Archive for Friday, September 16, 2011

City Commission agenda for Sept. 20, 2011

September 16, 2011



City commissioners will consider a pair of proposals to provide economic incentives to two new developments in Lawrence.


Commissioners will consider approving a partial property tax rebate to a development group led by Doug Compton in its efforts to restore the Masonic Temple building in downtown Lawrence. The long-vacant building is being proposed as a banquet facility for Lawrence caterer Steve Maceli. Commissioners also will consider a 65 percent, 10-year tax abatement to assist Lawrence-based Grandstand Sportswear and Glassware to move into a vacant building in the East Hills Business Park. The company is seeking to move into the former Sauer-Danfoss building because its business of producing custom glassware for the microbrewing industry has been booming.

Other business

Consent agenda

• Approve commission meeting minutes from Sept. 6.

• Receive minutes from other 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. Approve sale of surplus vehicles.

b. Authorize purchase of asphalt, not to exceed $21,000, for resurfacing the parking lots and roads at Broken Arrow Park.

c. Award $20,973 bid to Lynn Electric for 2011 electrical preventive maintenance for the Utilities Department.

• Adopt on second and final reading a city-county resolution amending Horizon 2020 to include the Inverness District Park Plan.

• Consider an ordinance on first reading amending the Southeast Area Plan to reference and reflect the accepted Preliminary Alignment Study for 31st Street and to update the plan to reflect changes since adoption.

• Receive letter from Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, requesting donation of the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) currently on display in Centennial Park; refer request to staff for a report.

• Authorize the mayor to execute a license agreement permitting Luke Oehlert to use a portion of the 23rd Street right of way as a parking lot in accordance with the terms of that agreement.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for John Shepard, 842 Locust St.

• Approve a request from Friends of the Public Library to place signs in the right of way between Sixth and Ninth streets and between Massachusetts and Tennessee streets. The signs would be placed Oct. 7 and removed Oct. 11.

Regular agenda

• Receive presentation from city auditor regarding the auditor’s external peer review and introduction of the review team.

• Conduct a public hearing and adopt a resolution regarding a request for a 65 percent property tax abatement from 3840 Greenway Circle LLC/Grandstand Sportswear and Glassware, regarding property at 3840 Greenway Circle and issuance of up to $5 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds for the project.

• Conduct a public hearing regarding a request from Consolidated Properties Inc. to establish a Neighborhood Revitalization Area at 1001 Mass. to renovate the Masonic Temple; adopt the 1001 Mass. St. Neighborhood Revitalization Plan; adopt on first reading an ordinance establishing a Neighborhood Revitalization Area at 1000 Mass.; authorize the city manager to execute an agreement with the county and school district concerning administration of the revitalization area; and authorize the city manager to execute a performance agreement with Consolidated Properties Inc.


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