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Archive for Sunday, February 15, 1998

CITY BUSINESS

February 15, 1998

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* Approve reappointment of Russell Brickell to the city's Fire Code Board of Appeals, and Mark Marks to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board.

  • Set a 2 p.m. March 3 deadline for bids on two projects: installation of traffic signals and associated road features at the intersection of 34th and Iowa streets; and rough grading at the East Hills Business Park.
  • Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to annex 1,129 acres of federal property, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the city for recreational uses. The area is adjacent to Clinton Lake, directly east of the dam. It includes some areas already developed for recreational uses, including the Youth Sports Inc. complex, the Clinton Lake Softball Complex and the yet-to-open Eagle Bend Golf Course.
  • Approve ordinances, on final reading, to declare Monterey Way, from 15th Street to Peterson Road, a main trafficway; rezone 5 acres from residence-office uses to planned commercial uses at the northwest corner of Wakarusa Drive and Clinton Parkway; and amend Horizon 2020 by adding its Future Land Use Map.
  • Receive and approve the annual review of Horizon 2020, the city's long-range comprehensive land use guide.
  • Approve an agreement with Environmental Management Corp. Inc. for removal and application of biosolids left over from sewage treatment activities at the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1400 E. Eighth. The city would earn an estimated $181,000 to load up an estimated 4.8 million gallons of biosolids -- also known as sludge -- and inject it into local agricultural fields.
  • Approve a conditional use permit to operate a visual arts center at 1423 Haskell, which is the Indian Center of Lawrence. The arts center, to be known as Starry Night Studios, would buy out the Indian center and instead would rent studios and workshop spaces for fine arts, including painters, printmakers, sculptors or ceramicists with possible gallery space for exhibitions no more frequent than once a month. The center also would be able to conduct art classes for small groups.
  • Agree to rezone 805-811 N.H. from general commercial to central business district uses, as requested by property owner Randolph S. Davis. The building, commonly known as Quantrill's Flea Market, is for sale and Davis wants the property rezoned so that it does not carry any off-street parking requirements. Without the change, whoever bought the property would have to provide off-street parking for any uses on the building's top floor. With the change, no additional parking would be required.
  • Agree to rezone 9 acres from residential to research-industrial uses about 1,400 feet south of 15th Street, west of Iowa Street. The area is across 15th from the Orchards golf course. The Kansas University Endowment Association, which owns the land, wants to build a new storage facility on the property. The storage area would be for items usually kept at KU's Memorial Stadium, but now must be displaced because of the stadium's ongoing renovation.
  • Agree to annex and rezone 14.5 acres west of Wakarusa Drive and north of Legends Drive, an area currently zoned for agricultural uses but now intended for research-industrial uses. The area is about 2,000 feet southwest of the intersection of Wakarusa and Sixth Street, and would complete the northern area of the existing Oread West Research Park, which is at the corner of Wakarusa and 15th Street.
  • Approve permits to allow operation of an early childhood education center and an elderly care center at the new Corpus Christi Catholic Church, a spiritual community to be built on 25 acres along the south side of 15th Street, between Wakarusa Drive and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The childhood education area would accommodate up to 134 pupils, and the elderly care area would provide up to 60 beds. The addresses for the area are 5801-6199 W. 15th.
  • Approve text amendments to the joint city-county subdivision regulations. The changes would involve requirements dealing with building envelopes on plats and separation of drainage and utility easements.
  • Agree to rezone 13.5 acres from research-industrial to single-family residential uses west of Research Park Drive and south of 15th Street. The property is about 2,000 feet southwest of the intersection of 15th and Wakarusa Drive, directly south of the Foxfire residential development. The property borders the Oread West Research Park, and the city has plans for a park and satellite public works area on property to the south.
  • Approve a site plan for Stormont-Vail medical offices and an outpatient clinic to be located at the northeast corner of Legends and Biltmore drives.
  • Approve a site plan for an expansion of Standard Beverage Co., 2300 Lakeview Rd. The company plans to nearly double its building area, by adding 90,000 square feet onto its current 127,801 square feet. Another 104 parking spaces would be built as well.
  • Receive a report from Bill Martin, director of economic development for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, concerning public incentives for attracting new businesses to town and to encourage existing businesses to expand. Among the issues to be discussed: how the city should handle requests for multiple tax abatements requested by a single company. The city has a contract with the chamber to provide economic development services.
  • Consider a recommendation from city staffers to change requirements for installing new wires in areas considered as floodplain, floodway or drainage easements. Current law requires that installations in such areas be above ground, even though similar work in non-flood-prone areas must be below ground. The new ordinance would require wires to be installed underground in floodplain areas, which is possible now that technology has advanced.
  • Receive a report from Ed Mullins, the city's finance director, that outlines ways to reduce the number of telephone calls coming into the department and reduce the amount of money the city annually considers uncollectable and therefore writes off the city's books. Among the recommendations: increase deposits for delinquent customers from $40 to $70; try harder to get forwarding addresses for customers who disconnect services, and even get a parent's address; increase fees related to having a field representative visit a house to address shut off and bill collection matters; double the late fee charged on delinquent bills, from the 1 percent of the bill now charged to 2 percent of the bill; and increase fees for returned checks to $25, up from the current $15.
  • Consider increasing fees for services at the city's two municipal cemeteries, Oak Hill and Maple Grove. The increases -- the city's first since late 1993 -- would go into effect March 1. Foundation charges would jump about 15 percent, to 30 cents per square inch from the current rate of about 26 cents per square inch. Burial fees would remain the same, except for Sundays. Because of overtime costs, Sunday burials for adults would cost $450, up 12.5 percent from the current $400; fees for children would be $320, up 18.5 percent from the current $270. The price of lots would jump to $400, up 6.6 percent from the current $375.
  • Consider approving a preliminary development plan for The Villas at Alvamar, a proposed residential area that would provide 66 single-family homes on 26.4 acres at the southeast corner of 15th Street and Bobwhite Drive. The area is east of the planned 25-acre Corpus Christi Catholic Church spiritual campus. Among the items included in the plan: plans to install ``lay down'' curbs instead of the typical curbs currently required by city code. ``Lay down'' curbs are angled so that vehicles can drive over them without difficulty. Streets in the development also would be private.
  • Discuss the possibility of creating a ``corridor plan'' for the planned reconstruction U.S. Highway 40, from Wakarusa Drive to the South Lawrence Trafficway. The corridor plan would involve three elements: land use plans; transportation elements related to the design, including access-management issues; and infrastructure, including plans for sanitary sewers.

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