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Lawrence City commissioners to host listening sessions about police headquarters project

As far as "why a $28 million building instead of say, a $22 million building?" Different cost levels were presented to the Commission back in late July or early August you should be able to find the information in the Commission Meeting minutes. Also, it is actually a $25.7 million building the $28 million included the property if it was built at the Hallmark site. As far as "what will happen to the old facilities?" The 8,000 square feet at the Law Enforcement Center is leased from the County they will get some money back from the County as they "paid into it" when it was built. The building on Bob Billings Parkway will be sold. The Morton building will be demolished, the building on East 23rd (also leased from the County) will be demolished when the County moves from that location. The Historic Barn who knows, it's on the historic registry so it's limited what can be done with it. The Parking and Animal Control currently in the parking garage on New Hampshire will probably be used by the City. Currently the LKPD spends approximately $288,000 per year on redundancy costs which does not include the amount of money wasted on fuel and man hours while they drive back and forth between facilities. They are unable to expand the current facilities and renovating is not an alternative as there is not enough space. A lot of this information can be found on the City's website. The City has been studying this for years, they made the best choices based on that information, which can also be found on their website.

Lawrence does not have the highest sales tax in the State. Here is the link to the Kansas Sales Tax Rates http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/pub17000... where you can look for yourself. Here is a quick list of cities that have higher sales tax rates than Lawrence. Please note this list does NOT include special tax districts. Auburn 8.8, Bonner Springs (Johnson County) 9.125, Bonner Springs (Leavenworth County) 8.9, Bonner Springs (Wyandotte County) 8.9, Caney 8.9, Carbondale 9.15, Cedar Vale 9.15, Cherryvale 8.9, Chetopa 8.9, Clay Center 9.15, Coffeyville 9.15, Council Grove 8.85, De Soto (Johnson County) 9.125, De Soto (Leavenworth County) 8.9, Dodge City 8.8, Fairway 9.375, Gardner 8.875, Geneseo 9.15, Grandview Plaza 9.4, Herington (Dickinson County) 9.65, Herington (Morris County) 9.65, Independence 9.15, Junction City 9.4, KCK 8.775, Leavenworth 9.15, Liberal 8.9, Louisburg 8.9, Luray 9.15, Mission 9.0, Neodesha 9.15, Paola 8.9, Parson 8.9, Pittsburg 8.9, Pomona 9.65, Sedan 9.65, Spring Hill (Johnson County) 8.875, Spring Hill (Miami County) 9.15, Tonganoxie 8.9, Topeka 8.8, Wamego 8.9 and Yates Center 8.9.

January 12, 2015 at 4:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City commissioners to host listening sessions about police headquarters project

Lawrence does NOT have the highest sales tax in the State as Chris Baker says above. Here is the link to the Kansas Sales Tax Rates http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/pub17000... where you can look for yourself.
Here is a quick list of cities that have higher sales tax rates than Lawrence. Please note this list does NOT include special tax districts.
Auburn 8.8, Bonner Springs (Johnson County) 9.125, Bonner Springs (Leavenworth County) 8.9, Bonner Springs (Wyandotte County) 8.9, Caney 8.9, Carbondale 9.15, Cedar Vale 9.15, Cherryvale 8.9, Chetopa 8.9, Clay Center 9.15, Coffeyville 9.15, Council Grove 8.85, De Soto (Johnson County) 9.125, De Soto (Leavenworth County) 8.9, Dodge City 8.8, Fairway 9.375, Gardner 8.875, Geneseo 9.15, Grandview Plaza 9.4, Herington (Dickinson County) 9.65, Herington (Morris County) 9.65, Independence 9.15, Junction City 9.4, KCK 8.775, Leavenworth 9.15, Liberal 8.9, Louisburg 8.9, Luray 9.15, Mission 9.0, Neodesha 9.15, Paola 8.9, Parson 8.9, Pittsburg 8.9, Pomona 9.65, Sedan 9.65, Spring Hill (Johnson County) 8.875, Spring Hill (Miami County) 9.15, Tonganoxie 8.9, Topeka 8.8, Wamego 8.9 and Yates Center 8.9.
Some of you have been asking the same questions since August. If you really want your questions answered, ask the people that can actually answer them. You got their attention with your "No" vote so now they are listening. Take advantage of the “Listening Sessions” being offered by the City on January 14th and January 29th. Both sessions are conveniently located in downtown Lawrence. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions call or e-mail the Chief of Police or one of the Commissioners and ask your questions or voice your comments.

