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New report finds city's broadband market sub-par

City should spend the $340k to $620k to complete the fiber loop. Then allow other providers access to the loop for a fee, and possibly make it available for private corps to lease space. The corporations could then buy high speed capacity from a third party provider. Would be a win/win for the city and new corporations needing high speed bandwidth.

Another option would be allowing 3rd party providers access and making them provide High Speed WIFI hotspots along the ring.

April 29, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City commissioners want to study whether Lawrence needs new plan to guide growth and development

"Laissez Faire development wastes tax dollars. It pulls tax dollars away from the central core then spreads them out into new development that may or may not be necessary anytime soon."

Ok so you don't want Menards next to the HD, but if you build it on 6th it will be away for the central core, increasing infrastructure costs....

In Merrill's world we would have one of everything all lined up neatly in a row on one street with no competition, and everyone would go buy products in another town because it would be much cheaper due to the competition.

April 24, 2013 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City commissioners want to study whether Lawrence needs new plan to guide growth and development

"Menard's next door to Home Depot? Can we say dumb economics?"

Did you really just say that? So I guess you know more than the exec's at Walmart, Home Depot, Menards, Target, etc...

There is a reason like minded stores open next to each other.

Oh, and weren't you the one who also shot down the Lowe's on the other side of town...

April 24, 2013 at 9:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to host open house on March 26 for proposed rec center, provides renderings of project

Wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. Wheels on the bus go round and round, all day long.

March 14, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commission approves increase in water and sewer rates; city on path to build $64M sewage treatment plant

If you think Fritzel is going to make "millions a year" hosting events, you are either typing your comments from a bar while drinking, or this is going to be the biggest attraction the city has and a huge win for every business in town.

March 13, 2013 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commission approves increase in water and sewer rates; city on path to build $64M sewage treatment plant

So, by your logic, nobody should ever have kids because they are increased growth in a family that doesn't pay for themselves and are a drain on family finances. If our founding fathers thought like you Merrill, Lawrence wouldn't exist today.

Expanding services and growth shouldn't have to pay for itself, that is what taxes are for.

March 13, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission candidates quizzed on ways to cut City Hall budget

So if you build three $11 million dollar facilities, you are buying 3 plots of land so the city is getting less for the money, paying utilities on 3 structures, paying maintenance on 3 structures, lawn care on 3 properties, taking 3 properties off the tax role, and paying for STAFFING at 3 different facilities.

And Regional Youth Tournaments will not come because you don't have a one stop shop to support the entire tournament, so you lost the revenue they generate, plus the staffing of a tournament just became much more costly.

March 12, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission candidates quizzed on ways to cut City Hall budget

Merrill, you were against the downtown hotel which is infill and doesn't expand our borders. If you ever want to be taken seriously, you cannot say are for infill and then complain about every project.

March 12, 2013 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission candidates quizzed on ways to cut City Hall budget

We all know this is being "railroaded" through, so by the time these people take office, there will already be bulldozers going. Move on and work on the next issue to help our city if you want my vote.

March 12, 2013 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission candidates quizzed on ways to cut City Hall budget

If these candidates want to continue to talk about the rec center, then they are not the right candidates. I want candidates that are forward thinking and not looking back on issues they will not be voting on. I don't agree with the rec center process and shady dealings, but I also know when the dotted lines are signed, continuing to complain about the issue will get our community nowhere and further divide it. That is not what leaders are suppose to do.

As the gambler said " you gotta know when to hold them and know when to fold them, know when to walk away and know when to run!"

Fold them on the rec center issue, the bus has already left.

March 12, 2013 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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