Archive for Friday, June 15, 2012

City Commission agenda for June 19

June 15, 2012


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider a plan to partner with the Lawrence school district to expand the tennis complex at the Free State High School and to add lights to the center. The project would allow the city to discontinue plans to add lights to the tennis courts near Lawrence High. Neighbors near LHS have expressed concern about the impact the lights would have on their properties.


The Free State project would rebuild the five courts that exist and build three new ones. Lights would be provided for all eight courts. The school district would provide the land for the project. The city would pay $547,000 for the construction costs.

Other business

4 p.m.

Study session to discuss the 2013 city budget.

Consent agenda

• 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.) Award the bid for Comprehensive Rehabilitation as follows:

i) 918 Murrow Court: Award the base bid, to T & J Holdings Inc. for $25,450; the homeowner is providing funds above the program limits;

ii) 930 Murrow Court: Award the base bid to T & J Holdings Inc. for $27,600; the homeowner is providing funds above the program limits;

iii) 2123 Marvonne Road: Award the base bid to T & J Holdings Inc. for $24,770.

• Adopt on first reading the following ordinances, all relating to legislative changes by the State of Kansas:

a.) Ordinance No. 8749, relating to weight limitation for certain trucks designed and used for garbage, refuse, solid waste disposal, mounted fertilizer spreaders and animal dung spreaders.

b) Ordinance No. 8750, amending Chapter X relating to the disability provisions of the City of Lawrence Human Relations Code.

c) Ordinance No. 8751, establishing the new crime of refusing to submit to a test for the presence of drugs or alcohol while operating a motor vehicle.

d) Ordinance No. 8752, pertaining to the examination and licensing of certain trades, to comply with amendments to state law that will be effective July 1, 2012.

• Initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the Multimodal Studies Project, comprised of the Commuter Park & Ride Study, the Fixed Route Transit and Pedestrian Accessibility Study, and the Countywide Bikeway System Plan. The Metropolitan Planning Organization has been awarded $160,000 in KDOT grant funding with $40,000 in local match required for the studies.

• Authorize the city manager to execute a license agreement with Alltel Communications LLC, d/b/a Verizon Wireless, a Delaware limited liability company, allowing it to place fiber optic cable in the city’s right of way in exchange for the provision and installation of conduit from the intersection of East 800 Road and U.S. Highway 40, east on U.S. Highway 40/Sixth Street to Wakarusa Drive, south on Wakarusa Drive to Clinton Parkway, east on Clinton Parkway/23rd Street to East 1750 Road, and the installation of 32 hand-holes at sites selected by the city, all in accordance with the terms of the license agreement.

• Authorize reimbursement of $76,938.67 in expenses from bond proceeds to the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (BTBC) for expenses related to the BTBC Expansion Facility (the City/County-owned lab building at Bob Billings Parkway and Wakarusa).

• Authorize staff to bind coverage for property and casualty insurance ($122,830), fire and medical auto/professional liability insurance ($55,898) and fiduciary liability insurance ($5,615) for the insurance period of July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2013.

• Authorize staff to pay Kansas Worker’s Compensation Assessment in the amount of $24,834.93.

• Approve Sign Permit for Mural Installation on the rear of the building occupied by the Burger Stand and Esquina, 801/803 Mass., as proposed by Robert Krause.

• Receive report from the Homeless Issues Advisory Committee regarding the potential impact of the Lawrence Community Shelter relocating on the Lawrence downtown area.

• Authorize staff to develop and distribute a request for proposals to solicit the services of a marketing firm to assist in development and implementation of a marketing plan and campaign to attract retirees to the community.

• City manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Consider authorizing a Temporary Use of Public Right-of-Way Permit for the Color Run on Saturday, October 6, 2012, including the closure of the 900 block of New Hampshire Street.

• Consider the following items related to a request to establish a tax increment financing (TIF) district for proposed mixed-use projects on the southeast and northeast corners of Ninth and New Hampshire:

a) Adopt Resolution No. 6968 making a finding that the proposed redevelopment district lies within an Enterprise Zone; and

b) Adopt Resolution No. 6967 calling for a public hearing on the proposed redevelopment district for the project for July 24, 2012.

• Consider the following items related to proposed tennis courts at Free State High School:

a.) Approve SP-5-37-12, a revision to the site plan element of SUP-7-5-08 – Athletic Fields for Free State High School, located at 4700 Overland Drive. The proposed plan is for the reconstruction of five existing tennis courts; construction of three new tennis courts; and the installation of 50-foot high lights for all of the courts. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for USD 497, property owner of record.

b.) Authorize the city manager to negotiate an agreement that would commit payment of $547,000 to the Lawrence school district for the construction of a community tennis facility on the Free State High School campus.

• Receive update on regional recreation facility items.

• Receive staff report on proposed joint economic development council.

• Consider authorizing the city manager to execute necessary purchase agreements to acquire the building and property at 1050 East 11th St. for $394,250 from Robert B. Killough, for use as a Parks and Recreation maintenance facility replacing the building lost in a fire earlier this year.


Glo 5 years, 10 months ago

According to a city commission update the tennis court lighting has been taken off the agenda "indefiniately". Anybody know why?

NotASquishHead 5 years, 10 months ago

I assume the lighting project that was removed was for the LHS courts. It won't be necessary if the Free State court project is approved. Just an assumption though, as the description in the delay email was vague.

Eugehne Normandin 5 years, 10 months ago

Why the f%% should residents of the LHS neighborhood have to go to west Lawrence to play tennis at night???Add lights to the existing courts and stop whining.

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