Archive for Sunday, August 9, 1998

August 9, 1998


* Agree to hire Midwest Doors of Kansas, for $12,945, to replace operators, receivers and transmitters on bay doors, and install photo eyes on doors, at various buildings used by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.

  • Set a 2 p.m. Sept. 8 deadline for bids to handle electrical improvements at the city's Clinton Water Treatment Plant.
  • Agree to sell a wrecked ambulance to Grob & Sons for $12,876.
  • Agree to buy two midsize police cars, for $42,850, from Crown Chevrolet.
  • Agree to acquire a trailer-mounted boom, for $17,714, from Rental Service Corp. The vehicle would be used by the city's department of parks and recreation.
  • Approve ordinances, on final reading, to amend the city's environmental code to strengthen the city's ability to fight neighborhood blight; and increase water and sewer rates for bills for 1999.
  • Approve ordinances, on first reading, to approve, adopt and appropriate the city's $79.3 million budget for 1999; adopt the 1998 edition of the standard traffic ordinance; and annex a 1-acre lot already agreed to Aug. 4.
  • Agree to hire TranSystems Corp., for $24,495 -- of which $19,596 would come from the federal government -- to prepare a bicycle-automobile compatibility study, as recommended by the city's Bicycle Advisory Committee. The city would pay the remaining $4,899.
  • Agree to hire Lawrence Landscape, for $146,386, to install irrigation, sod and other landscaping at the new city-county Community Health Facility, now being built across Maine Street from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The $14.1 million project will provide offices and service areas for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Dept., Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. The new center is scheduled to open in May.
  • Agree to buy a vacant lot at 639 Ill. for $34,000. The lot, appraised at $30,000, is on top of a city drainage pipe. The property owner had spent money to prepare for construction of a new home on the lot, but halted work after complaints from neighbors worried about drainage problems.
  • Receive a letter from the city's Sister Cities Advisory Board concerning a possible exchange of delegates in the fall of 2000, to celebrate 10 years of a formal sister cities relationship with Hiratsuka.
  • Receive a report regarding proposed upgrades for the intersection of 15th and Iowa streets. The report, from TranSystems Corp., calls for providing two left-turn lanes at all four ends of the intersection, as well as right-turn lanes on the east side of Iowa and the south side of 15th. The work would cost about $2 million, not including relocation of utilities and acquisition of property, the report said.
  • Receive and discuss possibilities for receiving money through several programs offered through the Kansas Department of Transportation. Among the suggestions offered by city staffers: Improve landscaping, sidewalks and other items along East 23rd Street, from Learnard Avenue to Harper Street; connect bike paths from Clinton Parkway to the South Lawrence Trafficway's pedestrian-bike path; resurface Sixth Street, from Rockledge Road to Monterey Way; install a traffic signal and make other adjustments to East 23rd Street at its intersection with the entry to the East Hills Business Park; and reconfigure the intersection of 15th and Iowa streets. Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners must review each proposal. Deadlines for applications are Sept. 1 and Sept. 25.

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