Archive for Sunday, April 18, 2010

City commission agenda for April 20

April 18, 2010

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Bottom line

City commissioners will be asked to approve almost $1.9 million for fire truck purchases. The fire department is seeking purchase a new fire engine for $695,535 and a new 100-foot ladder truck for $1,183,923. Both pieces of equipment would be from Pierce Manufacturing.

Background

City staff members are recommending using $1 million from the city’s new infrastructure sales tax that began last year. The tax approved by voters included a provision for purchasing fire equipment. The remainder of the money will come from $750,000 in general obligation bonds, about $80,000 from equipment reserve funds, and a $50,000 contribution from Kansas University’s Housing Department, which operates several dorms that would need to be served by the ladder truck.

Study session (4:30 p.m.)

  1. Review the proposed Oread Neighborhood Plan.

Recognition (6:30 p.m.)

• Proclaim May 8 as Train Day.

• Proclaim the month of May as Bike Month and the week of May 17-21 as Bike-To-Work Week.

Consent agenda

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

• Approve all claims.

• Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Award bid for 3,500 tons of road salt for Public Works Department to Central Salt for $43.02 a ton or $150,570 with an option for additional 1,000 tons if needed for $43,020, totaling $193,590.

• Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8509, permitting the possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor on specified public property pursuant to the sidewalk dining license for 715, 715 Mass.

• Adopt the following ordinance(s) on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8499, for Special Use Permit (SUP-1-2-10) for the City of Lawrence Pump Station 09 Wet Weather Storage Expansion, a minor utility, on approximately 8.18 acres, located southeast of West 27th Street and Crossgate Drive.

b) Ordinance No. 8517, allowing possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor at the Lawrence Public Library during the Lawrence Public Library Foundation fundraiser on Sundaybetween the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight.

• Adopt Resolution No. 6883, authorizing the mayor to sign the application for the 2010 Emergency Shelter Grant from the city to the state of Kansas.

• Authorize the city manager to execute the Professional Services Agreement with Hernly Architects for Historic Preservation Fund Grant No. 20-09-21822-006, a historic resources survey of the area north of Memorial Stadium.

• Authorize city manager to sign a contract with Coffman Associates for a master plan and airport layout plan for the Lawrence Municipal Airport in an amount of $249,100. Authorize city manager to sign grant application with the FAA for funding of the Lawrence Airport Master Plan. The federal government will provide 95 percent funding for this project.

• Approve and authorize the city manager to sign a contract with P1 Group Inc. for Project No. PW0930, City of Lawrence Public Library HVAC Improvements, in the amount of $423,620 for library HVAC improvements, plus an additional $12,800 for VAV boxes, for a total amount of $436,420 provided the contractor can meet the terms established in the contract documents. The federal government will provide 100 percent funding of this American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project.

• Authorize the city manager to execute a one year facility use agreement for the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center with Ad Astra Area Aquatics for the 2010 swimming season.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for Grace Hutchins, 1827 Ala.

• City manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Conduct a public hearing regarding a request by the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau for a waiver of the restriction of the sale and serving of alcoholic liquor within 400 feet of a school or church, for the temporary sale of alcoholic beverages related to the Tour of Lawrence, on the south half of the 600 block of Massachusetts Street, the north half of the 700 block of Massachusetts Street, the portion of Seventh Street bounded by the alleys immediately east and west of Massachusetts Street, on July 2 between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight; and the 700, 800 and 900 blocks of Massachusetts Street, and the portions of Eighth and Ninth streets between Vermont and New Hampshire streets, on July 4 between the hours of noon and 9 p.m.; consider adopting on first reading Ordinance No. 8502, authorizing the temporary possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor on specified public property related to the event.

• Receive staff recommendation regarding 2010 fire apparatus purchases. Receive letter from Kansas University Housing Department contributing $50,000 toward the purchase of one 100-foot ladder platform.

• Consider approving a Special Use Permit, SUP-1-3-10, for the establishment of a temporary shelter for the Lawrence Community Shelter, approximately 4.15 acres, located at 3701 Franklin Park Circle. Submitted by Lawrence Community Shelter for Franklin Business Center LLC, property owner of record.

Comments

cowboy 5 years, 4 months ago

Interesting reading in the city managers report portion of the commission agenda , which the LJW has no info on in the article. The quarterly budget reports. Even with all the rate and tax increases the city is still losing money on a number of operations.

Parking operations , barely above break even , why not just stop this superstitious dance and make all parking free.

Solid Waste , barely breaking even , streamline this operation and cut grass pickups

The T revenue is down , no excuse for this , the subsidizing of KU should stop

Sales taxes , taking out the increase portion , are down 5%

We have spent down reserve funds and are recieving little interest compared to years past

The golf course is bleeding dollars , sell it

However fines from Municipal court are up almost 200 grand , crime pays....the city

It is of concern that even while raising taxes , rates , the city is still not hitting budget targets. There is much verbiage about we had to spend this or that but the bottom line is you're not controlling spending.

cowboy 5 years, 4 months ago

Started to look thru the Oread plan and got an immediate headache , perfect example of a committee gone wild.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

The city is demonstrating it cannot afford to take on more square miles of city limits and more new miles and miles and miles of NEW infrastructure. All of this = a big dollar loss to taxpayers. Leaving areas of Douglas County not annexed and unimproved cost taxpayers nothing.

Cancel any annexing plans

Cancel all new water line projects

Cancel all new housing projects

Cancel all new road projects

Cancel all new retail projects

Cancel any plans for the $20 -$30 million dollar field house

Our city's current budget crunch could easily be tied directly to infrastructure expenses needed to serve new housing developments. The community is way over extended in this regard.

If residential growth paid for itself and was financially positive, we would not be in a budget crunch. Lawrence taxpayers should be receiving local tax refunds BUT we're NOT! With increased numbers of houses you have increased demand on services, and historically the funding of revenues generated by residential housing does not pay for the services, they require from a municipality.

Do a Cost of Community Services Study to discover what retail,office space,housing and light industrial is not paying back.

Do a Market Capacity Study in order to discover Lawrence,Kansas limitations.

Above all else stop pretending rosy economics are just around the corners in order to justify reckless spending on new infrastructure. OUR local politicians have no idea if or when the economy will rebound. They are beginning to sound like medical insurance sales people. The reckless Lawrence "boom town economy" may never return!

Want to create jobs? Start fixing old infrastructure such as sidewalks and streets. This creates new value to old neighborhoods and WE KNOW this needs to be done.

cowboy 5 years, 4 months ago

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

---regarding the Special Use Permit for the shelter: just say no!

this shelter should not continue in any location.

operate Family Promise. Operate a shelter with standards and expectations so people who are making good choices don't have to compete for bed space against drunks and druggies!

stop enabling self destruction.


Merrill's jobs program LMAO!
stop a lot of progress, yeah, that'll really help jobs...riiiiight.

Merrill believes we should have enforced rolling blackouts to force power conservation; believes that broken streets are useful as passive traffic calming devices; believes in nude hiking and nude biking and nude gardening; thinks so highly of his own wisdom; is on the traffic safety commission and actually opposes all driving.

want him leading this community?

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