Lawrence City Commission meeting for Oct. 14

October 10, 2014


City Commissioners will consider a request to close down a portion of the 800 block of New Hampshire Street for up to two years to accommodate the construction of a new multistory apartment and office building in downtown.


The request comes from Lawrence-based First Management, which plans to build an apartment and office building at the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. To accommodate construction equipment, the company is asking for the portion of New Hampshire Street north of Ninth Street and south of the mid-crosswalk in the 800 block of New Hampshire to be closed for the duration of the project. Traffic on Ninth Street also would be impacted. Traffic would be open in both directions, but crews would shift all traffic to south half of the street.

The city also is noting that a portion of the 900 block of New Hampshire Street already is reduced to southbound traffic only. That is to accommodate construction of a hotel/retail building on the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire. The city projecting there will be a time period when traffic in both the 800 and 900 blocks of New Hampshire Street is impacted.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes of 09/09/14 and 09/16/14

• 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.    

• Approve appointments as recommended by the Mayor.

• Bid and purchase items:

a) Set bid date of November 4, 2014 for the Weatherization Grant Program.  

b) Award Bid No. 1450, roof replacement of a salt dome located at 1120 Haskell Avenue, to Delta Innovative Services, in the amount of $54,000.  

c) Award Bid No. B1454, Project No. PW1312, Lawrence VenturePark Clean-up and Plugging of Water Production Wells, to R.D. Johnson Excavating Co., Inc., in the amount of $14,850, provided the contractor can meet the terms established in the contract documents.    

d) Waive staff estimate and award the bid for the comprehensive rehabilitation project at 212 Lincoln Street, to T & J Holdings, Inc., for $22,975 and reject the bid for the comprehensive rehabilitation project at 1215 Rhode Island Street as the bid amount exceeds the program limits of $25,000.  

e) Authorize expenditure of $20,039.60 to IP Pathways to upgrade the City’s existing backup software.  

f) Authorize the City Manager to execute an Engineering Services Agreements with Professional Engineering Consultants, in the amount of $122,581, for Project UT1427 - Michigan/Arkansas Street Waterline Replacement, and in the amount of $28,604.40 for Project UT1426 - Cedarwood Avenue Waterline Replacement.  

g) Authorize the City Manager to execute an Engineering Services Agreement with Professional Engineering Consultants, in the amount of $26,620, for Project UT1428 – 10th Street and New York Street 24” Watermain Relocation.  

h) Authorize the City Manager to execute a Supplemental Agreement, in the amount of $1,260,880, with Burns & McDonnell, for Engineering Services for Phase 1 Process Improvements

• Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 9029, exempting the Carma and CarmaHop ridesharing programs for a period of six (6) months from the provisions of STO 69(a).  

• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a) Ordinance No. 9042, to rezone (Z-14-00314) approximately .269 acres from RM12 (Multi-Dwelling Residential) District to RMO (Multi-Dwelling Residential-Office) District, located at 1106 Rhode Island.

b) Ordinance No. 9043, for Special Use Permit (SUP-14-00326) for Rhody Delahunty Complex, located at 1106 Rhode Island.

c) Ordinance No. 9044, for Special Use Permit (SUP-14-00262) for the Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 2300 E. 41st Street.

• Authorize the City Manager to enter into a License Agreement with Associated Environmental, Inc., to allow for the installation and maintenance of a ground water monitoring well within the right-of-way adjacent to 2220 Harper Street.  

• Direct staff to contract with Max Rieke Brothers to reconstruct approximately 500 LF of 31st Street, east of Ousdahl Road, with an estimated construction cost of $120,000.   

• Approve a Street Event Permit for use of various city streets, including the rolling closure of the northbound lane of Massachusetts Street downtown from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 1, 2014 for the 2014 Hunger Run 5K.  

• Authorize staff to advertise a Request for Proposals, RFP R1415, for Design and Construction Phase Engineering Services for the 2016-2017 Watermain Relocation/Rehabilitation Program.  

• Authorize Mayor to sign a Mortgage Release for Patricia A. Smith, 255 North Michigan Street, #14-85.  

• Approve a traffic control plan for The University of Kansas to close lanes on Iowa Street for the Irving Hill Bridge Improvement Project, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. after the intersection at 23rd and Iowa Street is open to traffic.    

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Receive report from the City Auditor regarding Performance Audit: 2014 Sidewalk Data.    

• Consider request from Douglas County to enter into agreement concerning continuing discussions with the Delaware tribe.    

• Consider approving a right of way permit for First Construction, LLC, to partially close a portion of the 800 block of New Hampshire Street and to partially close the 200 block of East 9th Street for a 24 month period for the construction of a building on the northeast corner of the intersection of 9th Street and New Hampshire Street.     

• Receive a petition from Corpus Christi Church to create a special assessment benefit district for a left turn lane on Bob Billings Parkway and adopt Resolution No. 7094, directing the improvement to be completed.  

• Consider designating Pennsylvania Street, from 8th Street to 9th Street, as a “No Truck” route and consider adopting on first reading, the following ordinances:   Staff Memo & Attachments

a) Ordinance No. 9045, installing a stop sign on 9th Street at Delaware Street. 

b) Ordinance No. 9046, adding Delaware Street, from 8th Street to 11th Street, to the Truck Delivery Route Schedule. 

c) Ordinance No. 9047, rescinding Ordinance No. 8814 that was established on October 23, 2013 that established a yield on eastbound 9th Street at Delaware Street. 

d) Ordinance No. 9048, designating the speed limit of 20 mph on Delaware Street from 8th Street to 11th Street. 

• Consider a request to revise the Preliminary Development Plan, PDP-14-00183, for HERE @ Kansas, located at 1101 & 1115 Indiana Street to reduce total parking spaces provided for the project from 683 to 583 (all 100 spaces requested to be removed are located within the onsite parking structure) and to affirm staff’s interpretation of the plan that the structure complies with the maximum height allowed per the zoning district.  

Originally published at: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/oct/10/lawrence-city-commission-meeting-oct-14/