Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2007

Council to consider Helen St. traffic alternate

September 6, 2007

Action under consideration by the Lansing City Council won't give residents of Parkwood Estates Mobile Home Court the access they want on and off of Main Street, but if approved it will insure mobile homes can be moved in and out of the park.

The council will be asked at its meeting tonight, Sept. 6, to approve a change order to the Main Street contract that would make improvements to North Second Street and American Avenue, on the back side of the mobile home park.

Residents of the park have complained since earlier this year, when a median was installed on Main Street that prevented left-hand turns onto Helen Street, which leads into the park. Helen Street's intersection at Main, meanwhile, was reconfigured for "right-in, right-out" access only.

City Administrator Mike Smith said the solution likely won't satisfy everybody, but it's the best the city can do under the circumstances.

The Kansas Department of Transportation, the lead agency on the Main Street project, is holding firm on keeping the Helen Street intersection as is, for safety reasons, Smith said. The city, he said, had wanted to improve and open Helen Street through the mobile home park to allow residents easy access to North Second, but the mobile home park owners only wanted to lease the private stretch of Helen Street to the city.

"We wanted to give the folks an opportunity," Smith said, "but we can't work on what we don't own."

The city's solution, Smith said, is the plan on the table tonight. The plan would make intersection improvements at North Second and American that would allow mobile homes to be moved out of the park - if park owners remove a barricade at Helen and North Second.

"We're trying to give them an opportunity to get their mobile homes in and out," Smith said.

Cost of the proposed change order is $71,000, with the city's share approximately $15,000, said John Young, the city's Public Works director. The state would pick up the remainder.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. Here's the council agenda:

Old business

¢ Consider minutes from the Aug. 16 meeting.

New business

¢ Hear a presentation on the Lansing Foundation Fund Gala

¢ Hear an update on the Main Street System Enhancement Project

¢ Consider appointing voting delegates to the League of Kansas Municipalities

¢ Consider a change order for the Main Street contract

¢ Consider the preliminary and final development plans for Wendel Replat, a proposed development of six townhomes at J and West Kay streets.

¢ Hear reports from council members, staff members and the mayor.

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