Preview: Lawrence City Commission’s March 16 meeting

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The Lawrence City Commission will meet virtually beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will immediately recess into a 30-minute executive session (meaning it’s closed to the public) to “discuss employer-employee negotiations.” It will begin its regular meeting at 5:45 p.m.

Here are some key items the city commission will consider:

  • A formal apology on the behalf of the city and Douglas County to the people of the Kaw Nation for the appropriation of the Kaw Nation’s sacred In´zhúje´waxóbe (prayer rock) and agreeing to its unconditional return to the Kaw Nation.
  • Sending a letter to the state of Kansas regarding its housing needs assessment, specifically noting the need for income discrimination ordinances and opposing a statewide ban on inclusionary zoning. Such zoning would allow a jurisdiction to require that a share of new construction be affordable to people with low and moderate incomes, but a statewide ban eliminates that option for the city, according to the letter in the agenda packet.
  • Authorizing a $38,960 engineering services agreement for the “community engagement services and preliminary engineering” of the Youth Sports Complex Exit/27th Street Extension Project. The project has been a subject of concern for many people who use the Mutt Run off-leash dog park, which one group says would be ruined if the project were to move forward.
  • A resolution setting forth procedures for investigating alleged violations of the city’s policy on ethics and professional conduct.
  • Nomination of the Grover Barn site, 2819 Stonebarn Terrace, as a historical site, since it was a part of the Underground Railroad. The city is no longer using the site for storage.
  • Repealing residency requirements for all city employees except the city manager. (Final vote.)

Click here to check out the full agenda on the city’s website. You can email written public comment to until noon the day of the meeting or sign up to comment during the meeting here.

A livestream of the meeting will be available here.

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