Lawrence nightclub owner and concert promoter Reed Brinton had so much fun staging the River Valley Music Festival in May near Eudora, he asked the Douglas County Commission for an encore performance this fall.
By a 2-0 vote, commissioners obliged Brinton by approving a temporary business use permit for a second festival on Sept. 19 at the same location south of Eudora. The permit is subject to the same conditions as the May show concerning dust control, traffic control and sanitary conditions. But commissioners indicated that future approvals may involve zoning changes and standards established by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Commission Chairman Mark Buhler said he wanted the planning commission to help the county establish some criteria for future shows. Brinton was receptive to the idea, saying he wants to make the concert a biannual event. He said the September concert would feature acoustic music, compared to the blues and reggae sounds of the May show.
THE FIRST concert was approved by commissioners in February. Brinton also was granted a one-year cereal malt beverage at that time, which allows him to sell 3.2 beer at the event as long as he has a temporary business use permit.
Glen Grosdidier, Eudora Township Board treasurer, said he thought guidelines were needed if the concert becomes a twice-a-year event. He said he wanted to see a written agreement on fire protection for the show.
Jim Harris, Eudora Township Board trustee, said he would like the September concert to involve more Eudora residents. For example, he suggested possible involvement with parking and concession stands.
"It could be a good money maker for Eudora," Harris said. "We'd like a little bit of the pie, too."
About 7,000 people attended the May concert, which was staged without incident. Brinton provided commissioners with letters of praise for that concert from Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson, Eudora Police Chief Bill Long, the Douglas County Ambulance Service and a Los Angeles concert promoter.
Commissioner Mike Amyx was out of town and missed the meeting.
DURING OTHER business Wednesday, commissioners:
Deferred action on submitting the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant application for $290,000 to the Kansas Department of Commerce for Coronado Bindery Services Inc., Lenexa. The item was deferred to Monday because it was listed on the agenda only as a public hearing without action being planned.
John Nichols, Coronado's owner, said an auction is scheduled for Aug. 4 for the Montana company he wants to buy and possibly relocate in Lawrence. Nichols is negotiating a lease for 10,000 square feet of the 140,000-square foot former Aeroquip Building on Lakeview Road.
Accepted the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission's recommendations to declare five roads in Grant, Kanwaka, Wakarusa and Willow Springs townships as minimum maintenance roads. A public hearing on the matter will be held next month.
Roads designated as minimum maintenance have traffic counts of less than 25 vehicles a day. This designation allows townships and the county to waive any liability claims from people traveling the roads. The roads are:
Grant Township Road 444, approximately 1 mile long, except for a 150-foot stretch in front of the only residence on the road. The road is located about a half-mile east of Lawrence.
Grant Township Road 535, approximately 1/2 mile long, about 3 miles north of Lawrence.
Kanwaka Township Road 380, approximately 1 mile long, starting west of the only house on the road. The road is located about 10 miles west of Lawrence.
Kanwaka Township Road 635, approximately 1/2 mile long, located south of U.S Highway 40 about 4 miles west of Lawrence.
Wakarusa and Willow Springs Township Road 216, about 0.7 of a mile long, located about 5 miles south of Lawrence.
APPROVED a text amendment to the county's parking regulations and site plan contents to accommodate people with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Approved a building addition for a non-conforming business, Rey-Mec Industrial Machining, two miles south of Lawrence's city limits on Louisiana Street.
Approved the following consent agenda items: the purchase of three tandem-axle dump trucks from Laird-Noller for $151,184 and the purchase of $323,687 of asphalt-related road material from Hi-Plains Sand Inc., Kanopolis.
Appointed Kay Hodge to the Board of Zoning Appeals to replace Jim Congrove.
Approved July 8 minutes, accounts payable and fee reports.