Archive for Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for July 18 meeting

July 15, 2017


A. Recognition/Proclamation/Presentation – 5 p.m. at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.

• Proclaim Tuesday, July 18, 2017, to be recognized as the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Lawrence’s Fair Housing Ordinance. Schedule of Events:

After the ceremonial signing of the Fair Housing Proclamation,

the City Commission will recess and reconvene at approximately 6 p.m.

for the remainder of the City Commission meeting.

A. Recognition/Proclamation/Presentation (Continued) – 6 p.m.

• Recognition of Mrs. Deborah Young as Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2017.

• Proclaim Tuesday, July 18, 2017, as The City of Lawrence, Kansas Celebration of the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 06/20/17 and 07/11/17.

• Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be posted as soon as possible the next business day.

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

• Approve appointments as recommended by the Mayor.

• Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 9383, adopting the “2017 Standard Traffic Ordinance, Edition 2017”.

• Adopt on second and final reading, the following ordinances:

a) Ordinance No. 9376, allowing the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol in the public right-of-way on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the 700 block of Mississippi Street for the Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association Block Party event.

b) Ordinance No. 9377, allowing the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol in the public right-of-way on Friday, August 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. in the 800 block of Pennsylvania Street and on 8th Street from Pennsylvania Street to New Jersey Street for the Lawrence Beer Company Block Party event.

• Approve the Transportation Commission recommendation to retain 4-way STOP signs at 18th and Indiana Streets and install crosswalk markings temporarily for one year until a recommendation is reviewed for permanent traffic control.

• Authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement for Capital and Operating Assistance Funds between the State of Kansas and the City of Lawrence for Lawrence Transit. Staff Memo & Attachments

Public comment

Regular agenda

• Conduct a public hearing for VanTrust Real Estate, LLC Catalyst incentive package and consider the following items related to the request. Agreement and Agreement Outline will be posted when available. Staff Memo & Attachments

a) Consider adopting Resolution No. 7210, a Resolution of Intent to issue industrial revenue bonds in one or more series in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $31,000,000 to support a three-phased development project in Lawrence VenturePark.

b) Consider adopting Resolution No. 7211, a Resolution of Intent to issue industrial revenue bonds not to exceed $10,200,000 and grant a 10-year fifty percent (50%) or seventy percent (70%) (if constructed to LEED Silver equivalency) property tax abatement for Phase I development on Block B, Lot 1 in Lawrence VenturePark.

c) Consider authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a Land Transfer and Development Agreement with VanTrust Real Estate, LLC., setting forth the requirements for transfer of Lawrence VenturePark lots to accommodate project phased development.

Action: Conduct public hearing and approve Catalyst Program incentive package. Adopt Resolution No. 7210, Resolution No. 7211, and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a Land Transfer and Development Agreement, if appropriate.

• Consider approving the City of Lawrence Parking System Operations and Development Plan.

Action: Approve the City of Lawrence Parking System Operations and Development Plan, if appropriate.

• Consider adopting Resolution No. 7213, establishing rules and procedures of the governing body of the City of Lawrence, Kansas.

Action: Adopt Resolution No. 7213, establishing rules and procedures of the governing body of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, if appropriate.

The City Commission will convene at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, 6 E. Sixth St.


Steve Jacob 5 months ago

I voiced my worries to a city commissioner about spending all that money building at Venture Park with no guarantees anyone would move and they just said everybody else is doing it.

David Holroyd 5 months ago

How can there be a public hearing on the Van Trust agreement when the agreement is available to the public? Can you help with this matter Chad.?

And this $31 million in Industrial Revenue bonds is beginning to sound a lot like HERE with $75 million but ends up being taxed by the county appraiser at $29 million and tax abatement to follow at that...what a deal.

So Van Trust is about to slick into town..builld a row of what I call muffler shops like you see in North Lawrence. Van Trust will chop up the building into smaller spaces and suck away tenants from other buildings in town. If it does not happen that would be a first!

Van Trust gets tenants from other sites and Mr. Markus says that is the market at work.

Really now TOM . You really believe the owners of the other buildngs buy into that bull.

The market is a developer buying land not getting it for free at Venture Park. You TOM, are supporting giving away free land, tax abatement, and who knows what else since the agreements for development are available..My "staff" cannot find them available. Maybe Chad knows where the information is because City Hall sure is not releasing it.

So Mr. Markus how is FREE land, tax abatement, and other freebies at work a match to the market. Tell that to the owners of the vacant spots in the builidng on Ousdahl headed to Walmart. Tell that to owner(s) of the buildings in North Lawrence. Tell that to the buildings out by the closed Steak and Shake across to the west. Tell that to the many other commercial empTy buildings.

You see the public doesnt understand with free land tax abatements to the hilt , a Domino's could go to Venture Park, a flower shop (one did go to north lawrence right across from the strip club,,and it used to be downtown aka Englewood) wonder if Petula Clark stayed behind in "downtown".

Venture Park scam 101 isn't even beginning to get good. Remember when the city got involved in a building at East Hills aka Deciphera...and who owns that now? Could Chad talk about that and how much it is paying in taxes.

And again, how can a hearing be held when the agreement in question is not available..That is about the dumbest thing yet to come out of the mouths at city hall.

David Holroyd 5 months ago

my bad...should have said agreement is NOT available....after all, I am only 5 foot 8 inches with tiny fingers just cannot get to the N O T...Can you help out Chad? Where is the agreement? Maybe you could get it and put it online. I mean the hearing is Tuesday and it would be nice to know that the hearing is about...thus far,,,an agreement that won't be available until later..that's what the agenda says..

Boy this city commission is NOT so transparent...!

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