It mainly will be a night of ceremony for city commissioners as they vote for a new mayor and vice mayor, and as outgoing mayor Aron Cromwell delivers the State of the City address.
Commissioners choose the mayor and vice mayor from the ranks of the five-member City Commission. Commissioner Bob Schumm is expected to be elected mayor. Schumm currently is the vice mayor, and tradition calls for the vice mayor to be elected to a one-year term as mayor. Commissioner Mike Dever is expected to be elected vice mayor. Traditionally, the top two vote winners from the last election are elected mayor and vice mayor. Schumm was the top vote winner in the April 2011 election, and Dever was the second-place finisher. Cromwell will remain on the commission.
State of the City address
• Mayor will deliver the State of the City address.
• Proclaim the month of April 2012 as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.
• Proclaim the month of April 2012 as Fair Housing Month.
• 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.) Set bid date of April 17 for the Overlay Program Phase I, Project No. PW1209.
b) Award bid for pumps and motors for the Utilities Department to Douglas Pump for $53,520, JCI for $57,144, Layne Christensen Company $42,222, and Letts Van Kirk for $109,839. Total for all pumps and motors is $345,938.
c) Award bid for one half-ton pickup truck for the Parks and Recreation Department to Shawnee Mission Ford for $16,205.
• Adopt on second and final reading the following ordinances:
a) Ordinance No. 8714, for annexation (A-12-6-11) of approximately .34 acres located east of the intersection of N. Michigan Street and Riverridge Road.
b) Ordinance No. 8715, to rezone (Z-12-31-11) approximately .34 acres located east of the intersection of N. Michigan Street and Riverridge Road from County A (Agricultural) to OS-FP (Open Space with Floodplain Management Regulations Overlay) District.
c) Ordinance No. 8716, for Special Use Permit (SUP-12-6-11) for Pump Station No. 35, east of the intersection of N. Michigan Street and Riverridge Road.
d) Ordinance No. 8717, for Special Use Permit (SUP-12-8-11) for Pump Station 37, located at 2100 E. 15th Street.
• Approve Special Event Permit, SE-2-3-12, for an antique auto show parking to be located on the west portion of the Farmland property adjacent to the Douglas County Fairgrounds on May 4-6. Submitted by Ralph Reschke for the Antique Automobile Club of America.
• Approve Temporary Use of Public Right-of-Way Permits for the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market for the use of city Parking Lot No. 8 (800 block of New Hampshire Street) on Saturdays from April 14 through Nov. 17 from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., and use of city Parking Lot No. 10 (1000 block of Vermont Street) on Tuesdays from May 1 through Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Authorize staff to negotiate an agreement with Landplan Engineering for engineering services for the Sixth and Iowa Geometric Improvement Plan.
• Authorize the mayor to sign two releases of mortgage for Richard Heckler and Beth Anne Mansur, 1217 Prospect, and a release of mortgage for Venal and Caroline Rose Lamarre, 1619 Kenwood Drive.
• Approve the request by Jean Kao, Cornerstone Architect LLC, on behalf of Lawrence Evangelical Chinese Church, 2211 Silicon Ave., for a variance from 19-214C of the city code, which states that a private sanitary sewer service line shall only serve one residential dwelling unit or a single commercial or industrial establishment.
• City manager’s report.
• Receive comments from Mayor Aron Cromwell.
• Conduct election of mayor.
• Conduct election of vice mayor.