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Archive for Saturday, February 20, 2010

City commission agenda for Feb. 23

City to consider homeless outreach

February 20, 2010

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Bottom Line

Commissioners will discuss Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center’s contract to provide homeless outreach workers to the city.

Background

Due to budget issues, Bert Nash wants to reduce the number of homeless outreach workers from four to three. The suggestion previously has drawn concern from homeless service advocates. But Bert Nash leaders recently met with several advocates and presented a proposal to reduce the number of workers to three, but to rewrite the job description of a current employee to allow that position to do more homeless outreach work to compensate for the loss.

Other Business

Consent agenda

• Receive minutes from boards and commissions:

• Approve claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.

• Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

• Adopt these ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8491, regulating licensing and operation of pedicabs within Lawrence.

b.) Ordinance No. 8489, for rezoning (Z-12-30-09) of about 8.71 acres from RS7 (Single-Dwelling Residential) to RMO (Multi-Dwelling Residential-Office), at 3312 Calvin Drive.

c.) Ordinance No. 8490, for rezoning (Z-11-20-09) of about 2.98 acres from U (Urban Reserve) to CO (Office Commercial), at 525 Wakarusa Drive.

• Approval to proceed with development code applications for the proposed Bowersock Hydroelectric Plant on the north side of the Kansas River.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Receive letter from Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center regarding program cuts and consider authorizing the city manager to amend the contract to reflect three homeless outreach workers.

• Consider extending the time period for a Special Use Permit (SUP-10-10-09) for Lawrence Community Shelter, at 214 W. 10th St./944 Ky.

• Consider authorizing the mayor to sign a letter to the Lawrence school board regarding school closings.

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