City commissioners may change city code to make it easier for hotels to locate in the city.
Commissioners will consider allowing hotels to be located on property zoned for industrial and business parks. Owners of a vacant of piece of ground just south of Hallmark’s production plant have asked for the change. The property owners say the property, which is near Interstate 70, has attracted interest from a hotel developer, although other details have not been available. If approved, the change would allow hotels in other business park areas of the city also.
• Approve June 8 city commission meetings.
• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.
• Approve claims.
• Bid and purchase items:
a. Apply the local purchasing preference policy and award bid for a one-ton pickup with options for the Parks and Recreation Department to Laird Noller Automotive for $27,973 plus options of $5,503 for a total of $33,476.
b. Award bid for 2009 Sidewalk Gap Program to R.D. Johnson Excavating for $229,076.20.
c. Approve contract renewal of a bid with Vito’s Plumbing for the 2010 Emergency Sewer Repair Contractor.
• Adopt ordinances on first reading that:
a. Revise the Protection Standards for Environmentally Sensitive Areas in the city code, to provide more precise definitions, and to include incentives for protection of sensitive lands beyond that required by code.
b. Modify the one-way street designation and the no-parking restrictions on Elm Street between North Second and North Third streets.
• Adopt ordinances on second and final reading that:
a. Adopt and appropriate by fund the 2011city budget.
b. Establish solid waste service rates for 2011.
• Adopt resolutions that:
a. Authorize financing for water and sewer capital projects.
b. Authorize the sale of general obligation notes and bonds on Aug. 24, which provides financing for previously approved projects and the refinancing of State Revolving Loan Fund financing.
c. Set the limit for the amount of bonds that can be issued under Charter Ordinance 27 in 2010 at $6.1 million.
d. Set Aug. 24 as the public hearing date to consider a Community Improvement District for the 23rd and Ousdahl project.
• Receive status update regarding the code violations at 331 Johnson Ave. and direct staff to proceed with filing a complaint through Municipal Court.
• Approve these unanimous recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission that would:
a. Remove the date restriction established for no parking along the south side of 19th Terrace between Naismith Drive and Ousdahl Road and adopt on first reading an ordinance establishing no parking along the south side of 19th Terrace between Naismith Drive and Ousdahl Road.
b. Remove the no parking bus stop zone along the north side of 10th Street, east of New York Street, and adopt on first reading an ordinance removing the no parking bus stop zone along the north side of 10th Street, east of New York Street.
• Receive a recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to construct a signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing on Kentucky Street between 12th and 13th streets. Because this item is currently unfunded it will not proceed to construction until funds are budgeted for construction. This item will placed on the city’s listing of unfunded traffic/pedestrian items.
• Receive and approve a recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to construct traffic calming devices on North Ninth Street between Locust and Walnut streets. This item also is unfunded and won’t be constructed until funds are budgeted. It also will be placed on the city’s listing of unfunded traffic/pedestrian items.
• Receive status report from the Peak Oil Task Force and approve an extension of work to present the final report by Dec. 31.
• City manager’s report.
• Consider approving amendments to memorandum of understanding agreements between the city and the IAFF Local 1596 and the Lawrence Police Officers Association regarding compensation for 2011.
• Continue public hearing opened on July 27 on a request for a distance restriction waiver for sale, possession and consumption of alcohol for the Oread Hotel Block Parties. Consider finding that the temporary event and sale of alcoholic liquor is not adverse to the public safety and welfare. Consider approving a distance restriction waiver. Consider adopting on first reading an ordinance allowing temporary sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor on specified city property for the Oread Hotel Block Parties.
• Consider approving a city code text amendment to permit the hotel, motel, extended stay use in the Industrial/Business Park District. Initiated by the Planning Commission.