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Lawrence City Commission agenda for June 4 meeting

June 1, 2013


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider a request from tennis enthusiasts to provide lights for the eight Lawrence school district courts near Lawrence High School.


Neighbors near the courts have objected to the lights, expressing concern the lights will be disruptive to their properties. Members of the Lawrence Tennis Association have countered that the lighting can be designed to minimize such concerns, and that the courts are needed to host tournaments and other play that can’t be completed during the daylight hours. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is recommending against the project. Department officials believe eight new lighted courts at the Rock Chalk Recreation Center in northwest Lawrence will satisfy the demand for lighted courts.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from May 21.

• 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.) Set bid opening date of July 2, 2013, for the pool painting project at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.  

b.) Award bid for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Project at 1607 Wedgewood Drive to Schmidt Contracting Inc., in the amount of $16,190 for the Base Bid, $1,400 for Alternate #1, $1,000 for Alternate #2, and $3,400 for Alternate #3, for a total contract price of $21,990.  

c.) Award bid for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Project at 2728 Fenwick Road to Schmidt Contracting Inc., in the amount of $15,800 for the Base Bid and $8,600 for Alternate #2, for a total contract price of $24,400.  

d.) Approve the purchase of 16 Motorola MW810 Mobile Data computers for the Police Department from Topeka FM as a sole source vendor off the State of Kansas contract for a total of $73,238.10.  

e.) Award bid for one fully automated front-load refuse truck for the Public Works Department Solid Waste Division to the low bidder meeting specifications, Truck Component Systems, for $181,346.  

• Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8734, enacting revised scrap-metal dealer registration requirements.  

• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8867, governing motorcycle headlamps, amending Chapter 17, Section 17-119 and enacting Section 17-119.1 of the Code of the City of Lawrence.   

b.) Ordinance No. 8868, pertaining to the unlawful discharge of a firearm inside city limits.   

• Initiate a text amendment to the Lawrence City Code, Chapters 16 and 20, regarding fence code regulations and refer the amendments to the Planning Commission for a public hearing at a future date.    

• Authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Bartlett & West for engineering services in the amount of $49,912.80 to design the regional detention basin for stormwater runoff at the former Farmland Industries Plant site, Project No. PW1330.  

• Receive Amended Petition for the Cider Building Area Community Improvement District, increasing special assessments to fund the removal of utility poles in the alleyway located between the 800 block of Pennsylvania Street and Delaware Street, in addition to undergrounding utilities along Pennsylvania Street. Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8871, amending Ordinance 8834, and authorizing the creation of a Community Improvement District.  

• Authorize the Mayor to sign a Release of Mortgage for Ronda J. Miller, 214 Lawrence Ave.  

• Approve as “signs of community interest”, a request from First Southern Baptist Church to place a sign in front of the church at 4300 W. Sixth St., promoting the Churchwide/Neighborhood Carnival on Sunday, Aug. 11. The sign would be placed for two weeks, starting July 28 and ending Aug. 11.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Receive public comment regarding 2014 City Budget.    

• Receive staff report regarding lighted tennis courts at Centennial School.  

• Receive request for free transit service to/from the Lawrence Community Shelter.

• Consider authorizing staff to apply for the 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grant for funding assistance with School Resource Officers. The grant would be for three years with grant assistance amount of $875,000 and city share would be $462,189.  

• Update on contract negotiations and infrastructure costs on Rock Chalk Park.  


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