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Archive for Friday, February 10, 2012

City Commission agenda for Feb. 14

February 10, 2012

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Bottom line

Commissioners will consider approving a $55,000 contract with the Lawrence-based Architectural Firm Gould Evans to develop conceptual plans, construction estimates and provide site selection services for a new west Lawrence recreation center.

Background

Commissioners have not yet agreed to build a new recreation center, but they previously have said they want to get more detailed cost estimates before committing to proceed with the project, which is expected to cost around $15 million. Commissioners also will consider approving a $16,500 contract with Kansas City-based Jeffrey Byrne & Associates to evaluate the feasibility of creating a public fundraising campaign to finance at least a portion of the building’s construction.

Other business

Note: Special start time of 5 p.m.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Jan. 24.

• 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 hourly rates for carpentry work for Parks and Recreation Department to BA Green Construction Company, Inc.

b) Award bid for hourly rates for painting work for Parks and Recreation Department to Neider Contracting.

c) Award bid for hourly rates for excavation work for Parks and Recreation Department to RD Johnson.

d) Award bid for hourly rates for concrete work for Parks and Recreation Department to Elite Contractors providing licensing requirements met within 30 days.

e) Award bid for hourly rates for plumbing work for Parks and Recreation Department to First Management.

f) Award bid for hourly rates for HVAC work for Parks and Recreation Department to A&H Air Conditioning and Heating.

g) Award bid for hourly rates for electrical work for Parks and Recreation Department to Randall Electric.

h) Award bids for patrol rifles to Tactical Weapons USA, and sights to Simmons Gun Specialties, in a total amount of approximately $106,652. Total may vary depending models chosen by officers. Purchases will be repaid to the city through payroll deduction by the participating officers.

• Adopt on second and final reading, Ordinance No. 8703, establishing no parking along the north side of 12th Street between Indiana and Mississippi streets, rescinding any ordinance in conflict.

• Approve rezoning, Z-11-26-11, approximately .20 acre from IG (General Industrial) to IL (Limited Industrial), located at 920 and 920½ Del. Submitted by Struct/Restruct, LLC, property owner of record. Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8704, to rezone (Z-11-26-11) approximately .20 acre from IG (General Industrial) to IL (Limited Industrial), located at 920 and 920½ Del.

• Approve a Preliminary Plat, PP-11-11-11, for Even Lower East Side Addition, a one lot subdivision containing approximately .20 acre, located at 920 and 920½ Del. The request includes a variance request from the Subdivision Design Standards, specifically 20-809(d) regarding the minimum area of the proposed lot. Submitted by Struct/Restruct, LLC, property owner of record.

• Authorize the city manager to provide written notice, pursuant to K.S.A. 2010 Supp. 12-539, to Rural Water District No. 1 of the City’s intent to annex approximately 125 acres of land owned by North Tank, L.C., Burning Tree, L.L.C., Alvamar, Inc., and Kansas Athletics, Inc., including Yankee Tank (commonly known as Lake Alvamar) and three tracts adjacent thereto, all of which are contiguous to the City.

• Authorize the city manager to execute a contract with Gould Evans for conceptual design, construction estimates, and site selection service for the proposed Lawrence Activity and Wellness Center for $55,000.

• Authorize the city manager to execute a contract with Jeffrey Byrne & Associates, Inc., to provide the fundraising campaign feasibility study for the Lawrence Activity and Wellness Center for $16,500.

• Approve amendment to Consulting Services Agreement with Hays Companies for health plan and other related benefit services as outlined through March 31, 2015 in the amount of $50,000 annually.

• Authorize the mayor to execute an amendment to the lease between the City of Lawrence and Lawrence Arts Center, Inc. for the lease of the Lawrence Arts Center facility, located at 940 N.H., allowing for an additional 10-year term.

• Authorize the city manager to execute an agreement for the Lawrence Police Department’s Facility Needs Assessment with Wilson-Estes Police Architects and Treanor Architects.

• Authorize the mayor to sign subordination agreements for Diane Bucia, 333 Johnson Ave., and Patricia Huebner, 1068 Home Circle.

• Receive the city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Consider the following items related to 1900 W. 31st Street:

a) Consider a request to rezone, Z-11-28-11, approximately 41.15 acres from RS10 (Single-Dwelling Residential) to RM12 (Multi-Dwelling Residential), located at 1900 W. 31st St.

b) Consider a Preliminary Plat, PP-11-12-11, for Aspen Heights Addition, approximately 41.15 acres, located at 1900 W. 31st St. The request includes variance requests from the Subdivision Design Standards, specifically 20-810(d) regarding the dedication of additional right-of-way for the adjacent arterial street; connection of at least one street connection to each adjacent subdivision; and the dedication of the remainder of right-of-way for Ousdahl Road (extended).

c) Consider a Special Use Permit, SUP-11-5-11, for Aspen Heights Addition for the development of multiple detached dwelling structures on a single lot in an RM District as required by Section 20-402 of the Land Development Code.

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 6 months ago

Voters should have the right to approve this far more expensive neighborhood rec center than has typically been built in years past. Where is the justification?

Can the City Commission provide hard evidence that 50% or more of taxpayers want their tax dollars spent on this extension of the PLAY project?

Let's be reminded that USD 497 has spent $20 million plus additional operating expenses on PLAY.

Taxpayers were forced to vote:

  1. for a sales tax dedicated for the T

  2. for a sales tax dedicated for road and pot hole maintenance

  3. for a sales tax dedicated for the library

Taxpayers were avoided on the USD 497 spending of $20 million for PLAY.

How about empowering the taxpayers to decide if this is how taxpayers want the 1% or 1 cent sales tax NOT necessarily dedicated to the park department spent. This seems extravagant and reckless.

Let the taxpayers decide how reckless we choose to be.

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