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Lawrence city commission agenda for Oct. 1 meeting

September 29, 2013

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Bottom line

City commissioners will consider approving a new fee schedule that significantly reduces the amount of building permit fees required for a standard residential solar panel installation.

Background

Commissioners are being asked to approve a flat $65 inspection fee for solar panel installations that don't require any structural changes to the building. Currently, some solar panel installations can be charged several hundred dollars in fees. Area solar panel installation companies had asked commissioners to consider the change in fees because they said the amount of work the city must do to inspect a standard solar panel installation is minimal. The city's Building Code Board of Appeals unanimously recommended approval of the fee change.

Consent agenda

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

• Approve all claims.  The list of approved claims will be posted to the agenda the day after the City Commission meeting.

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

• Accept dedication of new utility easements for Minor Subdivision, MS-13-00341, Haskell Place No. 4, located at 2035 Barker Ave.  Submitted by Grob Engineering Services LLC, for Architectural Consulting Source, property owner of record.  

• Authorize the Mayor to execute an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the 9th Street and Kentucky Street Intersection Improvements, Project No. PW1303.  

• Authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Douglas County for the installation of a pole-mounted emergency siren located approximately 400 feet north of the centerline of westbound K-10 Highway on the west side and within the right-of-way of East Hills Drive.  

• Approve the revised Title VI Program (2013-2015) and associated Policy Statement as required by the Federal Transportation Administration for the Lawrence Transit System.  

• Authorize the Mayor to sign a Subordination Agreement for Robyn Brecheisen (Robyn Savannah), 1504 E. 21st Terrace.  

• Receive city manager's report.

Regular Agenda

• Consider adopting on first reading, Ordinance No. 8862, authorizing the issuance of $40 million in industrial revenue bonds for the Kansas Athletics portion of the Rock Chalk Park project.  

• Consider adopting on first reading Ordinance No. 8915, amending the Sign Code in Chapter V, Article 18, Section 1841.6, by adding Section 1841.6(D).  The proposed amendment will allow changeable, digital display of gasoline and fuel product and numeric price information on ground/surface mounted (monument type) signs in Commercial or Industrial Districts, limited to not more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the total sign face area.    

• Consider adopting on first reading Ordinance No. 8916, amending the Permit Fee Schedule in Chapter V, Article 1, Section 176, by adding Note F.  The proposed amendment will establish a uniform fee of $65 for solar, thermal, and photovoltaic systems requiring no structural changes to the building.    

• Consider adopting Joint City Resolution No. 7045/County Resolution No. , establishing a steering committee to oversee and guide the review and updating of Horizon 2020, the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Lawrence and Unincorporated Douglas County; and consider authorizing the Mayor to appoint steering committee members as noted in the resolution.  

Comments

Richard Heckler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Consider adopting Joint City Resolution No. 7045/County Resolution No. , establishing a steering committee to oversee and guide the review and updating of Horizon 2020, the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Lawrence and Unincorporated Douglas County; and consider authorizing the Mayor to appoint steering committee members as noted in the resolution.

http://www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/assets/agendas/cc/2013/10-01-13/pl_res_7045.pdf

This looks somewhat dangerous and manipulated towards the development community. This is a group that should be available for public viewing always.

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Richard Heckler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

As I read on there is more worthwhile IRB language that provides clarification for the purpose of discussion and may in fact raise some questions.

Starting in the late 1960s, Congress began imposing restrictions on the uses of bond proceeds as well as limits on the allowable volume of bonds that could be issued.

Today there are two permissible types of tax-exempt IRBs used for corporate subsidies. Small Issue IRBs are restricted to the construction, expansion, or renovation of manufacturing facilities. They are generally limited to $1 million, but under certain circumstances that amount can go up to $10 million.

Exempt Facility IRBs have no size limits, but they can be used only for specific types of projects, such as water and sewer facilities, electricit and natural gas facilities, and certain types of rental housing.

Certain facilities such as stadiums, convention centers, and parking garage that used to be allowed are now excluded.

There is a limit on the total amount of IRBs that can be outstanding for the same company nationwide.

There are also limits on the volume of certain categories of private-activity bonds that can be issued by each state.

Plenty more important info at this site. http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/accountable-development/industrial-revenue-bonds

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Richard Heckler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Industrial revenue bonds language need some clarification for the purpose of discussion

Corporations can borrow money by issuing bonds on their own in the commercial marketplace, in which case they must offer investors the prevailing rate of interest.

When the bonds are issued instead through public entities, the securities become tax-exempt. That means that the investors who buy the bonds do not have to pay federal (and often state) tax on the interest income they receive.

Because of this advantage, tax-exempt bonds typically carry a lower rate of interest. The difference between the interest rate on tax-exempt bonds and the interest rate on commercial corporate bonds constitutes the subsidy to the business.

http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/accountable-development/industrial-revenue-bonds

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