Archive for Friday, May 10, 1991

AGENCIES FACE CUTS IN LATEST CDBG PLAN

May 10, 1991

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Capital improvements to be financed under a federal program escaped unscathed from a Thursday night round of budget slashing ordered by the Lawrence City Commission.

Not so lucky were neighborhood coordinators, several local social service agencies and the Kaw Valley Older Women's League, whose financing was completely cut.

The commission is scheduled to consider the revised budget recommendations at its meeting Tuesday.

Thursday night's cuts were ordered by commissioners at Tuesday's meeting. They instructed the citizen's advisory committee charged with allocating the funds to make room for Douglas County Legal Aid in the $785,207 Community Development Block Grant budget.

The committee had recommended the legal service be financed from another city fund. But commissioners, who for the past two years have rejected the committee's request to shift the burden from the CDBG budget, sent the committee back to the drawing board to make the cuts necessary to finance the $13,891 legal aid request.

From its earlier recommendations, the committee cut $335 from the East Lawrence Improvement Assn. coordinator's salary, $318 from its lawn care services project and $150 from its home services project.

The budget for coordinators for the Oread Neighborhood Assn. was cut $620 and for the Pinckney Neighborhood Assn. was cut $267.

Other cuts were: Brookcreek Learning Center, $711; Emergency Services Council, $2,500; Hospice Care Social Worker, $953; Kaw Valley Older Women's League, $4,037; Project Acceptance, $2,000; Trinity Community Services, $2,000.

Also at its meeting Tuesday, commissioners will consider a request for rezoning property in south Lawrence for expansion of the local Wal-Mart store. The rezoning request was recommended for approval on a 9-1 vote of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.

Here is the agenda for the meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts:

Proclaim May 19 to May 25 as "National Public Works Week."

Consent agenda:

Receive minutes of various boards and commissions.

Consider payment of expenses.

Review bids for lightbars for police vehicles.

Consider on final reading an ordinance adding car washes as a permissible ancillary use to service stations and convenience stores in C-2 (neighborhood shopping) zoning districts.

Consider on final reading an ordinance rezoning 30 acres east of Prairie Park and west of Lawrence school district property and County Road 1600E from A (agricultural) to RS-1 (single-family residence) to be used as city park land.

Consider on final reading an ordinance rezoning lots 1-6, Tiffany Addition No. 2, from RS-1 (single-family residence) to RS-2 (single-family residence). The property is on the east side of Monterey Way between Harvard and 15th streets.

Consider on final reading an ordinance establishing a 35 mph speed limit on Kasold between Harvard and 15th streets.

Review and consider accepting the best bid for the sale of $1.545 million in general obligation bonds.

Consider declaring an emergency to pass an ordinance on first and final readings authorizing the issuance and delivery of $1.545 million in general obligation bonds to finance street, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, park and sidewalk improvements. The ordinance also allows the city to levy and collect taxes to pay the principal and interest on the bonds. The emergency declaration is used to save the city one week of interest on the bonds.

Consider a resolution prescribing the form and details of the delivery of $1.545 million of general obligation bonds.

Consider the preliminary capital improvements plan for the city for 1992-1997.

Consider authorizing mayor to sign a mortgage release for Henry Beers, 512 Locust.

Consider authorizing mayor to sign letter of intent in support of Lawrence Indian Center Inc. as facilitator of the Issues Management Project, a two-year pilot program.

Regular agenda:

Consider petition request for vacation of utility easement in Monterey Subdivision No. 2

Continue commission discussion and hear public comments regarding new initiatives and improvements to law enforcement response calls to domestic disturbances.

Consider adopting the 1991 Final Statement of Community Development Objectives and Proposed Use of Funds and consider a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute the grant agreement for the 1991 Community Development Block Grant program.

Consider a request from Wal-Mart to rezone 5.9 acres from A (agricultural) to C-5 (limited commercial) and 3.9 acres from A (agricultural) to RS-2 (single-family residence). The 9.8 acres included in this request is on the east side of Iowa at 33rd, north of Sonny Hill Motors.

Consider a site plan for the Lawrence school district support center to be located at 3705 Clinton Pkwy. The site is the former Elks Lodge.

Consider application for area markers for The Heritage at Alvamar, Heritage Drive and Nicklaus Drive at Inverness.

Receive and consider a staff report concerning licensing and regulating private mobile escort services. This item was deferred from last Tuesday's meeting at the applicant's request.

Consider reapproval of a site plan for Midwest Motors, 629 N. Second.

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