Archive for Friday, December 10, 2010

Town Talk: Pickleman’s sandwich shop coming downtown; Schumm eyeing City Commission; Sixth Street on list for repairs

December 10, 2010


News and notes from around town:

• A sandwich shop will be going into the former Ben & Jerry’s location in downtown Lawrence. Allison Vance Moore of Colliers International confirmed that she's brokered a deal for Pickleman’s Gourmet Café to go into the space at 818 Mass. Pickleman’s, according to information on its website, specializes in toasted sandwiches but also offers thin-crust pizza, salads and soups. The restaurant also is expected to offer delivery. Pickleman’s got its start in Columbia, Mo., but recently has been expanding into several Midwest cities, especially those with universities.

An attempt to reach a spokesman with the company wasn't immediately successful, but Moore said the restaurant has been eying the Lawrence market for quite awhile.

“They’ve made multiple visits to the city and are really committed to being in downtown,” Moore said.

• Former Lawrence mayor and city commissioner Bob Schumm has taken a step to end questions about whether he will run for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission. Schumm confirmed that he’s held a second meeting with potential campaign volunteers and is likely to announce his candidacy shortly after the first of the year.

“Things look like they are falling into place,” Schumm said.

Already two candidates — Mike Machell and Hugh Carter — have filed for the three at-large seats up for election. There’s also growing speculation that incumbents Rob Chestnut and Mike Dever will seek re-election. The filing deadline is noon on Jan. 25.

• An expansion by North Lawrence’s ICL Performance Products — reported earlier this week by Town Talk — won’t be adding any new jobs to the plant, a spokeswoman with the company has confirmed. The spokeswoman said that through re-arranging the existing work force and through greater automation, the expansion won’t require additional employees. The plant currently employs 161 people. The company also declined to release how large of an investment the company was making in the expansion.

• Planning is well under way on what streets will get repaired in 2011. City engineers are recommending that Sixth Street from Massachusetts to Iowa and also from Monterey Way to Folks Road get a complete repaving. Significant pavement improvements to Kasold Drive from Fifth Terrace to Peterson Road also are on tap. In addition, the city has put together a map of other streets that will receive crack sealing, repaving, and curb and gutter replacements.

The map is to the side of this article. Click on it to make it larger.

• City engineers also are presenting new data that suggest the city’s efforts are improving the condition of the city’s streets. The city has an inspector who goes out and rates the condition of all the streets in the city, looking for potholes, cracks and other signs of deterioration. The city began rating the streets in 2005. The city is currently about a quarter of the way through its third rating cycle. Back in 2005, the city found 31.5 percent of the city’s streets were in the “unacceptable” range, meaning they would need to be rebuilt. In 2009, the number of streets in the unacceptable range fell to 29.8 percent. Thus far, the early returns from 2010 show the number has fallen to 26.2 percent. The data also show the overall rating for city streets has improved from a 69 — on a 100-point scale — in 2005 to 77 currently.

Voters in 2008 approved a 0.3 percent sales tax to fund additional street maintenance and to rebuild some of the city’s streets.

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UNIKU 7 years, 4 months ago

Schumm always did a good job on the Amyx. Knowledgeable, experienced and not a young hot shot real estate developer who is an idiot. I like Bob run.

Terry Sexton 7 years, 4 months ago

To call that particular hotshot a real estate developer is an insult to actual developers.

Terry Sexton 7 years, 4 months ago

...with a mountain of curly fries piled high to the sky!

mikeisthename 7 years, 4 months ago

I remember him in that commercial, but I'm not sure if he was inviting people to drink the Fat Tire ale or demanding it. Gave me a good laugh. Thanks.

SeaFox 7 years, 4 months ago

I'd like to see Kentucky repaved from 19th to 13th. Too many potholes and now lumpy spot repairs in the left-hand lane. I drive through there every day to work but don't have as many issues on 6th when I go to lunch.

Also, LJWorld's "larger view" of that map is a joke. It's only 640px wide! Only 6th st and Iowa's labels are large enough to actually read (if your squit). Everything else is illegible tiny lines.

SeaFox 7 years, 4 months ago

Also: note to copy editor. A Facebook page is not an official website. You linked to Pickleman's Facebook page which only people logged into Facebook can really view. But you could have linked to their actual website instead:

bearded_gnome 7 years, 4 months ago

Chad, thanks for followingupon the jobs question RE ICL.
perception is that they've slowed down a bit lately, so that's probably why they don't need to hire on more for this production of SHMP.

fixing the roads? is 31.5 dropping to 29.6 even a statistically significant change given the variables and the total N?

you might want to check. or do they even know such things about their glorious numbers?
meanwhile, let's build more roundabouts instead of fixing broken streets! yeeeehaw!

pinecreek 7 years, 4 months ago

So Robbie and Mikey want to run for re-election. Wonder what give-aways, costly bond-sponsored projects and tax increases that they want to tie us down with in a next term. Go home boys before you embarrass yourselves further. We need a change of occupants in your seats. Go get em' Bob.

sportsmed14 7 years, 4 months ago

The condition of Kasold road from sixth to Peterson is three times worse than any place on Sixth. If anything needs a complete repaving it's Kasold.

wils_25 7 years, 4 months ago

"Pickleman’s got its start in Columbia, Mo."

Never heard of anything nice coming west out of Mizzurah!

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