Archive for Tuesday, January 8, 2008

City Commission agenda: Final Wal-Mart approval possible

January 8, 2008


Lawrence may get one step closer to second Wal-Mart

At their weekly meeting tomorrow night, City Commissioners are scheduled to consider final plans for the development on the NW corner of 6th Street and Wakarusa Drive. Enlarge video

Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. today ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at

Final Wal-Mart approval possible

Bottom line

City commissioners will consider giving the final approval needed for a new Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Commissioners are being asked to approve a final plat for the approximately 100,000-square-foot store.


The store was the subject of a lawsuit between the city and developers seeking to build the Wal-Mart. The previous City Commission had rejected plans for the store, but following a change in commissioners after the April elections, the plans were approved and the lawsuit was dropped. The final plat is largely a technical document showing items such as easements, driveway locations and other design features. The planning commission has unanimously recommended approval of the plat. Once the plat is approved, Wal-Mart will be able to seek a building permit to begin construction of the store.

Other business

Executive session, 5:30 p.m.

¢ Consider motion to recess into executive session for approximately 45 minutes to discuss nonelected personnel matters. The justification is to maintain confidentiality of personnel matters. The regular meeting will resume in the City Commission Room at approximately 6:35 p.m.


¢ Proclaim Jan. 15-22 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. week.

¢ Presentation from Sister Cities Advisory Board and Friends of Hiratsuka of student delegation trip to Hiratsuka, Japan.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Dec. 18 and Dec. 27.

¢ 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.) Award bid for the cleaning and maintenance of transit shelters to Jani-King, for $6,840.

b.) Set bid date of Feb. 12 for City Bid No. B08002, Project No. 21-BS1-607(C), Ohio Street, Sixth Street to Eighth Street, brick street reconstruction.

c.) Set bid date of Feb. 5 for City Bid No. B08001, Project No. 45-GI5-905(BD), K-10 and O'Connell Road, eastbound right-turn lane, geometric and waterline improvements (Section 1), and Project No. 35-GI1-704(BD), K-10 and O'Connell Road, westbound left-turn lane, state highway improvements (Section 2).

¢ Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8222, adopting swimming pool regulations as approved by the City Commission on Dec. 18.

¢ Adopt on second and final reading Ordinance No. 8212, adopting the code of the city of Lawrence, Jan. 1, 2008 edition as authorized by Ordinance No. 8211.

¢ Approve a request to rezone a tract of land approximately 9.656 acres for Pump Station 48, from A (agriculture) to GPI (general public and institutional). The property is located at 851 N. Folks Road. Initiated by planning commission on Aug. 29, 2007.

¢ Approve a request to rezone a tract of land approximately 50 acres, from RS7 (single-dwelling residential) to GPI (general public & institutional). The property is the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at 1910, 2110, 2120 Harper St. Submitted by Douglas County, property owners of record.

¢ Approve variance request from Landplan Engineering, acting on behalf of Kansas University, from Section 19-214 of the city code regarding a fire line and water main connection for the proposed KU boathouse located in Burcham Park.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ Conduct public hearing to consider the vacation of all 8-foot utility easements running along the side and rear lines of Lots 1, 2, 15, 16, and 17 in Block 4, West Hills Addition, except the south and east lines of Lot 15, the south line of Lot 2, and the south 4 feet of the east 4 feet of Lot 16, as requested by Robert Lewis, Jerry Nossaman and Scott Watson.

¢ Consider approval of dedication of easements and rights-of-way for a final plat for Wakarusa Place Addition No. 2, located at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, north side of U.S. Highway 40. Submitted by BFA Inc. for 6Wak Land Investments LLC and Village Meadows LLC, property owner of record.

¢ Consider adopting Resolution No. 6750, ordering a public hearing Feb. 5, on the advisability of the construction of improvements at the intersection of Congressional Drive and Sixth Street, including property acquisition, subgrade stabilization, traffic signals and traffic-calming devices south of Sixth Street along Congressional Drive to the southernmost point of Tracts 9 and 10.

¢ Consider the following items related to the Southeast Area Plan:

a.) Consider approval of the Southeast Area Plan.

b.) Consider approving CPA-2007-04 an amendment to Horizon 2020, Chapter 14 Specific Plans, to add a reference to the Southeast Area Plan.

c.) Consider adopting on first reading joint City Ordinance No. 8221/County Resolution No. ____, regarding the Southeast Area Plan and CPA-2007-04.

¢ Consider adopting Resolution No. 6749, establishing Feb. 12 as the date for a public hearing regarding the establishment of a redevelopment district for the 12th & Oread project.

¢ Consider authorizing staff to advertise a request for proposals for design and construction phase engineering services for the Kaw Water Treatment Plant Disinfection Conversion from chlorine gas to sodium hypochlorite liquid.

¢ Consider approval of free parking on the top level of the New Hampshire Street parking garage.


SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 4 months ago

This is great news! I'm looking forward to two Wal Mart options.

MattressMan 10 years, 4 months ago

9:00 and only 4 comments on a 2nd WalMart, maybe the world won't end afterall.

alm77 10 years, 4 months ago

Ah, I give up. I still won't shop there and we'll have moved closer to downtown by the time they actually get it up and running anyway....

Lindsey Buscher 10 years, 4 months ago

Dillons will unfortunately be out of business within one year of the Walmart's opening date. Let's just hope it doesn't close down the HyVee a little way down as well.

Why doesn't North Lawrence have a grocery store? The walmart should go in the old tanger mall outlet, it's right on the highway and would get plenty of business.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 4 months ago

Oh Goody!!!!!

