Now that the city has decided to exempt itself from state requirements for spending money intended for battling alcohol and drug problems, city staffers are recommending that a new committee help them decide what to do with the money.
The city is expected to receive about $330,000 this year to be used for preventing alcohol and drug abuse. A charter ordinance, expected to take effect within two months, would allow the city to use the money for addressing other needs determined to be "in the best interest of the public," including law enforcement and prosecution related to alcohol and drug abuse.
Staffers recommend forming a committee to help review the applications for using the money. Applications would be reviewed May 1 to June 1, in time for inclusion in the 1999 city budget.
Staffers consulted with seven other cities in Kansas to see how they deal with reviewing uses of their money, and came up with a plan for Lawrence: Form the Drug and Alcohol Review Committee, which would have three to five members with no ties to groups requesting use of such funds, be advisory to the commission and follow criteria and priorities adopted by the commission.
Lawrence City Commission background for Feb. 10, 1998 meeting
Commissioners will consider adopting a set of standards that would be used by the proposed Drug and Alcohol Review Committee during its deliberations.
All applicants for funding would be rated on the following criteria:
- The program is designed to have long-term effects on people's decisions about alcohol and other drug use.
- Avoids duplication and fragmentation of services and is in collaboration with other organizations where appropriate.
- The program is designed to take into account not only the individual served, but also the importance of the individual's family and community.
- Programs, activities and services designed to strengthen families are inclusive of all persons regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, disability, race or sexual orientation.
- Is cost-effective with a reasonable budget and demonstrates a diversified funding base.
- Has measurable outcomes, defined objectives and appropriate evaluation components.
- Is managed in a responsible, professional manner and has formal written policies to assure accountability.
- Has a governing body that establishes policy, approves a budget, monitors the organization activities, and is structured to be broad-based and representative of the community.
2-8-98 Lawrence City Commission business for Feb. 10, 1998 meeting
- Proclaim Monday through Feb. 14 "Primary Care Week."
- Approve ordinances, on final reading, to rezone 2331 Ala. and 910 W. 24th from multifamily to residential office uses; and nearly 16,000 square feet from intensive to general industrial uses along the north side of the 700 block of Maple Street.
- Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to change the names of several streets in the Overland Addition: Trail Court to Trail Road; Roundabout Way to Roundabout Circle; and Roundabout Court to Roundabout Circle.
- Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to annex 12 acres west of the city Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1400 E. Eighth.
- Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to designate the Ludington-Thacher Residence, 1613 Tenn., as a landmark on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.
- Approve ordinances, on first reading, to annex 1,129 acres of federal property near Clinton Lake for recreational uses; rezone 5 acres from residential to planned-commercial uses at the northeast corner of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive; and amend Horizon 2020 to include a new "Future Land Use Map."
- Adopt a resolution that allows, among other things, expansion of the membership of the Lawrence Arts Commission.
- Accept dedication of easements and rights-of-way for the following plats: Allen Addition, a one-lot multifamily residential area covering 1.8 acres west of California Street, between West Fifth Street and Bluffs Drive; Longleaf, a 62-lot residential area covering 23.7 acres along the north side of West 15th Street, between the yet-to-be-built George Williams and Bobwhite drives; Sport 2 Sport Addition, a one-lot residentially zoned area developed as a private recreational complex covering 10.5 acres at 5200 Clinton Pkwy.; East Hills Business Park, a one-lot industrial subdivision covering 19.2 acres north of Kansas Highway 10 at the eastern edge of Lawrence; and Pine Ridge Plaza Addition, a four-lot commercial area covering 32 acres along the east side of Iowa Street, between 31st and 33rd streets.
- Agree to allow staffers to sell 1325 Pa. to a low-income homeowner for $72,000.
- Approve an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) that would allow for the installation of new traffic signals and application of new pavement markings at the intersection of 14th and Massachusetts streets. KDOT would pay 90 percent of the project's construction costs, while city taxpayers would pay for 10 percent of construction, plus all of design and engineering work.
- Conduct a public hearing to determine proposed special assessments for construction of East 24th Street. Owners of McConnell Machinery and Kaw Valley Industrial have decided to take the city up on its offer and agree to not take access to the street from their businesses, which front onto 23rd Street. In exchange, the city would agree to postpone assessment of the properties' shares of the road costs -- $13,878 and $13,603, respectively -- until access is taken. City officials still need to know, however, who will be responsible for picking up the expected interest payments: either city taxpayers or the companies.
- Receive an annual report regarding the city's recycling activities.
- Receive an annual report regarding the first year of the city's "system development charges," which are assessed to new connections to the city's water and sewer systems.