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November 30, 1997


Lawrence City Commission background for Dec. 2, 1997 meeting

The house up for demolition is located off Tennessee Street, immediately south of the fraternity house. Another house on the lot already has been razed.

Another house, which fronts Tennessee, has not been razed.

City inspectors want the house at 1611 Tennessee Terr. either repaired or razed because of its unsafe and dangerous condition. Because of Southwind's purchase plan, however, city inspectors recommend putting off the hearing for another 45 days.

Also assuaging inspectors' safety concerns: The house's first floor has been boarded up to prevent people from getting inside.

The proposed demolition of the house went before the city's Historic Resources Commission on Nov. 20 because the property is adjacent to the Ludington-Thacher residence, known locally as the "Maupin house." It now is owned by Lawrence pediatrician Terry Riordan.

The HRC made no recommendation about the possible demolition of 1611 Tennessee Terr. -- and delayed its consideration until Dec. 18 -- because its members want the following information from those seeking the demolition:

  • A structural report on the house.
  • The estimated cost of rehabilitating the house.
  • The amount of money spent to maintain the house during the past two years.
  • Plans for replacing the house, if available.

Bottom Line

Lawrence City Commission bottom line for Dec. 2, 1997 meeting

A former city commissioner's company wants to build an apartment complex between a Kansas University fraternity house and a local home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

But before the company can build anything, it needs to demolish houses on the site. And one of them, at 1611 Tennessee Terr., is up for a public hearing Tuesday to see whether commissioners should order its demolition because of its unsafe and dangerous condition.

Staffers, however, recommend delaying the hearing for 45 days.

Southwind Capital L.L.C., a local development company headed by Bill Newsome and former Commissioner Doug Compton, has a contract to buy 1.3 acres between the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, 1537 Tenn., and a historic home at 1613 Tenn.

"We are in the process of designing a high-quality, multi-family development for the site," Newsome said in a letter to the city's historic resources administrator.

He plans to forward appropriate documents to city officials during the "coming weeks," he said.

"Our site plan will call for the demolition of all the existing houses," Newsome said.

Other business

Lawrence City Commission business for Dec. 2, 1997 meeting

  • Light the lights on a Christmas tree in city hall. The tree will be donated to the Festival of Trees, courtesy of city employees.
  • Proclaim Friday through Dec. 12 "Toys for Tots Week." Toys for Tots, organized by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and coordinated by Sunflower Cablevision, provides toys to children during the winter holidays. The annual benefit telethon to auction off donated items will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 on cable channel 6. The Salvation Army will distribute donated and purchased items to children and families during the holidays.
  • Reappoint Becky Fast to the city's Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee, and appoint Margareta B. O'Connell to the Sister Cities Advisory Board.
  • Agree to hire H&H; Waterproofing and Restoration, for $28,700, to handle waterproofing and joint-sealing work for the joint city-county community health facility project. The company's bid is $10,743 less than construction managers anticipated. The $14.1 million project, now under construction across Maine Street from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, will provide offices and service areas for three community health organizations: Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn.
  • Agree to buy a closed-end baler, for $49,196, from Roy Conley & Co. Another company, Glen L. DeHart & Son Inc., actually submitted a lower bid -- $47,235 -- for the equipment, but the proposal did not meet the city's specifications; the bid lacked a necessary concrete pit. The baler is needed for the city's Public Works Department.
  • Agree to buy an electronic system for monitoring and controlling operations within the city's Utilities Department. The first phase of the system, known as SCADA, would cost $45,742, and would be provided by R.E. Pedrotti Co. Commissioners are expected to approve the purchase, which includes equipment, installation, training and software. The system involved converting an existing chart recording system to a "master control" system for both of the city's water treatment plants. Related equipment already is in place at the Clinton Water Treatment Plant to provide communications between the plant and the intake building at the reservoir.
  • Approve ordinances, on final reading, to annex 10 acres along the west side of O'Connell Road, north of 27th Street (extended), and rezone the property from agricultural to single-family residential uses; rezone 1.9 acres of agricultural land, plus another 0.017 acre of single-family residential property, to planned residential uses east of East 1000 Road, about 400 feet south of Sixth Street; and rezone 0.7 acre from agricultural to single-family residential uses west of East 1000 Road, about 600 feet south of Sixth Street.
  • Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to codify city ordinances.
  • Approve a final plat for XCALAK Industrial Park No. 1, a one-lot industrial area covering 5.6 acres bounded by the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Center, Lyon and North Ninth streets.
  • Agree to spend $41,545 to help finance renovations of the auditorium and painting of interior walls at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Larry Potts Construction would handle the project, which would cost a total of $46,039; the library would pick up the tab for the $4,494 difference. Work included in the project: resurface walls, install new lights, reconfigure center drop ceiling and install new wooden baseboard in the auditorium; remove and replace a rooftop air conditioning unit that currently serves the gallery and auditorium; install a recessed, electrically operated projection screen inside the ceiling of the auditorium; and paint vinyl wall coverings throughout the lobby and adult reading rooms.
  • Conduct a public hearing regarding proposed maximum special assessments for drainage improvements along the Creekwood/Deerfield Channel. Owners of 41 lots along the channel would pay a maximum of $4,875 each to help finance the erosion-control project, which is estimated to cost $784,000. Those owners, members of a so-called "benefit district," would take care of $195,000 of the cost; the remaining $589,000 would come from all city taxpayers. Among the members of the benefit district: Chad Voigt, the city's stormwater engineer.
  • Receive and discuss a report from the Mayor's Task Force on Recreation Alternatives. The report outlines recommended priorities for spending money for recreation projects. The first priority would be construction of an indoor aquatic center, to be located either at Centennial Park or Free State High School. Second on the list: build a new recreation center somewhere in western Lawrence. Finding a location for a skate park is third on the list, while buying property for future parks ranked fourth. The task force, formed four months ago, conducted two public meetings and received dozens of written suggestions. The report comes nearly a year after commissioners rejected plans for the $13.3 million Centennial Park Community Recreation Center.
  • Receive a staff report concerning sanitary sewer issues for northwest Lawrence and adjacent unincorporated areas. City staffers recommend limiting access to an existing lift station to 160 acres already annexed into the city. All other areas would need to form their own benefit districts to finance new lift stations before they would be allowed to hook onto the city's sewer system.

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