Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday will get their first look at plans for a 6,500-yard golf course that they hope will satisfy local need for more affordable and accessible golf.
Last fall, the commissioners put off plans for creating a city-owned golf course in hopes that golf course developer Jeff Gazaway could build a public course near his driving range on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
Gazaway will present drawings of the proposed course at the meeting and give a brief report on his progess.
The meeting will get under way at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday in the city commission meeting room in city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
The presentation Tuesday is the first of three that the commissioners scheduled for this year to gauge Gazaway's progress.
Reached at his Lenexa home Thursday, Gazaway said he is optimistic about the course.
"I plan to tell the commissioners I have all the confidence in the world that I'll be starting on the golf course this year," he said. "I think it could be ready to play by fall of 1993."
The course would round out Gazaway's Twin Oaks Golf Complex, which is three miles east of Lawrence on K-10. He opened a driving range at the site last fall.
THE PROGRESS report dates were scheduled after Commissioner Bob Schumm expressed doubts that Gazaway could find investors for the project.
Gazaway said Thursday that the only problem he will have with investors is choosing from the crowd of people who want to sign onto the project.
While he said he didn't feel comfortable identifying them, Gazaway said he has received proposals from business people, local golf course builders and golf pros.
"It's gotten so much publicity, everybody knows about it," he said. "There are a lot of interested people waiting for me."
After recently mulling over construction costs and related figures, Gazaway said he thinks he can build the course for under $2 million.
"Over all, I'm extremely pleased with the way it's unfolding."
ALSO DURING the meeting, commissioners will examine a statistical cost-benefit analysis model designed to figure the impact that tax abatements have on Lawrence.
The model was designed by Kansas University's Institute for Public Policy and Business Research. Commissioners will consider adopting it at Tuesday's meeting as part of the city's official tax abatement policy.
Under the policy, a company interested in expanding in Lawrence can request a break on property taxes for a 10-year period.
HERE'S Tuesday's agenda:
Consider minutes of previous commission meeting and various city organization meetings.
Consider payment of city expenses.
Consider awarding bid of $204,882 to Havens Construction Co. for gravity relief sewers at Eighth and Delaware.
Consider awarding bid of $75,566 for gravity relief sewers at Fifth and Illinois.
Consider receiving and awarding bids for deferred loan rehabilitation of 413 Maine, 1909 Ky., and 501 La.
Consider setting a bid date of 2 p.m. Feb. 4 for sidewalk improvements on Fifth from Maine to Michigan.
Consider setting a bid date of 2 p.m. Feb. 11 for valves for Clinton Water Treatment Plant pumps.
Consider approving writing off outstanding amounts due the city for water, sewer and sanitation services, and other miscellaneous receivables.
Consider on final reading an ordinance regulating private clubs and drinking establishments.
Consider on final reading an ordinance installing stop signs at the following locations: Allison Drive at 25th Terrace; Ponderosa Drive at 25th Terrace; Cimarron Drive at 25th Terrace; Maverick Lane at 25th Terrace; Rawhide Lane at 25th Terrace; Trail Dust Court at 27th Street; Ponderosa Drive at 27th Street; Maverick Lane at 27th Street; Bonanza Street at 27th Street; Rawhide Lane at 27th Street; Harper Street at 27th Street; Ponderosa Drive at 28th Street; Maverick Lane at 28th Street; Bonanza Street at 28th Terrace; and Rawhide Lane at 28th Street.
Consider a site plan for the addition of a mobile recycling drop off-pick up center for the south parking lot of Wal-Mart, 2727 Iowa.
Consider accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Wakarusa View Estates, a 49-lot residential subdivision of 15.37 acres south of 26th Street and 740 feet west of Crossgate Drive.
Consider accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Jeannamar subdivision, a one-lot subdivision of five acres between Wimbledon Drive and Clinton Parkway, 500 feet west of Inverness Drive.
Consider accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Westdale Addition No. 4, an eight-lot residential subdivision of 2.3 acres on the east side of Centennial Drive between Yale and Harvard.
On the regular agenda, commissioners will:
Hear a presentation by Jeff Gazaway regarding progress on a golf course he is planning.
Consider a tax abatement cost-benefit analysis model.
Receive the Lawrence Police Peer Review Panel Final Report and consider setting a date for a study session to discuss the report.
Receive a staff report on planning fees.
Commissioner John Nalbandian will request that city staff explore a possible expansion of the city's EARTHbound composting program and the feasibility of a city curbside recycling program.
The commissioners will consider rescheduling the March 10 commission meeting to March 31. The March 10 meeting was canceled because of a conflict with a National League of Cities meeting.