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Archive for Friday, February 26, 1993

FINAL OK SET FOR PARK SCULPTURE

February 26, 1993

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Dan Rockhill's ``Confluence'' sculpture would be cleared for construction if Lawrence city commissioners approve a $9,000 contract for the artwork at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The sculpture a concrete, limestone and steel interpretation of Lawrence history would have to be built at the north end of Buford M. Watson Jr. Park by July 1.

``Time is of the essence in the completion of this agreement and the completion of the sculpture,'' the contract says.

Rockhill, an associate professor of architecture and urban design at Kansas University, already has signed the contract, the last step in an approval process that already has cleared the Lawrence Historic Resources Commission and the state's historic preservation officer.

Because commissioners unanimously approved accepting the recommendation Dec. 8, the contract will be considered as part of the ``consent agenda,'' which this week includes 24 items to be approved in one motion.

The contract will be discussed only if a commissioner or member of the public asks for it.

The commission will consider the contract at its weekly meeting, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts. The meeting was scheduled in the afternoon because of the city's primary election.

As part of the contract, the sculpture part of the city's ``Two Percent for Art'' program would be allowed to include a ``permanent diagram'' to detail the ``symbolic elements'' of the sculpture.

HERE'S TUESDAY'S agenda:

On the regular agenda, commissioners will:

Recess to executive session for evaulation of City Manager Mike Wildgen. The commission hires the city manager, who is responsible for administering all affairs of the city. Wildgen's duties include enforcing city laws; appointing all department heads, subordinate officers and hiring city employees; and preparing the annual city budget.

Commissioners will:

Present awards from the Lawrence Fire Department to Hashinger Hall, for the hall's fire prevention program.

Proclaim Wednesday, March 17, as the date of the city's ``Sixth Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade.''

On the consent agenda, commissioner will consider:

Minutes from various boards and commissions.

Payment of city bills.

A drinking-establishment license for Red's Place, 801 N.H.

Two bids for cold-water meters: one from Badger Meter Inc. for -inch meters for $23.24 each, and a bid from Hajoca Corp. for 1-inch meters for $62.48 each.

A $78,546 bid from Shawnee Mission Ford for six police sedans.

A $18,118 bid from Henry Pratt Co. for utilities valves.

Setting a bid deadline of 2 p.m. March 16 for furniture replacement in the reception areas of the city manager's office and parks and recreation department office.

A $12,313 bid from General Construction Inc. for rehabilitation of 702 Maine.

Selecting Williams-Huber Team as architects for Phase III of renovations to the Community Building, for a fee not exceeding $16,000.

An ordinance, on final reading, to install a stop sign at 21st Street at Maple Lane and on Clare Road at Maple Lane.

An ordinance, on final reading, regulating the operation of horse-drawn vehicles in Lawrence.

Authorizing Mayor Bob Schulte to release Les Proctor, 630 N. Fifth, from a mortgage. Proctor participated in the Minor Home Improvement Emergency Loan Program and repaid the city $2,700 for his share of the mortgage.

Signing a $9,000 contract with Dan Rockhill for his ``Confluence'' sculpture in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park. The project must be completed by July 1, unless extended by Wildgen. Commissioners approved plans for the sculpture Dec. 8, as part of the city's ``Two Percent for Art'' program.

Receiving a letter from the H.T. Paul Co. requesting vacation of a 10-foot utility easement along the center of the site for a new Walgreen's drug store, at 23rd and Louisiana streets.

Concurring with planning commission recommendations to approve the easements and rights of ways for the following plats: a 14-lot, 3.1-acre residential subdivision between West 30th and West 31st streets, west of Harrison Avenue; a three-lot, 7.1-acre research industrial subdivision east of Wakarusa Drive, north of Quail Crest Place; a 35-lot, 34-acre single-family residential subdivision about -mile west of Wakarusa Drive on the south side of West 15th Street, were it extended; a 149-lot, 43.7-acre single-family residential subdivision along Arrowhead Drive extended, north of Peterson Road, south of I-70 and west of Hallmark Cards; a two-lot, 23-acre single-family residential subdivision generally north of Peterson Road, south of I-70 and west of Hallmark, of which 16 acres is flood plain and KPL utility easement; and for 4.5 acres of two research industrial lots on the east side of Wakarusa Drive, immediately south of Quail Crest Place.

Two site plans: one for an addition to the parking lot at Landplan Engineering, 1310 Wakarusa; and another for a speculative warehouse building to be located at 2124 Del.

Authorizing an agreement with Donald W. Potter, allowing a site plan to be approved and a building permit issued before final approval for a plat at 1120 E. 23rd.

On the regular agenda, commissioners will:

Receive a report from a city task force studying traffic patterns at Iowa Street and University Drive. The commission created the task force Dec. 29, originally to study the effects of possibly adding a turn lane on Iowa to prevent rear-end accidents. The task force since expanded to look at all traffic and parking patterns in the area between Iowa and Naismith Drive, and between Ninth and 15th streets.

Consider an ordinance to retain the commission's current quorum requirement of four commissioners. A quorum is the minimum number of commissioners who must be present at a meeting for business to be conducted. By setting the quorum at four, two or three commissioners are permitted to meet without declaring a public meeting.

Receive a staff report from Chief Ron Olin concerning the Lawrennce Police Department's continuing peer review efforts. The item was deferred from the previous meeting because of time limitations. Olin has said he would not release a copy of his update report until commissioners receive it at the meeting.

Discuss recommendations from the Lawrence-Douglas County Economic Development Advisory Council concerning the city's tax-abatement policy. The council, responding to a request from Commissioner John Nalbandian, accepted a statement from councilmember Dwayne Peaslee that offers support for tax abatements, which are city-granted tax breaks for new and expanding businesses.

Consider an ordinance, on final reading, to adopt the 1993 Electrical Code, which includes restrictions on the use of non-metallic Romex cable in commercial buildings.

Consider approving Gould Evans Associates as the architecture firm responsible for updating a 1989 expansion study for the Lawrence Arts Center.

Receive a letter from Robert B. Ohlen, executive director of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, about proposed parking additions for the 1956 wing of the former hospital. Ohlen outlines three cost options in the letter: one for $742,000, another for $2.3 million and a third for $1.67 million. The hospital's board of trustees has adopted the third option, as long as three other agencies agree to help pay for the improvements, he said.

Receive a report from Wildgen concerning future agenda items. After Tuesday's meeting, the commission will have three meetings left before a new commission is seated April 13. Commissioner Shirley Martin-Smith, who wiil not be a member of the new commission, said at the previous meeting that she wanted to set priorities about what city business to finish before the April 6 election.

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