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Archive for Sunday, July 25, 2010

City commission agenda for July 27, 2010

Requests to close downtown streets for parties considered

July 25, 2010

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Bottom Line

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.

Background

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.

Other business

Recognition

• Proclaim Aug. 1-7 as Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

Consent agenda

• 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.

Regular agenda

• 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.

Comments

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

• Receive request from John McGrew, of Outside for a Better Inside, for a discussion about a wellness campus, complete with pond and walking trail.

How many local big government tax dollars do you have to spare?

Who will use this high dollar venture?

I say fix and widen the sidewalks in older Lawrence neighborhoods to promote walking and biking. We know tons of people use these outdoor neighborhood walkways = smart investment.

A climate controlled building is not encouraging anyone to be outside.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

This is perhaps how Lawrence city government needs to be thinking as far as connecting our hike and bike paths so they take us somewhere like around Lawrence,Kansas and to shopping areas.

Top 30 Walkable Communities: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5349591.html

Manhattan Kansas Transportation As a college town Manhattan is biker and walker friendly, with many attractive routes on and around Kansas State's 664-acre campus. The 15-mile Linear Trail circles Manhattan and provides scenic views over rivers and through wooded areas. Numerous area parks offer beautiful biking and walking trails.

Manhattan has a ton of what appear to be strategically located walking trails. Our daughter says walking around and through Manhattan can be accomplished because so many of the trails connect/intersect.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Tax abatements,Tax Increment Financing(TIF), Tax breaks for the wealthy means revenue will far short and somehow that short fall will need to be covered.

So who wants to have fees,sales taxes or other forms taxing increased to cover the short fall?

Our real estate industry/builders/developers should take their money making ideas to the bank not come asking for local big government hand outs from the taxpayers. Many times the spokes people will come appealing to our weakness aka our children. When in fact it is more about selling houses for a sweet profit.

Our real estate industry/builders/developers need to spend their own resources to build their $25 - $60 million enhancements rather than come to the the taxpayers thinking OUR local big government tax dollars are THEIR entitlements.

Take note of item number one on the regular agenda. The watch the city commission tonight July 27 for details. IT COULD BE YOUR TAX INCREASE! This project will not be going away soon.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Receive request from John McGrew, of Outside for a Better Inside, for a discussion about a wellness campus, complete with pond and walking trail. Previously a $25 million dollar field house was in the mix. It may well still be in the mix tonight July 27 at the city commission meeting.

How about nice wide sidewalks with chin up bars and push up spaces along the way? I’ve seen this done. With open spaces and no hiding places for safety reasons. Drinking water sources too. Bench seats along the way. Low budget yet useful and practical.

Who will use this? With all due respect a climate controlled building/campus is not necessary and very expensive.

For another thought I say fix and widen the sidewalks in older Lawrence neighborhoods to promote walking and biking. We know tons of people use these outdoor neighborhood walkways = smart investment. People from all points of town walk and bike… young and old alike. This is everyday of the week.

Locally we had our young children walking through the woods at Clinton lake frequently, walking/biking.doing legos big time,art projects, 4-H dog shows and refused to buy them video games until late in their childhood with time restrictions attached. Our children grew up being active. It all begins at home.

Perhaps Lawrence city government needs to be thinking about connecting our hike and bike paths so they take us somewhere like around Lawrence,Kansas,to other neighborhoods and shopping areas.

Perhaps using these examples of how other communities are connected might be useful.

Top 30 Walkable Communities: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5349591.html

Manhattan Kansas Transportation As a college town Manhattan is biker and walker friendly, with many attractive routes on and around Kansas State's 664-acre campus. The 15-mile Linear Trail circles Manhattan and provides scenic views over rivers and through wooded areas. Numerous area parks offer beautiful biking and walking trails.

Manhattan has a ton of what appear to be strategically located walking trails. Our daughter says walking around and through Manhattan can be accomplished because so many of the trails connect/intersect.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

• Receive request from John McGrew, of Outside for a Better Inside, for a discussion about a wellness campus, complete with pond and walking trail.

How about nice wide sidewalks with chin up bars and push up spaces along the way? I’ve seen this done. With open spaces and no hiding places for safety reasons. Drinking water sources too. Bench seats along the way. Low budget yet useful and practical.

Who will use this? With all due respect a climate controlled building/campus is not necessary and very expensive.

At the July 27 City Commission meeting the real plans were presented. John Mc Grew,Phil Struble and Hank Booth/Chamber of Commerce spoke in support.

The real plans involve another high dollar athletic park that I say will cost about $50 million tax dollars. Yes indoor sports arena,ball park etc etc. Phil Struble presented a drawing.

Grab your tax dollar wallets! This is more about taxpayers providing amenities for another housing project,strip malls and another public school. Yes this idea includes the new property USD 497 recently purchased.

This will require tons of tax dollars.

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