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Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lawrence City Commission agenda for May 1, 2012

Bid to repave section of Sixth St. likely to be approved

April 29, 2012

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Bottom line

City commissioners are set to approve a $1.14 million bid to repave Sixth Street from Iowa Street to Monterey Way.

Background

Lawrence-based Sunflower Paving submitted the low bid. The project will include two inches of new pavement on the road and several new turning lanes. The project will include an eastbound right-turn lane at Sixth and Kasold, a westbound bus turnout lane on Sixth Street just west of Schwarz Road, and a widening of Sixth Street between Rockledge and Iowa to provide a center turn lane for the Hampton Inn property. Work is expected to begin on the project in early summer.

Study session

• 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Study session on city budget.

• 6:35 p.m. City Commission meeting begins.

Recognition

• Proclaim May 6 – 12, 2012 as RISE Phoenix Week.

• Proclaim the month of May 2012 as Mental Health Month.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 04/10/12.

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

• Approve all claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the City Clerk’s Office.

• Approve appointments as recommended by the Mayor.

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Award bid for Project No. PW1201, 6th Street, Monterey Way to Iowa Street, KLINK Project, to Sunflower Paving, Inc., in the amount of $1,144,208,62.

b.) Award the bid for Bid Number B1221, Project UT1204CS Pump Station PS43 Pump Replacement, to the low bidder, Tedrow Construction, L.L.C., in the amount of $23,965 and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract.

c.) Award the construction contract for Bid No. B1222, project UT1104DS Wimbledon Drive (from Inverness Drive to the west line of the Alvamar Golf Course property) Watermain Replacement to the low bidder Westland Construction in the amount of $411,985.35 and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract.

d) Authorize the purchase of fume hood equipment for the Bioscience and Technology Business Center expansion facility, 4950 Research Parkway, in the amount of $21,853.39, from Fisher Scientific.

e.) Authorize the City Manager to execute an engineering services agreement with Professional Engineering Consultants for design phase engineering services in the amount of $84,651 for project UT1105DS, 2012-2013 Watermain Relocation Program.

f.) Authorize City Manager to enter into an agreement with Landplan Engineering for engineering design services for the 6th and Iowa Geometric Improvements project in the amount of $72,000.

• Adopt on second and final reading, Ordinance No. 8729, allowing possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor on certain public right-of-way in conjunction with Arts Center Final Friday event, Art Tougeau Parade After Party and the Replay Spring Into Summer event on May 25 and May 26.

• Approve a request by Lawrence 360 Church to install artificial turf as part of its new infant and toddler playground area.

• Accept 2011 Report on Tax Abatements and Economic Development incentives, as approved by the Public Incentives Review Committee on April 24.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Consider approving Site Plan, SP-3-24-12, for a sidewalk hospitality area for Burger Stand at the Casbah Restaurant to be located at 801-803 Massachusetts Street (submitted by Paul Werner Architects for David and Susan Millstein and Round Corner Inv. LLC, property owners of record) and consider approving sidewalk dining and hospitality license. The sidewalk dining area will be located on the west side (covered alley area).

• Consider the following items related to the North Mass Development project:

a.) Consider a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-11-8-11, to Chapter 6 of Horizon 2020 to expand the identified boundaries of Downtown Lawrence to accommodate a proposed mixed use project known as the North Mass Development. The request includes a proposal to exempt the proposed North Mass Development from the current requirement that individual stores in the Downtown Commercial Center have a maximum footprint of no more than 25,000 square feet.

b.) Consider a request to rezone, Z-12-29-11, approximately 1.38 acres from IG (General Industrial) and CS (Commercial Strip) to CD (Downtown Commercial), located at 401 & 415 North 2nd Street.

c) Consider a request to rezone, Z-12-30-11, approximately 2.14 acres from IG (General Industrial) to CD (Downtown Commercial), located at 0 & 100 Lincoln Street and 151 & 100 Perry Street.

d) Consider a request to rezone, Z-12-32-11, approximately .83 acres from IG (General Industrial) and CS (Commercial Strip) to CD (Downtown Commercial), located at 409 & 501 North 2nd Street.

e) Consider a request to rezone, Z-12-33-11, approximately .34 acres from OS (Open Space) and CS (Commercial Strip) to CD (Downtown Commercial), located at 300, 311, & 317 North 2nd Street.

f) Consider a request to rezone, Z-12-34-11, approximately 1.61 acres from IG (General Industrial) to CD (Downtown Commercial), located at 139 Perry Street, 505 North 2nd Street & 141 Maple Street.

g) Consider a request to rezone, Z-12-35-11, approximately .55 acres from IG (General Industrial) to CD (Downtown Commercial), located at 133 Perry Street.

h.) Consider a request to rezone, Z-12-36-11, approximately 1.38 acres from IG (General Industrial) to CD (Downtown Commercial), located at 600 North 1st Street, Block 3.

• Consider adopting Resolution No. 6969, authorizing the Mayor to execute Agreement No. 12-12 with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the construction of improvements to K-10 (South Lawrence Trafficway) and the construction of 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road.

• Receive presentation from the Kansas Department of Transportation on for the construction of an interchange at the intersection of Bob Billings Parkway and K-10 Highway.

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Grab your tax dollar wallets! How many millions upon miilions more do you have?

Wouldn't you love an opportunity to vote on YOUR tax dollar spending?

