Archive for Friday, May 7, 1993


May 7, 1993


Members of the Indian Hills Neighborhood Assn. are willing to pay for safety, and have asked the Lawrence City Commission to form two benefit districts for sidewalks along Alabama and 27th streets.

Two areas in the neighborhood need sidewalks, said Louise Yarbro, president of the association: Alabama Street, between 23rd and 27th streets; and 27th Street, between Naismith Park and Iowa Street. Which side of the streets would have the sidewalks has not been determined.

The Lawrence city commission will consider the association's requests during its weekly meeting Tuesday, beginning at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

By forming benefit districts, area property owners who would benefit from the sidewalks would have to pay for construction and related costs. The project's total cost then would be spread out over a five-year period.

``We realize that only limited city funds are available for such projects, so that a benefit district is needed; perhaps it would be large enough that the financial burden would not be too heavy for owners in the immediate area,'' Yarbro wrote in a letter to City Manager Mike Wildgen.

A majority of the association's members at a April 26 meeting voted in support of both projects, she said.

George Williams, the city's public works director, will determine which property owners to include in the proposed district, a majority of whom would have to sign a petition approving the project.

On Alabama Street, Yarbro said, motorists are confronted with students walking home, senior citizens carrying groceries, women pushing baby carriages and walkers and joggers ``competing with private vehicles and KU buses for space within the narrow confines of Alabama Street.

``It is a very dangerous situation!''

Even more and faster traffic uses 27th Street, she said. Elderly residents at Sterling Heights, 1800 W. 27th, are in particular danger, as are children walking to school or bus stops.


Commissioners will proclaim:

May 9-15 ``Historic Preservation Week in Lawrence,'' and the Lawrence Preservation Alliance will recognize residents' efforts in historic preservation.

May 16-22 ``National Public Works Week.''

May 17-23 ``Lawrence-Douglas County Community Transportation Week.''

May 19 ``National Employee Health and Fitness Day.''

On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:

Minutes from the previous commission meeting, and receipt of minutes from meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Traffic Safety Commission and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Payment of city bills.

Rejecting all bids for a bucket truck for the public works department because the low bid failed to meet specifications on several items.

Awarding a $402,489 bid to Smeal Fire Equipment Co. for a new Quint fire pumper-ladder truck.

A site plan, with conditions, for the Parkway Medical Office, to be located at the southwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive.

A resolution authorizing Mayor John Nalbandian to complete an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for repaving 23rd Street, from Louisiana to Iowa streets. KDOT will provide $100,000 for the summer project, while the city will pay an estimated $153,000. Commissioners also will consider setting May 25 as the deadline for bids on the project.

A resolution to declare 1500 N. Third ``environmentally blighted,'' giving the property owner 20 days to eliminate the blight conditions.

Removing parking on the south side of 17th Street, east 125 feet from the east curb of Massachusetts. The Traffic Safety Commission approved removing the parking earlier this month, to prevent cars from swerving over special sensors that control a 2-month-old traffic signal at the intersection of 17th and Massachusetts.

Paying Layne-Western $11,280 for equipment and installation of a well casing in the utility department's well field in Burcham Park.

On the regular agenda, commissioners will:

Receive a request from property owners in the Nieder Acres area, southwest of the intersection of 31st and Iowa, for annexation into the city, contingent on rezoning requests. Developers have expressed interest in building a new Target store on the property. Commissioners would need to refer the request to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission before taking action.

Receive a request from the Lawrence Alliance, which is seeking the commission's support for a proposal to the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.

Receive a request from the Indian Hills Neighborhood Assn. for the formation of two sidewalk benefit districts: one for a sidewalk along one side of Alabama Street, between 23rd and 27th streets; and another for a sidewalk along 27th Street, west of Naismith Park to Iowa Street.

Receive a report from George Williams, the city's public works director, concerning a request from the Douglas County Kaw Drainage District to partially finance an engineering study into drainage problems along North Second Street.

Receive a staff report concerning a charter ordinance to allow non-law enforcement personnel to issue notices to appear. If desired, a proposed charter ordinance which allows local decisions to supercede state law would be placed on the commission's May 18 agenda.

Receive Wildgen's staff report concerning a proposal for a starter bus system in Lawrence. Wildgen was to give copies of his report to commissioners this early afternoon, for discussion Tuesday night. On March 30, the commission received a proposal for a two-route bus system from Chris Ogle, owner of the Lawrence Bus Co., and Alan Black, a Kansas University professor of architechture and urban design. Commissioners asked Wildgen's staff to analyze, among other things, the estimated $257,920 the city would have to pay for such a system.

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