LAN September 2013 Newsletter: Greetings LAN members and friends! As Autumn in Kansas unfolds, there is a whole lot happening in neighborhoods around town. Read all about it, here!
Update on Rental Registration: The City Commission will review comments on rental registration at their October 1st meeting, and will possibly vote on the revised ordinance at their Tuesday, October 15 meeting. Please attend! It is very important for neighborhood folks to have a strong showing at both of these meetings. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to attend! Landlords will be showing up in large numbers, as they have at all past meetings. Neighborhoods need to represent if we want this ordinance to pass! Read more about the ordinance, here!
October LAN meeting: In deference to the Homecoming Parade (and the accompanying parking challenges we anticipate) the LAN meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, October 3, will be moved to Thursday, October 10. Please mark your calendars and let your neighborhood associations know. October’s LAN meeting will now be held the SECOND Thursday: October 10, at 7 PM, in the Capitol City Bank conference room (our normal location) on New Hampshire street, downtown. Our agenda will include an update on the city planning activities; rental registration; Rock Chalk Rec Center, Downtown redevelopment overlay; a discussion about code enforcement and a discussion of the pending LAN board election for 2014 officers. Our guest will be Lynn Zollner, Historic Resources Planner. Hope to see folks in October!
Community Radio in Lawrence needs your help! A group of Lawrence folks are applying for a licensed nonprofit Low Power FM Community Radio Station, to provide an invaluable non-commercial community forum. Amongst many community benefits, community radio will allow our Neighborhood Associations to have a public forum to share their projects and priorities with the greater community, and be able to solicit broader community support. The Community Station is at a critical juncture, and needs your support. After months of preparation, and many weeks of research with our broadcast engineer, it appears that Lawrence’s only available non-interfering potential antenna location is in North Lawrence atop the Ottawa Grain Coop’s grain elevators. Unfortunately, the Coop previously had a bad experience with a local business who had an antenna there. It would be a great help if folks would send the General Manager an email of support for Lawrence Community Radio! It may very well make the difference! Your email doesn’t have to be long; you can simply mention a benefit or two that your group sees in having access to community radio. The station will be nonprofit (as required by the FCC), will be managed by a community board, fully insured, and will be operated by individuals experienced in station management to insure ongoing community accessibility. Please email letters of support to Adrian, the grain Coop’s General Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify your neighborhood, organization or your title in your email. Thanks for helping to support Lawrence Community Radio – a genuine noncommercial asset and resource for our whole community. If you have any questions, call Rich Wenzel, 917-9344 or email email@example.com
Community Village Lawrence Service Area Expansion: Community Village Lawrence (CVL), formerly Eastside Village Lawrence, would like to announce a service area expansion. The organization’s previous service area included all neighborhoods east of Massachusetts’s Street, but now includes all residences within the Lawrence city limits. The recent name change and expansion of service area represents the non-profit’s recognition of a community-wide need, and the belief that Lawrence residents and organizations are ready to innovate together around aging. CVL believes that while this expansion will pose challenges, it will also lead to a more successful launch with a larger and more diverse membership base and greater community support overall. If you are not familiar with Community Village Lawrence, we are a developing non-profit organization, dedicated to making aging at home a possibility for older adults in Lawrence, Kansas. The mission of Community Village Lawrence is to enhance the quality of life for the community by helping neighbors remain in their homes as they age. We aim to do this by creating a network of supports following the Village model to make aging at home a long-term, affordable option. To learn more, please visit our website, www.CommunityVillageLawrence.org You can learn more about Villages on the Village to Village Network website, www.vtvnetwork.org. At this time, we are recruiting members to join our sub-committees to begin meeting as early as late October or early November 2013. We are looking for individuals with fundraising, marketing, finance, volunteer recruitment and coordination, program development, or grant writing skills. If interested or if you would like to meet with our staff/board members, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one AmeriCorps VISTA program coordinators at 785-505-0187 or 785-505-0188. We look forward to working with you to make this Village a reality!
