Archive for Friday, February 5, 1993


February 5, 1993


The Kansas Turnpike Authority is willing to help design, finance and install left-turn signals at the intersection of Second Street and McDonald Drive, but an outside consultant should be hired to determine how much it will cost, according to Terese Gorman, city engineer.

Gorman, in a letter to Lawrence city commissioners, said that she and Public Works Director George Williams recently met with turnpike representatives about the proposed improvements, which could include widening the access road to the turnpike.

The KTA's Rod Fogo and Tom Furdman indicated they were willing to cooperate with the city ``and share in funding any necessary improvements,'' Gorman said.

Edna M. Day, 2209 Princeton Blvd., requested the improvements ``for the safety of the people who travel through there on their way to school, work, etc.,'' she said in a letter to Mayor Bob Schulte.

The commission will receive Gorman's report at its weekly meeting, beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Here's Tuesday's agenda:

Commissioners will recognize:

People, companies and organizations designated as ``Friends of the Parks'': Mt. Bik Lawrence, $100 for signs and trash containers on trails; Countryside Garden Club, $150 toward landscaping along McDonald Drive; Lawrence Holidome employees, planting trees and shrubs in the Riverfront Park Wildlife area; Wade Palmberg, an Eagle Scout who designed and built bridges in Centennial Park; Corporate Volunteer Council of Douglas County, donations of stains and varnishes; Hallmark Cards, $3,500 donation for youth summer employment; Lawrence Luncheon Optimist Club, $500 donation for youth programs; Soroptimist International of Lawrence, $200 donation for South Park Gardens; Alta Wright, donation of six trees for Oak Hill Cemetery; Volkswalk volunteers Jan Jess, Marge Williams, Cindy West and Judith Galas, who worked ``many hours'' to plan the program; and the Eldridge Hotel, headquarters for Volkswalk.

On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:

Minutes from its previous meeting.

Payment of city bills.

Approving drinking-establishment licenses for: Tin Pan Alley, 1105 Mass.; Cornucopia, 1801 Mass.; Free State Brewing Co. Inc., 636 Mass.; and La Tropicana, 434 Locust.

Setting a 2 p.m. Feb. 23 deadline for accepting bids for three city projects: adding and replacing various water meters; replacing three 14-inch pump discharge control valves at the Clinton Water Treatment Plant; and replacing police cars with six new sedans.

An ordinance, on final reading, to rezone property at 2233 Ohio and 2246 La. from RS-2 to PCD-2, to make way for a Walgreen's drug store.

An ordinance, on final reading, to rezone 33.29 acres east and west of Carmel Drive, east of Wakarusa Drive, from RM-1 (multifamily) to RM-D (residence-duplex) and RO-1 (residence-office) to RS-2 (single-family residence).

An ordinance, on final reading, to rezone 1.02 acres at 1207 Iowa from RS-2 (single-family residence) to RO-2 (residence-office). The property is on Green Road, west of Iowa and south of Harvard Road.

An ordinance, on final reading, to change the name of 13th Street west of Stone Meadows Drive to 13th Court.

Accepting a petition that requests the installation of sanitary sewers in the Colonial Subdivision. The project, would cost about $110,000 and be paid by the area's property owners, not the city at large, said Bob Billings and O. Warren Mitchell, who filed the petition.

Authorizing City Manager Mike Wildgen to execute a $14,000 contract with Landplan Engineering for the design of sanitary sewers in the Colonial Subdivision.

Authorizing Wildgen to execute a $37,000 contract with Landplan Engineering for the design of streets, storm sewers and waterlines in the Colonial Subdivision.

A resolution to establish a sanitary sewer benefit district srving the Colonial Subdivision.

A resolution to establish a street and storm sewer benefit district to serve the Colonial Subdivision.

A resolution to allow a left-turn lane on Iowa Street for southbound traffic wanting to turn onto 21st Street.

Authorizing Wildgen to execute a contract with Landplan Engineering for architectural-engineering services for ball diamonds at the YSI-Clinton Lake sports complex. The services would cost a maximum of $25,500, said Fred DeVictor, the city's director of parks and recreation. In December the commission approved building four new ballfields at the Youth Sports Inc. complex, near the southwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive.

Authorizing Schulte to execute a special warranty deed and bill of sale with King Radio Corp. for property under lease as part of a 1983 industrial revenue bond lease. Now that the company has paid off its $1.75 million in bonds, the city now must return ownership of the land to King Radio, Wildgen said.

A request, from Kermit Beal, to waive a requirement that would force property owners adjacent to a proposed alley reconstruction between Tennessee and Ohio to pay 25 percent of the project's costs prior to engineering or construction contracts.

An ordinance, on first reading, to annex about 28 acres southwest of Sixth and Wakarusa. The ordinance would repeal a previous ordinance, because the applicants, Billings and Mitchell, provided an incorrect legal description of the land. It should be: northwest quarter of section 33-12-19.

A site plan for Water's Edge, 847 Ind. City staff recommends approving the site plan, with amendments: installing handicap-accessible ramps on sidewalks leading to the streets and driveway; installing a stop sign at the intersection of the sidewalk and Ninth Street; and relocating its trash dumpster site to one approved by the city's public works department. The company designs and builds decorative gardens and wants to open in the former location of Pup's Grill.

On the regular agenda, commissioners will:

Conduct a public hearing on a vacation of a utility easement in the University Corporate and Research Park. Wildgen said the landowners, Janet and David Kimbrell, simply wanted to eliminate the city's authority to locate utility lines on their land, because they weren't needed anymore.

Consider accepting easements and rights of way for the Westgate plat. Residents living on Westgate Road objected to the plat a year ago, complaining that the road would become a collector street for traffic between Sixth Street and Harvard Road.

Consider sign variances for Westheffer Co. Inc., 1235 N. Third, and Water's Edge, 847 Ind. Westheffer wants to put an illuminated sign 40 feet above the ground 10 feet higher than usually permitted so it would be visible from the Kansas Turnpike overpass in North Lawrence. Along with other subtle changes, the sign would ``greatly help the welfare of the business and in turn promote development and interest in the entire North Lawrence industrial area,'' the company's application said. Water's Edge, meanwhile, wants to replace the current Pup's Grill sign on its lot with three, 6-foot tall limestone posts surrounded by gurgling water fountains. The native Kansas rocks rising two feet above the usual height requirement would have vertical engravings: WATER'S on one and EDGE on the other. The sign would ``improve the physical environment, promote the quality of the commercial area and help attract visitors to the community,'' said the company owners, Deb Spencer and Susan Davis.

Receive a report from the city engineer about possible improvements to the intersection of Second Street and McDonald Drive.

Receive public comments about proposed amendments to the 1991 Uniform Plumbing Code. Last week commissioners proposed allowing plastic pipe to be used either for carrying drinking water or connecting sewers, instead of the sometimes required copper, galvanized steel or cast iron pipe. They also said lawn-irrigation contractors should be licensed to allow the sprinkler installers to tap into city water lines. Roy Chaney, chair of the plumbing board, will be asked to comment on the proposals before commissioners ask staff members to draft an ordinance.

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