Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 23 meeting

April 19, 2013


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider a proposal that would allow development projects to be approved even if they do not meet all the requirements of the city’s comprehensive plan, Horizon 2020.


On an 8-0 vote, the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposal. The Planning Commission stated it was important that projects conform to the comprehensive plan. The issue has come up on multiple occasions. Because a proposal to locate a Lowe's store in northwest Lawrence did not meet requirements of the comprehensive plan, the company had to seek a change in the plan before its rezoning request could be considered. It has been argued that the extra step of changing the comprehensive plan can be burdensome or confusing. At the Planning Commission meeting, several neighborhood groups came out strongly against the proposal that would allow projects that are out of compliance with the plan to be approved.


• Recognition of Bob Newton, Gary Fish, Theresa Gordzica, and Stanley Sneegas for service on Aviation Advisory Board.  

• Proclaim the week of April 22-26, 2013 as Tree City USA Week and Friday, April 26, 2013, as Arbor Day.

Consent agenda

• 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 May 21, 2013, for City Bid No. B1329, Project No. PW1304, airport pavement maintenance and repair.  

b.) Set the bid date of Tuesday, May 28, 2013 for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Projects at 1607 Wedgewood Drive and 2728 Fenwick Road.

c.) Award City Bid No. B1318, Project No. PW1202, Wakarusa Drive, Research Parkway to Oread West, to R.D. Johnson Excavating Company, Inc., in the amount of $1,021,161.05 provided the contractor can meet the terms established in the contract documents.  

d.) Award City Bid No. B1321, PW1225, Bob Billings Parkway, Kasold Drive to Crestline Drive (Eastbound Lanes); UT1105DS, 2013 water main relocation program to R.D. Johnson Excavating Company, Inc., in the amount of $1,604,267.52 provided the contractor can meet the terms established in the contract documents.  

e.) Waive bidding requirements and authorize the purchase of one mechanical street sweeper for the Public Works Department in the amount of $221,800, utilizing a quote from the Elgin Company through Key Equipment & Supply Co.  

f) Approve the bid from T& J Holdings, Inc., for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Project located at 1406 New Jersey St. in the amount of $22,725 for the base bid only, and waive staff’s estimate and approve the bid from T& J Holdings, Inc., for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Project located at 1614 Powers St. in the amount of $23,805 for the base bid only.    

• Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8855, amending the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities pertaining to stall parking.  

• Approve Special Event, SE-13-00105, for a Country Produce tent sale at the Discovery Furniture parking lot, 2525 Iowa St., from July 13 through Aug. 9, 2013.

• Initiate a text amendment to the Land Development Code to permit the Accessory Dwelling Unit use as an accessory use in the RS5 (Single-Dwelling Residential) District, for consideration at a future public hearing at Planning Commission.  

• Authorize the city manager to execute the Professional Services Agreement with Dale Nimz for Historic Preservation Fund Grant #20-12-41924-005, National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form for Historic Resources of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas 1945-1975.  

• Authorize staff to submit FY 2016 Geometric Improvement Application for reconstruction of the 23rd and Haskell intersection including geometric improvements.  

• Authorize staff to submit application for KLINK funding (state fiscal year 2015) for W. 23rd Street (K-10), Iowa Street to Ousdahl Road, and Sixth Street (Folks Road to K-10), resurfacing project.  

• Authorize the city manager to sign an agreement with Wilson & Company for $24,970 for professional services for wetland mitigation for 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road.

• Authorize the city manager to execute a license agreement permitting Downtown Lawrence, Inc., to use a certain portion of the Massachusetts Street right of way for the location of a Business Directory Kiosk in accordance with the terms of that agreement.  

• Authorize the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission Community Arts Grants as recommended by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.  

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing the issuance of Health Care Facilities Revenue Bonds by the City of Wichita on behalf of Presbyterian Manors, Inc., and consider authorizing an amendment to the existing Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Wichita, Kansas and the city of Lawrence regarding these bonds.  

• Consider approving a street vendor license for Simply Franks Co. at the southwest corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets.  

• Consider Text Amendments, TA-12-00206, to the City of Lawrence Land Development Code, Chapter 20, various articles, to change the requirement that development projects be required to comply with Horizon 2020.

• City auditor will present the audit recommendation follow-up memo.  

• Receive city project update report from the city manager.  


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