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Archive for Thursday, September 2, 2010

40 years ago: City to enforce sign ordinance more strictly

September 2, 2010

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City officials were declaring war on what City Manager Buford Watson was calling “clutteritis” along public rights-of-way. The city’s sign ordinance, which placed restrictions on the size, shape, and number of signs allowed by businesses, was going to be more strictly enforced.

A final plat of the Shank Hill subdivision was accepted by the county commission, but action was deferred for one week on the controversial proposal for a park area to be located on the property. The area was located three miles south of Lawrence, alongside U.S. Highway 59. The park had been proposed as a “nature area” and as a site for an overlook for Lawrence and the Wakarusa River Valley.

A big swath of beneficial amounts of rain had brought relief to a large part of central and eastern Kansas, but not to the poor parched Lawrence area, which only received a trace of moisture. Although the storm brought only a few afternoon sprinkles, the clouds and brisk breezes brought the temperature down to the mid-80s, producing a pleasant evening.

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