Commissioners will consider approving a permit to allow development of the Centennial Park Community Recreation Center, to be located at the southeast corner of Sixth Street and Rockledge Road.
The permit is needed for the city to embark on the top priority of its parks and recreation master plan, financed by a 1-cent countywide sales tax approved by voters in 1994.
The $13.3 million center is scheduled for completion in the summer of 1998.
The city's own planning staff determined that the construction and operation of a center in Centennial Park would not detrimentally affect nearby properties, provided specific design elements are considered and integrated into the project. The center also would benefit the city by providing a "necessary community facility" for its residents, staffers said.
Voters approved the concept of a recreation center in the park in 1994, when they sanctioned a 1-cent countywide sales tax. The project's cost then was estimated at $5.7 million.
After repeated heated debates, numerous programming adjustments, two tours of similar projects and several public meetings, commissioners approved a $13.3 million budget for the project.
Included in the planned features for the 92,783-square-foot building: a gymnasium with two full basketball courts and a possible elevated jogging track; two indoor pools, one 25-meter pool for competitive and lap swimming, the other for family and leisure activities; a multipurpose room; fitness center; aerobics and dance studio; day care area; youth center; and kitchen. The project also would include 279 parking spaces.
The project would eliminate two existing tennis courts in the park, which would not be replaced. Several holes on the park's Frisbee golf course would be relocated within the park.
- Proclaim the week of Oct. 14-19 "Haskell Homecoming Week" and "Clergy Appreciation Week"; Oct. 20-26 "Lawrence High School Homecoming Week" and "National School Bus Safety Week"; and October "Fire Prevention Month in Lawrence."
- Approve two reappointments related to the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, as recommended by Mayor John Nalbandian: Margaret S. Gordon to the advisory council and Mildred Harkness to the board of directors.
- Approve several reappointments to the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, as recommended by Nalbandian: Andrew Watkins (from Lawrence High School); Joyia Chadwick (LHS); Javon Harris (Central Junior High School); Katie Winter (LHS); Bobby Wilson (Central); Corey Smith (Southwest Junior High School); and Lauren Vanek (Southwest). Michael Young (Lawrence High) also would be appointed to the council.
- Set a 2 p.m. Oct. 29 deadline for bids on sanitary sewer, street, storm sewer and waterline improvements in the city's HAND Addition, a low-income residential development near 25th Street and Haskell Avenue.
- Agree to buy two half-ton pickups from Don Hattan Chevrolet for $32,126 for the Parks and Recreation Department.
- Set a 2 p.m. Nov. 5 deadline for bids for the weatherization program.
- Approve ordinances, on final reading, to annex Pinnacle Inc. property south of Sixth Street and west of Crofton Terrace; rezone 18.4 acres from single-family residential use to duplex residential use south and west of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive; prohibit parking along the west side of East Drive, between Park Avenue and 23rd Street; and install a stop sign on 26th Terrace at O'Connell Road.
- Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to annex 0.85 acres south of Sixth Street and west of Eldridge Street.
- Approve ordinances, on first reading, to rezone 0.72 acres from single-family residential to residence-office uses east of Wakarusa Drive and north of Clinton Parkway; 16,515 square feet of land from intensive industrial to residence-office uses at 226 and 228 Locust; 2.5 acres from agricultural to research-industrial uses 450 feet north and west of Legends and Wakarusa drives; 7.7 acres from residence-office to planned-commercial uses on the south side of Sixth Street, a quarter mile east of Wakarusa; 509 North Street from agricultural to single-family residential uses; and 4.3 acres from multifamily-residential to residence-office uses in the area bounded by Second, Third, Maine and Alabama streets.
- Approve ordinances, on first reading, to include 2221 W. 31st in the Nieder Acres planned commercial development, and change the name of Research Drive to Biltmore Drive, and Research Court to Biltmore Court.
- Approve selection of UMB to provide the city's banking services.
- Authorize the acquisition of a street gang computer system for the Police Department for $13,799.
- Hire Landplan Engineering to provide design and engineering services for the following projects, at the following rates: installation of a traffic signal at Sixth Street and Folks Road, $46,000; construction of Wakarusa Drive, from Sixth to Overland Drive, $19,000; and widening of Rockledge Road, between Sixth and Ninth streets, $33,500.
- Approve site plans for Roman Eagle LC, formerly Stockwell Corp., along the west side of Wakarusa, south of Neu Physical Therapy; Brown Cargo Van, 807 E. 29th; and for an addition to a house at 233 Perry.
- Accept dedication of easements/rights of way on the final plat of the KUEA addition, south of Nichols Hall on Kansas University's West Campus. Commissioners also would approve rezoning the property from single-family residential to research industrial uses.
- Authorize ordinances to rezone 5.13 acres from light and heavy industrial to general industrial uses in an area south and east of 31st Street and Haskell Avenue; and one acre from agricultural to residence-office uses in an area south of Sixth Street and west of Eldridge Street.
- Accept dedication of easements and rights-of-way for: Briarwood Addition No. 2, a 3.6-acre mixed-use development north of the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Folks Road; Curtis 1000, a two-lot, 4/5-acre commercial subdivision along North Iowa Street, south of the Kansas Turnpike; and Courtside Subdivision, a one-lot, 2.9-acre residential subdivision along the north side of Clinton Parkway, west of Crossgate Drive.
- Receive an annexation request for property west of Ousdahl Road and north of 33rd Street, related to a proposed redevelopment of property now occupied by Kmart.
- Adopt a resolution to determine the necessity of condemnation of property for the improvement of West 24th Street and authorize a survey.
- Receive proposals for next year's sanitation and sanitary sewer rates, and put the new charges up for an official vote during the scheduled Oct. 22 commission meeting. The cost of residential trash collection would increase 2 percent, from $9.41 a month to $9.60 a month; commercial trash rates also would jump 2 percent. The rates for sewer service would increase as recommended by the city's adopted master plan.