Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Council acts on rezoning, road project

July 14, 2005

Lansing City Council members gave their approval to a midtown rezoning and got the wheels greased for a southside street resurfacing at their meeting last week.

Council members on Thursday, with Harland Russell absent, approved 7-0 a request to rezone a three-lot tract at 108, 110 and 112 E. Kansas Ave. for retail/office uses.

Carlson Construction Management Co., of Independence, Mo., wants to build a 12,000-square-foot retail/office development on the southeast corner of the lots, which are at the southeast corner of the intersection of Kansas and First Street, across the street from the Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 offices.

Council member Bob Ulin noted commercial development in the area could exacerbate the need for a traffic light at nearby Kansas Avenue and Main Street. The intersection, he said, could be especially tricky for emergency vehicles leaving the fire station and trying to turn south onto Main Street.

In the past, Ulin said, the Kansas Department of Transportation had said it would study placing a traffic light at the intersection of Kansas and Main.

"I don't know what the resolution was on that, but I know KDOT said they would look at that. Now if we're putting businesses in there, they really do need a traffic light."

City officials said KDOT was looking at the possibility of putting in a light activated by emergency vehicles that would stop traffic on Main.

A spokesman for Carlson Construction last week said the company had not yet actively marketed the property but that it was seeking a fast-food restaurant or sandwich shop among the tenants for the site.

Council members also approved spending $46,855 for design work for the resurfacing of 147th Street from McIntyre Road to Dempsey Road. The design work will be done by the firm McAfee, Henderson and Strick. The city and Leavenworth County have agreed to a 50-50 split of costs of asphalting 147th Street, a project promised to residents of annexed land on Lansing's south side. The project is envisioned for sometime in 2006, Public Works director John Young said.

The council also:

¢ Heard a report from Jason Crum, parks and recreation director, on the city's summer softball and baseball leagues. He said there were 23 teams this year, up from 22 in 2004, with participation by 436 children, up 34 children from a year ago.

¢ Briefly talked about the need for a policy to remove members from city boards if they reach a threshold of unexcused absences. Staff members were directed to look into how other cities handle similar matters.

¢ Heard a suggestion from Council member Ulin to consider some sort of customer satisfaction index to gauge how the city responds to issues raised by the public. "If we don't know whether our customers are satisfied, how do we measure our business?" he asked. City Administrator Mike Smith assured Ulin that "citizen priority is No. 1" with his office and his department heads.

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