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Archive for Sunday, December 12, 2010

City commission agenda for Dec. 14, 2010

December 12, 2010

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Bottom line

City commissioners will consider approval of an incentive request for Plastikon Industries to locate in a vacant building in the East Hills Business Park.

Background

The company is seeking about $60,000 worth of work-force training assistance from the city and the county. Under the proposal, the city and county each would pay $250 per employee, but would be allowed to stretch the payments out over five years. The company anticipates hiring 50 workers initially and 126 over five years. The company previously had asked the city to issue industrial revenue bonds, which would not be backed by the city but would allow the company to access lower financing rates. But the company has withdrawn that request after finding attractive forms of more conventional financing.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Nov. 2.

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

• Approve all claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the City Clerk’s Office.

• Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

• Bid and purchase items:

a) Award Bid No. B1066 for Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals for 2011 to various vendors at unit prices.

b) Approve procurement of excess workers compensation coverage from Safety National for the insurance period of Jan. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2012, for an estimated premium of $41,180.

• Adopt the following ordinances on first reading:

a) Ordinance No. 8601, rescinding Ordinance No. 6089 that established Rhode Island Street as a one-way street from Seventh Street to Eighth Street for northbound traffic.

b) Ordinance No. 8602, rescinding Ordinance No. 8537 that established stop signs on Indiana at 11th Street and establishes a multiway stop at the intersection of 11th and Indiana.

• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a) Ordinance No. 8597, authorizing the codification and publication of the ordinances of the city of Lawrence.

b) Ordinance No. 8317, for Text Amendment (TA-06-12-08) to Section 20-810 of the Subdivision Regulations to clarify the natural resources and environmentally sensitive areas that are to be protected or preserved, Section 20-812 to revise the required contents of a plat to include environmentally sensitive lands provisions, and Section 20-815 to provide definitions of terms related to environmentally sensitive lands.

• Adopt the updated Water Conservation Plan and adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8492, amending Chapter 19, Article 10 of the City Code to allow the enforcement of the updated plan, per Kansas Water Office requirements.

• Approve Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-3-1-10, to Horizon 2020 for an update to Chapter 8 — Transportation. Initiated by Planning Commission on Feb. 22, 2010. Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8590, for Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-3-1-10) to Horizon 2020 for an update to Chapter 8 — Transportation.

• Authorize the mayor to sign an agreement with KDOT, Wakarusa Watershed, Alvamar Inc. and Douglas County regarding the rehabilitation of Yankee Tank Dam, and authorizing city funding in the amount of $75,000, conditioned upon successful completion of city conditions relating to annexation and easement alterations.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a Release of Mortgage for John and Ferdouz Cochran, 709 Ill.

• Approve a request from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission to carry forward $5,000 in unspent funds from its 2010 budget to 2011 for the purpose of furthering a project examining the sustainability and future funding of the arts in the community.

• Receive a request from NextG Networks for a telecommunications franchise agreement; refer to staff for a report.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Consider approving the employee training incentive and authorize the city manager to execute a performance agreement with Plastikon.

• Receive proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-6-5-09, to Horizon 2020 — Chapter 14 to include the Northeast Sector Plan.

• Receive proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-2008-7, amending Horizon 2020 to include Chapter 16 — Environment.

• Consider approving annexation (A-9-3-10) of approximately 51.13 acres at the southwest corner of North 1800 Road (Farmers’ Turnpike) and East 1000 Road (Queens Road Extended).

• Consider approving the 2011 Comprehensive Street Maintenance Program.

• Consider adopting the 2011 State Legislative Priorities Statement.

Comments

oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 4 months ago

the answer is NO. I do not want to have the city pay $60,000 to "assist" in training employees for Plastikon. $60,000 is a pittance to what the upper management will make and if PlastiCon is such a reliable company they wouldn't even ask.

Any commissioner who supports this proposal and runs again, should not be Voted back in. End of story.

Didn't PlastiCon do their homework ahead of time when they decided to locate here? Didn't they understand the availability of a workforce? Or maybe now what wilbur has been saying all along is correct, Lawrence does not have a workforce. End of story.

Next, the "employees" to be trained will come from where? What is "locally" anyway? Baldwin, Eudora, DeSoto, Cedar Creek, Kill Creek, Tonganoxie, Perry, Lecompton, Topeka.?

NO to PastiCon!

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macon47 3 years, 4 months ago

plastikon is free to move to what ever city will give them the best deal i am sure the local bottom feeders do the same thing on a daily basis with thier purchases, so i see no difference

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clarkentsman 3 years, 4 months ago

JABOTB - The company is seeking about $60,000 worth of work-force training assistance from the city and the county. Under the proposal, --- the city and county each would pay $250 per employee, but would be allowed to stretch the payments out over five years ---. Isn't that $50 per year per employee?

(potentially) ...create 126 jobs with an average salary of $45,000 a year. That wage figure doesn’t include the salaries for top management and engineers, which drive the average up to about $58,000 a year.

Plastikon has said it will transfer a few employees to Lawrence from other facilities, but the vast majority of employees will be hired locally. The training that will be funded by the city and county will increase those workers’ skills and likely make them more valuable not only to Plastikon but other manufacturing firms.

Are you telling us that you don't want to spend $50 per year to train local people for these jobs?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 4 months ago

"The company is seeking about $60,000 worth of work-force training assistance from the city and the county. Under the proposal, the city and county each would pay $250 per employee, but would be allowed to stretch the payments out over five years."

Why should it be the responsibility of the city and county to pay for the training of this company's workforce?

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