Archive for Wednesday, April 21, 1993

IMPROVEMENTS FUNDED

April 21, 1993

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Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night approved spending $61,000 for school crosswalks, pedestrian signals, sidewalks and wheelchair ramps as part of an annual program to improve traffic that doesn't directly affect vehicles.

The commission agreed to spend its Non-Motorized Improvement program budget on nine projects, including two projects to provide a crosswalk and school zone beacon at 11th and New York streets, near New York School.

Commissioner Jo Andersen said she knew of children being late for school because of all the traffic in the area.

``For $1,700, it's definitely money well-spent,'' she said.

Here are the others:

$7,500 for pedestrian signals on 11th at Tennessee and Kentucky streets.

$1,500 for handrails on 10th Street, from Indiana to Louisiana streets.

$6,000 to add a sidewalk to the south side of 23rd Street, between Barker and Learnard.

$13,000 for adding a sidewalk to the east side of Rockledge Road, between Sixth and Ninth streets, along the west side of Centennial Park.

$9,300 for 775 feet of sidewalk on East 15th Street, south of Oak Hill Cemetery.

$12,000 for adding pedestrian signals at 15th and Iowa.

$10,000 for curb cuts and other repairs downtown, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Since 1988, the program has financed new bridge railings, bike paths and lighting improvements across town, City Manager Mike Wildgen said.

In other action Tuesday:

Commissioners proclaimed:

Thursday as ``Earth Day'' in Lawrence.

Saturday as ``River Area Clean Up Day'' in Lawrence.

April 18-24 as ``National Credit Education Week'' in Lawrence.

In one motion, commissioners approved the following consent agenda items:

Minutes from meetings of the Historic Resources Commission and Public Health Board.

Payment of city bills: $592,601 to 249 vendors, and $647,106 in payroll for April 4-17.

Several bids for equipment: Laird Noller, $13,933 for a -ton truck for the fire department, $10,005 for a full-size pickup for the finance department, $37,504 for a dump truck; Berry Tractor & Equipment, $41,895 for a tire asphalt paver, $23,995 for a vibratory roller-compactor, $14,990 for two snow plows, all for the public works department; Courtesy Chevrolet, $29,370 for three sedans for various departments; Scherer Equipment Co., $7,712 for two asphalt-sand spreaders for public works.

Setting 2 p.m. May 12 as the deadline for bids on ``requests for proposals'' for utility billing, printing and mailing services for the finance department.

An ordinance, on first reading, to rezone 4.26 acres north of the Kansas Turnpike and west of North Michigan Street from RS-1 (single-family residence) to PRD-2 (planned residential development).

An ordinance, on first reading, to rezone 1.05 acres of recently annexed land at 3200 Nieder Rd. from A (agricultural) to RS-1 (single-family residence).

AN ORDINANCE, on first reading, to rezone 1.23 acres of recently annexed land at the northwest corner West 33rd Street and Nieder Road from A (agricultural) to RS-1 (single-family residence).

An ordinance, on first reading, to rezone .15 of an acre of recently annexed land at 501 North St. from A (agricultural) to RS-1 (single-family residence).

An ordinance, on first reading, to rezone 1 acre at Mark's Veterinary Clinic, 3115 S. Iowa, from B-2 (general business) to C-4 (general commercial).

An ordinance, on first reading, to rezone 11.99 acres at 1013 N. Third St. from C-4 (general commercial) and M-3 (intensive industrial) to PCD-1 (planned commercial development), to make way for construction of Tanger Factory Outlet Center.

An ordinance, on first reading, to approve Lawrence Paper Co.'s request for $3 million in industrial revenue bonds to refinance bonds the company received in 1990. Approval will allow the company to take advantage of lower interest rates.

An ordinance, on first reading, to remove parking on: the north side of 18th Street between Tennessee and Kentucky streets; both sides of 33rd Street from Iowa Street to Ousdahl Road; and both sides of Ousdahl from 31st to 33rd streets.

A letter from John McGrew and Bob Billings, who would like a special assessment benefit district formed for streets, storm sewers and sidewalks in the Colonial Place Subdivision, which is on the west side of Wakarusa Drive and north of Harvard Road, if extended west.

Commissioners removed the following items from the consent agenda:

Minutes from the previous commission meeting. Nalbandian noted that last week's vote approving installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of Eighth and New Hampshire streets was not unanimous. Nalbandian voted against the measure.

Accepting a $40,361 bid from Laird Motors Motors for a bucket truck for the public works department. Commissioners deferred the item at Wildgen's request.

A site plan for Lawrence Veterinary Clinic to be located at 3210 Clinton Pkwy., lot 4 in the Clinton Parkway Office Park. The item was deferred at at Wildgen's request.

Awarding a $12,000 contract for a downtown historic building survey to Deon Wolfenbarger, of Three Gables Preservation, with 50 percent of the fee to be reimbursed through a grant administered by the State Historic Preservation Office. Commissioners considered a letter from John A. Wysocki, a freelance architechural designer, lecturer and photographer, who said the city did not properly advertise the project in the Journal-World, and therefore he did not find out about it until after the submission deadline had passed. Linda Finger, a city-county planner, said a project description appeared in a display ad in the March 25 paper, fulfilling the legal requirement. Wildgen said Wysocki wouldn't have been eligible for the project anyhow, because he didn't appear on the state's ``historic significance statement'' mailing list. All 11 people or firms on that list were sent letters regarding the project. The commission unanimously approved granting the contract to Three Gables Preservation, of Kansas City, Mo.

On the regular agenda, commissioners:

Discussed legal and personnel matters in executive session with Gerald Cooley, city attorney.

Approved a request from Downtown Lawrence Inc. to change the time limit on parking meters from 10 hours to two hours in the city lot in the 1000 block of Vermont Street. The change will help ease congestion for Farmers Market, which will open May 8 and continue Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings, throughout the summer, said Shelley Puckett, the market's manager.

Commissioners also scheduled the following study sessions:

Planning concepts, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 5.

1994 budget, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 9.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital projects, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 21.

Traffic planning, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 7.

1994 budget, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 7.

Storm water drainage, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 26.

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