Archive for Sunday, December 13, 2009

City commission agenda for Dec. 15

Rezoning request to be reconsidered

December 13, 2009


Bottom line

City commissioners will receive a request to rescind their previous denial of an application to rezone about 11 acres at the southeast corner of Inverness Drive and Clinton Parkway from single-dwelling residential office to RM-15 multi-family zoning.


Commissioners on Oct. 6 denied the rezoning request, part of a proposal to build an apartment project. Lawrence attorney Mark Andersen is asking for a reconsideration because he does not believe commissioners understood all the density issues related to the request. Commissioners on Tuesday are not being asked to approve the rezoning; the project would go back to the Planning Commission for another hearing, and would come back to the City Commission at a later date.

Other business

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Nov. 3.

• 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.

• Approve request to extend the terms of three members of the Community Commission on Homelessness to June 30, 2010.

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Authorize the city manager to execute Change Order No. 2 for the Fairfield Farms East Addition Sanitary Sewer Lift Station for $57,978 and execute Westar’s agreement for service. This improvement is paid 100 percent from a special assessment benefit district.

• Adopt these ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8479, for the annexation of approximately one acre of property at 1764 E. 1300 Road.

b.) Ordinance No. 8480, authorizing the issuance of General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $2.9 million for the purchase and improvement of the West Lawrence Labs building. Adopt Resolution No. 6871, authorizing the sale of general obligation improvement bonds.

• Adopt these resolutions:

a.) Resolution No. 6869, declaring the boundaries of the city.

b.) Resolution No. 6870, declaring the eligibility of the city to submit applications to the Kansas Department of Transportation for use of transportation enhancement funds for the Santa Fe Station Preservation Project and the KU/Oread/Downtown Lighted Pedestrian Pathway Project.

c.) Resolution No. 6872 authorizing the city to establish an account with JPMorgan Chase to facilitate the administration of the contract with CIGNA Healthcare.

• Approve request to permit temporary occupancy for an office use while a rezoning application is processed to permit office uses where they are currently prohibited at the Home Improvement Center Planned Commercial Development at the northeast corner of 31st and Iowa streets.

• Authorize transfer of outdoor sculpture funds to the reserve fund for the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for James and Teresa Thompson, 317 Lawrence Ave.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a subordination agreement for Tenants to Homeowners, 2612 Moundview.

• Approve the renewal of the city’s excess workers compensation coverage with MECC for 2010 for an estimated payment of $38,900.

• Approve request from Johnson County Transit for funding for the K-10 Connector Service for $10,000.

• Authorize the city manager to sign an approval of property release from MV Transportation for bus No. 724, which caught on fire in June.

• Approve the amended bylaws of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Receive request from Inverness Park LP to reconsider the denial of the request to rezone about 10.97 acres at the southeast corner of Inverness Drive and Clinton Parkway, 4300 W. 24th St., from RSO (Single-Dwelling Residential Office) to RM-15 (Multi-Dwelling Residential).

• Consider request from Midland Care Connection Inc. for city financial participation in required fire sprinkler system at 319 Perry St.

• Receive staff report concerning possible amendments to city laws governing panhandling and solicitation.

• Consider authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with the LYNX contract 09-C05, for three hybrid buses for an estimated $1.8 million.

The funding for the purchase of the vehicles will come from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act formula allocations, and no local match is required for these stimulus funds.

• Consider authorizing the city manager and the city’s attorney to submit a revised offer and appropriate related legal documents to purchase the former Farmland Nitrogen Facility.

Any proposed acquisition will be placed on a future City Commission agenda for public comment and final commission consideration.

• Consider authorizing submissions of applications to the state of Kansas for facility recovery bonds on behalf of Bowersock Mill & Power Company and Berry Plastics.


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