Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

Work near mobile home park OK’d

September 13, 2007

Improvements to reopen the intersection of Second Street and American Avenue and insure access to the Parkwood Estates Mobile Home Court have won the approval of the Lansing City Council.

The council on Thursday approved, by a 6-2 vote, to spend $15,000 for the improvements.

Residents of the park have complained since earlier this year, when a median on Main Street was installed preventing left turns into or out of the park on Helen Street.

Reopening the back entrance to the park, which is currently barricaded at Second and American Streets just southwest of Lansing's City Park, will allow mobile homes to be moved into and out of the property without having to drive over curbs at the intersection of Main and Helen.

Public Works Director John Young said current cost estimates for the improvements are about $71,000. Lansing will contribute 20 percent of the cost while the Kansas Department of Transportation, the lead agency on the Main Street project, will be responsible for the rest.

Young said $30,000 of the total cost is for replacement of corroded crossroad pipes that the city would have to replace at a later date anyway.

Council member Kenneth Ketchum said he didn't like the proposal. But since KDOT wouldn't allow full access at Main and Helen, he added, "This is something we have to do."

Council members Janette Holdeman and Dee Hininger were the lone dissenting votes Thursday.

"I'm still concerned we're spending money on this," Holdeman said. "We're going to pay $15,000 out of $71,000 for property that doesn't even belong to us."

Council member Billy Blackwell responded, "These are improvements that need to be made eventually and are cost effective now."

In other business at the regular meeting Thursday, the council:

¢ Heard a report from Main Street Enhancement Project liaison Ken Miller.

Miller said Holiday Terrace, north of the old Lansing Pharmacy building, is the primary focus of construction efforts now, with an asphalt base from Crestview Street to Holiday Terrace complete.

Miller said milling and an asphalt overlay on the west side of the Main Street were scheduled to start Wednesday, with subcontractors coming in with sod for the north and east ends of the project, as well.

All Main Street lanes are scheduled to be open by Thanksgiving with sod and striping work to be completed next spring, Miller said.

¢ Voted unanimously to authorize the Lansing Educational Foundation to proceed with a liquor license application for the foundation's biannual gala scheduled for September 2008.

LEF member Norma Hoagland said the gala, which raised $26,000 for USD 469 in 2006, is slated for the new Lansing City Park and could draw as many as 300 guests.

¢ Voted, 5-3, with Holdeman, Ketchum, and Harland Russell opposed, to approve the development plan for six town homes to be constructed at the intersection of J Street and West Kay Street.

Curtis Harris of Peridian Group, Inc. said his client and property owner, Jo Ann Campbell, would like to build six like-looking duplexes with requested variances to the platted setbacks for two of the six lots.

One issue with the development was raised by Fire Chief Rick Huhn, who said that with 30 feet of setback or less, access for emergency vehicles might be a cause for concern.

Councilman Ketchum said no-parking signs would resolve that issue.

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