Archive for Monday, July 7, 2008

City Commission agenda: Vote set on science incubator funds

July 7, 2008


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

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.


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.


Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

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

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 11 months ago

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

Godot 9 years, 11 months ago

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

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