Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods (LAN) September 2014 Newsletter
Howdy Folks! The LAN newsletter took a hiatus / vacation for August, but we are back on the scene! Hope everyone is enjoying this lovely autumn weather, and spending time outside with family, neighbors and friends before the snow flies. There is a lot going on! Read about what neighborhoods are up to, here:
Demolition of Oread House at 920 Missouri is Pending – ACTION ALERT! From our vice-Chair, Candy Davis: A lovely 100-year-old house is slated for demolition, to be replaced by an 8 BR duplex. If you object, please sign this petition:
Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition (LPC) Update: The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition is a joint project of LAN and The League of Women Voters. We have been working hard on ideas to improve pedestrian safety in our community.
This past summer, we visited with Commissioners Bob Schumm, Mayor Mike Amyx and Dr. Terry Riordan, and shared our vision for a safer, more walkable Lawrence. We also participated in the AARP/Barker Neighborhood Walk Audit meeting with Dan Burden: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jul/27/expert-livable-communities-evaluate-barker-neighbo/
We are awaiting news on a dedicated line item for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements in the 2015 budget.
The LPC extends hearty congratulations to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department! They received a $1.3 million grant to reduce chronic diseases, which will include work on pedestrian issues, Safe Routes to Schools and increasing physical activity in our community. http://ldchealth.org/health-department-receives-1-3-million-grant-reduce-chronic-diseases/
As part of this grant, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will be collaborating with the LPC on a Pedestrian Summit, to be held in the spring of 2015. We are excited about this project, and invite interested community organizations to participate. Stay tuned for more details!
The LPC meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at 7 PM, in the basement of the Carnegie Building on Vermont Street, downtown. Learn more about the LPC at our website and Facebook pages:
Learn more about Safe Routes To School here: http://ldchealth.org/830-m-5-p-m-safe-routes-school-national-course/
Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC): This city advisory board, which oversees allocation of funding for specified neighborhood coordinators, has vacancies. Eligibility requirements exist for this board. Contact Danelle Dresslar, 832.3108; firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.lawrenceks.org/boards/community-development-advisory-committee
Oread apartment proposal news:
From the LJ World: “Lawrence artist KT Walsh is pictured before a community mural she created with guests from the Lawrence Community Shelter and other organizers, which is set along the side of a semi trailer behind the building. Walsh was honored by the Lawrence Coalition for Peace & Justice with an award for her efforts to further peace and justice in Lawrence through her art.”
A cool project in East Lawrence folks should know about! https://www.facebook.com/NYEmural?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite
Lawrence Sport Pavilion at Rock Chalk Park Grand Opening: http://www.lawrenceks.org/lists/archive.php?x=5912
Upcoming Election on Police Facility in November: The City of Lawrence has placed a sales tax proposal on the November 4 General Election ballot for voters to consider funding a new facility for the Lawrence Police Department. The Lawrence Association of Neighborhood has declined to take a position on this issue, but we invite individual neighborhood associations to investigate the issue, and take their stands as they see fit.
Whether you are for or against the pending sales tax for the proposed police station, there is a Facebook page for you:
For more information from the City, you can also visit http://www.lawrenceks.org/police-facility
A public forum regarding the police facility will be hosted by the Voter Education Coalition, of which LAN is a part, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Lawrence Public Library. The forum will have representatives from both the advocacy group and opposition group that have formed around this issue.
The City and the Police Department will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, October 16 from 7-8 p.m. at the Investigations and Training Center at 15th and Wakarusa. Self-guided tours of police facility are also available. Self-Guided tour dates are:
Saturday, October 4, Noon – 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 18, Noon – 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 8 a.m. – Noon
For more information, visit http://ow.ly/BqMSC
Learn more about this issue as reported in, and commented on, in the LJW:
DRAFT October LAN Meeting Agenda: LAN will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, October 2 at 7 PM in the Capitol City Bank conference room of the Hobbs Taylor Loft building on New Hampshire Street, downtown. Please join us! If you have items you’d like to on the LAN monthly meeting agenda, please email them to email@example.com, or ask your neighborhood LAN rep to bring them to the meeting.
1. Approval of September Minutes
2. Receipt of treasurer report
3. Update from City of Lawrence Planning and Development Department
4. Oread demolition
5. Pedestrian Coalition Update & SRTS
6. H2020 Update
7. Neighborhood Updates, as needed
Check out our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceNeighborhoods
Check out Neighborhood associations here:
North LawrenceL NLIA meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, October through May at 7:00pm at the Peace Mennonite Church, 615 Lincoln Street.
Old West Lawrence (OWL): http://oldwestlawrence.net
University Place: http://upna.wordpress.com
Pinckney Neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117029931007/
Centennial Neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/centennialneighborhood
Hillcrest Neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillcrest-Neighborhood-Association/266441853380730
Barker Neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barker-Neighborhood-Association/275381655988105
Brook Creek Neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/brookcreekneighborhood
Oread Residents Association: http://oreadresidents.org
If your neighborhood is not listed here, and you want it to be, please let us know!