Lawrence city commissioners gave the owner of a new storage facility on Clinton Parkway permission Tuesday to start the business without fencing and landscaping to shield it from parkway drivers.
At their Feb. 11 meeting, commissioners asked Tim Schmidtlein, president of Parkway Storage Inc., to build a wood fence and berm around parts of the facility.
However, delays in a Douglas County sanitary sewer project have thrown a monkey wrench into the plans for the business at 4921 Wakarusa Ct.
The sewer project would require contractors to dig where where portions of the berm and fence would stand, Schmidtlein said.
He asked for a temporary occupancy permit that would allow him to operate the business without meeting the commission's landscaping requirements.
"We fully intend to comply with the conditions, but our hands are tied," he said.
Commissioners sympathized with his request. "I see you're in a bind," said Mayor Bob Schulte.
However, to ensure Schmidtlein would follow through on the landscaping, commissioners required him to post a performance bond in the name of the city for the cost of the fence and berm.
If the improvements fell through, the city could cash in the bond and complete the project, said Price Banks, city planning director.
In other action Tuesday:
Commissioners proclaimed Saturday "MADD-K.I.S.S. Day," which stands for Keep It a Safe Summer.
In a single motion, commissioners approved the following consent agenda items:
Payment of city expenses.
A bid date of 2 p.m. June 16 for a mower for the utilities department.
An ordinance on final reading rezoning about 11 acres on the southwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive from R0-2 (residence-office) to PRD-2 (planned residential development).
An ordinance on final reading amending joint subdivision regulations requiring a digital file of a subdivision to be submitted to the city-county planning office before a plat is filed with the register of deed's office.
An ordinance on final reading amending joint subdivision regulations establishing a methodology for numbering of lots in a subdivision plat.
An ordinance on final reading amending the zoning ordinance establishing alternate forms of floodproofing for non-residential buildings.
Dedications of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Westwood Apartments, a one-lot, residential subdivision of about three acres on the east side of Monterey Way and north of Harvard Road.
Dedications of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Prairie Meadows No. 22, a 37-lot residential subdivision of about 12 acres east of Prairie Meadows No. 18 and north of 30th Street.
Dedications of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Prairie Meadows No. 23, a one-lot multifamily residential subdivision of about four acres on the northwest corner of West 31st Street and Harrison Avenue.
Dedications of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Pinnacle West No. 4, a replat of lots one and two of Pinnacle West No. 3. The three-lot residential plat contains about a half acre north of Harvard Road on the west side of Eldridge Street.
Dedications of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Pinnacle West No. 5, an 11-lot residential plat of about 3 acres north of Pinnacle West No. 3 and Wheat State Street on the west side of Eldridge Street.
A site plan for the second phase of construction to the headquarters for the Golf Course Superintendents of America Assn., 1412 Research Park Dr. Plans call for a three-story office tower.
A resolution declaring 440 La. blighted and allowing the owner to bring the property up to city specifications.
The following architectural service contracts with John Lee & Associates for the Union Pacific Depot renovation: an $8,536 contract for architectural services for a fence, steeple, gable replacement, eave and soffit restoration, exterior door and window restoration, paint preparation, masonry restoration and sill replacement, and a $9,000 contract for architectural services for interior planning documents.
Commissioners removed the following items from the consent agenda for further discussion:
Minutes of previous commission meeting and various city organization meetings. Commissioner Shirley Martin-Smith suggested minor alterations to the minutes, and commissioners approved the amended minutes.
Commissioners met in an executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations and met with the city attorney to discuss a pending legal matter.
Mayor Bob Schulte asked commissioners to submit to the city staff names of potential candidates for the steering committee for the Horizon 2020 land use planning process. City commissioners must appoint five members to the 15-member steering committee before June 18.