Archive for Sunday, October 4, 1998

October 4, 1998


* Proclaim Sunday through Oct. 10 ``Mental Illness Awareness Week.''

  • Proclaim October ``Fire Prevention Month.''
  • Approve licenses recommended by the city's department of administrative services.
  • Set a bid-opening date of Oct. 27 for weatherization upgrades involving 30 homes in the Lawrence area, backed by money from the city-administered Community Development Block Grant program.
  • Agree to hire Penny Construction Co., for $417,717, to handle construction of a parks maintenance building and trail parking lot at the Clinton Lake Softball Complex.
  • Agree to hire Clisso Co. Inc., for $535,911, to handle install new waterlines in the following areas: Tennessee Street, from 11th to 14th streets; New York Street, from Eighth to 10th streets; Illinois Street, from Eighth to 11th streets; 11th Street, from Mississippi to Maine streets; and at the Malls shopping center, 711 W. 23rd.
  • Agree to sell 15 surplus city vehicles to the highest bidders. Among the sales up for approval: a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria police sedan to Karl Rosen, a Lawrence resident who offered $13,730. The next highest bid for the sedan was $6,256.
  • Agree to buy three rear-loading refuse trucks, for a total of $241,569, from Roy Conley & Co.
  • Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to remove the ``15 percent maximum office use'' restriction from a section of the city's zoning code.
  • Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to amend the city's zoning code to permit time limits on special permits, a category known as ``Use Permitted Upon Review.''
  • Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to rezone 0.48 acre from RS-1 (Single-Family Residence District) to RS-2 (Single-Family Residence District) north and east of the intersection of 19th and Harper streets.
  • Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to establishing a ``Schedule of Traffic Regulations'' to be maintained by the city engineer. The schedule would replace the listing of stop signs, no parking zones and other related items currently in the city code.
  • Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to change the street name of Clinton Parkway Place to Clinton Place.
  • Approve a request to plat property for Hollywood Video, legally described as the south 150 feet of Lot 1, in Westridge No. 4, an addition to the City of Lawrence. Requested by Joe Kutilek, president of Lincoln Video Inc., who owns the property.
  • Approve a site plan for construction of a professional office building to be located in the Oread West Office Park, near 15th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
  • Approve a site plan for an addition to St. John the Evangelist Church, 1229 Vt. The plan calls for a 1,711-square-foot addition to the north side of the church, to provide restrooms, an at-grade entry to the building and an elevator. The existing chapel would be relocated. The plan does not include an upgrades to sidewalks along Vermont and Kentucky streets, although such improvements would be required by city code.
  • Approve a replat for a two-lot residential plat covering 0.35 acre at the southwest corner of North Seventh and North streets in North Lawrence, as requested by JMC Construction Inc., which owns the property.
  • Approve a recommendation from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission to rezone two properties -- 1423 and 1445 Maple Lane -- from RM-1 (multifamily residential district) to RM-D (multifamily residential-duplex district).
  • Receive a request from Sonic Drive-In to create a benefit district to finance installation of sidewalks along the south side of 23rd Street, from Harper Street to Haskell Avenue. Staffers would be instructed to compile a report outlining which property owners in the area would be responsible for paying for the construction.
  • Agree to hire Royal Environmental, for $14,150, to handle demolition and removal of a structure and miscellaneous property 0.6 miles from the corner of 11th Street and Haskell Avenue. The property is adjacent to the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1400 E. Eighth.
  • Agree to pay TranSystems Corp. another $22,521 for handling extra inspections services for this year's installation of new traffic signals and construction of new turn lanes at the intersection of Sixth Street and Monterey Way.
  • Agree to hire TranSystems Corp., for $34,100, to devise and implement a plan to coordinate traffic signals along Sixth Street, from Massachusetts Street to Wakarusa Drive.
  • Consider approving a unanimous recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) to prohibit parking along the west side of Massachusetts Street, between 13th and 15th streets, and to allow parking on the west side of Massachusetts, between South Park Street and 15th.
  • Agree to seek proposals for providing consulting services to the city regarding the anticipated revision of the city's zoning code and subdivision regulations.
  • Authorize staffers to file a document certifying the city's well water rights with the Kansas Division of Water Resources.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider granting a tax abatement and issuing $1.3 million in industrial revenue bonds for Martin-Logan Ltd., which wants to locate operations on five acres at 2100 Del.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider approving a vacation of a portion of Powers Court, which is north of East 19th Street.
  • Consider a approving a recommendation from the TSC to prohibit parking along both sides of 25th Street, between Franklin Road and the eastern city limits, and along both sides of Franklin, between 23rd and 25th streets. The signs would be posted along the north and east sides only until Jan. 1.
  • Consider rejecting a proposal that would prohibit parking along the west side of Tennessee Street, between 16th and 17th streets. The area generally is located in front of Melrose Court, a 24-unit apartment complex now under construction. Also nearby: the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, 1645 Tenn., and the historic Ludington-Thacher House, 1613 Tenn. The city's own planning and public works departments recommended prohibiting parking in the area, given safety concerns regarding traffic once the apartment complex opens. Earlier this month, TSC members voted 4-2 to recommend rejecting the ``no parking'' proposal.
  • Receive an update on planned hangar projects at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Staffers recommend hiring Harris Construction Co., for $438,364, to renovate the city's old cinderblock community hangar, known as the ``white hangar.'' They also recommend hiring Penny Construction Co. to handle construction of a new hangar, either for $428,135 or $445,413, depending on the size of door used. Proposed lease agreements for the hangars would be ready for review and approval Oct. 13.
  • Consider approving an agreement, with the Lawrence school district, that outlines understandings regarding the planned construction of an indoor aquatic center on district property just northwest of Free State High School. The Lawrence school board already has approved the ``memorandum of understanding.''

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