Archive for Friday, October 8, 1993


October 8, 1993


The city will have to spend $1.36 million to relocate water and sewer lines for the South Lawrence Trafficway, but the county is willing to pay for related engineering, design and inspection work.

Roger Coffey, the city's utilities director, recommends accepting Douglas County's offer to help reduce the city's overall project expense. City commissioners will consider his recommendation at their Tuesday meeting.

Construction of the 14.1-mile trafficway will cost $62 million. The road will loop south and west around Lawrence from Kansas Highway 10 to a new interchange on the Kansas Turnpike west of the city.

Representatives from the Kansas Department of Transportation are aggressively pursuing work, and the city's relocations must be completed six weeks before KDOT can begin, Coffey said.

"At this time they are expecting the city utilities relocated and out of their way by June 1994," he said, in a memo to City Manager Mike Wildgen. "We need to move ahead quickly on our part."

The costs were identified by private engineers hired last spring, the first assessment of how much it would cost to move the city's water and sewer lines, Wildgen said.

The city did not ask for bids for the engineering, design and inspection work, knowing that the county's public works department would offer to provide the services, Wildgen said.

Lawrence city commissioners will consider accepting the agreement with the county and Wilson and Company Engineers during Tuesday's weekly commission meeting, which begins at 6:35 a.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Here's the agenda:

@sc7.5: Commissioners will consider proclaiming:

  • October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."
  • Oct. 23 as "Buddy Poppy Day."
  • Oct. 18-23 as "National Business and Professional Women's Week."
  • Oct. 17-31 as "Independent Living Awareness Weeks."
  • Oct. 16 and 17 as "Help the Mentally Disabled Citizens Days."

On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:

  • Minutes from previous meetings of the commission and various other commissions, committees and boards.
  • Payment of city bills.
  • Drinking establishment licenses for The Playhouse, 806 W. 24th and the Jet Lag Lounge, 610 Fla.; a class B club license for Perry's Place, 623 Vt.; and a retail liquor license for Ray's Discount Party Center, 2100A W. 25th.
  • Authorizing City Manager Mike Wildgen to approve a $21,500 contract with KPMG Peat Marwick for auditing the city's 1993 budget, and a possible extension through 1995.
  • A use permitted upon review request for a 100-bed congregate care/residence facility to be located adjacent to the existing Brandon Woods Retirement Community, 1501 Inverness.
  • A use permitted upon review for the proposed Century School, a private school to be located at 816 Ky.
  • A request to annex nearly 25 acres of land at the southeast corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness (extended south).
  • Two rezoning requests for the agricultural land southwest of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive: 12.7 acres to RS-2 (single-family residence) and 12.2 acres to RM-2 (multiple-family residence).
  • Establishing $17,000 as the fair market price for property at 416 Mich., and authorizing staff to make an offer to purchase the lot with Community Development Block Grant funds.
  • Authorizing Mayor John Nalbandian to sign a rental rehabilitation agreement for Ron Wright, for property at 724 N.Y.
  • Adopt an ordinance, on first reading, making a technical correction to the city's franchise agreement with KPL/Western Resources. The Kansas Corporation Commission requested minor wording changes related to revenues. "It doesn't affect the validity" of the agreement, said David Corliss, assistant to the city manager.

On the regular agenda, commissioners will:

  • Conduct a 30-minute executive session with Gerald Cooley, city attorney, concerning matters deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship.
  • Consider an amendment to the city code to clarify restrictions on child-care homes. The amendment would clarify the city's intent that day-care homes, in residential areas, must remain primarily residences.
  • Consider adopting a draft of the Downtown Lawrence Development Study.
  • Receive a report from Wildgen concerning the federal cable act of 1992. In a memo to commissioners, Wildgen said it appears that most cities now have cable companies that are not subject to effective competition, and thus can be regulated. Lawrence's Sunflower Cablevision would fit that definition, he said. To regulate basic rates, the Federal Communications Commission has set a "benchmark" rate for various cable services. The city could regulate the rate if the cable rates were above the benchmark, and if the city were certified to do so. Wildgen said commissioners could decide to seek certification, not seek certification or schedule a study session with cable representatives to discuss the issues.
  • Conduct public hearings concerning properties the commission has deemed structurally blighted: 222 N. Eighth, 817 Walnut and 127 E. 17th. Commissioners could order the structures either demolished or repaired.
  • Receive a staff report concerning utilities relocations for the South Lawrence Trafficway.

In other action, commissioners will:

  • At Commissioner Bob Moody's request, discuss the possible expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees from seven to nine members.

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