Archive for Sunday, June 13, 2010

City commission agenda for June 15, 2010

Final smoking ordinance on table

June 13, 2010


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider passing the final ordinance needed to make the city’s existing smoking ban comply with the new statewide ban that will begin July 1.


To comply with the statewide ban, the city will prohibit smoking in many outdoor seating areas, if the areas are within 10 feet of the entrance to a building. But city commissioners are proposing to keep local prohibitions on smoking in private clubs and country clubs. The state law will allow smoking in those type of establishments. Legally, the city can have a local smoking ban that is stricter than the state’s, but it cannot have a local ban less restrictive than the state law.

Other business


• Proclaim June 14-19 as Dad’s Days.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from April 20.

• Approve claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the city clerk’s office.

• Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

• Bid and purchase items:

a. Approve sale of surplus vehicles on

b. Waive bidding requirements and approve sole source purchases from Paratech for Phase 1 extrication equipment for $11,615 and from Genesis for Phase 2 extrication equipment for $9,380.

c. Authorize the city manager to sign a renewal contract with Municipal Services Bureau for collection of past-due municipal court fines.

d. Set bid opening date of July 6 for wastewater plant HVAC chiller replacement.

e. Waive bidding requirements, and per grant stipulations, authorize the purchase of recycled rubber to be used as playground surfacing in South Park from a state-approved vendor, for $27,183. This purchase is from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Waste Tire Product Grant and the city will be reimbursed 50 percent of the cost.

f. Award bid for pumps and motors for the Utilities Department to Mid-America Pump LVK for $196,936, JCI for $106,490, Layne Christensen Co. for $33,016, and Patchen Electric for $25,619.30 for a total of $362,061.30 for all pumps and motors.

• Adopt on second and final reading an ordinance establishing a stop sign on Troon Lane at Camel Drive.

• Accept historic preservation fund grants for a historic preservation planning intern for $4,000 and the staff and commission education presentation for $2,280, and authorize the city manager to enter into grant agreements with the Kansas State Historical Society for these projects.

• Accept dedication of easements and rights of way for a preliminary plat for Johnson & Ellis Investments Addition, with one lot, of about 0.538 acres, at 1804 W. Sixth St. and a variance from city right-of-way requirements. Submitted by Bartlett & West Inc. for Johnson & Ellis Investments, property owner of record.

• Approve a temporary use of right-of-way permit for the Lawrence Originals allowing the closure of Seventh Street between Kentucky and Tennessee streets from 8 a.m. to midnight July 4.

• Approve demolition of the former Morton Concrete Block building in Burroughs Creek Park, 900 E. 15th St.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a subordination agreement for Kiley and Mary Bost, 832 Locust.

Regular agenda

• Conduct a public hearing on a request for a waiver of the restriction on the sale and serving of alcoholic liquor within 400 feet of a school or church, to allow the temporary sale of alcoholic beverages at the Americana Music Festival at South Park from noon to 10 p.m. June 27.

• Consider authorizing the execution of documents related to acquisition of the former Farmland Industries property.

• Receive status update on property at 331 Johnson Ave. on violation of city code.

• Consider on first reading an ordinance amending sections of the city code to incorporate additional restrictions contained in the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act.

• Consider approving text amendments to the city’s land development code and the city code to permit bars or lounges and to consider changes to development standards for eating and drinking establishments in the mixed-use district and to consider a new mixed-use entertainment district.

• Consider request to establish yield signs on Pleasant Street at North Fourth Street.

• Consider recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to deny request to rescind the 35 mph speed limit on Fourth Street between McDonald Drive and Michigan Street.

• Consider recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to deny request to establish a stop sign on Crestline Drive at 24th Terrace.


snowbird 8 years ago

An alternative to smoking bans

If the public was honestly and truthfully informed about the effects of second-hand smoke, there would be fewer no-smoking laws in this country.

There has never been a single study showing that exposure to the low levels of smoke found in bars and restaurants with decent modern ventilation and filtration systems kills or harms anyone.

As to the annoyance of smoking, a compromise between smokers and non-smokers can be reached, through setting a quality standard and the use of modern ventilation technology.

Air ventilation can easily create a comfortable environment that removes not just passive smoke, but also and especially the potentially serious contaminants that are independent from smoking.

Thomas Laprade

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