City commissioners will consider giving formal approval to a pair of financial subsidies for the Oread Inn project, a hotel and condominium project at 12th and Indiana streets near the Kansas University campus.
The city will consider approving Tax Increment Financing and a Transportation Development District for the project. The Tax Increment Financing subsidy will allow a portion of the new property and sales taxes generated by the project in the future to be used to pay for a parking garage and other infrastructure. The Transportation Development District will allow for an extra 1 percent sales tax to be charged to consumers on the property. The extra sales tax would be used to help pay for street-related infrastructure. The two subsidies are expected to amount to $11 million or less, according to projections by the city. The development group - led by the Fritzel family - has said the project isn't feasible without the subsidies. Commissioners previously have approved the zoning for the project, and have expressed informal support for the financial subsidies.
State of the city address
¢ Mayor Sue Hack will deliver the State of the City address.
¢ Proclaim the month of April as Mathematics Awareness Month.
¢ Proclaim the month of April as Fair Housing Month.
¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from March 11.
¢ 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 mowing service for the Parks and Recreation Department as indicated below. Total amount for all mowing services is $37,493.
1. District 1 - Vernon's Lawn Mowing for $3,060;
2. District 2 - Vernon's Lawn Mowing for $8,500;
3. District 3 - Rockn'C Lawn & Landscape for $5,400;
4. District 1, Area 2 - Oasis Lawn Care for $9,600; and
5. District 1, Area 3 - Oasis Lawn Care for $10,933
b.) Award bids for mowing service for the Utilities Department as indicated below. Total amount for all mowing services is $67,648.
1. Wastewater Plant - Dupree Landscaping for $22,882;
2. Lift Stations - Rockn' C Lawn & Landscape for $24,140;
3. Kaw Water Treatment Plant & Facilities - Dupree Landscaping for $12,636;
4. Clinton Water Treatment Plant - Harrell Lawn Care for $7,990.
c. Award bid for one heavy duty crew cab and chassis with optional crane for the Utilities Department to Olathe Ford Sales for $83,999.
d.) Award Comprehensive Housing Rehabilitation bids as indicated below.
1. 956 Lawrence Ave. - T&J; Holdings for $10,600;
2. 1729 La. - Comet Corporation for $23,650;
3. 224 E. 17th Street Terr. - Reject bid, exceeds program limits of $25,000.
e. Authorize the city manager to execute a contract agreement and purchase order with Duke's Root Control Inc. for $99,281.82 to complete the 2008 Chemical Root Control Program.
f.) Award City Bid No. B08024, Overland Drive from Queens Road to Stoneridge Drive and Stoneridge Drive from Overland Drive to Sixth Street for street, storm sewer, and waterline improvements to R.D. Johnson Excavating Inc. for $1,690,649.46.
g.) Award City Bid No. B08029, 2008 Crack Seal Program, to Missouri Pavement Maintenance Inc. for $226,500.
h.) Authorize a purchase order to ESRI for Geographic Information Systems software for $34,684.38 to continue the city's use of ESRI software maintenance for the period of April 12, 2008, to April 11, 2009.
¢ Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:
a.) Ordinance No. 8223, rezoning approximately 15.171 acres from RSO (Single-Dwelling Residential Office) to RM15 (Multi-dwelling Residential). The property is located at 4000 W. 24th Place, Inverness Park Addition, west of Crossgate Drive and south of Clinton Parkway.
b.) Ordinance No. 8242, approving a special use permit at 714 Vt. for a cabinet shop, which is "Limited Manufacturing & Production Business".
c.) Ordinance No. 8248 designating Ohio Street, Sixth Street to Ninth Street, as a main trafficway connecting link.
d.) Joint City Ordinance No. 8243/County Resolution No. ____, regarding CPA-2007-8, CPA-2007-9, and CPA-2007-10.
e.) Ordinance No. 8244 to amend Section 20-601 of the development code to revise setbacks for the IG (General Industrial) District when abutting residential zoning districts.
f.) Ordinance No. 8241, authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with Aquila Inc. to assign its franchise to Black Hills/Kansas Gas Company LLC.
¢ Adopt Resolution No. 6761, authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $150,000 for the brick street reconstruction of Ohio Street, Sixth Street to Eighth Street.
¢ Approve special event permit for Jim Clark Motors auto tent sale to be held at 2727 Iowa from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 17-19.
¢ Approve text amendment to various sections of Chapter 20 Development Code related to the definition of family in RS (Residential) Districts. Initiated by Planning Commission on Dec. 17, 2007. Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8249, providing for the amendment to various sections of Chapter 20 Development Code related to the definition of family in RS Districts.
¢ Authorize staff to pursue the Assistance to Firefighters Grant for personal protective equipment and an aerial ladder, and authorize funding for 20 percent of the total cost ($56,420 for personal protective equipment and $300,000 for aerial ladder). City commitment for funding is not required until after notification of grant awards if the city is successful.
¢ Authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with First Management Inc. for a community grant for new siding for the Fire & Medical Department's Safety House.
¢ Authorize the city manager to enter into a lease agreement with Daily Angus Farm LLP for $175.50 per acre per year, payable to the city for the lease of city property.
¢ Receive correspondence from Lawrence Arts Commission requesting modifications to Resolution No. 5966 and Resolution No. 5015. Refer to staff for report.
¢ Approve as "signs of community interest" a request from Headquarters Counseling Center to place two directional signs in the median at Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive on April 26.
¢ Approve as "signs of community interest" a request from the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library to place signs advertising the used book sale between Sixth and Ninth Streets from Massachusetts to Tennessee streets from April 4-12.
¢ Approve as "signs of community interest" a request from the Lawrence Region Antique Automobile Club of America to temporarily erect directional and notification signs along 23rd Street in the area of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
¢ Receive city manager's report.
¢ Receive comments from Mayor Sue Hack.
¢ Conduct election of mayor.
¢ Conduct election of vice-mayor.
¢ Comments of mayor and city commissioners.
¢ Recess for approximately 20 minutes.
¢ Consider the following items related to the Oread Inn Redevelopment Project:
a.) Conduct public hearing regarding the Redevelopment Project Plan.
b.) Conduct public hearing on Oread Redevelopment Plan and the creation of Transportation Development District.
¢ Consider approving, subject to conditions, a site plan for improvements to the northwest corner of Ninth and Vermont streets (Carnegie Library).