Archive for Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Snow removal to be reviewed

March 4, 2008


Bottom line

City commissioners will discuss whether they want to make any changes to the city ordinance requiring residents to shovel snow from their sidewalks.


The city's ordinance has been questioned because it gives residents five days following the end of a snowfall to clear their sidewalks before a $20 fine is issued. Other cities have a much shorter time period and higher fines. Other cities also have ordinances that give city crews or a city-hired contractor the ability to remove the snow from a sidewalk and bill the property owner.

Other business

Transportation plan

Note: The following item will be heard at 5 p.m. Commissioners will then take a break from 6 p.m. to 6:35 p.m., when the rest of the meeting will resume.

¢ Receive presentation of Transportation 2030 Plan.


¢ Proclaim Tuesday, March 4, 2008, to be Friends of the Park Day.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Feb. 19.

¢ 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.) Set bid date of March 25 for City Bid No. B08024, Project No. 25-CP8-806(BD) - Stoneridge Drive, Overland Drive to Sixth Street, street, storm sewer and waterline improvements (Section 1), and Project No. 19-CP6-506(BD) - Overland Drive, Queens Road to Stoneridge Drive, street, storm sewer and waterline improvements (Section 2).

b.) Award bids for contract mowing for the Parks and Recreation Department. Total amount approved from all areas is $47,246.

c.) Award bid for CBX parts and maintenance service for Information Systems Department to Innovative Service Solutions for an annual cost of $19,562.

d.) Award City Bid No. B08002, Ohio Street, Sixth Street to Eighth Street, brick street reconstruction (Project No. 21-BS1-607(C), to GSR Construction for $669,989.

¢ Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8235 establishing the City Commission quorum at four commissioners. Pursuant to Charter Ordinance No. 25, the City Commission quorum of four commissioners must be annually re-established by ordinance by March 31.

¢ Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8197, condemning certain property interests for the West Baldwin Creek Sanitary Sewer Project.

b.) Ordinance No. 8239, enacting Chapter 5, Article 19, of the code of the city of Lawrence pertaining to Underground Wiring Districts.

c.) Ordinance No. 8240, enacting Chapter 5, Article 20, of the code of the city of Lawrence pertaining to Siting of Utility Facilities.

d.) Ordinance No. 8225, providing for the annexation of approximately 81.1 acres (A-11-07-07) for The Links at Lawrence, Queens Road and Wakarusa Drive.

e.) Ordinance No. 8226, providing for the rezoning of approximately 80 acres (Z-11-28A-07) from A (Agricultural) to RM12 (Multi-Dwelling Residential). The property is at Queens Road and Wakarusa Drive.

f.) Ordinance No. 8227, providing for the rezoning of approximately 80 acres (Z-11-28B-07) from RM12 (Multi-Dwelling Residential) to RM12-PD (Multi-Dwelling Residential Planned Development Overlay). The property is at Queens Road and Wakarusa Drive.

g.) Ordinance No. 8236, rezoning two tracts of land totaling approximately 4.4 acres (Z-10-69-05) from RM24 (Multi-Dwelling Residential) to RSO (Single-Dwelling Residential-Office). (Note: the request originally rezoned the tracts from RM-2 (Multiple-Family Residential) District to RO-1B (Residence-Office) District.) The property is described as being north of West Seventh Street, west of Wisconsin Street (south half of 1803 W. Sixth St. and 1710 W. Seventh St.).

¢ Authorize city manager to enter into an engineering contract with BG Consultants Inc. for $14,614 for completion of Engineering Design Plans and Specifications for the proposed Traffic Signal at the intersection of West Sixth Street and Congressional Drive.

¢ Approve request by George F. Paley, property owner of 740 Ash St. for a variance from 19-214B of the code, which states that a private sanitary sewer service line shall not be located in a city public right of way for greater than 15 feet.

¢ Receive 2007 Annual Utility System Development Charges Report.

¢ Receive the Police Department's Annual Racial Profiling Complaint Report for 2007.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ Receive report from Health Care Access.

¢ Receive status update on Lawrence Freenet proposal for "Freenet-Kids."

¢ Consider approving, subject to conditions and use restrictions, PDP-03-02-05, a revised Preliminary Development Plan for Bauer Farm. The proposed planned commercial, office and residential development contains approximately 43.7 acres. The property is on the north side of West Sixth Street between Wakarusa Drive, Folks Road and Overland Drive.

¢ Discussion of snow removal ordinance.

¢ Consider natural gas franchise ordinance for Atmos.


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