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City to consider allowing Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park

April 4, 2014

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Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting also will consider approving a temporary occupancy permit to allow the Kansas Relays to be held at Rock Chalk Park later this month.

Staff members are recommending approval of the temporary permit, although not all the required infrastructure and building code issues have yet been addressed. Members of the planning staff expect the necessary work and inspections to be completed before the April 16 start date of the relays.

Fire alarms and sprinkler systems for the indoor facilities that will be part of the event are not expected to be completed. But Fire Chief Mark Bradford has said the event can proceed as long as a crew of eight firefighters and two trucks are continually stationed at the event.

Kansas University has agreed to pay for the costs of the fire crews, according to a city memo on the issue.

Other issues associated with the temporary occupancy permit include:

A lighting plan for the facility. City officials have conceded that a lighting plan for the project should have been approved before construction, but commissioners on Tuesday will be asked to approve the plan. City officials plan to do a test run of the lights no later than Monday, and receive feedback from Jack Graham, a neighbor who has expressed concern that work was allowed to begin before a lighting plan was approved.

Permission to allow vehicles to park on public streets near Rock Chalk Park. Relay officials are asking for permission to use portions of George Williams Way, Overland Drive and several residential streets north of Sixth Street for overflow parking at the site.

The repair of a portion of concrete on Rock Chalk Parkway that was installed incorrectly in November. Inspectors noted problems with the section of street before the concrete pour, but crews hired by Lawrence-based Bliss Sports completed the pour anyway. City officials have said the section needs to be reconstructed.

City officials said Bliss has agreed on the amount of pavement that needs to be replaced, but the work hasn’t yet been done. The city expects the work to be completed by April 11.

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