Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods (LAN) Meeting Minutes – August 4, 2016
LAN met at 7 p.m., August 4, 2016, in Meeting Room C at the Lawrence Public Library Chair Candice Davis presiding. The following attendees were present:
Steve Braswell, Pinkney Neighborhood Association; Bill Winkler, Barker Neighborhood Association; Candice Davis, Oread Residents Association; Kyle Thompson Oread resident, ORA President; Jon Josserand, Oread resident; Cindy Suenram, East Lawrence Individual Member; David Longhurst, Downtown Lawrence Inc.; Gary Webber, Sunset Hill Neighborhood Association; Karen Kressin, Old West Lawrence Association; Larry McElwain, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce; Melinda Henderson, Brook Creek Neighborhood Association; Robert Lewis, West Hills Homes Association; Lisa Larson Lawrence City Commissioner; Becky Pepper, City of Lawrence Planning and Development Services; Dani Dressler, Community Development Manager.
Candy Davis said everyone should check out the updated LAN website, https://lawrenceneighborhoods.wordpress.com
June minutes were approved (Dave Longhurst/Cindy Suenram)
Treasurer’s report (Cindy): Current balance $2162.74.
13 Neighborhood Associations and 2 individuals have paid dues.
Becky Pepper provided an update from Planning and Development Services.
Dani Dressler, Community Development Manager, gave an update on several programs managed by her department.
- HOME- They manage an Affordable Housing Grant, Provide rental assistance, work with Habitat for Humanity and Tenants to Homeowners.
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Lawrence will receive approximately a $647,000.00 grant. This can help with infrastructure improvements in low to moderate income neighborhoods. Neighborhoods can apply for help with capital improvement projects.
- Weatherization program- applications are being taken until August 31.
Larry McElwain, The Chamber, talked briefly about the city review of the agreement between The Chamber and the City regarding Economic Development. Larry said the PeasleyTechnical Center is becoming a positive selling point to attract business to Lawrence.
Lisa Larson, City Commission, talked about the city budget process. She said the budget will total approximately $191 million and will require a 0.53 mill property tax increase. Lisa said she would like to maintain a 22% reserve level.
Candy discussed the Oread Neighborhood Design Guidelines. The guidelines have been approved by the Planning Commission and the Historic Resources Commission. The City Commission will hold a study session on the issue. Candy said Oread neighbors are looking forward to adoption of the guidelines because they believe this will help maintain the unique character of the Oread neighborhood.
Melinda Henderson said the Voter Education Coalition will hold public forums in September and October covering upcoming local elections. She encouraged residents to come up with questions to be used at the forums. Melinda also discussed how the proposed jail expansion and construction of a mental health crisis center could be paid for. If it would be by a sales tax a public vote would be required. Raising the property tax mill levy would not require a public vote.
East Lawrence handed out their newsletter.
Next LAN meeting will be October 6 at the Lawrence Public Library
REPS: If you can’t attend a meeting, please send an alternate representative so Neighborhood Associations are heard.
October 3 21, 2016