Archive for Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Local Briefs

November 6, 2001


Maintenance: Snow plows to be tested

Residents should expect to see snow plows on the streets of Lawrence this morning, although the forecast isn't calling for snow.

Crews from the city's Street Maintenance Division will be practicing the city's snow removal plan by inspecting equipment, locating the required gear and driving snow plows along their assigned routes.

The practice will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Street Maintenance facility at 11th Street and Haskell Avenue. The department conducts the drill each year on the first Tuesday in November.


Trafficway: SLT engineer to give speech

An engineer designing route options for the unfinished leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway will be the featured speaker at a public meeting Wednesday.

Terry Flanagan of Kansas City-based HNTB will discuss design options for the trafficway at the Lawrence River City Lions Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant, 1711 W. 23rd St. The public is invited to attend.

HNTB is the engineering firm hired by the Kansas Department of Transportation to design a route to complete the eastern third of the bypass project. The firm is currently designing routes for a 32nd Street trafficway that would run through the northern portion of the Baker Wetlands and a 42nd Street route that would be located south of the Wakarusa River.


Housing: Forum to address city issues

Lawrence city commissioners will meet with Kansas University students Wednesday.

The forum, sponsored by the Student Legislative Awareness Board, is aimed at increasing student awareness of issues affecting both the campus and city. It will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union.

Issues to be discussed include enforcement of the new multiple-family housing ordinance, the South Lawrence Trafficway and KU encroachment into surrounding neighborhoods.

State: Ag committee announces 'rare' urban field hearing

The legislature's Special Committee on Agriculture will conduct a rare urban field hearing Nov. 15 in Overland Park.

It is the last of four field hearings the committee has conducted this fall at locations to hear input about marketing issues, agribusiness concentration and environmental concerns. Other hearings were in Pittsburg, Garden City and Hays.

The Overland Park hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. The principal focus will be marketing issues, consumer preferences and structural economic issues.

Anyone wishing to testify should contact Raney Gilliland at the legislative research department in Topeka at (785) 296-3181. Meetings are open to the public.


Health: More flu shot clinics planned

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will administer flu shots to individuals at high-risk for flu complications. People 65 and older, younger people with chronic health conditions and health-care workers who provide care to high-risk people should receive flu shots.

Flu shots for high-risk individuals will be available at the following times and locations:

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today, Lecompton Community Building, 333 Elmore St.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.

10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Dept., 200 Maine.

Beginning Nov. 13, the Health Department will begin offering flu shots to healthy people of all ages as well.

The charge for a flu shot is $12; however, no one will be denied service.

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