Lawrence city commissioners want reports on a possible expansion of the city's EARTHBOUND composting program and the feasibility of a city curbside recycling program.
"What I'm proposing here is not an adoption or even an endorsement of the programs, but rather an interest," said Commissioner John Nalbandian, who suggested the idea at Tuesday night's commission meeting.
Nalbadian suggested the reports be referred to the city's Recycling and Resource Reduction Advisory Board. "Then if we want to do something, we could do something," he said.
Commissioners endorsed Nalbandian's idea and directed the city staff to prepare the reports.
Commissioner Bob Schuum said he favors the idea but reminded commissioners to consider the effects of a city curbside recycling program on local companies already providing the service.
"I certainly would like to keep their interests in mind," he said.
IN OTHER action Tuesday:
In one motion, commissioners approved the following consent agenda items:
Payment of city expenses.
Awarding a bid of $204,882 to Havens Construction Co. for gravity relief sewers at Eighth and Delaware.
Awarding a bid of $75,566 to Four State Contractors for gravity relief sewers at Fifth and Illinois.
Setting 2 p.m. Tuesday as the date to receive bids for sidewalk improvements on Fifth Street from Maine to Michigan.
Setting 2 p.m. Feb. 11 as the date to receive bids for valves for Clinton Water Treatment Plant pumps.
An ordinance on final reading regulating private clubs and drinking establishments.
AN ORDINANCE on final reading installing stop signs on: 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; Rawhide Lane at 28th Street.
Accepting dedication of easements and right of ways 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.
Commissioners removed these items from the consent agenda for further discussion:
Minutes of previous commission meeting and various city organization meetings. Commissioner Shirley Martin-Smith asked that references to "Vision 2020" during a discussion at the Jan. 21 commission meeting be changed to "Visit 2020." Commissioners approved the amended minutes.
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. The item was deferred indefinitely.
Accepting dedication of easements and rights of ways for the final plat of Wakarusa View Estates, a 49-lot residential subdivision of 15.37 acres south of West 26th Street and 740 feet west of Crossgate Drive. The item was deferred indefinitely.
AWARDING bids for deferred loan rehabilitation of 413 Maine, 1909 Ky., and 501 La. Commissioners voted to award a bid for $18,650 for rehabilitation of 413 Maine and a $13,617 bid for rehabilitation of 1909 Ky. to General Construction Inc. Commissioners rejected bids for rehabilitation of 501 La.
Approving writing off outstanding amounts due the city for water, sewer and sanitation services, and other miscellaneous receivables. Commissioners urged Ed Mullins, finance director, to continue to look for ways to improve the city's collection methods. They then approved writing off the amounts.
Accepting dedication of easements and right of ways 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. Commissioner Bob Schulte pulled the item from the consent agenda with the impression that opponents of the development would want to speak against it, but no one from the public commented on the item. Commissioners accepted dedication of easements and rights of way for the plat.
On the regular agenda, commissioners:
Received a staff report on fees for rezoning applications and authorized the drafting of an ordinance for implementing the fees. The recommended fees follow a schedule that ranges from $200 for an application seeking residential rezoning of a five-acre tract of land to $425 for an application seeking industrial rezoning of a tract of land of 20 acres or more. Currently, applicants pay a flat fee of $100 plus publication costs.
Commissioners rescheduled the March 10 commission meeting to March 31. The March 10 meeting was cancelled because of a conflict with a National League of Cities meeting.
Commissioners indicated they wanted to receive a report by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Development task force March 17, and to schedule a study session on the report for March 30.
Commissioners set a public hearing on a tax abatement request from Pitman-Moore Inc. for the Feb. 18 commission meeting.
Mayor Bob Walters briefly outlined his involvement in the third annual "Mayor's Institute on City Design: Midwest," last Thursday through Saturday at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn.