Commissioners OK water line upgrades
Lawrence city commissioners approved a contract Tuesday to begin construction on the second phase of a water line improvement project.
New lines will be installed in the following locations:
Indiana Street between 16th and 17th streets.
Indiana Street between 18th and 19th streets.
Elm Street between North Second and North Fifth streets.
West 14th Street, between Tennessee Street and Oread Avenue.
BRB Contractors will do the construction under a $389,726 contract with the city.
City approves purchase of life-saving equipment
Emergency officials say the Lawrence City Commission may help save a few lives with its action Tuesday night.
Commissioners approved the purchase of 39 defibrillators machines that deliver an electric charge to restart a heart at a total cost of $73,905. Astaris Corp., a chemical plant in Lawrence, will purchase three of those from the city.
"They can literally bring a person from death to life when the heart has stopped beating," Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Chief Jim McSwain said in a memorandum.
McSwain said the machines will be placed in police patrol units, Fire & Medical vehicles and at public buildings around the city.
Art of swimmers, whales to grace aquatic center
City commissioners approved two works of art Tuesday for the Indoor Aquatic Center, under construction at 4706 Overland Drive.
One piece is a series of three sculptures depicting swimmers in motion, by Lawrence artist Mark LaMair. The cost is $35,000. It will be placed at the entrance of the center.
The second piece, a glass mural depicting two whales and underwater plant life, will be created by Lawrence artist Joe Skeeba, also at a cost of $35,000.
The aquatic center is scheduled for completion in spring 2001.
Donation of land helps to create green space
City commissioners accepted a donation of land Tuesday that will help create one of the largest green spaces in Lawrence.
John McGrew of McGrew Real Estate has donated 40 acres of land in south Lawrence, adjoining Green Meadows Park and a development of new homes he is building.
The land will be used as an outdoor nature classroom for Lawrence students.