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Lawrence City Commission agenda for June 11 meeting

June 7, 2013


Bottom line

City commissioners will receive another update on efforts to find a temporary downtown transfer location for the city’s public transit buses. Commissioners asked staff members to consider a site near 10th and Kentucky streets. Staff members have recommended a temporary transfer location in the 800 block of Vermont Street, but several merchants have expressed concern about the amount of parking that would be lost on Vermont Street.


Staff members still favor the 800 block of Vermont over the 10th and Kentucky location. The city’s transit staff estimates it will cost about $180,000 to make several repairs to sidewalks and curbs in the area to accommodate transit users with disabilities. They also have said if buses park on both sides of 10th Street, which is likely, the road would be reduced to one lane of traffic. The city’s looking for a new downtown transfer location because construction work on a new hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire streets will interfere with the current transfer site. The city also is expected to receive a report later this year regarding several potential locations for a permanent transfer station for the transit system.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from May 28.

• 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 date of July 2 for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program at 2912 Moccasin Drive.

b.) Award bid for 2,500 tons of road salt for Public Works Department to Central Salt for $46.88 a ton or $117,200 with an option for an additional 1,000 tons if needed for $46,880, for a total of $164,080.  

c.) Waive engineer’s estimate and award Bid Number B1329, Project No. PW1304, Airport Pavement Maintenance and Repair, to Vance Brothers, Inc. in an amount of $249,293.50. The project will be funded 90 percent by the FAA and 10 percent by the city.  

d.) Approve sale of surplus equipment on Gov Deals.  

• Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8872, authorizing the issuance of up to $6,686,000 in hospital revenue bonds for Lawrence Memorial Hospital for the purpose of financing, refinancing and reimbursing the costs of certain equipment and facilities to support hospital operations.  

• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8734, enacting revised scrap metal dealer registration requirements.

b.) Ordinance No. 8871, amending Ordinance 8834 and authorizing the creation of a Community Improvement District between the 800 block of Pennsylvania Street and Delaware Street.

• Initiate Comprehensive Plan amendment to update Horizon 2020-Chapter 8 to incorporate the Goals, Objectives and Strategies in the new T2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and forward to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission for consideration.  

• Concur with Traffic Safety Commission recommendation to establish a 40 mph speed limit on Peterson Road, between Kasold Drive and Monterey Way (TSC item 2; approved 7-0 on 5/6/13).

• Approve an amended Temporary Use of Public Right-of-Way Permit for the Tour of Lawrence Campus Circuit Course, on Saturday, June 29.  

• Approve a Temporary Use of Public Right-of-Way Permit for the Elvis 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 22, allowing the closure of various city streets in Old West Lawrence.  

• Authorize the mayor to sign Releases of Mortgage for Deron Belt, 811 E. 11th St. and Tate A. Janssen and Adrienne M. Janssen, 1705 Carmel Drive.  

• Receive the Lawrence/Douglas County 2013 Point-In-Time Homeless Count.  

• Receive the 2013 first quarter report for the Bert Nash Outreach Program.   

• Authorize the city manager to execute the Second Amendment to Commercial Lease Agreement with Riverfront Plaza, L.L.C., extending the lease of office space for the Development Services Division at One Riverfront Plaza, Suite 110, through 08/31/16.  

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Receive Lawrence Broadband Report from consultant.  

• Receive staff memo regarding an alternate site for the temporary transit hub.


Lawrence Morgan 5 years ago

Do we just forget about what happened last week (June 6 editorial).

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Are you referencing this thinking on the Rec Center project demonstrating cost inflation and lack of fiscal discipline regarding city commissioners?

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Should the taxpayers of Lawrence subsidize the KU Athletic Association? No!

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