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Archive for Friday, January 4, 2013

Lawrence City Commission agenda for Jan. 8 meeting

January 4, 2013

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At their Jan. 8 meeting Lawrence city commissioners will consider rezoning issues and a special use permit for the proposed Rock Chalk Park in northwest Lawrence. The meeting begins at 6:35 p.m. at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

Background

If approved, the rezoning and permit issues largely would clear the way for facilities to be built at the site, including a track and field stadium, soccer field and softball stadium. But the approvals would not commit the city to move forward with a 181,000-square-foot, $25 million recreation center project at the site. Commissioners won’t make any commitments to build the recreation center at the site until they have been presented with formal agreements between KU entities and a private company led by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel, who are all part of the proposed partnership for the park.

Recognition

• Proclaim Jan. 14–22 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Dec. 18 and Jan. 3.

• Approve claims.

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

• Bid and purchase items:

a. Authorize the city manager to execute a contract renewal with Marsh McBirney–Hach, for January 2013 through December 2013, for data delivery services associated with the wastewater collection system’s long-term flow and rainfall monitoring program for $52,800.  

b. Authorize the city manager to execute a professional services agreement with URS Corporation for multi-modal studies project for the Lawrence Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2013 for up to $200,000 ($35,000 from local funds).  

c. Approve payment for 2013 annual software maintenance fees to Harris Software (formerly Innoprise Software) for $89,180.  

• Approve a special use permit for the city of Baldwin and Rural Water District 4 Metering Station, a minor utility, located at 4100 O’Connell Rd. Submitted by the city of Lawrence, property owner of record.

• Receive report related to downtown redevelopment issues and opportunities and refer the report to the Historic Resources Commission and Planning Commission for comment and recommendations on the matters outlined in the report. The city commission will consider HRC and PC recommendations at a future meeting.  

• Authorize the city manager to execute a contract with the law firm of Fletcher, Rohrbaugh & Chahine to provide indigent defense services in municipal court.    

• Authorize the mayor to sign a release of mortgage for William and Katherine Mooney, 1409 E. 18th Terrace.  

 • Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Consider approving rezoning of about 20 acres, from County A (Agricultural) District to GPI (General Public and Institutional Uses) District, east of Kansas Highway 10 and north of West Sixth Street adjacent to Baldwin Creek City Park, generally bounded by East 902 Road on the west and George Williams Way (extended) on the east.

• Consider adopting on second and final reading an ordinance to rezone about 90 acres, from County A (Agricultural) District to GPI (General Public and Institutional Uses) District, east of Kansas Highway 10 and north of West Sixth Street adjacent to Baldwin Creek City Park, generally bounded by East 902 Road on the west and George Williams Way (extended) on the east.

• Consider approving a special use permit for an institutional development plan for development of General Entertainment and Spectator Sports, Active Recreation, and Outdoor and Participant Sports & Recreation uses on about 90 acres in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of West Sixth Street/U.S. Highway 40 and Kansas Highway 10.

Comments

patkindle 1 year, 3 months ago

Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous

by letting the Government take care of him

better take a closer look at the American Indian!"

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

or, if we taxed merrill just 5-cents per worn out cliche we'd have the money!

I do think this big thingy is not a good use of lawrence money or wise priorities.

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Boston_Corbett 1 year, 3 months ago

If we imposed a 10-cent-per-Merrill-posting tax, he would already have his $200,000 for his pet project.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

What about this Rock Chalk Park? It's 8-10 miles away from too many stakeholders. Certainly not a good bang for my tax buck. Surely there is opportunity for a tax dollar friendly alternative.

KU athletics has plenty of money they DO NOT need my tax dollars. This has been a recklessly presented endeavor from day one. Should have been tabled forever. One more reason this project should be put before the voters.

What could be the alternative?

How can Lawrence taxpayers get the best bang for our 1994 sales tax bucks and improve the quality of life for families throughout the entire community?

Construct a NW neighborhood rec center with 2-3 gyms and a walking/jogging track for public exercise probably for about $10 million. Now we have achieved shoring up the alleged lack of court space.

Connect the Burroughs Creek hike and bike path to the river levy by way off Hobbs Park through the new development in the "eastside warehouse district". A design path has been created so lets get on with it. Maybe cost $200,000.

In doing the above Lawrence,Kansas has effectively improved the quality of life for more families throughout the sales tax dollar community. This is definitely within the spirit of the 1994 sales tax that was approved by families throughout the community.

A best bang for our 1994 sales tax dollars and taxpayers as stakeholders. With a few bucks left over for new landscaping in the "eastside warehouse district" in addition to Rhode Island and Vermont in downtown.

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