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Archive for Monday, July 7, 2008

City Commission agenda: Vote set on science incubator funds

July 7, 2008

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

Vote set on science incubator funds

Bottom line

City commissioners will consider formally approving a request for $75,000 a year for the next 10 years to fund a new life sciences incubator building that would be constructed on Kansas University's West Campus.

Background

Commissioners during a study session last month gave unofficial approval to the request by the Lawrence-Douglas County Biosciences Authority and Kansas University. The city and the county both have been asked to provide funding for the estimated $8 million facility. The facility, which would be run by the Lawrence Regional Technology Center, would serve as a place for start-up companies using KU research to grow their businesses. The building would be across the street from KU's Multidisciplinary Research Building on West Campus.

Other business

Executive session (5:30 p.m.)

Consider motion to recess into executive session for 45 minutes for the purpose of discussion of matters relating to employer-employee negotiations. The justification for the executive session is to keep negotiation matters confidential at this time. The commission will conclude the executive session at approximately 6:15 p.m. and resume the open meeting at 6:35 p.m.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes

¢ 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 the bid for the Kaw Water Treatment Plant Building Envelope Repairs Year 2A (Bid No. B08036, Project UT0805KA), to Mid-Continental Restoration Co. Inc., for $269,221.52 and authorize the city manager to execute the contract.

b.) Award bid for two one-ton trucks with dump beds and tommy lifts with options for the Parks & Recreation Department to Laird Noller Automotive for $59,688.

c.) Set bid date of July 22 for City Bid No. B08061, Project No. 24-GI3-807(C), 18th and Maine Street, Traffic Diverter.

¢ Adopt on second and final reading Ordinance No. 8287, amending Chapter V, Articles 3 and 6 of the code of the city of Lawrence, Kansas, 2008 Edition, and amendments thereto, concerning domestic clothes dryer venting.

¢ Authorize mayor to sign application for KLINK funding (fiscal year 2011) for 23rd Street,Haskell Avenue to the east city limit, resurfacing project.

¢ Approve as signs of community interest, a request from First Southern Baptist Church for a sign in the right-of-way in front of the Church at 4300 W. Sixth St., promoting a churchwide/neighborhood carnival event.

¢ Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for Mary Kring, 933 Mo., and a subordination agreement for Jill Jevens, 1301 Prospect.

¢ Approve, subject to conditions, SE-07-23-08, a Temporary Special Event Permit request for a patio sale at Jayhawk Bookstore, 1420 Crescent Road, from July 14-26 during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ Conduct public hearing on proposed budget amendment providing authority to spend reserve money for Transit expenditures.

¢ Consider request from Lawrence-Douglas County Biosciences Authority for support of the Lawrence Life Sciences incubator in the amount of $75,000 annually for 10 years.

¢ Receive City Commission comments/questions regarding the city manager's recommended budget in preparation for July 14 study session.

Comments

toe 5 years, 9 months ago

Government has always had the right to gamble with the taxpayers dollars. The lottery and casinos just came later.

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smitty 5 years, 9 months ago

No way should Ron Olin negotiate a settlement for his retirement until he is tried or pleads on the federal charges. We do not owe retirement, benefits of any kind to a federal felon. Confidential? The city manager and city commissioners have always been a major part in turning a blind eye and deaf ear to Olin's felonies. Our form of city government is up for a major change too.

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smitty 5 years, 9 months ago

*Other businessExecutive session (5:30 p.m.)Consider motion to recess into executive session for 45 minutes for the purpose of discussion of matters relating to employer-employee negotiations. The justification for the executive session is to keep negotiation matters confidential at this time. The commission will conclude the executive session at approximately 6:15 p.m. and resume the open meeting at 6:35 p.m.*Hmmmm....The justification for the executive session is to keep negotiation matters confidential at this time. Negotiations instead of prosecution of a police chief who always acts above and outside the law and strongly abets his closest staff to do the same, no matter how much liability Olin brings to the table? Political BS!

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 9 months ago

Why is the city involved in funding this venture? ONe building is already off the tax rolls now, wasn't there and article just a few weeks ago about that? If the city has $75,000 to spend, where is it coming from? Why are we supposed to support a bond issue for sales tax increase. could the commissoners explain these plans to the inmates at Osawatomie, when they understand it, come back and tell us what they think and their reactions. thanks.p.s. take the Chamber of Commerce members along too to listen to the spiel.

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Godot 5 years, 9 months ago

Raiding reserves to fund the T? Stop the insanity!!! Shut down the T, now.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 9 months ago

I vote no to $750,000 more of our tax dollars being used to fund government largesse.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Is this the west campus Dicephera? Why not use existing Bio Tech money? Why doesn't KU build it ?

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