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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Highlights of recommended 2007 budget

July 14, 2006

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Here are several new programs, positions or projects included in interim City Manager David Corliss' recommended budget:

¢ An increase of street maintenance funds from $4 million to about $6 million.

¢ $250,000 for Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center's WRAP program, which puts mental health professionals in area schools.

¢ $250,000 infrastructure incentives fund to assist companies looking to expand or relocate in Lawrence.

¢ $80,000 for two new police sergeants to work as "neighborhood resource officers" with special emphasis on noise complaints and other neighborhood issues.

¢ $70,000 for a new city auditor position to do "performance audits" of city programs.

¢ $70,000 for a new economic development coordinator position to provide analysis and planning advice to city commissioners.

¢ $250,000 for a fire sprinkler incentive program that would allow Massachusetts Street property owners to apply for a city grant to cover 75 percent of the costs to install a sprinkler system.

¢ $1.6 million in improvements to Kasold Drive from Peterson Road to the Kansas Turnpike.

¢ $500,000 to consolidate entrances and improve traffic flow along 23rd Street.

¢ $450,000 to repave Iowa Street from Yale Road to Sixth Street.

¢ $450,000 to reconstruct the intersection of North Second and Locust streets..

¢ $700,000 to add sidewalks on both sides of the road to new bridges over the Kansas Turnpike on North Iowa Street and North Michigan Street.

¢ $250,000 in improvements to Clinton Parkway and Fifth and Alabama streets.

¢ $200,000 for playground equipment, shelter house and other improvements for a new park on Harvard Road, near Langston Hughes School.

¢ $300,000 for planning and partial construction of a new trail along the abandoned railroad line in East Lawrence.

¢ $50,000 to improve a skateboard park in Centennial Park.

¢ $150,000 to upgrade traffic signals at various intersections.

¢ $600,000 to replace a 14-year-old fire engine.

¢ $65,000 to improve runways at Lawrence Municipal Airport.

¢ $250,000 to fill gaps within the city's sidewalk system and build traffic-calming devices previously approved by the City Commission but not yet funded.

¢ $200,000 to cover a portion of the construction costs of George Williams Way in northwest Lawrence.

Comments

Wilbur_Nether 7 years, 8 months ago

Marion, oscarfactor's suggestion is still pretty vague. He ought to describe specifically what street maintenance should be passed over, don't you think? After all, there are two parts to budgeting: how much funding we are willing to support, and what that funding ought to get us. Wouldn't want to order a $1 million cut and to get there by eliminating funding for snow removal, for example.

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conservative 7 years, 8 months ago

Ok, here's the line item's I'd cut:

$250,000 for a fire sprinkler incentive program that would allow Massachusetts Street property owners to apply for a city grant to cover 75 percent of the costs to install a sprinkler system. (BS, make them pay for it themselves, same as every other business in town has to)

$700,000 to add sidewalks on both sides of the road to new bridges over the Kansas Turnpike on North Iowa Street and North Michigan Street. (cut this in half and only do one side of each bridge, leave the other side for the future)

$200,000 for playground equipment, shelter house and other improvements for a new park on Harvard Road, near Langston Hughes School. (200g's for equipment and a shelter? Looks like we're already seeing the impact of Boogs 1/4 park initiative)

$300,000 for planning and partial construction of a new trail along the abandoned railroad line in East Lawrence. (trails are nice, but are luxuries, wait until we can afford it)

$250,000 to fill gaps within the city's sidewalk system and build traffic-calming devices previously approved by the City Commission but not yet funded. (sidewalks are fine, no new traffic calming devices)

Ok, that's how I view these items. Fund improvements to infrastructure, and leave in items that are of benefit to neighborhoods (within reason). Otherwise slash special interest spending (mass street owners), and non essentials (plenty of other trails to ride on in Lawrence)

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gr 7 years, 8 months ago

"¢ $700,000 to add sidewalks on both sides of the road to new bridges over the Kansas Turnpike "

700,000 for sidewalks?!

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, Oscar, I think that we're up to around 16 million saved, what with all the suggestions from readers like you.

Now if only we could get the Kommission to pay attention...................................

Thanks.

Marion.

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Ken Miller 7 years, 9 months ago

Cut the street maintenance funds increase $1 million, from $6 million down to $5 million;

Cut the proposed economic development coordinator position.

There, I just saved the city $1,070,000. You're welcome.

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