OK from commissioners
A work agreement providing pay raises and dental insurance coverage for Lawrence police officers next year won unanimous approval from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night.
The agreement, to cover 80 non-supervisory officers represented by the Lawrence Police Officers Assn., goes into effect Jan. 1. Police ratified the agreement Monday.
"I'm very pleased, personally and professionally, with this agreement," said Peyton Robinson, chair of the officers association.
Commissioner John Nalbandian lauded the "spirit of cooperation and partnership" displayed by officers and city staffers during negotiations.
The agreement will provide officers with 3 percent pay increases during each of the next two years, plus provide city-financed dental insurance coverage for each officer.
Demolition hearing set
for fraternity house
Supporters of saving the former Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house at 1014 Miss. have until Aug. 1 to get their act together, a leader of the effort told Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night.
Jim Kitchen, dean of student life at Kansas University, said members of the fraternity wanted to save the structure, but essentially lacked the money to make repairs. The city has deemed the vacant house unfit for occupancy, and previously has recommended that it be razed.
"The issue of saving the house I don't think is important right now," Kitchen said. "The issue of saving the property is what's important right now."
The fraternity owes $5,662 for back property taxes from 1991-94. The house is known as the oldest black fraternity house west of the Mississippi River.
Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for their 6:35 p.m. meeting Aug. 1, during which they will consider ordering demolition of the house.