Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2012

Lawrence City Commission agenda for August 21, 2012

City to consider starting Joint Economic Development Council

August 18, 2012


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider creating a new Joint Economic Development Council that will provide “general oversight and vision” of the economic development efforts in Lawrence and Douglas County.


The council will have 12 voting members. They include: the chair of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce; a Lawrence city commissioner; a Douglas County commissioner; the chancellor of Kansas University; the executive chair of the Bioscience and Business Technology Center; two representatives from the business community appointed by the chamber president; two community members appointed by the Lawrence City Commission; and two community members appointed by the Douglas County Commission.

Other business

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 07/17/12.

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

• Approve all claims.

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

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Set bid date of September 11, 2012 for the Parking Garage Maintenance, Project No. PW1215.

b.) Set a bid date of September 18, 2012 for Bid Number B1251, Project UT1208KW Chlorine Contact Basin Scum Skimmer Equipment Replacement.

c.) Award bid for one (1) side load refuse truck for Public Works Department to Downing Sales and Service for $170,365.

d.) Award the bid for the Pennsylvania Street (8th Street North 200’) storm sewer pipe, Project No. PW1221, to Cretex Concrete Products Midwest, for a total amount of $32,680.

e.) Authorize City Manager to enter into agreement with Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway, to acquire right-of-way in exchange of vacating existing right-of-way for improvements with the Iowa Street reconstruction project, Project No. PW1012.

f.) Authorize the City Manager to execute Change Order No. 1 to the construction contract with EmCon Inc. for priority group I of Project UT0919CS General Wastewater Pumping Station Improvements increasing the contract amount by $54,474.80.

g.) Authorize the installation of a walking trail and connecting sidewalks at Deerfield Park, by Elite Construction, in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

• Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8779, adoption the 2012 Standard Traffic Ordinance, Edition 2012.

• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8747, making changes in Sections 19-101, 19-214, 19-302 of the City code related to master water meters and location requirements for public sanitary sewer mains and private sanitary sewer lines.

b.) Ordinance No. 8754, regarding sidewalk sales permits.

• Adopt Resolution No. 6987, establishing the 150th Anniversary Advisory Committee, to assist in planning events in remembrance of Quantrill’s Raid.

• Initiate text amendments to various sections of the City Code related to land development processes.

• Authorize Staff to advertise Request for Proposals R1212 for Engineering Services for Project UT1209 – Taste and Odor, and Algal Toxin Water Treatment Process Evaluation.

• Authorize the City Manager to execute a Permanent Utility Easement Agreement with Alltel Communications, LLC d/b/a Verizon Wireless, a Delaware limited liability company, granting it a permanent utility easement across the City’s property, 2121 Wakarusa Drive (Fire State No. 4), in exchange for the provision and installation of conduit along the easement area and the installation of one handhold at a site selected by the City, all in accordance with the terms of the Permanent Utility Easement Agreement.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• After opening a public hearing for Regular Agenda Item No. 1, CPA-4-12-12, Regular Agenda Items No. 1 – 3 will be deferred until August 28.

  1. Consider a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-4-2-12, to Chapter 6 of Horizon 2020 to create CC600 District policies and to Chapter 14 Specific Plans, to revise the West of K-10 Plan and A Nodal Plan for the Intersection of West 6th Street & Kansas Highway 10 (K-10) designating the node of 6th Street and K-10 as a CC600. Initiated by City Commission on 4/10/12. (PC Item 5; approved on 5/21/12)

  2. Consider a Text Amendment, TA-4-3-12, to the City of Lawrence Land Development Code to create a CC600 zoning district. Initiated by City Commission on 4/10/12. (PC Item 6; approved 7-1-1 on 5/21/12)

  3. Consider a request to rezone, Z-4-5-12, approximately 146 acres located in the NW quadrant of the intersection of West 6th Street/Hwy 40 and Kansas Hwy 10 (K-10) from County A (Agriculture) District and County B1 (Neighborhood Business) District to the pending district CC600 (Community Commercial) District to accommodate a regional recreation facility.

• Receive request from Downtown Lawrence, Inc., to install a sign of community interest at the corner of 9th and Massachusetts Streets.

• Receive petition from River Bend Court area residents requesting annexation of 1742 E. 1350 Road.

• Consider adopting joint City Ordinance No. 8719/County Resolution No. , establishing a Joint Economic Development Council for the City of Lawrence and Douglas County.

• Consider approving the draft policy regarding transfers from the City’s enterprise funds to the general operating fund.

• Receive the City Auditor’s Cash Handling Performance Audit.

• Receive recommendation from the City Auditor to amend the current performance audit work plan to include one or both of the proposed performance audits on Financial Indicators and Taste/Odor of Water.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Agenda items 1,2 & 3

1994 Sales tax money

Do the pros outweigh the cons of the new proposed sports complex? The answer appears to be no. (Taxpayers are on the hook for the more than $20 million USD 497 sports project as we speak).

It is time in my estimation to revisit this 1994 sales tax and ask voters how elected officials should be spending this money. For any group of politicians to believe that voters blindly trust politicians with their tax dollars is not real and hasn't been for at least 50 years.

Bring the voting taxpayers back into the process after all we are the largest group of stakeholders in Lawrence,Kansas.

"Can the city approve this “Field House” without a public vote?" Yes they can.... Which could easily become $40 million or more. This project will need a very large advertising budget.

However there is nothing stopping them from putting this matter on the upcoming ballot which I believe is the ethical approach.

Politicians believe because they have the authority to spend tax dollars anyway they desire, no questions should be asked and voters should simply trust their motivations. I know very few taxpayers who accept this position.

This 1994 sales tax is not dedicated to the park department in spite of the fact a large chunk has been funding park department projects. This money could be spent to rehab our elementary schools and remove the portable class rooms that has been talked about for years thereby avoiding a tax increase or a bond issue.

This money could be spent to rehab the library thereby eliminating a tax increase as I introduced to the city commission perhaps a year ago and the LJW more or less supported this proposal in an editorial. In fact 5%-10% of this sales tax could be dedicated to the library for operations still leaving 90% for other uses that benefit all taxpayers.

This money could build this community a nice Vo-Tech center. College grads could improve their opportunities for employment. High school grads could improve their opportunities for employment. Laid off employees could improve their opportunities for employment. Anyone seeking to broaden their horizons could improve their opportunities.

Providing a nice Vo-Tech would be expanding the higher education industry. Investing further into the industry of higher education would be a solid investment. Students are good for economic growth and they love Lawrence,Kansas.

Committing tax dollars to the "field house project" is likely on the upcoming city commission agenda which I believe is rushing it considering the amount of concern being voiced from just about every corner in Lawrence,Kansas.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

They might as well put the new "Rec Center" on the consent agenda, too. We all know that the decision's already been made.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 8 months ago

Items 1-3 of the regular agenda are to rezone that area specifically for the center and the city budget has allocated monies for its development. The public hears about city development plans long, long, after those plans have been signed and sealed.

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