Archive for Saturday, November 28, 2009

City commission agenda for Dec. 1

City prepared to treat snow, ice on roads

November 28, 2009


Bottom line

City commissioners will be briefed on preparations city crews have made to clear roads of snow and ice this winter.


The city will start the winter with 4,000 tons of salt, 1,000 tons of sand, 2,500 tons of salt-sand mix, and 1,000 tons of salt on a hold order. Last year, the city used 2,661 tons of salt and 2,437 tons of sand to work nine snowfall events that deposited 10.6 inches of snow on the city.

Other business

Consent agenda

• 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.

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Set bid date of Dec. 22 for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program at 2420 Bryce Court, 3507 W. 10th St., and 818 Maple St.

b.) Authorize the city manager to execute an engineering services agreement in the amount of $49,078 with Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) for Preliminary Engineering Services for Project UT0919CS - General Wastewater Pumping Station Improvements.

c.) Award bid for the 2010 coordinated printing bid to Mainline Printing for $20,329.

• Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8474, for the rezoning (Z-8-16-09) of approximately 11 acres, southeast of 31st Street and Kasold Drive, from RM12 (Multi-Dwelling Residential) and OS (Open Space) to the Floodplain Overlay District.

• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8471, for the annexation (A-8-3-09) of approximately 37.05 acres and adjacent right-of-way for Wesleyan Church Development, southeast of 31st and Kasold Drive.

b.) Ordinance No. 8472, for the rezoning (Z-8-14-09) of approximately 32.69 acres, southeast of 31st and Kasold Drive, from A (Agricultural) to RM12 (Multi-Dwelling Residential).

c.) Ordinance No. 8473, for the rezoning (Z-8-15-09) of approximately 4.36 acres, southeast of 31st and Kasold Drive, from A (Agricultural) and V-C (Valley Channel) to OS (Open Space).

• Accept dedication of easements and rights of way for PF-9-7-09, a one-lot final plat for Bauer Farm, Phase 3, containing approximately 1.1 acres, at 4700 Block No. 2, Overland Drive. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Free State Group, LLC, property owner of record.

• Receive memo from the Sustainability Advisory Board regarding the audit and evaluation of solid waste diversion strategies and curbside recycling. Direct staff to review the memo and prepare a report for a January 2010 commission meeting.

• Approve recommendation from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and the Historic Resources Commission to approve the request from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to move two existing ground markers and place them above ground on the sidewalk adjacent to the parking garage at 927 N.H.

• Approve $36,031 in expenditures to be reclassified from the general fund to the guest tax fund for operating department costs.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for Frank and Leora Borror, 1507 Wedgewood.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Receive staff presentation on 2009/2010 snow removal and ice control preparedness.

• Receive staff report regarding the pavement maintenance program update — cycle two status report and 2010 street maintenance program.


cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

note the sustainablity advisory board is recommending trash rates by the pound.....while advocating the free pick up of grass....Merrill strikes again

Jan Brocker 8 years, 2 months ago

Have I been missing the on-line City Commission's agenda's? If I have I'll pay more attention but I think that this might be a new thing. Keep it up LJW (and be fair and balanced). Good job!

cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

you can go to the city website and see the entire agenda with attached background memo's and committee rosters. Sustainabilty has Heckler and Routh on the comittee , Scary.

And yes Marion you are correct ! Why we pay to have grass clippings hauled is beyond me.

Amy Heeter 8 years, 2 months ago

Both their postions are ending soon without option of renewal. They have served as long as allowed. Thank goodness.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

good catch Cowboy. yes, need somebody else in that seat other than Merrill, ditto for the 'traffic safety commission.'

the "sustainability" recommendation is insane.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm just speculating on this, but with grass collection, the city doesn't have to pay landfill expenses, and it's hauled to the city composting site, which is considerably closer than the landfill. Much of that compost is then sold, and what's given away is still of much benefit to the citizens of Lawrence.

cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

Bozo , It is the combination operating costs. Truck , fuel , mechanical maintenance , labor , early replacement cost . these trucks run the same weekly route as normal trash routes. They start early in the spring with little volume , then run late into the fall with little volume. Any reasonable lawn care person knows that if you mow a little more often or use a mulching mower that clippings are not an issue.

The sensible and economical options are a once a month run for brush only and/or a city collection point for brush / clippings so if your so anal you can't have a clipping on your lawn then have your lawnboy , Merrill , haul it to the collection point.

This operation seems a sacred cow , while spouting about green sustainability this one is low fruit that should be picked. Whats holding it back ? Non Green residents , dynasty builders at solid waste , lawn mower lobbyists. Lets see a real cost figure from our solid waste audit coming in January supposedly. I doubt we'll see that though.

The sustainability kommittee want's to raise your already high trash rates

charge more for rolloff service , which is my idea anyway , its quite a deal actually

They want to register and regulate recycling services , and have these small biz entrepeneurs fill out a crapload of quarterly paperwork to track usage. They want the city to underwrite the usage of a standard recycling container

The city on the other hand wants to have 2 full time staff , one full time driver , drive a multi ton vehicle four days a week , and target 2500 customers. They will go into direct competition with private business. This sucks ! Is expensive !

Are we trying to fill a check mark on a green city survey or what ?

Let the small band of hard working private business people build their routes into a profitable small businesses and stay out of the way.

Instead of building a new money losing city operation just publish the names and phone numbers of the local recyclers , it's that simple and won;t cost the taxpayers a dime.

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