Bottom line: City commissioners will go over details of the state’s plan to replace the 23rd Street bridge near Haskell Indian Nations University.
Background: City staff members are asking commissioners to send a letter to the Kansas Department of Transportation seeking some design changes. Among the changes is the addition of a grass median for several hundred feet on both ends of the bridge, the addition of ornamental style LED lighting and the inclusion of a wrought-iron fence at the edge of the sidewalk over the bridge. KDOT currently is designing the bridge, with the idea that construction could begin in 2012.
• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from July 14.
• Approve all claims.
• Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.
• Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8437, adding to the city’s existing rights under various agreements, leases, and liens used to regulate the Lawrence Community Housing Trust and enabling the county to consider resale restrictions for purposes of determining the fair market value of land trust properties.
• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:
a.) Ordinance No. 8431, allowing worksite utility vehicles to be driven on city streets, subject to insurance and other requirements and providing penalties for their illegal operation.
b.) Ordinance No. 8412, allowing possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on certain city property, pursuant to Angler’s Seafood House Sidewalk Dining and Hospitality License.
• Adopt the following resolutions in anticipation of the general obligation bond and temporary note sale on Sept. 1:
a.) Resolution No. 6854, amending Resolution No. 6776 relating to the improvements to the water and sewer system and the issuance of general obligation notes and/or bonds and water and sewer system revenue bonds for the purpose of paying the costs thereof for the Bowersock Dam project.
b.) Resolution No. 6855, providing for the improvements to the waterworks and wastewater treatment facilities and providing for the costs thereof for the Lawrence Municipal Airport water and sewer lines project.
c.) Resolution No. 6857, establishing the maximum annual bonding amount for public improvements, pursuant to Charter Ordinance No. 27.
d.) Resolution No. 6856, designating a recovery zone pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 for the purpose of issuing recovery zone economic development bonds and recovery zone facility bonds.
e.) Resolution No. 6858, authorizing the sale of general obligation notes and bonds to finance projects for the Lawrence Municipal Airport and Bowersock Dam.
f.) Resolution No. 6859, authorizing the improvement or reimprovement of certain main trafficways within the city of Lawrence and providing for the payment of the costs thereof.
• Receive letter from Chamber of Commerce regarding proposed Development Code modifications; refer to staff for report.
• Approve temporary use of right-of-way permit for the closure of Massachusetts Street between North Park Street and South Park Street from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 for the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship, subject to conditions that may be imposed by the police and Fire Medical departments.
• Receive Kansas Point-in-Time information regarding number of homeless in Lawrence and Douglas County.
• Authorize the mayor and city clerk to execute a memorandum of understanding with IAFF Local 1596.
• Receive city manager’s report.
• Consider establishing a school reduced speed zone on George Williams Way adjacent to Langston Hughes School, and authorize an expenditure of $10,000 for school zone beacon installations.
• Consider authorizing the city manager to send a letter to KDOT requesting the inclusion of certain improvements to the plans for the reconstruction of the 23rd Street Bridge.
• Conduct a hearing pursuant to Section 20-1306(l) of the Land Development Code to consider an amendment to SUP-01-02-07 to increase the overnight participant occupancy from 31 to 76 (82 total including staff) at the Lawrence Community Shelter, 214 W. 10th St.
• Consider authorizing the city manager to execute a Video Service Provider Agreement between the city of Lawrence and Community Wireless Communications Co. and authorize the city manager to send a written request to Community Wireless Communications Co. to pay a video service provider fee equal to 5 percent of the gross revenues received for the services provided within the corporate limits of the city.
• Receive staff memo regarding the joint Transit Maintenance Facility with the Kansas University.