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July 6, 1996

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Commissioners already have approved spending $1.01 million from the program, 20 percent less than the $1.23 million they eventually received.

That left a need for the leftover $221,000 to be allocated. Members of the CDBG Advisory Committee convened to recommend recipients for the unallocated money.

The committee accepted no new applications and relied on applications considered in the first round.

The CDBG program is intended to revitalize low-income neighborhoods. Five Lawrence neighborhoods fit the federal guidelines for receiving money: Brook Creek, East Lawrence, North Lawrence, Oread and Pinckney.

Agencies and departments also can receive money, provided their results help low-income people or assist the "target" neighborhoods.

The money becomes available Oct. 1 to approved recipients.

bottom line

More than two dozen neighborhood-improvement projects and social services would get more money from the city beginning Oct. 1 than originally anticipated, under a plan up for approval Tuesday night.

The plan would distribute $221,000 to 27 projects and agencies -- including city departments -- though the city's allotment of federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

Here's where some of the additional money would go:

  • City's department of housing and neighborhood development, $60,000 for various programs.
  • City's utilities department, $35,000 for water line replacement on Pennsylvania Street, from 13th to 14th streets.
  • City department of parks and recreation, $28,000 for landscaping, security lights and parking lot paving.
  • Community Living Opportunities, $27,500 for rehabilitation.
  • Hannah's House Foundation, $15,000 for transitional housing renovation.
  • East Lawrence Improvement Assn., $9,800 for operating expenses and alley paving.
  • Five "target" neighborhoods, $7,000 for sidewalk renovations.
  • Pinckney Neighborhood Assn., $6,593 for operating expenses, park equipment, cleanups, brick street restoration and historic research.
  • Oread Neighborhood Assn., $4,475 for operating expenses and screening and Dumpster pad maintenance.
  • Approve appointment of Stephanie Coleman to the Historic Resources Commission, as recommended by Mayor John Nalbandian.
  • Reject bids and set a second deadline of 2 p.m. Aug. 6 for new bids to rehabilitate property at 1220 N.J. The lone bid July 2, from General Construction Inc., came in at $66,222, or 20 percent higher than the city's estimate of $55,000.
  • Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to remove stop signs from North Ninth Street at the Union Pacific railway crossing.
  • Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to prohibit skateboarding on sidewalks and city parking lots in an area bordered by the Kansas River and the middle of New Hampshire, Kentucky and North Park street (west of Massachusetts) and 11th Street (east of Massachusetts).
  • Approve ordinances, on first reading, to annex property at 509 N. Ninth; and designate the House building, 729-731 Mass., as a landmark on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.
  • Accept the following final plats: E.P. Smith, a three-lot residential subdivision on 0.81 acre south of Maple Street, between North Eighth and North Ninth streets; D&L Subdivision, a one-lot commercial plat on 0.8 acres on the west side of Iowa Street, south of 31st Street and the new Douglas County Bank under construction there; and Prairie Commons, a one-lot residential plat on 6.13 acres west of Congressional Drive, south of West Sixth Street.
  • Approve a site plan for a Petcare Superstore, to be located at 3115 Iowa.
  • Receive a report from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. On June 24, trustees said they would be back in two weeks to brief commissioners about two items: two state inspections that uncovered problems within one of the hospital's nursing units and suggested layoffs to save the hospital money.
  • Consider a staff proposal to modify and clarify the city's requirements for building driveways in residential areas. The policy would include creating an administrative committee that would consider granting exceptions to the city's driveway regulations.

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