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Archive for Saturday, September 30, 1995

CITY BUSINESS

September 30, 1995

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* Proclaim October as "Physical Therapy Month"; Thursday as "Archie and Mollie Hawkins Day"; and next week "Harvest of Arts/Celebration of Cultures Festival Week."

  • Approve appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals and Sign Code Board, as recommended by Mayor Bob Moody. Stanley Rasmussen and Craig Penzler would be reappointed, while Ron Hurst and Pat Lehman would become new members.
  • Set Oct. 17 as the deadline for bids to renovate restrooms at the Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vt.
  • Agree to pay Microtech Computers $23,924 for personal computer systems in the finance department.
  • Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to annex one acre of land on the south side of Sixth Street, west of Monterey Way.
  • Adopt a resolution stating the need to gain temporary rights to private property in order to widen and improve areas of 19th and Harper streets. The city needs access to do actual construction this summer.
  • Approve unanimous recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission to: deny parking restrictions along the south side of Stratford Road between Iowa Street and Sunset Drive; prohibit parking along both sides of 22nd Street, between Kasold Drive and Hartford Avenue; prohibit parking along Nieder Road, between 31st and 33rd streets, and along both sides of 33rd, from Iowa west; install stop signs on Nieder at 31st and 33rd.
  • Ask staff to look into a request from Downtown Lawrence Inc. concerning parking issues. The business organizations wants the city to increase fines for repeat parking violators in the downtown area. Fines currently are $1. The organization proposes increasing fines for people who regularly park too long in the city's two-hour free lots. Fines there would increase to $15 for each ticket past the sixth written for a particular vehicle in a 30-day period.
  • Discuss proposed geometric improvements and state financing for the intersection of 23rd and Massachusetts streets, the city's most accident prone.
  • Consider installing permanent yield signs on 12th Street and Pennsylvania Street, as recommended by the Traffic Safety Commission on a 7-1 vote.
  • Consider approving a site plan for a remodeled Texaco convenience store at 1802 W. 23rd. Commissioners previously opposed the plan, saying one of two driveways into the gas station would need to be closed. The new plan would keep both open, but one would be an "exit only" because of an extended median on 23rd.
  • Receive a staff report concerning possible water-service improvements at Lawrence Municipal Airport, which currently has inadequate water pressure to fight fires as related to current standards. Commissioners plan to consider construction bids for drilling a well at the airport.
  • Meet in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss matters related to employer-employee negotiations. The city wants to keep possible terms and conditions of the negotiation confidential at this time. The city negotiates only with its police and firefighters.

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