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Archive for Sunday, March 8, 2009

City Commission agenda: Tavern asks for sidewalk seating area

March 8, 2009

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

Tavern asks for sidewalk seating area

Bottom line

City commissioners will consider allowing the downtown tavern Eighth Street Taproom to set up a special seating area on the sidewalks along Eighth and New Hampshire streets.

Background

The city has limited sidewalk seating areas to restaurants, but last year commissioners let bars apply for a new sidewalk hospitality license. Among other things, bars must show that they don’t have another option other than the sidewalk for outdoor seating. Several bar owners said the smoking ban makes outdoor seating areas necessary.

Other business

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Feb. 24.

• 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 bid for nine police cars for the police department to Shawnee Mission Ford for $196,896.

b.) Award City Bid No. B09014, Project No. PW0904, 2009 Crack Seal Program, to Missouri Pavement Maintenance Inc. for $242,000.

c.) Set bid date of March 24 for City Bid No. B09019, Project No. PW0905, 2009 Curb and Gutter Replacement Program.

d.) Authorize staff to advertise a request for proposals for Design and Construction Phase Engineering Services for Option 4 in the replacement of the Waste Water Plant Administrative Building Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.

• Adopt the following resolutions:

a.) Resolution No. 6821, authorizing the mayor to sign Agreement 22-09 with the secretary of transportation for reimbursement of costs for the 2010 KLINK project, 23rd Street (Kansas Highway 10), Haskell Avenue to the east city limits.

b.) Adopt Resolution No. 6824, authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $450,000 for the milling and overlay of 23rd Street (K-10), Haskell Avenue to the east city limits. This amount has been funded in the Capital Improvement Budget.

c.) Adopt Resolution No. 6822, authorizing the mayor to sign the application for the 2009 Emergency Shelter Grant from the city to the state of Kansas.

d.) Adopt Resolution No. 6823, setting a hearing date of April 28 to discuss the condition of the structure at 1207 E. 13th St. and to consider declaring the structure unsafe and ordering its repair or removal within a period of time.

e.) Authorize the mayor to execute resolutions of support and eligibility for the transportation enhancement projects, as authorized by the City Commission on March 3, 2009.

• Approve unanimous recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) for a trial installation of pavement markings at the shared-use path/driveway crossings along the south side of Sixth Street between Folks Road and K-10. The Bicycle Advisory Committee will report back after six months.

• Receive request from Lawrence-Douglas County Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition to revise Chapter X of the human rights ordinance to include gender identity as a protected category. Refer to staff and the Human Relations Commission for a report.

• Receive letter from AT&T regarding the introduction of AT&T U-Verse TV Internet Protocol-based next generation video product to customers in Lawrence on or after April 1.

• Receive Downtown Lawrence Inc. 2008 Fourth Quarter Report.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a subordination agreement for Gale Fleming, 204 N. Minn.

• Approve as “signs of community interest” a request from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church to place temporary signs on church property at various times throughout 2009 promoting various church activities.

• Authorize the publication of the proposed amendment to the 2009 budget and establish March 24 as the public hearing date.

• Authorize the city manager to sign a lease agreement with the Lawrence school district for the use of baseball/softball diamonds at the Sport 2 Sport Complex at the cost of $4,800.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Conduct hearing and consider approving Site Plan SP-02-10-08 and the sidewalk dining and hospitality license for Eighth Street Taproom, 801 N.H.

• Conduct public hearing to consider the vacation of 10 feet of right-of-way of 12th Street and the vacation of an unused 10 foot utility easement along the northern boundary of Lot 1, Block 1, Delaware Commons Addition II, as requested by Tenants to Homeowners Inc.

• Consider the issuance of a request for qualifications to allow the city to select an engineering firm for sanitary sewer and water infrastructure at the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

• Receive staff memo regarding quorum ordinance requirements.

Comments

Sigmund 5 years, 9 months ago

"Receive letter from AT&T regarding the introduction of AT&T U-Verse TV Internet Protocol-based next generation video product to customers in Lawrence on or after April 1."

Sign me up! The real reason why Patrick Knorr has a new position at the World Company as Sunflower Broadband now has to compete on both service and price on its offerings.

Sigmund 5 years, 9 months ago

"Conduct hearing and consider approving Site Plan SP-02-10-08 and the sidewalk dining and hospitality license for Eighth Street Taproom, 801 N.H."

Let's just turn all our sidewalks into smoking sections for Downtown Lawrence, Inc. bars and be done with it. Then when that gets unbearable we can issue special indoor smoking permits as long as they have a middle eastern theme.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 9 months ago

Award City Bid No. B09014, Project No. PW0904, 2009 Crack Seal Program, to Missouri Pavement Maintenance Inc. for $242,000.


What gives? We are contracting with a Missouri firm? Make them change their name.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

• Consider the issuance of a request for qualifications to allow the city to select an engineering firm for sanitary sewer and water infrastructure at the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

Let the new "maybe " aircraft design company pay for this please.

Does the company own the land or are taxpayers giving the land to the company?

Taxpayers deserve a lot more details on this deal.

Why is this fiscally responsible spending if the city has no money?

From what fund are the tax dollars being withdrawn?

Why does the city believe this will be a successful expansion ? Based on what?

gccs14r 5 years, 9 months ago

I still think the city would be well served by blocking Mass and the cross streets between Vermont and New Hampshire from Free State Brewery to 11th. Turn the part of Mass between Free State and 6th into additional parking. Run a small trolley up and down the middle of Mass to carry shoppers back and forth. With all the extra space, all the businesses in the area could have fenced outdoor areas without cramping pedestrian access.

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 9 months ago

Richard Heckler hates North Lawrence.

Here's an idea... instead of spending all the "stimulus" dollars on projects that aren't stimulative, why not spend them on upgrading the airport area to prepare it for business?

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