Archive for Monday, April 3, 2006

Highberger to end mayoral term

April 3, 2006


Bottom line

Mayor Boog Highberger will deliver the annual State of the City address before Tuesday evening's City Commission meeting.


Tuesday marks the end of Highberger's one-year term as mayor. During the meeting, commissioners will select a new mayor to serve one year. Commissioner Mike Amyx, as the top vote-winner in last year's election, is expected to be selected. Highberger will continue to serve as a commissioner. He would be up for re-election in April 2007.

Other Business

Executive session

Commissioners will have a closed-door executive session at 5:45 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.

State of the City

Mayor Boog Highberger will deliver the State of the City address at 6:35 p.m.


¢ proclaim April 2-8 as the Week of the Young Child.

¢ proclaim April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.

¢ proclaim April as Fair Housing Month.

Consent agenda

¢ receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

¢ confirm March 29 study session directions.

¢ approve all claims.

¢ approve drinking establishment licenses for Chipotle, 911 Mass., and Vermont Street BBQ, 728 Mass., and Class A Club for Columbus Club, 2206 E. 23rd St.

¢ bid and purchase items:

a.) set bid opening date of April 25 for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program at 1514 Wedgewood Drive and 1619 E. 18th St.

b.) set bid date of April 18 for 2006 Overlay Program, Phase III.

¢ adopt on second and final reading:

a.) an ordinance rezoning 2.19 acres of property at 1515 W. Seventh St. from RM-3 multifamily to RM-1 multifamily.

b.) an ordinance rezoning 1.22 acres from RM-1 to RS-2 Single Family. The property is at 446 Fla., 1500 W. Fifth St. and 1508 W. Fifth St.

c.) an ordinance adopting the Development Code.

d.) an ordinance adopting the Zoning Map related to the development code.

e.) an ordinance establishing no parking along the south side of Century Drive between Crestline Drive and Madeline Lane, and establishing no parking along the east side of the 600 block of Connecticut Street.

f.) an ordinance annexing 119.9 acres of land south of Kansas Highway 10 between Franklin Road and O'Connell Road.

¢ approve the following subject to conditions:

a.) a site plan for Polk Spec Building, a 3,600-square-foot contractor office/shop at 1200 E. 11th St.

b.) a site plan for Family Services Center Maintenance Storage at 1739 E. 23rd St.

c.) a temporary use permit for use of a searchlight at Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway, for promotional purposes on April 21 and 22.

¢ approve purchase contract with Mary's Lake Properties, LLC, for the city sale of approximately 0.45 acre and the city purchase of approximately 5.86 acres generally located west of Mary's Lake in the net amount of $268,000.

¢ authorize city manager to enter into a contract with Matrix Consulting Group for $85,000 for services to review the city's development review process.

¢ authorize the city manager to enter into a contract with Management Partners Inc. for an amount not to exceed $125,750 for consulting services and expenses to complete the development of a performance management system.

¢ authorize the city manager to enter into a service contract with Commission of Fire Accreditation International in an amount not to exceed $6,083 for design, development and facilitation of a department strategic planning process.

¢ receive request from Clark Coan for the establishment of a recreational trail between Lawrence and Topeka. Refer issue to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Bicycle Advisory Board for review.

¢ approve as signs of community interest a request from the Lawrence Region Antique Automobile Club of America to place directional signs in various rights of way May 5-7 during the Lawrence Swap Meet.

¢ authorize mayor to execute employment agreement with David Corliss, interim city manager.

¢ receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ receive comments from Mayor Boog Highberger.

¢ conduct election of new mayor.

¢ conduct election of vice mayor.

¢ receive comments of mayor and city commissioners.

¢ recess for approximately 20 minutes for reception.

¢ conduct public hearing on the following proposed special assessment benefit districts:

a.) public infrastructure for Delaware Street Commons housing project.

b.) improvements to Stoneridge Drive, south of West Sixth Street.

c.) improvements to Stoneridge Drive, north of West Sixth Street.

¢ consider rejecting bids to reconstruct Kasold Drive from West 22nd Street to Bob Billings Parkway. Make changes to design and set new bid date of April 25.

Agenda highlights ¢ 5:45 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at


b_asinbeer 12 years ago

Dada? I'm not up to date on nicknames, nor do I care for them. If you mean highberger, say so.



geekin_topekan 12 years ago

No I believe that dadaoism is the official culture of Lawrence for all eternity.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

I wonder if all the knee-jerkers around here are you going to spend the whole next year making barber jokes.

Rhoen 12 years ago

It's fortunate that Mike Amyx is next in line, given the down-the-rabbit-hole experience that has been "Boog" Highberger's tenure in office.

It's unfortunate that Amyx's common sense and stability will probably go unappreciated in sociopolitical culture that elected a person named "Booger" to govern in the first place.

SpeedRacer 12 years ago

Mike has one year to prove himself and show the amazing trio for what they are. Get the clippers out and trim the fat and taxes.

Rhoen 12 years ago

... stoned people who can't see past their egos to their navels

... little stoned people who eschew the high road to go with the flow

... stoned stone-throwers in glass houses tired houses

... long time passing

Rhoen 12 years ago

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Rhoen 12 years ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago


For Rhoen and others on this board, petty name-calling is as advanced a contribution as they will be able to make to the "discussions" here. But that's precisely what makes them jerks.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

I guess since some of my posts were removed, I must have had something to do with the removals, but Rhoen's remaining posts are easily as petty as the ones removed. Go figure. Billyflay defines pettiness.

Rhoen 12 years ago

Mine were simply responsive and instructive.

Rhoen 12 years ago

To the "site staff":

None the removed posts were in any way obscene, slanderous, or within the bounds of normal censorship. Removal of the posts verges on the bizarre ...

Rhoen 12 years ago

... Bozo just didn't like my poem ...

I'm glad to see that the site police are simply censors, and not critics, and left the poem standing ...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

Some kids can only be loved by their parents, and some poems only appreciated by their authors.

pelliott 12 years ago

I appreciate honest factual analysis of politics and politicians, it helps the community and I believe it helps the politicians to hear from the public. Mindless name calling, personal attacks, recurrent themes of physical and ethnic remarks are disgusting and say nothing about the politics, or the character of the politician. It does say a lot about the commenter. No bar too low. I like art, many types, I understand that public art can be a point of contention. I disliked the Jayhawks and I like the Dada conceptualization. In my case I found many of my friends loved those hawks and they brought a lot of fun to neighbor, visitor and especially kids. I realized I was a bit of a mudgen and was glad that the expression of art in this city was broad enough to include them.

bankboy119 12 years ago

I really just can't wait until we can vote Boog completely out.

...except since I'm in KC now I can't vote him out. Hopefully everybody left in Lawrence does.

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