January 12, 2015 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Time to act

Melinda, one, the 31st Street proposal was for 41 acres of land 19.6 of which was in flood plain. Two, the 31st Street location is farther from downtown, from the KU campus, from the hospital, from North Lawrence and Free State High School. Three, of all the sites the Hallmark location is closest to downtown, closest to the KU campus, closest to the hospital, closest to North Lawrence and is equal distance to the two high schools.

November 1, 2014 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Half-baked plan

This is why the Hallmark/McDonald Drive site is the best location, these are facts that will never change: One, it will always be by far the closest site to downtown, 2.2 miles. The other sites: Overland Drive 4.6 miles, Venture Park 3.2 miles, 31st Street 4.1 miles. It will always be the closest to the hospital. It will always be equal distance between Free State H.S. & Lawrence High (2.9 miles to FHS and 3.2 miles to LHS). It will also always be the closest to the University of Kansas campus. It will always provide direct access to our east/west arterials off Iowa (Peterson, 6th, 9th, 15th, 19th, 23rd, 27th, 31st) and it offers the best access to North Lawrence. No other site meets all those criteria.

October 29, 2014 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence passes resolution related to proposed police headquarters site

Mickey,
Here are some facts about the Hallmark/McDonald Drive location that will never change regardless of growth: One, it will always be by far the closest site to downtown, 2.2 miles. The other sites: Overland Drive 4.6 miles, Venture Park 3.2 miles, 31st Street 4.1 miles. It will always be the closest to the hospital. It will always be equal distance between Free State H.S. & Lawrence High (2.9 miles to FHS and 3.2 miles to LHS). It will also always be the closest to the University of Kansas campus. It will always provide direct access to our east/west arterials off Iowa (Peterson, 6th, 9th, 15th, 19th, 23rd, 27th, 31st) and it offers the best access to North Lawrence. No other site considered meets all those criteria. The Hallmark/McDonald Drive site is the best location.

October 29, 2014 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Correct tax

It's amazing how many Vote Yes signs are stolen or destroyed every night. I guess people don't realize that it is not only trespassing but also theft/vandalism.

October 28, 2014 at 1:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Problems fixable

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As far as the roof leaks and plumbing issues at the LEC you will need to ask the County, they own the building.

October 27, 2014 at 12:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Problems fixable

Four years ago the parking garage for the library was estimated to be $4.3 million. I don't know what the actual cost was. So you could build a multi-million dollar parking garage. You could renovate a building that still will never house the entire Department, will never be able to house all of the property and evidence and will not meet the needs of the Department. Then because it is on only 4 acres of land there is no room for expansion so in a few years you are right back where you started after spending who knows how many millions for another band aid.

October 27, 2014 at 12:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Problems fixable

Yes, the building could be renovated and repairs made. However, after spending millions of tax payer dollars to do so the facility still could not house the entire Police Department. The parking could not meet the parking needs/requirements. There is no way to house all of the evidence and property. To even attempt to turn it into a properly designed police facility you would at the least have to gut the building. Where do you house the Department during that time? You can spend millions to fix a building that will never solve the problem, never be large enough for all the staff, never be large enough for all the evidence and storage and without the addition of a parking garage can never meet parking requirements and will still never be a properly designed police facility. So you can spend millions of dollars on a building that will never meet the needs of the Department. It will be another band-aid and that is what the City has been doing for over 15 years. If they had done this when it was first proposed it would have cost $10 million. Think about the millions of dollars that have been spent since that time making "repairs". It's time to do it right. The need is not going to go away.

October 27, 2014 at 8:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Middle ground

Mr. Lundin, just to clear up a couple of things. One, the proposed police facility will not be located in North Lawrence. It will be located near McDonald Drive & 2nd Street . Two, the armored personnel carrier you refer to, which is an armored Ford F-550 was not purchased. It was obtained through a grant they won from Homeland Security. It is similar to a Brink's truck. It is armored to protect it's contents. The contents of this vehicle being people whether it is police or victims. At the cost of $0 it is better to have it and not need it (although it has been used) than to need it and not have it. You'll get nothing but some minor repairs to existing inadequate facilities for $9 million. Just to give you an idea the City of Olathe who just a few years ago moved their patrol and investigations back together (as we are trying to do) spent $18 million on an addition, just an addition to their existing facility and are preparing to spend another $20 million on phase two of the addition. So their "new" facility which will actually be two additions to an existing building are going to cost around $38 million. Police facilities are expensive.

October 24, 2014 at 6:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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