Providing office space and financial services is a small price to pay to help keep Lawrence teens off drugs and alcohol, Lawrence City Commissioner Bob Schulte says.
"Obviously, any program that is established to deal with keeping kids off drugs and keeping them off any other kind of substance they happen to be abusing is very worthwhile," Schulte said. "I don't think we'll need to spend much in order to gain the benefit."
During Tuesday night's weekly meeting, commissioners will consider signing onto a $50,000 grant designed to help reduce substance abuse among adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. The program would concentrate on prevention.
The city would provide no direct financing, but offer in-kind support services such as financial accounting and office furniture, space and personnel, City Manager Mike Wildgen said.
"We spend a lot of money on a lot of things, but our youth is our future," Commissioner Doug Compton said.
The Lawrence school district would administer the program, with advice from the DCCCA substance abuse treatment center.
Lawrence was approved in June as one of three sites for a "Project Freedom Replication Initiative," financed through a planning grant from the Wichita-based Kansas Health Foundation.
The grant is renewable with up to $100,000 a year for three years and is expected help hire trained staffers for coordinating the efforts of parents, youth groups, neighborhood associations, city agencies, school programs, law enforcement officers, health-care providers and religious organizations.
According to the city's grant application, surveys in 1991 and 1992 indicated that Lawrence youths used more drugs than their Kansas peers.
In one survey of high school juniors, nearly half reported being regular users of alcohol, while 44 percent said they regularly used marijuana, the application said.
Tuesday's meeting begins at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
HERE'S TUESDAY'S agenda:
@sc7.5: -- Commissioners will present commendations to four city employees: police officers Dean M. Brown and David Hummel, and firefighters Robert Hardy and Robert Brown.
On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:
-- Minutes of previous board and commission meetings.
-- Payment of city bills.
-- A class A club license for the Learned Club, 1266 Oread.
-- Setting a bid deadline of 2 p.m. Sept. 6 for rehabilitation of properties at 1322 Maple Lane, 1808 W. 21st, 1704 Tenn., 1821 Ind., 2138 Vt. and 1135 Ore.
-- An ordinance, on first reading, adopting the 1993 standard traffic ordinance, which parallels the state's traffic laws.
-- An ordinance, on first reading, adopting and approving the city's 1994 budget of $48.7 million.
-- Referring to the planning commission Michael Garber's request to annex 21.989 acres of property south of Clinton Parkway, west of Inverness (extended).
-- Three ordinances, on first reading, concerning city-county subdivision regulations, already approved by the Douglas County Commission. One would require subdividers of land in a primary growth area to connect into a public water supply if public lines are within 1,000 feet of planned developments. Another would require telephone, cable and electrical lines to be installed under ground in the primary urban growth area, and encourage paving of rural roads. The third would delete a utility requirement in unincorporated areas.
-- Authorizing Wildgen to sign an agreement with the Kansas Health Foundation for the Project Freedom Replication Initiative.
-- A site plan for an appliance store to be located at 1045 Pa.
-- A resolution allocating $125,000 to Johnson, Brickell and Mulcahy and Associates, of Kansas City, Mo., for an environmental impact statement and associated legal work for the Eastern Parkway.
-- Resolutions approving two sidewalk projects: one for a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side of 27th Street, from Iowa Street to the Naismith bridge; and another for a 4-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of Alabama Street, from 23rd to 27th streets.
-- Authorizing ordinances to be written, if needed, according to several recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission: deny a request to remove parking on one side of East 21st Terrace, from Harper to East 21st streets; removing parking near the intersections of Crestline Drive and Sixth Street, Moundview Drive and Century Drive; establish a loading zone on Elm Street, east of North Fifth Street, and remove a no parking zone from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; establish a bus loading zone on the south side of Fireside Drive, east of Frontier Road; remove parking on the south and east sides of Bremer Drive; establish a loading zone on the south side of 10th Street, east of Kentucky Street; install stop signs on Whitmore Drive, Cranly Street, Mayfair Drive and Kensington Road at 27th Street.
-- A request to rezone 16.38 acres east of Mary's Lake, adjoining Prairie Park, from A (agricultural) to RS-1 (single-family residence).
-- A planning commission recommendation to deny a Use Permitted Upon Review request for a boarding care home to operate at 2425 Orchard Ln. The home, operated by Innovative Health of Kansas would provide assisted living for geriatric residents needing daily care for up to 10 residents and one live-in staff person.
-- A planning commission recommendation to approve a Use Permitted Upon Review for a master plan at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine. The hospital's master plan includes several new projects and scheduled construction dates: a medical office building, this fall; a west expansion and renovation, April 1994-February 1996; renovation of emergency and administrative support areas, late '90s; and expansion of radiology, laboratory and surgery facilities, late '90s.
On the regular agenda, commissioners will:
-- Consider annexation and rezoning requests for proposed residential development between Peterson Road and Interstate 70. Michael Stultz wants to annex 86.5 acres in the area, west of North Iowa Street, for residential development, plus 14 acres for a park. Stultz requests that 76 acres be rezoned from A (agricultural) to RS-2 (single-family residence), and 10.5 acres from A (agricultural) to RM-1 (multiple-family residence). Preliminary plans call for 31 duplex lots.
-- Receive a recommendation from the city's administrative review committee concerning Carrousel Printwear Inc.'s request for a 10-year, 50 percent tax break for a planned expansion into the Oread West Research Park. The company, 2600 Iowa, also is asking for up to $1.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance the expansion. Carrousel would use $600,000 to build the facility on 2.5 acres at the research park, and would buy $635,000 worth of equipment.
-- Consider a request from the Bottleneck, 737 N.H., to use Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets for a street party, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25.
-- Consider an area marker request for Meadows Place, at 27th and Kasold.
-- Consider an ordinance, on first reading, to expand the Convention and Visitors Advisory Board from 10 to 13 members.
-- Consider an ordinance, on first reading, allowing the city to establish a storm water utility -- a fee that could finance improvements to the city's sewers system for storm water runoff. The ordinance also would allow the city to use property taxes to pay for a Kansas River pump station in North Lawrence, with the help of the Kaw Valley drainage district, and contract for a storm water master plan.
-- Consider authorizing two contracts with Black & Veatch, a Kansas City, Mo., engineering firm, for two plans related to sanitary sewers. The city would pay up to $198,000 for a master plan, which would review the impact of regulatory and growth changes from 1995 to 2020, as well as the possible location of a new wastewaster treatment plant. The second plan, costing up to $298,000, would plan improvements to sanitary sewers in East Lawrence, particularly installing a new relief line.