Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

Panel to begin work on City Hall expansion

January 26, 2006

A committee that includes Mayor Kenneth Bernard and two Lansing City Council members will begin looking at how to expand City Hall.

Bernard, at last week's council meeting, received unanimous council approval to appoint himself, Council members Don Studnicka and Kenneth Ketchum and Lansing residents Clyde Huffman and Gene Young to a new City Hall Expansion Committee. One additional member of the committee has yet to be named.

The committee's initial meeting is expected to be sometime toward the beginning of next month, Bernard said.

Expansion of City Hall is one of the council's stated priorities for the city's share of receipts from 2005 voter-approved countywide sales tax, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2007. Lansing anticipates receiving about $630,000 a year from its share of the tax, which will remain in effect for 10 years.

Bernard said the committee would begin looking at how what sort of a footprint, or outline, the expansion would take, how it would be situated and how the space would be used.

Among other things, Bernard said he'd like to see the expansion accommodate the city's Public Works Department, which is now in a wing at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second St.

The expansion also will be the new home of the Lansing Community Library, which also is currently housed in the Activity Center. Young, one of the appointees to the committee, is chairman of the Library Board

Bernard said there was no budget yet assigned to the expansion project.

The current Lansing City Hall opened in 1992.

In other business Thursday, the council:

¢ Approved, 8-0, minutes from its Jan. 5 meeting.

¢ Heard a report on the Lansing Community Park master plan.

¢ Approved, 8-0, a resolution related to the East Eisenhower Road contract. John Young, the city's public works director, characterized the resolution as a standard document that would give the Kansas Department of Transportation the city's approval to administer federal aid for the project.

¢ Apporved, 8-0, an ordinance to rezone 15 acres at 1321 S. De Soto Road from A-1 (Agriculture) to R-1 (Suburban Residential). The rezoning clears the way for Rock Creek Ridge, a 154-lot housing subdivison.

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