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Archive for Sunday, September 6, 2009

City commission agenda: Study for depot under discussion

September 6, 2009

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Bottom line: City commissioners will consider spending $24,600 to hire a private architectural firm to study what repairs are needed to the old Santa Fe Depot at Seventh and New Jersey streets.

Background: The city does not own the depot building but wants to complete a low-cost purchase of the depot from the railroad company by year’s end. The city wants to do the study now because it is needed to apply for state and federal grants to renovate the 1950s-era depot. Grant applications must be completed by year’s end. City staff members are recommending Lawrence-based Hernly Associates.

Other business: Recognitions

• Proclaim Sept. 6-12 as International Literacy Week.

• Proclaim Sept. 6-12 as Suicide Prevention Week.

• Proclaim Sept. 13-19 as POW/MIA Recognition Week and Sept. 18 as POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.

• Receive minutes from boards and commissions.

• Approve all claims.

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

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Set bid date of Sept. 22 for a vehicle chassis and a bid date of Oct. 20 for a truck body.

b.) Set bid date of Sept. 22 for a fencing project at the Youth Sports Complex.

c.) Award City Bid No. B09041, Project No. PW0829. Burroughs Creek Rail Trail, to R. D. Johnson Excavating Co., Inc. for $591,632.97.

d.) Reject bids for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program at 936 Pa. and 1132 R.I.

• Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8458, establishing no parking along the south side of 13th Street from 300 feet east of Oregon Street to 300 feet west of Oregon Street.

• Adopt on second and final reading Ordinance No. 8457, allowing possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on certain city property pursuant to Jo Shmo’s sidewalk dining and hospitality license.

• Approve a revised Preliminary Development Plan PDP-6-1-09, 43.88 acres, for commercial portions of Bauer Farm, 4700 Block No. 2 Overland Drive. Submitted by Landplan Engineering, for Free State Group LLC, Free State Holdings Inc., Bauer Farms Residential LLC and CVS Pharmacy LLC, property owners of record.

• Accept dedication of easements and rights of way for PP-6-3-09, for a one-lot multi-family Preliminary Plat on 7.71 acres for Park Place Addition at 510-544 Fireside Drive. Submitted by Paul Werner Architects, for Ernest Fleischer, property owner of record.

• Authorize staff to negotiate an agreement with Olsson & Associates for engineering services for the Sixth Street ITS project.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for Janice Doores, 1605 Cadet Ave.

• Authorize the city manager to execute a first amendment to the site agreement with Cingular Wireless for leased space on the water tower at 1815 Stratford.

• Approve as signs of community interest, a request from the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library to place signs advertising a fundraiser book sale. The signs would be placed between Sixth and Ninth streets and between Massachusetts Street and Tennessee Street the morning of Oct. 2 and removed the afternoon of Oct. 10.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Conduct public hearing to discuss the condition of the dilapidated structure at 426 Perry St. and to consider declaring the structure unsafe and ordering its repair or removal within a specified period of time.

• Consider authorizing the city manager to execute agreements with Hernly Associates Inc. for the Phase 1 BNSF Depot report.

• Consider recommended plan design changes for the city’s employee health care plan. Consider authorizing the city manager to enter into contract negotiations with Cigna, Delta Dental and MedTrak for health care services for the city’s employee health care plan effective Jan. 1.

Comments

50YearResident 5 years, 3 months ago

Dear Commissioners, I own this great old London Bridge, which I have for sale. It would look absolutely fabulous installed across the Kaw River to link the two train stations so all the tourists could walk from one to the other. Your cost is only $2,000,000.00 American + consulting fees! Please respond immediately as there are other Cities interested in this bridge!

Eileen Jones 5 years, 3 months ago

Another plan to spend tens of thousands to draw up a set of plans?

Why does the city commission want to spend so much money for architects - money that will result in nothing but a piece of paper?

Who are they trying to throw business to?

Something smells in Lawrence.

Eileen Jones 5 years, 3 months ago

The next city employee or commissioner who suggest charging, or charging more, for basic services like the swimming pool, the library, downtown parking, etc. should be run out of town on a rail.

Obviously there is money when these folks want to feather the nests of their friends. An investigation is in order. Not so long ago we found out our mayor had a financial interest in Dicephera. These people are giving our money away, and they need to be scrutinized.

blackwalnut 5 years, 3 months ago

$24,600 for a study

Highway robbery

Why do the commissioners want to throw our money away in this way? What's in it for them?

cowboy 5 years, 3 months ago

Just have Fritzel come over and quote it for god sake and save us all a bunch of study dollars. Since you the city have decided that saving this ugly A$$ old depot is a priority just get on with it. Do we have any idea whether these rail lines have anything new happening in the future like increased trains ? If it's such a priority build a new one which has some character other than the early greyhound look.

Godot 5 years, 3 months ago

Who are they going to lay off in order to pay for this frivolity?

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

D-9 Caterpillar @ $275/hr for 3 hrs. = $825

GardenMomma 5 years, 3 months ago

Are they considering NOT buying the station (for a buck I think or was that the dam?)

Why spend $25,000 and then decide not to buy something?

It sounds like the commission has already made up their minds to purchase this (and that stupid Farmland place) regardless of the cost. Why spend the "consulting fee"? They should just call it what it is - a set of plans for renovation.

Eileen Jones 5 years, 3 months ago

cowboy says "Just have Fritzel come over and quote it..."

Fritzel? Fritzel built my house. I would never buy anything he had touched, ever again. Cut corners everywhere. More maintenance on this 10 year old house than on the 60 year old house I owned before.

cowboy 5 years, 3 months ago

Hey stain , my point was it seems like a done deal , why bother with the formalities. And just who is Hernly Associates , their website is about 1/4 done , hope his studies are better than the website.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

"And just who is Hernly Associates "

Architecture firm in downtown Lawrence, above Milton's.

Eileen Emmi Jones 5 years, 3 months ago

They sure know how to waste our money and end up with nothing.

svenway_park 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm not sure what driedoregano is saying here.....

But he has a history of trying to use this forum to try to smear any competitors in the architectural field.

He demeans their projects, he demeans their experience. If he can find a way to file a licensing complaint against someone, he will. He complains about the Mercantile, he complains about Van Go, he complains about the Traenor firm. He says he is environmental, but lives in a home constructed out of a very CO2 unfriendly structure.... and then sues the school board with frivolous claims when his personal park gets used for public purposes.

The Legislature should investigate people like him who want to practice architecture without an architectural degree.

grammaddy 5 years, 3 months ago

I recently took the train back east from that depot. As I understand it, the depot is only open a total of 3 hours a day. I know for a fact that the pay phone outside does not work. Why would the city even consider spending that kind of money on a study of a building it does not own? Seems like a big waste of big bucks for 3 or 4 trains that pass through every day.

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