Cheap sh*t on every corner, a chicken in every pot...I can barely wait to drive to the new Wal Mart and buy the low quality crap they peddle to suckers.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 4 months ago


If I were dumb, you would ignore me. But you know I'm smart(er than you), and that scares you. That's why you must resort to name calling.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 4 months ago

Bowhunter99 (Anonymous) says: and W-H-Y are we having a MLK week?

Gay Pride Day. Hispanic, Asian and Black chambers of commerce (white folk welcome, btw). Black history MONTH.

We got rid of individual presidents' day to consolidate them into one day. It's more political correct to have a memorial day than a Veteran's Day.

Need I go on?

blackwalnut 10 years, 4 months ago

I will never set foot in there. Now I have two places to avoid like the plague.

coolmarv 10 years, 4 months ago

Wal-Mart is reportedly backing the SLT , 32nd street allignment in hopes of getting more buisness from the K10 corridor. It will be quicker for people from the east to shop at either Wal-Mart.

I wish people would quit saying "why don't they put a Wal-mart at the Tanger mall in N. Larryville". If it was a good idea they would, but it's not and they aren't. Give it up.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 4 months ago

Tanger Mall. Lawrence's own Business Bermuda Triangle. Business go in and then you never see them again.

I've heard even the Driver's License Bureau is in trouble.

LogicMan 10 years, 4 months ago

"Why doesn't North Lawrence have a grocery store? The walmart should go in the old tanger mall outlet, it's right on the highway and would get plenty of business."

Seems like a great place for Lawrence's third Wal-Mart, if the site is big enough. Hopefully the behind-the-scenes planners are already working on it ...

If not, it might be a good place for an Ikea.

HootyWho 10 years, 4 months ago

The city commision was going to let Walmart build in the first place,,,i think it sucks that they spent all that money on a lawsuit that they weren't going to fight, I shop at Walmart ONLY when i can't find what i'm looking for any place else. Dillons has just about everything you can find at Walmart, like cat food, toilet paper, ect. I live close to the new store, and its hard enough getting out on 6th street now,,i can only hope that the city helps out with traffic, but i'm not holding my breath

budwhysir 10 years, 4 months ago

I thought we already had a Walmart? who says we need another one? Seems like we had some kind of argument last year about this and found out there are roads that go across town and everyone could get to the Walmart we already have

moo 10 years, 4 months ago

Summers_Eve, get a menstrual cup at the Merc for your feminine hygiene needs. For 31 bucks (including tax) you won't have to buy a single tampon or pad for years and years. Cups create no gross trash, have no risk of TSS, can be left in for 12 hours, save you tons of money, and are far better for you and your vagina than bleached cotton. Even better, they feel clean and fantastic!

Sorry, boys, I know you'll all cringe at this, but she brought it up, and it is a very very important issue. Women, be smart, get a cup.

moo 10 years, 4 months ago

You see, budwhysir, thinking that one Walmart per town is PLENTY makes you a huge "hippie" as well as "anti-progress" and "anti-capitalist." In fact, you are a traitor to the American way of anything that can make money is A-okay.

But seriously, slapping multiple copies of cruddy stores over every bit of space is not necessarily progress, guys. Careful planning is good for a town, and denying one huge, spoiled, entitled-feeling business a permit isn't going to send Lawrence's economy down the proverbial crapper. Oh well, I guess I better head back to the commune now eat my granola. Darn, where did I put my tambourine?

budwhysir 10 years, 4 months ago

Moo, thank you for your support, it is posts like yours that make me feel like I have a voice in this world.

My voice of reason touches many lives. It is not for me to say if we need another walmart, only to state the obvious that we already have one and if people "HAVE" to buy something from Walmart, they are probably going to drive to the closest Walmart even if its on the other side of town.

Anyone who has not noticed, there is no Wlamart in Eudora. Those poor people forced to drive so far to shop at the bestest place in the whole world.

budwhysir 10 years, 4 months ago

Oh, and for the record is "hippie" a politicaly correct term now adays?

budwhysir 10 years, 4 months ago

And what if we could just get everyone to ride the T to the existing Walmart? This would be good for our economy creating revenue for the bus system, and it would give Walmart more business at its existing location.

We could offer a special bus fare, tell em we are rollin back the prices.

moo 10 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm, I think as far as intercourse goes, it would be about the same as a tampon: you'd have to take it out and put it back in afterwards. For oral, it would probably be a bit less messy.

coneflower 10 years, 4 months ago

Wal-Mart and Deciphera are two nails this city commission put in their own coffins.

Hoots 10 years, 4 months ago

I DON'T like Wal-Mart but the writing was on the wall from day #1. They are China's 10th largest trading partner. We would have had an easier time defending ourselves from Sweden. Now go fill the pool with your tears. They could have cost us all a fortune and that sucks. The new Commish only did what the courts were going to make us do in the end. At least this way you aren't all paying Wal-Mart a huge settlement.

radrhett 10 years, 4 months ago

Awesome. I can't wait for all those new $5.85/hr jobs to hit the Lawrence economy. This community has really hit the big-time now. This is way better than having a real economic development plan. Congrats City Commission! Hey, while you're at it, maybe you could rezone some more land for "luxury" apartments and beige tract housing. Thanks.

moo 10 years, 4 months ago

I thought that might be the case, but I will give anyone the benefit of the doubt and honestly answer them. Maybe someone else will be helped by the answers even if the questions are bogus and meant mockingly.

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