Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Condemnation step, refund await action by council members

April 19, 2007

Lansing City Council is in line to receive and, perhaps, begin to take at this week's meeting.

The council is expected to approve a refund of nearly $8,000 for a storm sewer system installed under Main Street.

The city paid $576,000 for site improvements for development of the Carriage Hills Plaza shopping center at Main Street and Express Drive. Of that amount, $39,492 was paid to the developer's contractor to install a storm sewer crossing under Main Street.

The Kansas Department of Transportation determined the installation has resulted in a savings of $7,982 to the state, which is the lead agency for the Main Street system enhancement project.

The council also will consider a resolution that would allow the city to pursue condemnation of property needed for the proposed tax-increment financing project and development of Towne Center.

Public Works director John Young said in a memo that time constraints make it prudent for the council to adopt the resolution now. Negotiations are ongoing with the lone property owner holding out.

Condemnation is a three-step process that includes the enabling resolution, followed by a condemnation ordinance and filing the condemnation in Leavenworth County District Court.

The council meets at 7 p.m. today, April 19, at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

Here's the council agenda:

¢ Consider minutes from the April 5 council meeting.

¢ Mayor Kenneth Bernard will proclaim May 1, 2007, as VFW Annual Loyalty Day.

Bernard will also proclaim April 29-May 5, 2007 Municipal Clerks Week.

¢ Lansing Police Detective Scott Crawford will be named Employee of the Quarter.

¢ Consider appointment of Lynsey Hammeke, vice president of Lansing Dairy Queen, to represent the business community on the Convention and Tourism Committee for a two-year term.

¢ Consider the reappointment of Verlin Tompkins to the Convention and Tourism Committee.

¢ Consider reappointment of Sharon Henke and Marvin McCurdy to the Lansing Planning Commission for a three-year term expiring April 30, 2010.

¢ Consider reappointment of Verlin Tompkins and Mike Suozzo to the Board of Zoning Appeals for another three-year term to expire on April 30, 2010.

¢ Consider reappointment of Gene Young and Sue Robertson to the Lansing Community Library Board for a four-year term ending April 20, 2011.

¢ Receive the Treasurer's Report for the quarter ending March 31, 2007.

¢ Consider an ordinance amending the Code of the City of Lansing regarding incorporation of the Standard Traffic Ordinance.

¢ Consider adopting a resolution authorizing the issuance of temporary Notes, to finance the public facilities and parks.

¢ Consider a resolution authorizing condemnation of certain property if necessary for the proposed TIF district.

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