Archive for Saturday, May 31, 1997


May 31, 1997


The public hearing comes as city administrators are reviewing department budget requests, in preparation for City Manager Mike Wildgen's proposed budget.

After Tuesday's hearing, Wildgen will be compiling his proposed budget through June 28. Commissioners also will meet for a budget study session at 4 p.m. June 11 at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Wildgen plans to review his proposed budget until presenting it to commissioners July 3.

Commissioners then will conduct another study session, this time to review the recommended budget. The session is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 9 at city hall.

After the study session and the budget is forwarded to the Journal-World for publication, another public hearing is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Aug. 5, at city hall.

Commissioners are scheduled to approve their budget Aug. 19, to be filed with the Douglas County clerk Aug. 22.

City Bottom line

City bottom line for June 3, 1997

If you want a say in how the city spends your money next year, now's the time to speak up.

Tuesday night, commissioners will conduct a public hearing to hear ideas for the 1988 operating budget.

Thinking about a new program? Want taxes cut? Desire more cops downtown?

Better to bring it up now -- while city staffers are still devising a proposed spending plan -- than later, when tax levels are set and expectations already are in place.

Commissioner Bob Moody has only one request.

"If they want new programs, what programs are they going to cut?" Moody said. "If we're going to try to maintain a budget that's austere, we just can't continue to add programs without finding programs to cut."

Commissioner Erv Hodges agrees.

"We hear a lot of complaints that we're spending too much money," Hodges said. "Well, what do you want us to get rid of? It's a give and take."

The city's current budget is more than $70 million.

other business

City business for June 3, 1997

  • Proclaim Thursday through June 12 "Nurse Assistants' Week" and Thursday "Career Nurse Assistants' Day."
  • Approve appointments of Greg Benefiel to the Traffic Safety Commission and Nelson Krueger to the Aviation Advisory Board, as recommended by Mayor Bonnie Augustine. Patrick Sumner also would be appointed to the Historic Resources Commission as a non-voting, ex-officio member.
  • Hire LRM Industries to perform two construction projects near Free State High School: installation of traffic signals, plus construction of new turn lanes and other related work, at the intersection of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, for $262,715; and construction of Wakarusa, from Sixth to Overland Drive, for $177,789. Both projects could be finished by the time school opens this fall, City Manager Mike Wildgen said, but don't count on it.
  • Set a 2 p.m. June 17 deadline for bids on two projects: 1997 overlay and curb program, phase two; and 1997 curb ramp replacement.
  • Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to prohibit parking from midnight to 6 a.m. in parking lots at the Union Pacific Depot and the southeast corner of North Second and Locust streets. "We don't want it to be used for storage" of vehicles, Wildgen said. The lots are located across the street from Johnny's Tavern, which is open until 2 a.m.
  • Approve a resolution giving Clyde Sherve, owner of the former Riverside Bar, 520 N. Third, 30 days either to repair or demolish his fire-damaged structure. If Sherve does not comply, the city could order the building razed, with the cost to be assessed on Sherve's property taxes. City building inspectors consider the structure unsafe and dangerous.
  • Agree to give the United Way of Douglas County $6,250 to finance repairs at its Douglas County-owned building, in the former Valley View Care Home, 2518 Ridge Court. The expenses: $4,950 for a new valve assembly for an elevator, and $1,300 for automatic door closers on six exit doors. The money would come from federal Community Development Block Grants.
  • Approve a site plan for a Laird Noller Showroom Annex, to be located at 920 W. 23rd, the former site of Mr. Steak restaurant. The existing restaurant building would be demolished, and building inspectors request changing the property's address to 820 W. 23rd. A stop sign also would need to be installed at the driveway exit, and a 6-foot-wide sidewalk would have to be installed along the north side of 23rd, in front of the new showroom annex. The site plan was deferred from commissioners' previous meeting, at the request of Laird Noller, to remove a requirement to provide cross-access to a neighboring lot if it ever redeveloped.
  • Consider a request from Lawrence Equestrian Center Inc. to provide equestrian services on federal land near Clinton Lake, which the city has leased for recreational uses. Commissioners are scheduled to decide whether to have the company go ahead and develop a site plan and pursue financial arrangements before commissioners ultimately sign off on the deal, if appropriate, in the future.
  • Discuss implementing commission goals concerning service accessibility issues and guidelines for historic environs reviews. Augustine requested the discussion.

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