The city should put a high priority on a wastewater treatment plant expansion, members of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission said Wednesday night.
In approving a five-year capital improvement plan for the city, commissioners recommended that the city take some action during the coming year on improving the city's wastewater treatment plant on East Eighth Street.
The project, which has gone unfunded for several years, would cost $365,000 for design work in 1994 and $3 million for construction in 1996, according to the plan.
An expansion of the wastewater plant was one of 70 items included in this year's version of the capital improvement plan, which lists infrastructure projects by priority.
The plan, which covers the years 1994-1999, is prepared annually from lists of projects and improvement submitted or suggested by the public or city departments and agencies. The Lawrence City Commission now will consider the plan.
Price Banks, planning director, indicated the Lawrence City Commission is unlikely to approve all of the projects.
"It's going to be a wonderful day when we can do all the capital improvements that are needed," Banks said. This year, he said, the city commission has put a ceiling of $3 million on capital improvement projects for the coming year.
The projects represent a six-year estimated expenditure of $162.6 million for the 70 projects. The projects are expected to be financed by the sale of revenue bonds ($35.2 million), general obligation bonds ($34.8 million), federal and state assistance ($79.3 million), current revenue ($419,800), special assessments ($1.1 million) and other sources ($11.5 million).
Here are the top 10 projects recommended on the list:
-- Design, land acquisition and construction on the South Lawrence Trafficway ($12 million in 1994).
-- South Lawrence Trafficway bicycle paths and pedestrian system ($574,300 in 1994).
-- North Second Street storm sewer ($1.2 million in 1996).
-- Land acquisition for the Eastern Parkway ($1 million in 1994).
-- Wastewater treatment plant expansion ($365;000 in 1994).
-- Storm water management master plan ($250;000 in 1994).
-- Widen Peterson Road from North Iowa to Kasold ($1 million in 1996).
-- Traffic signal and street improvements at the intersection of West Second Street and McDonald Drive ($200;000 in 1994).
-- Widen North Second Street from Lincoln Street to North Third Street ($1.97 million in 1996).
-- Clinton Water Plant expansion ($620;000 in 1995).
@sc7.5: In other matters Wednesday night, the commission took action on these items.
-- Unanimously approved the final plat of Edgewood Park No. 10, a four-lot multifamily residential plat of about 1.11 acres north and south of East 22nd Street about 300 feet east of Silicon Avenue. It was submitted by Fred G. Rogers for Donald N. and Cheryl H. Gish, property owners of record.
-- Unanimously approved the final plat of Chamberlain Court, a two-lot multifamily residential plat containing about 23,756 square feet at 1734 and 1740 Ohio St. It was submitted by EBH & Associates for Thomas S. Fritzel, member of Twenty-One Co., L.C., property owner of record.
-- Unanimously approved the final plat of Summertree West, a 23-lot multifamily residence and office development containing nearly eight acres. The property is south of West Sixth Street, on Eldridge Street. It was submitted by Landplan Engineering for Summertree Inc., Charles Hedges, president, property owner of record.
-- Unanimously approved the final plat of Petersen Addition, a one-lot commercial subdivision containing 19,732 square feet on the southeast corner of 25th and Iowa streets.
-- Continued a public hearing to the June 23 planning commission meeting to consider the revised draft of the Eastern Parkway Corridor Land Use Plan. No members of the public spoke on the plan.
-- Approved on a 5-1 vote, with Commissioner Norbert Grosdidier opposed, a request to rezone from RS-2 (single-family residence) and C-4 (general commercial) to RM-1 (multifamily residence) about 1.11 acres north and south of East 22nd Street, east of Silicon Avenue. It was requested by Donald N. Gish and Cheryl Hoegler Gish, property owners of record. The owner wants to build duplex housing units on the property.
-- Unanimously approved a request to rezone about 10.52 acres from A (agricultural) to A-1 (suburban home residential). The property is about two miles west of U.S. Highway 59 and 2.5 miles south of Lawrence. It was requested by Larry A. Schomer for himself and Donald W. Hixson, contract purchasers from Ronald O. Oelschlager and R.A. Edwards, record owners.
-- Unanimously approved a use permitted upon review permit for the "adaptive reuse" of the existing residence at 641-645 Tenn. in the Old West Lawrence Historic District, as a bed and breakfast with nine guest rooms. It was requested by Marilyn and Mike Amyx for David and Carmen Penny, property owners of record.
-- Unanimously approved initiating a revision to the Lesser Change Table to include planned unit development zoning districts. A public hearing will be held at the June 23 planning commission meeting.
-- Decided to continue to consider revisions to the Planning Commission Rules of Procedure. These rules were reviewed by the commission's executive committee on April 26 and have been forwarded to the full commission for action.
-- Approved on a 5-1 vote, with Commissioner Bobbie Flory opposed, initiating rezoning from A (agricultural) to RO-2 (residential office) for about two acres on the northwest corner of 33rd and Iowa. The property is platted as Landmark Addition, and was annexed by the city in October 1988. Flory said she didn't see any reason to hurry in initiating rezoning because the commission probably would consider the issue when it looks at a proposal to annex the nearby Nieder Acres residential subdivision in July or August.