Thinking of remodeling? Check out this new city service: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/sep/23/city-creates-online-database-search-licensed-build/
Multimodal Open House and Discussion: Wednesday, October 9, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Dr. This event will help our community determine the mobility needs and transportation priorities for our region. Comments will be used for the development of the Commuter Park-and-Ride Study, Fixed-Route Transit Study and Pedestrian Accessibility Study and Countywide-Bikeway System Plan. Public participation in the survey will help the study team better define mobility needs and priorities in the region. Comments can be submitted in writing to email@example.com or mailed to Todd Girdler at the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office, PO Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044-0708 by October 15, 2013. www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/study
Update on City Program to Reduce Inflow & Infiltration in Sewer System – from Janette Klamm, City of Lawrence: The 2012 Wastewater Master Plan and Capital Improvements Program recommended the implementation of a Rapid Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Reduction Program. Inflow and Infiltration are terms used to describe the ways that groundwater and storm water or “clear water” enters the sanitary sewer system. Inflow is surface water that enters the sewer system from yards, roof and footing drains, cross-connections with storm drains, downspouts, and through holes in manhole covers. Infiltration is groundwater that enters sewer pipes through holes, breaks, joint and connection failures, and other openings. The objective of the Rapid I/I Reduction Program is an overall 35% reduction of I/I within the program area. By reducing I/I by 35%, we decrease the need for construction projects that add system capacity within the sewer system and the need for wet weather treatment capacity expansion at the Kaw WWTP. The Rapid I/I Reduction Program will study, rehabilitate and monitor the public and private sanitary sewer systems in identified areas. The study will include a combination of activities including monitoring of flow levels, smoke testing the sewer lines to locate leaks and cracks, TV inspections to inspect the sewer lines, manhole inspections to determine leaking, and building evaluations to identify improper plumbing connections. The city has contracted with TREKK Design Group to perform Phase I of the I/I program. The city has begun its initial analysis of certain areas of Lawrence but the entire program is estimated to take eight years to complete. In Phase I alone, the city will smoke test 100,000 feet of sanitary sewers, inspect 501 manholes for defects, and complete 17,400 feet of inspections through closed-circuit television. Subsequent phases of the project will include other areas of the entire project area. Throughout the Rapid I/I Reduction Program, city staff and TREKK project managers will work closely with neighborhood associations and notify residents in areas where activities are taking place. Methods of notification include door hanger notifications, signage, face to face contact, and other means. All employees and vehicles are clearly identifiable. As the building evaluations begin later this year, City staff and TREKK project managers will work closely with property owners to determine any plumbing corrections that are needed, as well as have staff be available for any questions or concerns that may arise. Visit www.lawrenceks.org/utilities/utility_projects for more information on this program and the Capital Improvements Program.
Here is an article on this project, from the LJ World: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/sep/03/residents-may-notice-odd-smoke-neighborhoods-city-/
League of Women Voters Brown Bag Lunch Meetings will be held from 11:30 am – 1pm, are intended to accommodate those who work during the week. Coffee and tea provided; guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch. All programs are free, and open to the public. Here is the schedule:
Thursday, October 17, 2013: “Four Perspectives on Healthcare in Lawrence, KS: How Affordable Is It? A Panel Discussion with Representatives from Health Care Access, Douglas County Child and Family Services, (formerly SRS) and Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Special Guest Panelist: James Bart—Ombudsman for “KanCare”, the new Kansas Medicaid Program, LOCATION: Watkins Community Museum of History Ground Floor Meeting Room, 1047 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. 66044
Friday, November 15, 2013: “Mexican Immigrants In Lawrence, KS: Their History and Their Stories”, Local professionals and Lawrence residents discuss various issues related to assimilation into our community, highlighted by personal stories. LOCATION: Watkins Community Museum of History Ground Floor Meeting Room 1047 Massachusetts Lawrence, KS. 66044
Updates on police facility siting: http://www.lawrenceks.org/policefacility and http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/town_talk/2013/sep/9/lawrence-wants-property-to-house-multimi/
KU Campus Master Plan Open Forum, Thursday, October 3: Morning Forum 11 a.m.—1 p.m.; Evening Forum 4—7 p.m. Forums held on the 4th Floor of the Kansas Memorial Union. On Thursday, October 3, the University of Kansas will host its third and final round of open forums to engage the KU and Lawrence communities about the development of a new campus master plan. The final round of open forums is an opportunity to share progress during the concept refinement phase. You will have an opportunity to learn about the goals and priorities being established for the master plan, and how those goals and priorities will guide the creation of the plan based on the data, analysis, and different options.
Latest update from the planning department: http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/pds/devservices/LAN_Sept13.pdf
LAN has, for several years now, been grateful for the presence of Michelle Leininger at our meetings. We wish Michelle the very best as she moves on to a new position with the City of Gardner. Thank you, Michelle, for your years of service to our community and all the help you have provided to LAN! We will miss you!
Hillcrest NA will host a Social Gathering on Sunday, Oct. 6; 4-6 p.m. For more information about Hillcrest neighborhood, or to get their latest newsletter, including the Oread Trail Marker planned for Water Tower Park, please contact Sean Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
East Lawrence News: BLOCK PARTY! BLOCK PARTY! BLOCK PARTY! SEPTEMBER 28TH 5-9PM AT HOBBS PARK! Contact Lane at email@example.com for more details.
For more information about LAN, please come to a monthly LAN meeting, check us out online: https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceNeighborhoods or call LAN Chair, Laura Routh, 979-3918.