Archive for Wednesday, April 28, 2010

City gives final approval for shelter permit

The city commission voted Tuesday to give final approval for a special-use permit that would allow the Lawrence Community Shelter to find a new home. The plans for the new location are not set in stone, but the process is continuing forward.

April 28, 2010


Commissioners finished dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s for a new permit for the Lawrence Community Shelter to locate to a warehouse near the Douglas County Jail.

Commissioners gave preliminary approval to the special use permit at their meeting last week. On Tuesday commissioners finalized the conditions of the permit. Those included a requirement that the City Commission approve a detailed management plan for the facility by Aug. 1.

Commissioners will be required to approve the document by a super-majority vote. The conditions also require the shelter staff to hold at least three public meetings with neighbors prior to the management plan being presented to city commissioners.

Swimming issue

A new swim club will be allowed to use the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, at least on a temporary basis.

Ad Astra Area Aquatics had sought a contract with the city to use the indoor pool for training. Commissioners raised concerns because Ad Astra planned to operate as a for-profit company.

But the leader of Ad Astra said he now plans to reorganize the company as a not-for-profit after staff members recommended the for-profit company be charged about twice as much as the not-for-profit Lawrence Aquahawks swim club. Commissioners agreed to allow Ad Astra to use the pool on a temporary basis while it reorganizes.


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