Archive for Monday, May 21, 2007

Traffic project funding to be considered

May 21, 2007

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Bottom line

City commissioners will ask staff members for direction on whether future traffic-calming projects - such as neighborhood traffic circles and speed humps - should be funded in the immediate future.

Background

The previous City Commission had indicated that it did not want to add more traffic-calming projects to its list of future projects. But neighborhoods have continued to request the projects, and the Traffic Safety Commission has continued to recommend them for approval. The Traffic Safety Commission has recommended five projects for City Commission approval recently: traffic-calming devices on 27th Terrace between Louisiana and Missouri streets, on Maine Street from Seventh to Ninth streets and on 18th Street from New Hampshire Street to Barker Avenue; a mid-block pedestrian crossing on 31st Street near Harrison Avenue; and pedestrian safety improvements at 11th and New Hampshire streets.

Other business

Study session

City commissioners will hold a study session with county commissioners at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The regular meeting will start at 6:35 p.m.

Recognition

¢ Recognition of Lawrence Arts Commission 2007 grant award recipients.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from May 8.

¢ Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

¢ Approve all claims.

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

¢ Bid and purchase items:

a.) Award bids for the comprehensive rehabilitation program for 629 Mo. to T&J; Holdings for $20,950 and for 320 Crestline Drive to Old Home Store for $17,605.

b.) Authorize the city manager to execute a contract with Duke's Root Control Inc. for $98,313.87 to complete the 2007 Chemical Root Control Program.

¢ Adopt the following ordinances on first reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 7912, (Z-03-19-05), an ordinance providing for the rezoning of Stoneridge East Subdivision, 4.883 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) District to RS7 (Single-Dwelling Residential) District. The property is located south of Sixth Street and east of Stoneridge Drive (extended).

b.) Ordinance No. 8110, (Z-03-20-05 & Z-03-21-05), an ordinance providing for the rezoning of Stoneridge East Subdivision, 11.4 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) District to PRD (Planned Residential Development) District. The property is located south of Sixth Street and east of Stoneridge Drive (extended).

c.) Ordinance No. 8109, regarding the towing and impoundment of vehicles by the Lawrence Police Department.

d.) Ordinance No. 8111, regarding the unlawful hosting of minors consuming alcohol or cereal malt beverage. This ordinance is necessary to comply with a state law change.

¢ Adopt on second and final reading Ordinance 8105, authorizing a Special Use Permit for a Nextel Cellular Telecommunications Tower for certain property located at 2101 Wakarusa Drive.

¢ Approve amendments to Chapter 20, Development Code for TA-01-01-07 and direct staff to draft ordinance.

¢ Approve the following unanimous recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission:

a.) Establish no parking along the south side of Jordan Lane and adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8112, establishing the no parking along the south side of Jordan Lane.

b.) Establish no parking school days along the west side of Oak Tree Drive adjacent to the school crossing at Vantuyl Drive, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday; adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8112, establishing the no parking school days along the west side of Oak Tree Drive, adjacent to the school crossing at Vantuyl Drive.

¢ Authorize the city manager to sign an amendment to Administrative Policy No. 101, regarding the Lawrence Wastewater Management System Policy.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ Conduct a public hearing on levying maximum assessments for Williamsburg Court and Williamsburg Place.

¢ Conduct public hearing on the issuance of health care facilities refunding and improvement revenue bonds by the city of Wichita.

¢ Consider approving the following unanimous recommendations for traffic-calming devices and pedestrian safety improvements from the Traffic Safety Commission. Consider directing staff concerning current city practices regarding the funding of these improvements:

a.) To construct traffic-calming devices on 27th Terrace between Louisiana and Missouri streets.

b.) To construct traffic-calming devices on Maine Street between Seventh and Ninth streets.

c.) To construct traffic-calming devices on 18th Street between New Hampshire Street and Barker Avenue.

d.) Construct a mid-block pedestrian crossing on 31st Street near Harrison Avenue.

e.) Improve safety for pedestrians crossing 11th Street at New Hampshire Street.

¢ Receive draft Domestic Registry Ordinance.

¢ Receive staff briefing on 2007 budget issues.

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

They did not hesitate last week to approve new such devices for west Lawrence on George Williams Way?

Perhaps narrower streets as suggested by Placemakers could be considered and they would cost less money. Residents could also consider purchasing old cars from the salvage yard and leave them parked in the streets.

cowboy 8 years, 1 month ago

Merrill , are u still on the traffic commission ?

You crusade to turn the streets of lawrence into a hodge podge of bumps and deteriorating streets is comical but truly sad.

mssking1 8 years, 1 month ago

makes much more sense to cut money from service agencies like boys & girls club and bert nash which help kids stay out of trouble and in school and install new "trafic calming devices" on maine st.....NOT...hand out more speeding tickets, raise the fines on those tickets and folks may slow down a bit and the useless trafic calming devices may not be necessary

Confrontation 8 years, 1 month ago

Why don't we make residents aware of the dangers of hanging out in the street? Why don't we post signs around town to warn parents to not let their kids play in the streets? Why not add some sort of glow-in-the-dark chemical to our water? Then we'd have no problem seeing people at night. Why not make the streets wobbly, and then drivers would have to slow down since they can't drive in a straight line? Why not recruit senior volunteers to stand in the middle of the streets and hold "Slow Down" signs? Why not create a citizens' traffic patrol where we arm country hicks with radar guns and let them target people playing loud non-country music?

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