Archive for Monday, August 23, 2004

Housing Trust Fund concerns to be addressed

Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at

August 23, 2004


Bottom line

The Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board will ask the Lawrence City Commission for a permanent funding source -- or to be disbanded.


The city launched the trust fund in 2001 to buy, build or renovate housing for people who would otherwise be unable to do so. Advisory board members have been unable to get approval for a permanent source of funding.

Other business


  • Recognition of Delbert and Arlen Richardson for their support of the Lawrence Municipal Airport and the Lawrence aviation community.
  • Receive presentation from the Lawrence-Free State Unity Run.

Consent agenda

  • Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Aug. 10.
  • Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.
  • Approve all claims.
  • Approve drinking establishment licenses for Kansas University Alumni Association, 1266 Oread Ave.; Qdoba Mexican Grill, 947 Mass.; Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H.; Louise's Bar Downtown, 1009 Mass.
  • Approve retail liquor licenses for Wehner Retail Liquor, 945 E. 23rd St.; and Danny's Retail Liquor, 1910 Haskell Ave.
  • Approve sidewalk dining for Thai House Restaurant, 724 Mass.

Bid and purchase items:

  • Authorize the mayor to sign a contract agreement with Rural Water District No. 1 for the purchase of five water meters for a total cost of $21,505.
  • Award bid No. 422 for laundry and dry cleaning for the police department to Scotch Fabric for $42,410.
  • Authorize the sale of surplus vehicles through e-bay.

Adopt the following ordinances on first reading:

  • Ordinance No. 7804 rezoning a tract of land approximately 1.59 acres from general commercial district to intensive industrial district. The property is generally described as being located at the corner of North Second Street and Lyons Street.
  • Ordinance No. 7811, adopting the 2004 Standard Traffic Ordinance.
  • Ordinance No. 7819, amending city cCode provisions governing the prohibition on parking on city streets for more than 48 hours.

Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

  • Ordinance No. 7785, rezoning 3.255 acres from RS-2 single-family residential) district to M-2 (general industrial) district, 601 N. Iowa, formerly known as the Riverside School.
  • Ordinance No. 7813, allowing the sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic liquor during designated times on Sept. 4 at Clinton Lake Outlet Park for the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club's fund-raiser.
  • Ordinance No. 7814, allowing the sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic liquor during designated times on Sept. 11 on the west side of South Park for the Immanuel Lutheran Church Oompahfest.
  • Ordinance No. 7816, adopting the 2005 city budget.
  • Ordinance No. 7817, determining the appropriateness of 2005 budget property tax revenues in an amount that exceeds the revenues budgeted and expended for budget year 2004.
  • Ordinance No. 7795, establishing solid waste service rates.
  • Ordinance No. 7797, establishing acceptable containers for yard waste.
  • Ordinance No. 7809, establishing water and wastewater system development charges.
  • Ordinance No. 7805, increasing court costs.
  • Ordinance No. 7806, establishing maximum special assessments for the improvement of George Williams Way, south of West Sixth Street.
  • Ordinance No. 7807, establishing maximum special assessments for the improvement of Harvard Road, east of improved George Williams Way.
  • Adopt Resolution 6557, setting out the findings of fact and ordering the construction of Lake Pointe Drive in Lake View Addition.

Accept dedication of easements on the following plats:

  • Final plat of Hines Subdivision No. 1, 14th Street between Delaware and Oregon streets.
  • Overland Pointe, south of Overland Drive and east of Queens Road.
  • Final plat for Delaware Commons Addition II, a replat of Lots 1-4, Block 1, Delaware Commons Addition; 1210 Del.
  • Final plat for Raco-Westridge Addition, a replat of a portion of Lot 1, Westridge No. Six Subdivision,; 3600 W. Sixth St.
  • Accept amendment to the Lawrence/Douglas County Bicycle Plan of Transportation 2025.

Adopt findings of fact, approve rezoning requests, and authorize the drafting of an ordinance for placement on future agenda:

  • Agriculture district to single-family residential district; one acre; 704 Folks Road.
  • Agriculture district to office district, 1.3363 acres, southwest corner at West Sixth Street and Folks Road .
  • Approve acceptance of donation of approximately one acre tract from Larkspur Townhomes Homeowners Assn., south of West 27th Street, and authorize staff to prepare necessary deed and related instruments.
  • Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for John and Laurie Marshall, 2131 Carolina.
  • Authorize the city manager to sign a letter of support to participate in an alliance of transit providers interested in the research, development, and possible acquisition of hybrid bus technology.
  • Authorize the mayor to execute the tax abatement performance agreement with Serologicals Corp.
  • City manager's report.

Regular agenda

  • Receive funding request from the Coalition for Homeless Concerns Inc., for emergency funds to continue 24/7 operation of homeless services in Lawrence through December 2004.
  • Consider motion to recess into executive session for 20 minutes to discuss matters that would be privileged under the attorney-client relationship.
  • Receive request from the Housing Trust Fund Board regarding the future of the Housing Trust Fund.
  • Consider findings of fact regarding Wisconsin Apartments site plan located at 1710 W. Seventh St.
  • Consider approving, subject to conditions, a revised site plan for Alek's Auto Sales, located at 601 N. Second Street. Submitted by Landplan Engineering P.A. for Alexander Plotnikov, property owner of record.
  • Consider adopting findings of fact, approving rezoning request, and authorizing the drafting of an ordinance for placement on a future agenda for agriculture district to planned residential district, 2.6638 acres, southwest corner at West Sixth Street and Folks Road.
  • Consider approving, subject to conditions and use restrictions, a revised preliminary development plan for Oakley Court, west side of Folks Road south of West Sixth Street.
  • Receive report from staff regarding the request from Edward Sloan, of Waldeck, Matteuzzi and Sloan P.C., representing owners of 58 properties within the Western Hills neighborhood. Sloan has requested that the City Commission initiate rezoning of these properties and an additional 30 properties from single-family residence district to single-family residence estate district. The owners of the 58 properties have submitted a similar request to be scheduled for the September Planning Commission meeting. If this request is initiated, the owners have requested a refund of the filing fee paid for that submission.

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