Archive for Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lawrence City Commission agenda

Funding requested for $100K SLT interchange study

October 25, 2009


Funding requested for $100K SLT interchange study

Bottom Line

City commissioners are being asked to contribute about $11,000 for a $100,000 study of the interchange at the South Lawrence Trafficway and Sixth Street, which also is U.S. Highway 40.


KDOT would primarily fund the study to find ways for traffic to flow more smoothly. Traffic increase is anticipated because much of the ground is zoned for commercial development. Douglas County is asked to provide $11,000, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitian Planning Organization is asked to provide $11,000.

Other business


• Recognition of Phil and Alex Victor for alerting residents to a fire at Aberdeen Apartments.

• Proclaim Thursday, Oct. 29, as Lights on Afterschool.

• Proclaim Saturday, Oct. 31, as Halloween Beggars Night.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Sept. 22.

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

• Approve all claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.

• Approve appointments recommended by the mayor.

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Approve purchase of 1,007 green tags (renewable energy certificates) from Bonneville Environmental Foundation for $8,559.50.

• Adopt these ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8469, authorizing possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lawrence Public Library as part of the library foundation’s fundraiser.

b.) Ordinance No. 8470, granting a 55 percent tax abatement for Amarr Garage Doors, beginning Jan. 1.

• Approve Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-6-3-09, to Chapter 3 to remove the Table of Land Use Categories & Locational Criteria.

• Approve Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-6-4-09, to renumber the Implementation Chapter as 17 and reserve Chapter 13 for future use. Initiated by the Planning Commission on June 24 as part of the annual review of the Comprehensive Plan. Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8464, for Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-6-4-09), to renumber the Implementation Chapter to be 17 and reserve Chapter 13 for future use.

• Receive memorandum from the Sustainability Advisory Board concerning soils and land use planning.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Commission discussion and direction on downtown issues, including regulations for panhandling, downtown planning and redevelopment, marketing and incentives for retail establishments and related issues.

• Consider authorizing city participation in U.S. 40 and K-10 Interchange Management Plan with Kansas Department of Transportation, Douglas County and Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization.


Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

One would think KDOT has a design on record. Now local taxpayers are being asked for $33,000 more?

LJW how much have local taxpayers donated thus far?

Earnhardt1961 8 years, 1 month ago

It is so discouraging to live in a town that is so congested from no express routes. The amount of time it takes to get anywhere in Lawrence compared to Kansas City or even Topeka is disgraceeful, plus it's stressful and dangerous. The plan to put a route through East Lawrence(just east of city limits) was voted down unfortunately, but it's a double-edged sword to sacrifice real estate for progress, Has anyone ever thought about the train tracks going from Haskell College through the East side of town? I;m sure it isn't used for much although the zoning board has allowed some residential developement nearby.

tomatogrower 8 years, 1 month ago

I thought this SLT was the saviour of traffic problems? Instead it's been a death trap with a street light going to playing fields on a road with a 65MPH speed limit. You definitely can't walk to the playing fields with your kids. Who would want to cross that intersection on foot?

What is this traffic problem? I almost never take this route, but it looks like a simple highway exchange to me. Simple merging on the right traffic.

tomatogrower 8 years, 1 month ago

Better yet, why not a study into the reasons for not putting a street light at 31st and Louisiana? I'd like to hear all the "excuses" why the 4 way stop is better?

BrianR 8 years, 1 month ago

Earnhardt1961 (Anonymous) says… "It is so discouraging to live in a town that is so congested from no express routes."

SNORT! That is pure comedy. Traffic is not a problem in Lawrence. Having to sit at a light for a couple of changes does not constitute a traffic problem.

Sunny Parker 8 years, 1 month ago

$100,000 for a study?

OMG....this city kills me sometimes!

'Renewable Energy Certificates'?

Like I said....this city kills me!

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