City commissioners will consider a pair of requests to close downtown streets for summer parties. The Lawrence Public Library is seeking to close a portion of the 700 block of Vermont Street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 5. Downtown leaders are looking to close a portion of Eighth Street from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 and from noon to 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.
The library wants to close down the portion of Vermont Street from Seventh Street to just north of the entrance to the library’s parking lot. A band will set up in front of the library’s eastern entrance, and spectators would be in the street. Downtown leaders are seeking to close Eighth Street from Massachusetts Street east to the alley for the city’s annual Busker Festival. The items are on the city’s consent agenda, meaning a city staff review has found no objections to the plans.
• Proclaim Aug. 1-7 as Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
• Approve commission meeting minutes from May 11 and June 1.
• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.
• Approve all claims.
• Approve licenses as recommended by the City Clerk’s Office.
• Bid and purchase items:
a. Waive estimates and award weatherization bids for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, 1524 Haskell Ave., to Harris Heating & Cooling for mechanical upgrades ($16,930) and to Rock Chalk Exteriors for siding replacement ($31,908).
b. Award Bid No. B1034 for a Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometer Instrument for the Utilities Department to Agilent for $82,211.97.
c. Approve renewal of the city’s annual agreement for Microsoft software maintenance for the period of July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, to Software House International for $69,049.
d. Authorize city manager to execute contracts for implementation of ExecuTime time and attendance payroll software system for $72,544.
e. Approve low bid for asphalt material to repave 13th Street, Oread Avenue, and portions of Oak Hill Cemetery. The bids for this project will be opened Tuesday and posted to the agenda later that day.
• Adopt on second and final reading an ordinance allowing possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor on specified city property on Eighth Street from noon Aug. 14 to 1 a.m. Aug. 15 for The Sandbar Birthday Party.
• Adopt resolutions:
a. Declaring 214 N. Sixth St. environmentally blighted and ordering the property owner to abate the violations within 20 days of the passage of said resolution.
b. Authorizing issuance of $5.6 million in general obligation bonds to refund State Revolving Fund Loan 2087.
• Authorize staff to advertise a request for proposals for engineering design services for the 23rd Street KDOT Bridge Replacement Utilities Relocation.
• Approve a request from Treanor Architects, on behalf of the property owner at 1530 W. Sixth St., for a variance from the city code that says a private sanitary sewer service line shall not be in a public right of way for more than 15 feet.
• Approve a temporary use of right-of-way permit for the Lawrence Public Library to close a portion of the 700 block of Vermont Street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 for the Last Splash Bash.
• Approve temporary use of right-of-way permit for the 2010 Lawrence Busker Festival allowing the closure of Eighth Street from Massachusetts Street east to the alley from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and noon to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 21 — and use of other downtown sidewalks on Aug. 20 and 21.
• Approve a temporary use of right-of-way permit for the temporary closure of the north (alley) entrance to the New Hampshire Street Parking Garage, sidewalks, parking spaces, and other rights-of-way associated with the construction of a seven-story multi-use building at the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire; approve temporary relocation of the public transit stops on Ninth Street, east and west of Massachusetts Street; and approve use of city property pursuant to an easement agreement permitting an outside courtyard/seating area to the benefit of the adjacent property.
• Approve Aviation Advisory Board’s recommendation of appointees to the Planning Advisory Committee.
• Approve implementation of age provision changes to the city’s Employee Health Care Plan effective Sept. 1.
• Receive first and second quarter reports for Bert Nash outreach program.
• Receive city manager’s report.
• Receive request from John McGrew, of Outside for a Better Inside, for a discussion about a wellness campus, complete with pond and walking trail.
• Conduct a public hearing on a request for a distance restriction waiver for the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol for Oread Hotel Block Parties.
• Conduct the public hearing on the proposed 2011 budget.
• Consider approving Management Plan for Lawrence Community Shelter, 3701 Franklin Park Circle. The plan must be approved by a supermajority vote.