wayne32 (Wayne Kerr)


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City moves forward with plan to make residents pay for sidewalk repair

The reason our sidewalk are in such disrepair is because the city has left the maintenance of them to home and apartment owners. So leaving the responsibility of sidewalk repair the way it is won't solve anything. Instead the city is going to have an incomplete and haphazard sidewalk grid where every homeowner or apartment complex has its own unique or non-uniform construction. For example, Mr. Jones might decide he wants to use bricks for his sidewalk. Mr. Smith might want to us the limestone rocks he's collected out of his yard. Mrs. Green might think it would be wonderful to use recycled coca cola bottles for her sidewalk, while Mr. Brown next door might be inspired to use his marble collection to complete his sidewalk, etc. If the city wants to have uniform sidewalks that are safe and walkable the city needs to be the one to maintain them. Otherwise it's just going to be business as usual and nothing is going to get done.

October 24, 2016 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City moves forward with plan to make residents pay for sidewalk repair

I find it hard to believe that the city claims they don't have the resources to pay for the repairs but they go on to say they'll do the repairs and just charge us for them at a later date? It sounds to me like the city is just trying to get out of paying the bill. Who installed the sidewalks in the first place? Certainly not the homeowners. Why are homeowners resposible for maintaining something they didn't put there? Lori Lampe brings up a good point, if the sidewalk is the homeowner's property, can the homeowner just remove the sidewalk instead of repairing it?

This inability of the city to pay for basic infrastructure repairs is a direct result of the city giving tax breaks, tax abatements, and special sales tax districts to developers. Wasn't it a special tax district that enabled the city to come up with the 25 million they used to fund the new recreation center? What if we recinded all the special tax districts we've given to developers for five years or so until we had the money to repair our sidewalks? Or what if we gave homeowners a tax break to help them pay for sidewalk repairs? I pay around $3,000 in property tax on my home every year. I have lived here about 20 years, so I've caughed up around $60,000 so far. And the city doesn't have money left over to fix the $2,000-$3,000 sidewalk they put in my yard? Why can't I get a tax break and instead of paying $3,000 in property taxes next year and I'll spend that money on "my sidewalk" and send you all a recipt to write off the expense I owe you? If tax breaks are good for the overall economic growth of our city why should homeowners be left out?

October 23, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission passes HERE parking proposal, expresses disdain for sexually suggestive video

I'd like more info on the removal of the downtown fire department and DC Senior Services mentioned at the end of this article. Are they moving? Where will they be moving? I always thought that spot next to the library was a good location for both.

October 19, 2016 at 2:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Facing a trademark infringement lawsuit, Sun Cedar files for bankruptcy and closes its doors

I'm sorry to see a business like this have to shut down. Why don't they continue to make the wood air fresheners with a new design. I'm thinking, suns, stars, clouds, cats, dogs, birds, cars, bicycles, etc., the possibilities are endless. Not to mention sports teams, like the Jayhawks, Royals, and every college and professional mascot imaginable, with permission of course. Shine, don't give up so easily. If you can't do trees there are plenty of other options out there.

September 27, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A bicycle corral was installed in what was previously a vehicle parking space at the southeast corne

Andy, I totally agree. I ride my bike downtown almost daily and I don't think I'll ever use one of these "bicycle corrals". Why? Because they are un-necessary as I can lock my bike almost anywhere, like a light pole, a tree, or any number of other places. Why in the world did we put these on the street instead of on the sidewalk were they wouldn't interfere with automobile parking?

June 24, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Property owners need to start paying for sidewalk repair, city manager says

I learned about the sidewalk ordinance earlier this year when some of my neighbors got notices from the city that they needed to do repairs. The sidewalk in front of my house didn't need any work because the city recently replaced it when they put in new sewers on my street. In the future I would be willing to pay to have the sidewalk repaired if I could write off the cost on the property taxes. I mean why not, we let developers write off their property taxes for infrastructure improvements, parking, and other costs associated with maintaining their properties? If it will help, I'm more than willing to suspend paying my property tax and instead put that money towards fixing the sidewalk in front of my house or the many potholes on my street.

May 4, 2016 at 5:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Lawrence argument that won't end: To build more retail or to not build more retail; commissioners prepare to hear SLT shopping center proposal on Tuesday

John, a local business type has already done that, only on a much larger scale. It was a huge opportunity and someone already bought a bunch of farmland on the edge of town for cheap and made a deal with the city to develop the farm and bring in an attraction for them. They "donated" part of the land in the far corner of the field (as a rental to the city) in exchange for 10 million dollars of infrastructure like roads, sewers, traffic lights, and got the city to pay for all the maintenance and other expenses and decided to call it something fancy like Rock Chalk Park. Now that the infrastructure is in place and the attraction (Rock Chalk) is all in place and they don't have to pay to maintain it, they can develop the rest of the farm on the cheap and probably have their own tax district thrown in to make sure their family will be bringing in millions of dollars every year for the rest of their lives. Yeah, I wish I had some capital or my own tax district to raise more capital, too.

January 4, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A list of past Thomas Fritzel controversies and the $10 million question that comes with the latest allegations

I'm sure there's a good explanation for all of this. Let's just give Fritzel's lawyers and accountants more time to come up with something. After all, this is the same guy that gave us a 30 million dollars sports complex and it only cost us 20 million dollars. So if we just subtract the 10 million we already saved it might just turn out that we actually owe Fritzel some money when it's all said and done. And let's not forget, not paying taxes and having your own tax district isn't easy. Why should we expect Fritzel to have to keep track of all the money he's been embezzling from the city? Give the guy a break, don't forget he gave us a sports complex in the middle of nowhere for free.

December 17, 2015 at 1:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City proposes adding 74 bicycle parking spaces downtown

There is no enforcement David because it's not illegal to lock a bike to a parking meter or light pole. We don't need more laws for things that don't harm anyone and that cause zero problems to society. Limiting where someone can park their bike isn't going to make things better it's going to make things worse for bike riders. We should encourage alternative forms of transportation, not restrict it or make it more difficult. John, why do you care where someone locks their bike? If you see a bike locked to a parking meter you should be thankful because that bicycle rider has freed up one more parking space for your car.

October 13, 2015 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )