixth Street Task Force recommendations.

Consider staff report on street repair in the 700, 800 and 900 blocks of Massachusetts.

Consider an amendment to the Historic Resources Code to revise the requirement that notification letters to property owners be sent by certified mail. The amended language would require certified letters be sent only to property owners who have not initiated an application for landmark or district status.

Consider a request from Kansa Development Corp. concerning acquisition of city property at 19th and Haskell.

Commission item:

Consider salaries for city commissioners. This item, which was requested by Commissioner Bob Walters, was deferred from last week's meeting.

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