This too is on the agenda:

Consider adopting Resolution No. 6969, authorizing the Mayor to execute Agreement No. 12-12 with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the construction of improvements to K-10 (South Lawrence Trafficway) and the construction of 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road. Staff Memo & Attachments http://www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/assets/agendas/cc/2012/05-01-12/05-01-12_agenda_click_here.html

ACTION: Adopt Resolution No. 6969, authorizing the Mayor to execute Agreement No. 12-12 with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the construction of improvements to K-10 (South Lawrence Trafficway) and the construction of 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road, if appropriate. http://www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/assets/agendas/cc/2012/05-01-12/05-01-12_agenda_click_here.html

What else are we paying for that taxpayers had no opportunity to approve? 1. The $60-$75 million PLAY project ( non stop spending)

  1. $30 million law enforcement project

  2. $ 2 million additional parking project at the library ( city hall have been more or less giving parking away to new developments)

  3. $90 million sewage treatment project

  4. The upcoming infrastructure costs on the river retail project( The RiverFront Plaza failure was not enough = we need to do it again)

  5. All of the recent tax dollar give away projects = millions of dollars

Remember one of the objectives to new construction is to create new tax dollar revenue yet city hall forgives a variety tax dollars so what's the point? Developers and real estate people have politicians wrapped around their little fingers.

It's a shame politicians live in fear of developers not doing any new wasteful construction. It would be a blessing to taxpayers.

The economy is not truly improving and Lawrence is shrinking so where are the new property tax donators,the additional new shoppers and where is the justification to keep spending tax dollars this way?

JackMcKee 2 years, 10 months ago

and unfortunately it coincides with the worst Governor in the history if the state. It is not a good time to be living in Lawrence, KS.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence has been on a spree of approving retail shopping centers that are not needed. The City Commission approved a second Wal-Mart. It approved another shopping center at 6th and Wakarusa, far beyond the square footage called for at that intersection. It approved two large shopping centers at 6th and the South Lawrence Trafficway.

This excessive approval of retail development proposals has been going on for some time, and it is harmful to the community. It hurts the downtown generally by siphoning spending away. It makes it impossible to complete various downtown redevelopment projects, such as Downtown 2000, which has left the taxpayers paying for an empty parking garage building. It hurts the capacity of other downtown projects to attract tenants, such as the Hobbs-Taylor building. It adds to the stock of vacant and deteriorating space found all over town.

Lawrence has developed retail space at a growth rate of 3.0 percent per year from 1995 through 2007. Yet, inflation adjusted retail spending--a good measure of demand for this space--has grown by only 0.9 percent per year during the same time period. Thus, Lawrence has allowed its supply of retail space to grow at over three times the pace of growth of demand for that space. This means that new space, if absorbed at all, simply takes demand away from existing space. The result is widespread vacancy, deterioration, and blight.

Overland Park is a nearby city confronting similar growth problems. It is interesting to note that Overland Park has kept the pace of growth of retail supply in line with the growth in demand for that supply. From 1990 through 2007, inflation adjusted retail spending in Overland Park grew by 2.1 percent per year. During the same years, Overland Park allowed its stock of retail space to grow by 1.7 percent per year.

Overland Park is practicing smart growth. It is keeping the growth in supply in balance with the growth in demand. As a result Overland Park ’s retail market is in much better shape than is Lawrence ’s retail market. Lawrence is not practicing smart growth, and it is paying the price.

http://lawrencesmartgrowth.blogspot.com/

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

What happens when developers control the pace of growth?

The Planning Commission tends to worsen these mistakes by granting the developers unlimited extensions of time in which to develop. When these developments initially go before the Planning Commission and the City Commission, they promise to initiate development within 18 months.

Several have failed to move forward because they cannot find sufficient tenants. Rather than admit a mistake, they ask for--and receive--extensions of time to look for tenants. The Planning Commission should admit the mistakes of approving these unneeded developments and refuse the extensions.

Lawrence city government is controlled by the coalition of developers who contributed heavily to get pro-developer individuals elected to the City Commission. These elected pro-developer city commissioners have appointed pro-developer friends to the Planning Commission. This means that developers are getting all that they ask for, even when it runs contrary to the community’s plan which calls for balanced growth.

There is value in smart growth. It prevents loss of value to existing centers. It protects the existing downtown. It helps maintain a healthy level of investment in existing shopping centers. It promotes redevelopment plans.

Lawrence is losing value rapidly. Smart growth can help resolve that problem, but we need leadership that understands the harm that results from letting developers set the pace of growth. We need leadership that understands that smart growth will not happen by itself; we need to consciously plan for our future and work hard to achieve it.

http://lawrencesmartgrowth.blogspot.com/

gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 10 months ago

Good to see Kirk is getting cut-and-pasted. I hope no one ever investigates him for using public resources on political or quasi-political campaigns. It seems he has plenty of time based on how infrequently he publishes.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Let the voters decide! Residential growth does not pay for itself because the funding of revenues generated by residential does not pay for the services they require from a municipality. In order for the city to have orderly growth, developers need to be responsible for all new infrastructure.

Let the voters decide when all tax incentives are justified. Why?

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/2008/commonthreads/115777.shtml

Flap Doodle 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow, two four-year old links! Way to keep things current, merrill!

rockchalker52 2 years, 10 months ago

Hey, did anybody else see that guy with the 'eff the police' sign? My wife saw him out by Wallyworld & I saw him at 10th & Mass the other day? I wish he'd been more specific; would like to know why he wanted to 'eff' the police so badly that he needed to announces his wishes with signage. Can you go around with a sign that sez 'eff the police?'

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