City commissioners will discuss what position the City Commission should take on the subject of Congressional redistricting.
Lawrence currently is split among two Congressional districts — the 2nd District represented by Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins, and the 3rd District represented by Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. The Kansas Legislature’s Special Committee on Redistricting will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Dole Institute of Politics on KU’s West Campus. City commissioners want to have a position statement to present at that public hearing.
• Sept. 5-12 as Just Food Fight Hunger Week.
• September as National Preparedness Month.
• Approve Aug. 9 City Commission meeting minutes.
• Receive minutes from boards and commissions.
• Approve claims.
• Approve licenses recommended by the city clerk’s office.
• Approve appointments recommended by the mayor.
• Bid and purchase items:
a. Set a bid date of Sept. 13 for general wastewater pumping station improvements.
b. Award bid for two half-ton pickups for the Parks and Recreation Department to Shawnee Mission Ford for $34,700.
c. Approve purchase of a used 2004 model F-750 Ford with a 2,000 gallon Etnyre Centennial for the Public Works Street Division from JFW Equipment, Climax, N.C., for $74,000, delivery included.
• Adopt on first reading an ordinance condemning property for the 23rd Street bridge utilities relocation project.
• Adopt ordinances on second and final reading that:
a. Change the name of Fireside Drive to Frontier Lane.
b. Allow possession and consumption of alcohol from 1 p.m. to midnight Sept. 17 on the 100 block of East Eighth Street for the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser.
c. Authorize the financing of the costs of a master plan and certain infrastructure development for the former Farmland Industries property for Economic Development purposes, and authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds of the city to pay the costs.
d. Designate Delaware Street from Eighth Street to 22nd Terrace and a street to be named, located north of the northern terminus of O’Connell Road at 23rd Street, north to an intersection with 19th Street, as main trafficways.
e. Authorize issuance of a grant to the Lawrence-Douglas County Bioscience Authority to expand the Bioscience & Technology Business Center, and the financing of the project at a cost up to $500,000 plus costs of issuance and interest on any temporary financing in whole or in part, from the proceeds of general obligation temporary notes and/or bonds of the city, which are hereby authorized to be issued for such purposes pursuant to the authority of the Home Rule Amendment in an amount of not to exceed $500,000 plus costs of issuance and interest on any temporary financing.
• Adopt a resolution initiating the use of eminent domain authority for acquisition of property for the Utilities Department sanitary sewer pump station improvement project.
• Approve a special event permit from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 1 for the Hawk Talk Kickoff Rally at Salty Iguana, 4931 W. Sixth St. Activities will include games, vendors and a band from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Accept dedication of easements and rights of way for a preliminary plat for Hunters Ridge Addition, a subdivision of about 35 acres that contains four lots, on the north side of West Sixth Street between Queens Road and Stoneridge Drive. Submitted by Pat Kelly for Pear Tree Village L.P., property owner of record.
• Approve a site plan for sidewalk diving at Pyramid Pizza, 1029 Mass. Submitted by Ron Derusseau for Consolidated Properties of Lawrence Inc., property owner of record.
• Approve suspension of enforcement of city law that prohibits the discharge of firearms within the city, for “shotgun” starts at the Penny Jones Golf Tournament on Sept. 9 at Alvamar Golf Club.
• Approve a temporary use of public right-of-way permit allowing closure of a portion of the 900 block of New Hampshire Street for an Arts Center street party from noon to midnight Sept. 30.
• Receive 2011 second-quarter Bert Nash Outreach report.
• Receive staff memo regarding various economic development.
• Receive staff report regarding Congressional redistricting.