Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Council reworks priority list for major road projects

April 14, 2005

Lansing City Council had to shift some priorities Thursday night.

After listening to a presentation by Public Works Director John Young about streets that will undergo major improvements as part of the priorities established for the 1 percent sales tax and KDOT five-year plan, council members decided that De Soto Road, originally last on the list, should be widened before Gilman Road. The council agreed that De Soto was becoming a major north-south thoroughfare and should be improved before heavy traffic makes its problems worse.

The new order of priority in street improvements for the project is: East Eisenhower Road, De Soto Road north of Ida Street, De Soto Road between Ida Street and Gilman Road including a bridge repair, and Gilman Road.

Other city improvements the council discussed included providing property tax rebates to qualifying home and business owners along Main Street as part of a neighborhood revitalization plan.

City Administrator Mike Smith said businesses in the designated areas would be eligible for the rebates for 10 years if they spend $10,000 on improvements and residential property would be eligible for rebates for five years if they spend $5,000 in improvements.

The plan includes incentives for two areas off of Main Street, Mount Muncie Cemetery and an area at New Lawrence Drive and Eisenhower Road that Smith said was included because it is zoned commercial.

In other action, the council:

¢ Pledged support to the Kansas PRIDE program.

¢ Approved the purchase of two Polaris Ranger utility vehicles from Van Wall Equipment of Olathe for $16,538 for use at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

¢ Approved a replat of eight lots and two tracts of land in The Maples to accommodate utility easements and improve drainage.

¢ Approved changing the street name of Blueberry Court in Phase II of Wyndham Hill to Allyssa Court. Young said the name change was necessary because there already was a street named Blueberry, and the name was causing confusion and complaints.

¢ Approved the final development plan for the Main Street Center Extension.

¢ Accepted the resignation of David Freeman Jr., one of the Lansing City Council's appointees to Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1.

¢ Met in executive session for five minutes to discuss legal issues and gave Smith permission to enter an agreement with a noncity attorney for pending legal action.

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