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Archive for Monday, October 16, 2006

KU student seeks skateboard option

October 16, 2006

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Bottom line

City commissioners will be asked to deny a request by a Kansas University student who wants the university to loosen its restrictions regarding skateboarding on campus.

Background

The city's Traffic Safety Commission unanimously recommended denial of the request after hearing from leaders in KU's public safety department that allowing skateboarding on campus could increase the risk for injury accidents or property damage.

KU student Casey Millstein had asked for the change so students would have another transportation option.

Other business

Executive session

¢ Consider motion to recess into executive session for one hour to discuss:

1) Matters that would be deemed confidential under the attorney-client privilege with attorneys for the city.

2) Possible real estate acquisition.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve Oct. 3 City Commission meeting minutes.

¢ Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

¢ Approve all claims.

¢ Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.

¢ Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

¢ Bid and purchase items:

a.) Approve purchase of digester gas compressor separator equipment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant, from Gardner Denver Nash LLC for $38,534.88.

b.) Approve purchase of two compact pickups for the Utilities Department from Shawnee Mission Ford for $21,664 each, or $43,328 total.

¢ Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8044, annexing approximately 9 acres for Pump Station No. 48 site, south of the Kansas Turnpike.

¢ Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 7999, rezoning of 12.329 acres from I-1 (Limited Industrial) District and A (Agricultural) District to RM24 (Multi-Dwelling Residential) District.

b.) No. 8039, for a text amendment adding revisions to the Development Code concerning planned development conditions and related items.

c.) Ordinance No. 8040, for a text amendment adding revisions to Chapter 20 of the Development Code to make minor corrections and clarifications.

d.) Ordinance No. 8042, condemning certain property interested for the Pump Station No. 48 sanitary sewer project.

e.) Ordinance No. 8043, establishing a Pump Station No. 48 sanitary sewer connection fee, as amended Oct. 10 by the City Commission.

¢ Adopt the following resolutions:

a.) Resolution No. 6687, setting a public hearing date of Dec. 5 for the unsafe garage structure at 1144 R.I. The purpose of the hearing will be to discuss the garage's condition and consider ordering it to be repaired or removed within a specified time.

b.) Resolution No. 6688, providing for the debt financing of approved Parks and Recreation projects. Clinton Park project recently was approved; other projects are in the planning and development stage and will be presented later to the commission.

¢ Approve unanimous recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission for:

a.) Deny request to revise the city ordinance concerning skateboarding on the Kansas University campus.

b.) Establish "No Left Turn 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday" on Iowa Street at Orchard Lane, Oxford Road, Stratford Road and University Drive on a 90-day trial basis.

¢ Approve, subject to conditions and use restrictions, a Preliminary Development Plan for Pine Ridge Plaza Addition. The plan proposes the construction of 7373 square feet of commercial space near 33rd and Iowa streets.

¢ Approve and authorize drafting of an ordinance for text amendment to Chapter 20 of the Development Code to correct inconsistencies since adopted.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

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

a.) Construction of a westbound left-turn lane and an eastbound deceleration lane on Kansas Highway 10 at O'Connell Road.

¢ Consider the following items related to 917 Del.:

a.) Conduct public hearing to appeal the Historic Resources Commission's denial of reuse of the property to be used as a residence/restaurant.

b.) Consider a request to rezone 0.134 acres from RS-2 (Single-Family Residence) to CN-1 (Inner Neighborhood Commercial). The property is at 917 Del.

¢ Receive status report concerning the proposed redevelopment of the 800 block of Pennsylvania Street.

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

Seems to me KU should allow skate board people at least one transportation option instead of none.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 2 months ago

Skateboarding as transportation? Isn't that more work than walking?

Anyways, yet another misleading title of article. Alternate title for article: City Business.

Jillster 8 years, 2 months ago

I hope they DO NOT ease skateboarding restrictions on the KU campus. Irresponsible skaters have done permanent damage to campus landmarks, like the stone base of the statue of James Woods Green. Basically anything with an edge that skaters can board slide on shows signs of abuse. It's shameful.

I see these bumperstickers that read "Skating is not a crime." Skating, no -- vandalism, yes! And anytime anyone causes damage like that, it's vandalism, whether it's done with the intent to vandalize, or in the pursuit of thrills while doing stunts using this so-called method of transportation.

Until ALL skaters can respect public property, I hope that the skateboard ban on campus stays in place. It's the only way to prevent even more damage that either can't be repaired, or has to be repaired using my tax dollars.

biz 8 years, 2 months ago

I got a skateboarding ticket from the KUPD for skating on the sidewalk in front of Delta Chi. Delta Chi ins't even on campus. The ordinance allows police to ticket anyone riding within 1,000 feet of Jayhawk Blvd. That is ridiculous that police can ticket me for skating in my own neighborhood on a sidewalk.

shockchalk 8 years, 2 months ago

I absolutely agree with Jillster. Vandalism is a crime and many skateboarders don't seem to care about University property. We already have plenty of bicyclist who ignore the stop signs, ped. crossings, etc. We don't need to add skateboarders to the list.

Calliope877 8 years, 2 months ago

When I worked in Wescoe there were skateboarders jumping up and down on the benches along the "beach" and on some of the terraces. It was really annoying. Many of the skateboarders I'd seen while working on campus were not using their skateboards for transportation.

Wilbur_Nether 8 years, 2 months ago

biz, KUPD have jurisdiction where you were.

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