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Archive for Friday, September 11, 1992

CITY TO CONSIDER EDGEWOOD HOMES REPAIRS

September 11, 1992

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Lawrence city commissioners will consider accepting $15,000 in federal funds Tuesday to bolster concrete foundations for four apartments at Edgewood Homes.

Their Tuesday meeting will get under way at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

The foundations of four apartments at Edgewood, 1600 Haskell Ave., have begun to settle and crack, said Charlotte Knoche, director of the Housing Authority's Section 8 program.

"It's one of those things that happens to foundations in Kansas after a while. These units are 20 years old," Knoche said.

The Housing Authority applied for funds to fix the foundations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which recently allocated $15,000 to pay half of the project cost.

To accept the funds, commissioners would approve an amendment to the city's funding agreement with HUD, Knoche said.

Because the housing authority is a subdivison of the city, the contract is in essence between the city and HUD, said Dave Corliss, assistant to the city manager.

The action is just a formality, Corliss said. "We want the money," he said.

The housing authority will pay for the balance of the repair cost, Knoche said.

The cracking slabs don't indicate major foundation repairs will be needed at Edgewood, Knoche said. "We don't anticipate needing to do this every year," she said.

Here's Tuesday's agenda:

Proclamations:

Commissioners will consider proclaiming Sept. 20-26 "National Arts Week" and Sept. 13-19 "Corporate Cup Challenge Week."

On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:

Minutes of previous commission meeting.

Payment of city expenses.

A drinking establishment license for The Brass Apple, 3300 W. 15th, Suite 11.

A class B club license for Shiloh, 1003 E. 23rd.

A class A club license for American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14, 3408 W. Sixth.

A $40,000 contract with Associated Environmental Systems of Mid-America Inc., a Kansas City, Kan., firm, for spot demolition work and paint removal for the Union Pacific Depot.

A $165,363 contract with LRM Industries Inc. to improve the intersection of 33rd and Iowa streets, such as lengthening left-turn lanes on Iowa and installing a traffic signal.

A $313,066 contract with Johnston Electric, a Plainfield, Ind., firm, for runway repair and replacement of runway lighting at the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

Accept highest bids on sale of surplus and obsolete equipment from the utilities department, such as brass fittings and broken typewriters.

An ordinance on final reading annexing about 1.2 acres northeast of the intersection of Nieder Road and 33rd Street, requested by Julie and Darrel Spain.

An ordinance amending city code regulating signs within the South Lawrence Trafficway overlay district and clarifying language on signs in planned unit development districts.

A resolution finding it necessary to extend, enlarge and improve the city's water and sewer system at a total cost not to exceed $8.5 million, and issuing water and sewer system revenue bonds not to exceed $3 million, to pay a portion of the project.

A site plan for a six-plex at 1425 Ky.

A site plan for Wild Oats Market, 1040 Vt.

A request to give up the city's right to a portion of an easement at 2720 Meadows Pl.

Approving the rezoning of about 1.2 acres south of 17th Street and east of Harper Street from RS-1 (single-family residence) to RS-2 (single-family residence).

Accepting dedication of easements for the final plat of Habitat Neighborhood Addition No. 2, a six-lot residential subdivision of about 1.2 acres on the southwest corner of Harper Street and East 17th Street.

Use of a house at 407 Maine for a mental health self-help and advocacy program through Project Acceptance.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations on how subdivisions are shown on plats. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations exempting property located in the rural unincorporated area of the county from subdivision for residential purposes. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations requiring a shared driveway access for multiple subdivision lots when platted in the unincorporated areas of the county. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations allowing septic tank sewage systems in the primary urban growth areas of Douglas County, provided the subdivider signs an agreement not to protest the formation of a sanitary sewer benefit district and an agreement to connect to a sanitary sewer when sewer service is within 1,000 feet of planned improvements on the property. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations requiring subdividers of land located in the primary urban growth areas of the county to sign an agreement upon plat approval to connect to a public water system when public water lines are within 1,000 feet of planned improvements to the property. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations requiring subdivision roads located withing rural unincorporated areas to, at a minimum, be constructed to the adopted rock road standard. The amendment also requires telephone, cable television and/or electrical lines to be located underground. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations deleting a provision recommending underground telephone and/or electrical lines be located underground. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations to revise the definition of rural area. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

A text amendment to joint city-county subdivision regulations deleting the definition of suburban growth area. Consider authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for the amendment.

Authorizing the mayor to sign an amendment to the Lawrence Housing Authority annual contributions contract and declaration of trust increasing annual federal contributions by $15,000 to improve Edgewood Homes, Building 8, Apts. 153-156.

On the regular agenda, commissioners will:

Conduct public hearings to declare 905 N.Y. and 1218 Tenn. blighted and order either the repair or demolition of the structures.

Conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. or thereafter to discuss the city's second annual submission to the five-year Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy.

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