February 2014 LAN Newsletter
Greetings LAN members and friends! The snow is melting, the geese have begun to fly north, and the basketball season is in full swing! Spring is definitely on the way! Check out the latest news for neighbors and neighborhoods, here:
The Big Event, free community service work provided by KU students Help spread the news! The Big Event is coming to all Lawrence Neighborhoods! This once-a-year community project sponsored by KU students offers homeowners free assistance with yard work, home repairs and general chores. Homeowners can register online at http://thebigeventku.com/ and then click “Online Job Request” to register! It is a simple form to fill out, and once submitted, the homeowner will be contacted to set up a job site check. Please note that the Big Event is a “first come first serve” process, and applies to ALL community members; it is not only a “need based” service. If you have any questions you can contact Allison Dittmore at (316)-300-8389! Here’s the latest news on the Big Event, from the LJW: http://m.ljworld.com/news/2014/feb/16/tasks-volunteers-sought-next-big-event-community-s/
Update on Rental Registration: The following schedule is provided by the City in order to process Commissioner Farmer’s proposal to consider a Draft 4 to Ordinance 8840, which would expand the rental licensing and inspection program to all rented units in the city.
- Week of March 3, 2014 – complete case-study inspections using revised checklist.
- March 13, 2014 – conduct a community meeting to review proposal and take public input at Lawrence High School cafeteria, 6:00 p.m.
- March 20, 2014 – Post to the City Commission agenda a memo summarizing the community meeting and inspections.
- March 25, 2014 – City Commission considers options at their regular meeting.
Read updates here: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/feb/23/lawrence-rental-licensing-debate-set-march/ and http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2014/02-25-14/cmreport_rental_process_timeline.html
Contact your commissioners here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/commissioners
Pedestrian Coalition, a joint effort of LAN and the League of Women Voters: The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition met with City Manager Dave Corliss at our February 12, 2014 meeting. Here is a transcript of our questions, and the City’s answers (in red): http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2014/03-04-14/cmreport_ped_coalitin.pdf
Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in the basement of the Carnegie Building, on Vermont Street, downtown. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! Bring a friend or neighbor if you can, and feel free to share this announcement with folks who may be interested. Check out the pedestrian coalition, online: https://www.facebook.com/LawrencePedestrians and http://www.lawrencewalks.org
Heads up Oread and University Place neighbors! A new apartment development is headed your way: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/town_talk/2014/feb/24/large-apartment-building-near-kus-memori/
Community Village Lawrence: Do you know a friend or family member living alone or acting as a caregiver? Telephone Reassurance is a simple way for you to know every day that they are safe and have a connection to local resources. The program is a free sample service to the community and begins in March. Contact Community Village Lawrence to learn more or visit our website: http://www.communityvillagelawrence.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=869467&module_id=145911
Update on Horizon 2020: Horizon 2020 is our community’s comprehensive plan, and helps determine where and how development will occur, throughout Lawrence. The Horizon 2020 Update Steering Committee will be meeting on the 2nd Monday of every month, starting on March 10th, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The Steering Committee’s website is online: http://lawrenceks.org/boards/horizon-2020-steering-committee . A webpage has also been created to track the update process: http://lawrenceks.org/pds/horizon-2020-update-process
From the City’s website, regarding the Horizon 2020 Steering Committee: “The Committee will be charged with overseeing and guiding the process of revising the comprehensive plan, including public education and issue identification, and prioritization of issues. The Committee will submit their ideas to the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Governing Bodies of the City and County for review”.
North Lawrence Improvement Association is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277132432449/
Pinckney Neighborhood is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117029931007/
Old West Lawrence is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55907656453/
East Lawrence is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eastlawrence
Centennial Neighborhood is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centennialneighborhood
Hillcrest Neighborhood is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillcrest-Neighborhood-Association/266441853380730
Brook Creek: Check out the new Brook Creek Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/brookcreekneighborhood
Want to talk to LAN? Please use the following address for general LAN business and inquiries: LawrenceNeighborhoods@gmail.com
Here is the City’s list of neighborhoods, and contacts: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/neighborhoodcontacts
LAN’s March meeting will be held Thursday, March 6th at 7 PM, in the conference room of the Capitol City Bank, on New Hampshire Street, downtown Lawrence. Please join us! Email your updates to LawrenceNeighborhoods@gmail.com