Archive for Monday, July 4, 2005

Ordinances relating to homeless to be considered

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

July 4, 2005


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider giving approval to four ordinances that would regulate panhandling, camping and the use of the city's right-of-way. The ordinances have come about after several downtown merchants have complained about activities related to the homeless.


One ordinance would make it illegal to "aggressively panhandle." The camping ordinance would make it illegal to camp on city-owned property or on private property without the express permission of the owner. A related ordinance would specifically make it illegal to camp on the rooftop of a building. The sidewalk ordinance would make it illegal to sit or lie on the sidewalk in a manner that obstructed someone's travel.

Other business

Consent agenda

¢ approve City Commission meeting minutes from June 21 meeting.

¢ receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

¢ approve all claims.

¢ approve drinking establishment licenses for: Sandbar, 17 E. Eighth St.; La Parrilla, 814 Mass.; Zen Zero, 811 Mass.

¢ approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

¢ bid and purchase items:

a.) authorize city manager to execute an engineering contract agreement with Black & Veatch in the amount of $71,600 to complete preliminary design report for Phase II of Clinton Water Treatment plant expansion.

b.) award 2005 CIPP project to Utility Maintenance Contractors for $372,503.84.

c.) set bid date of July 26 for the water-line relocation at Kasold Bridge and the Kansas Turnpike.

d.) award comprehensive housing rehabilitation bid for 1526 W. 22nd St. to Old Home Store Inc. for $20,951.

¢ adopt on first reading:

a.) an ordinance exempting from ad valorem taxation 55 percent of the appraised valuation of certain building expansion improvements and new machinery at Prosoco Inc., 3741 Greenway Circle. The exemption is for a 10-year period.

b.) an ordinance exempting from ad valorem taxation 80 percent of the appraised valuation of new construction and machinery at Serologicals Corp., 3780 Greenway Circle. The exemption is for a 10-year period.

c.) an ordinance designating as a landmark on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places the Zinn-Burroughs house at 1927 Learnard Ave.

d.) an ordinance amending the city's animal control laws concerning cruelty to animals.

e.) an ordinance relating to the hunting and trapping of animals in parks, recreation or open space areas owned by the city.

¢ adopt on second and final reading:

a.) ordinance annexing 13.366 acres generally located north of Clinton Parkway and east of Kansas Highway 10.

b.) ordinance establishing no parking along the east side of Eldridge Street between Seele Way and Trail Road.

c.) ordinance establishing a stop sign on Field Stone Drive at Grand Vista Drive.

d.) an ordinance allowing possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Free State Brewing Co. sidewalk dining area.

¢ adopt a resolution declaring 1220 Pa. environmentally blighted and ordering the property owner to remove the violation within 20 days.

¢ approve site plans for:

a.) improvements to the Southern Hills Shopping Center parking lot at 1601 W. 23rd St.

b.) a two-story office building at 4101 W. Sixth St.

¢ accept dedication of easements and rights-of-way for:

a.) Bella Sera at the Preserve, a one-lot residential subdivision that contains 8.239 acres at 4500 W. Bob Billings Parkway.

b. Lake Estates at Alvamar, a 35-lot single-family residential subdivision that contains 12.584 acres at the northeast corner of 22nd Terrace and Lake Pointe Drive.

¢ authorize city manager to sign an agreement with the contractor licensing review board of Johnson County to allow city of Lawrence licensed contractors to participate in Johnson County continuing education courses.

¢ authorize mayor to sign release of mortgage for Jay Castor and Malhalley Allen, 730 Maine.

¢ authorize mayor to sign subordination agreements for Donna Logan at 1603 Wedgewood Drive and Sandra Reed at 1410 W. 22nd St.

Regular agenda

¢ consider accepting dedication of easements and rights-of-way for Auto Exchange Auto Dealership at 3301 Iowa.

¢ consider adopting on first reading public civility ordinances establishing public offense of aggressive panhandling, amending certain provisions of city code regarding use of city's right-of-way, establishing public offense of illegal camping, and amending the definition of criminal trespass to include the unauthorized presence of a person on the roof of a building.


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