Archive for Monday, September 5, 2005

Blasting regulations to be considered

Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets

September 5, 2005

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Bottom line

City commissioners will consider a new set of regulations to cover blasting activities related to new construction - such as removing rock for roads and sewer lines - in the city.

Background

The new regulations will require blasters to provide more notice to nearby property owners, hold more informational meetings about proposed blasting and bring in an outside expert to review any blasting plans. The issue came up after residents complained about some blasting activity in the Fox Chase South Development in western Lawrence. Some members of the construction industry have said the new regulations will add unnecessary costs to future projects.

Other business

Recognition/proclamations

¢ presentation of student delegation from sister city Eutin, Germany.

¢ proclaim week of Sept. 4-10 as Suicide Prevention Week.

¢ proclaim week of Sept. 5-11 as Lawrence Literacy Week.

¢ proclaim period of Sept. 7 through Oct. 8 as Lawrence Indian Arts Show Days in Lawrence.

Consent agenda

¢ approve city commission meeting minutes

¢ receive minutes from various boards and commissions

¢ approve all claims.

¢ approve drinking establishment licenses for Slow Ride Roadhouse, 1350 N. Third St.; Johnny's Tavern, 401 N. Second St.; Eight One Five, 815 N.H.; Harbour Lights, 1031 Mass.; Qdoba Mexican Grill, 947 Mass.; Holiday Inn, 200 McDonald Drive; and Louise's Bar Downtown, 1009 Mass.; retail liquor license for Mass Beverage, 3131 Nieder Road; and cereal malt beverage on premise license for Pizza Shoppe, 1520 Wakarusa Drive.

¢ bid and purchase items:

a.) award bid for Siemens Hipath 3800 telephone system for Fire Station No. 5 to Kansas Communications for $30,819.

b.) authorize city manager to execute agreement with ETC Institute to assist city staff with 2005 Employee Satisfaction Survey for $21,300.

c.) approve the highest bid offer to sell various scrap and surplus items for the Utilities Department.

¢ adopt the following on second and final reading:

a.) an ordinance rezoning 1.3363 acres from A Agriculture to O-1 Office at southwest corner of West Sixth Street and Folks Road.

b.) an ordinance concerning traffic rules for traffic-calming devices.

c.) an ordinance concerning installation and maintenance fee for landscaping at traffic-calming devices.

¢ accept dedication of easements and rights-of way as part of final plat of Fox Chase South No. 3, a 98-lot residential subdivision in western Lawrence.

¢ approve temporary use permitted upon review for late night promotions at McDonald's at 901 W. 23rd St. and 3241 Iowa involving a search light.

¢ receive staff report concerning possible projects to submit for Kansas Department of Transportation transportation enhancement grants.

¢ authorize mayor to sign release of mortgage for Loman Lathrom, 524 N. Seventh St.

¢ approve alteration of plat and authorize issuance of building permits for Monterey No. 8 subdivision.

Regular agenda

¢ consider accepting final plat for Sherylville Estates, 19 lot residential subdivision located between 1600 and 1800 Riverridge Road.

¢ receive presentation from Kansas Drug Policy Forum regarding possible changes to prosecution procedures for marijuana possession.

¢ receive recommendation regarding hiring of a library programming consultant.

¢ consider approving agreement with Black and Veatch in amount of $517,500 to examine possible sites for a new sewer treatment plant.

¢ receive proposed ordinance regarding blasting regulations.

¢ receive letter from general counsel of Kansas Department of Transportation concerning possible changes to city ordinances related to setback requirements.

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