A KU professor of public administration has filed for re-election to the Lawrence City Commission.
Growth and planning issues will continue to dominate the public agenda, and Lawrence City Commissioner John Nalbandian says he has the experience and vision to address them during a second term in office.
``There's a very social part of this, which is: How do we retain the sense of community while we grow?'' said Nalbandian, who filed this morning for re-election to the commission. ``The second part is financial: How do we anticipate the financial consequences of our decisions?''
Nalbandian, a Kansas University professor of public administration, first was elected to the commission four years ago.
In outlining some of his goals for city government, Nalbandian topped the list with the construction of the parks and recreation and health-care facilities that will be funded by the new countywide sales tax.
Nalbandian, who took a leadership role in proposing the 1 percent tax to voters before the November election, said he hopes to see the city, county and Lawrence school district try more joint ventures. Cooperation among the three governments will make it easier to plan for future growth, he said.
``When the city makes development decisions, it has a significant impact on the schools. More houses, more kids,'' he said. ``Similarly, when the school district makes decisions about where it's going to build schools, it's going to have a significant impact on infrastructure.''
Nalbandian also would like to see a greater spirit of cooperation between the city and neighborhoods and among the neighborhoods themselves.
As examples, Nalbandian said he would like to see more neighborhood-watch programs and that he was impressed by the Chapparal neighborhood's active role in getting sidewalks installed in that southeast Lawrence area last year.