City, WorldNet LLC to begin negotiations
City commissioners approved beginning negotiations to allow WorldNet LLC to offer telecommunications service for Lawrence-area business and residential customers by year's end.
WorldNet is owned primarily by The World Company, which publishes the Journal-World.
The company wouldn't use traditional phone lines. Instead, WorldNet customers would make phone calls over the same system Sunflower Cablevision also a World Company division uses to provide cable and Internet service to Lawrence customers.
Commissioners must approve a final franchise agreement with the company before the service is offered. Company officials said they expect to begin service in the fall.
Dog park wins commission's OK
Lawrence dog owners will get to let their dogs run free at a new off-leash park.
City commissioners Tuesday approved creating the park on more than 30 acres of city-leased property north of the Clinton Lake spillway. Fred DeVictor, city parks and recreation director, said the project would cost $13,030 for rest rooms, signs and a parking lot.
There will be rules.
Dogs must be vaccinated and spayed or neutered to use the park, and their owners must clean any mess the dogs make.
DeVictor said he envisioned the park opening sometime this summer.
$1.47 million bid accepted for firehouse
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical will have a new station at 2128 Harper St.
City commissioners on Tuesday approved a $1.47 million bid from Champion Builders of Topeka. The company is also under contract to build an addition to the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.
Fire Chief Jim McSwain has said the new station is needed to ensure Fire & Medical personnel can quickly reach emergency scenes in the city including new neighborhoods in southeast Lawrence.
Farmers Market asks to relocate
The Lawrence Farmers Market again is asking to move to the city parking lot in the 800 block of New Hampshire.
In April, market vendors asked the Lawrence City Commission to allow the move, and to renovate the parking lot with twin carports at a cost of $284,000.
Commissioners backed off the idea then, but the vendors Tuesday renewed pressing their case.
Barbara Clark, a vendor at the market, said the parking lot has more room than the market's current home in the 1000 block of Vermont. She said other vendors are willing to change the market's hours to alleviate downtown parking hassles.
City commissioners said they wanted input from the city's parking advisory board and Downtown Lawrence Inc. before making a decision about the proposed relocation project.