Archive for Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Extending Bittersweet under study

Council approves contract to determine length of bridge needed over Seven-Mile Creek

November 23, 2005

The city of Lansing will contract with an engineering firm to determine how long a bridge over Seven-Mile Creek would have to be to extend Bittersweet Street to West Mary Street.

Council members last week approved a $2,500 contract with Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers to conduct the study.

The city is studying the cost of extending the street, which would run from the existing Lansing Middle School past the site of the new Lansing Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in 2007. Extending the street, city officials say, would cut down dramatically on Main Street traffic shuttling between the buildings before and after school.

"It's a very limited study to determine the length of the bridge," said John Young, the city's Public Works director.

The city received three bids for the study, ranging from the $2,500 bid to one of $13,200.

Young said he couldn't say for certain why there was such a difference in the bids.

Council member Andi Pawlowski asked whether Cook, Flatt & Strobel might think it would also land the more expensive design bid for the project once the city gave it the go-ahead.

"Of course they would," Young answered.

In other action Thursday, the council:

¢ Unanimously approved minutes from the Nov. 5 council meeting.

¢ Unanimously approved the appointment of Ret. Lt. Col. Peter Grande, chief executive director of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, to the Kansas Regional Prisons Museum Board of Directors.

¢ Unanimously approved the purchase of an air compressor from Victor L. Phillips.

¢ Approved, 6-2, a written order for Time Warner Cable's cable rate filing. Time Warner Cable has filed papers with the city that would allow them to increase basic rates by 2.7 percent for Lansing cable subscribers in 2006, but a company representative said there were no plans to do so at this time. Council members Don Studnicka and Robert Ulin opposed the measure.

¢ After a lengthy discussion, decided against taking any action regarding a feasibility study for the Kansas Regional Prisons Museum. The study is being paid for entirely by the Lansing Historical Society, after some council members raised questions about how the city originally had awarded the contract. After the city cancelled the $38,300 contract with Overland Park-based Project Explore, the society stepped in and negotiated a new agreement with the consultants for a narrower and less costly study. Council members Billy Blackwell and Harland Russell, at Thursday's meeting, suggested giving the society $9,000 in city funds to expand the study to its original scope.

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