Archive for Monday, September 8, 2008

City Commission agenda: New pedestrian island considered

September 8, 2008


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

New pedestrian island considered

Bottom line

Commissioners heard the request in June, but asked the Traffic Safety Commission to consider whether the new pedestrian refuge islands would be compatible with bicycle riders. The city's Bicycle Advisory Board unanimously agreed to support the project, and the city's Traffic Safety Commission also is recommending approval. The pedestrian islands will be similar to the small concrete structures located elsewhere in the middle of Louisiana Street.

Other business


¢ Proclaim the month of September 2008 as National Preparedness Month.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Aug. 26.

¢ 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 City Bid No. B08069, Project No. PW0815, 2008 Microsurfacing Program, to Ballou Construction Co. Inc. in the amount of $548,252.70.

b.) Authorize the city manager to renew the contract with Marsh McBirneyHach for data delivery services associated with the wastewater collection system long-term flow monitoring program in the amount of $214,800.

¢ Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8298, rezoning approximately 9.27 acres from RS7 (Single-Dwelling Residential) to RS7-PD (Single-Dwelling Residential Planned Development Overlay) for property located along the west side of Iowa Street between Stratford Road and approximately 200 feet south of University Drive. Four affirmative votes are required because of a valid protest petition.

b.) Ordinance No. 8316, authorizing the temporary sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the 800 block of New Hampshire Street, including City Parking Lot 8 and Lot 4 on Friday, Oct. 3, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4, between the hours of 12 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the Get Downtown event.

¢ Approve the following Text Amendments to the City/County Subdivision Regulations:

a.) TA-05-09-08, text amendment to Chapter 20, Article 8 of Lawrence City Code and Chapter XI of Douglas County Code (Subdivision Regulations), which require the submittal of a certificate that all taxes or special assessments due and payable for properties included in Certificates of Survey or Minor Subdivision requests have been paid.

b.) TA-06-10-08, text amendment to Section 20-806(d)(1), Subdivision Regulations, to clarify the number of RDPs that may be created based on the classification of the bounding roads.

c.) TA-06-11-08, text amendment to Section 20-804, 805 and 806 to include requirement that RDPs must comply with the lot requirements in Article 18 of County Zoning Regulations.

d.) TA-05-08-08, text amendment to Chapter 20, Article 8 of Lawrence City Code and Chapter XI of Douglas County Code (Subdivision Regulations) that define "Easement, Cross Access," clarify the process for creating such easements, and provide minimum construction standards for access drives within such easements.

e.) TA-12-26-07, text amendment to Section 20-806(b)(3) and 20-806(d), Subdivision Regulations, to clarify that a parent parcel may be divided to create one residential development parcel, and is not required to create two or three.

¢ Approve as signs of community interest a request from Lawrence Home Builders Association to place directional signs in various rights of way from Sept. 27Oct. 5.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ Conduct bond and note sale authorizing $11.9 million in general obligation bonds.

¢ Conduct a public hearing on a request by Oread Inn, LLC, for a waiver of the restriction of the sale and serving of alcoholic liquor within 400 feet of a school or church, pursuant to section 4-113(a) of the Code of the City of Lawrence regarding a proposed Hotel/Caterer License at 1200 Oread Ave.

¢ Consider adopting Ordinance No. 8323, amending Chapter VI, Article 13 and enacting Chapter VI, Article 13 Section 6-1302.1 of the Code of the City of Lawrence, 2008 edition, and amendments thereto, concerning rental licensing requirements of dwelling units in RS zoning districts to establish a revised renewal schedule, repeal section 6-1306 related to occupancy of rental units, and other minor changes that bring it current with recently adopted codes.

¢ Consider a request for a marked crosswalk together with pedestrian refuge island on Louisiana Street adjacent to Dakota Street

¢ Consider approving CPA-2004-02, a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Horizon 2020, Chapter 7: Industrial and Employment Related Land Use, and consider adopting on first reading Ordinance No. 8283, for Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-2004-02) to Horizon 2020, Chapter 7.

¢ Consider authorizing the mayor to sign joint city/county resolution concerning transportation improvements for the city of Lawrence and Douglas County and supporting the enactment of a new Comprehensive Transportation Program.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 8 months ago

What new pedestrian islands are they discussing? Where is the proposed location?

KURocks 9 years, 8 months ago

Please continue to build the speed humps with the tire tracks, so I can straddle them and not slow down.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 8 months ago

No man is an island, however some can be a peninsula.

blindrabbit 9 years, 8 months ago

Why not a pedestrian traffic circle instead; the City has plenty of experience with circles, less with islands. They only cost a couple hundred thousand and who needs street repairs anyway.Islands are for coastal types, crop circles are more closely related to interior lands like Kansas.

coltrane 9 years, 8 months ago

isnt' more pedestrian friendly a good thing?

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