Lawrence city commissioners will consider sending out feelers Tuesday for firms interested in updating a study on the feasibility of a city-owned golf course.
Commissioners will review a list of potential bidders at their Tuesday meeting, which starts at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
City Manager Mike Wildgen will present to commissioners a letter requesting proposals for the update that would be used if commissioners decide to seek proposals.
"You have to let everybody know if you want them to respond," Wildgen said.
Commissioner Bob Schumm asked commissioners last Tuesday to consider paying for an update to a 1988 feasibility study on a 160-acre course on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near Clinton Lake.
Commissioners decided they wanted a larger body of applicants for the study. THK Associates, the Englewood, Colo., firm that drafted the 1988 study, would update the study for $4,500 plus certain expenses.
Schumm said today that he would support sending out requests for update proposals, but would avoid certain local firms.
"So we can get an unbiased report, I suggest that we exclude all politically sensitive firms that might cause people concern," Schumm said, declining to name any specific firms or individuals.
COMMISSIONERS also will pore over the latest draft of their interlocal agreement with Douglas County that will guide development of a proposed circumferential loop around Lawrence.
The proposed loop would include the Eastern Parkway, the South Lawrence Trafficway and improvements to U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence. The city and county are partners in the project.
Schumm recently spearheaded a move to make funding the Eastern Parkway the only priority of the project after the first two lanes of the trafficway were funded.
After a compromise, the current draft reads that the city and county would pursue federal demonstration funds exclusively for the parkway until it is funded, as well as certain state funds for a three-year period.
The two bodies could pursue all other state funds at any time for the final two lanes of the trafficway.
HERE'S TUESDAY'S agenda:
The 40 and 8 Jayhawk Chapter Voiture #786 will present a United States flag for display at Lawrence Municipal Airport; commissioners will consider proclaiming Sept. 12 through Oct. 25 "Lawrence Indian Art Show Days in Lawrence," and Sept. 6-12 "Lawrence Literacy Week."
On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:
Minutes of previous city commission meeting and various city organization meetings.
Payment of city expenses.
A class B club license for Los Amigos Saloon, 508 Locust.
Setting a 2 p.m. Sept. 15 bid date for a trailer for the department of public works.
A $24,695 contract with Designed Business Interiors, a Topeka firm, for redesigned work spaces for detectives at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.
A $18,996 contract with Jim Clark Motors for a full-size van for the parks and recreation department.
An ordinance on first reading for stop signs on Shoal Lane at Riverridge Road.
An ordinance on first reading for stop signs on Lone Tree Drive at Riverridge Road.
An ordinance on final reading that increases rates for water and sewer service for most city utility customers by 8 percent.
Authorizing the mayor to sign a release of mortgage agreement with Deborah Ward, 630 Ind.
Accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Colonial Addition, a 54-lot residential subdivision of about 36 acres southwest of Sixth and Wakarusa.
Accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of North Star Subdivision, a 1-lot industrial-office subdivision of nearly six acres on the northeast corner of Second Street and McDonald Drive.
Authorizing the sale of surplus equipment and other items from the public works department.
Authorizing the mayor to give up the city's right to a stretch of property south of Road 1350N and east of Crossgate Drive to a local estate in exchange for two sewer easements for Yankee Tank Sewer District on land owned by the estate. The mayor would execute the easements, as well as the quit claim deed that would change the title to the land.
On the regular agenda, commissioners will consider:
The final report from a transportation consultant on public transportation in Lawrence.
Additional staff reports concerning the city's policy on installation of lawn irrigation systems.
The latest draft of the interlocal agreement between the city and county regarding construction of a circumferential loop around Lawrence.
A staff report on requesting proposals for a feasibility study for a city-owned golf course.