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Commission Board Meeting on Wed, April 26, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Meeting Agenda: 


4:00 p.m.

(1) (a) Consider approval of Commission Orders;

(2) 2016 Economic Development Report (Britt Crum-Cano)

(3) City of Baldwin Neighborhood Revitalization Program (Glenn Rodden)

(4) Presentation on the results of the KDHE funded tire recycling event (Eileen Horn)

(5) Consider request to transfer 9.38 acres, known as Block C, Lot 7 (former Farmland Property) from Douglas County to PSP Kansas, LLC. (Sandy Dixon/Craig Weinaug)

(6) Approve an agreement with Springsted Inc. for municipal  advisory services (Sarah Plinsky)- Backup to follow

(7) Consider approval of Accounts Payable (if necessary)  
 (b) Appointments  
 -MPO Bicycle Advisory Committee (1) position
 -Board of Zoning Appeals (1) position 10/16
 -Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority Board (1) position 06/17 
 -Metropolitan Planning Commission – Positions (2) 05/17
 (c)  Public Comment
 (d)  Miscellaneous   

(8) Adjourn

Related Document(s): 
Meeting Location: 
County Courthouse
Street Address: 
1100 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA
Meeting Minutes: 




April 26, 2017

Gaughan called the regular meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 with all members present.
Gaughan moved approval of the following Consent Agenda:
►  Commission Order No. 17-018 (on file in the office the County Clerk);

Motion was seconded by Thellman and carried 3-0.                      

Britt Crum-Cano, Economic Development Coordinator, presented the County Commission with a review of the 2016 Annual Report:  Economic Development Support & Compliance. 

Thellman noted that in the BTBC section, the tables did not include the County contributions. Thellman said for future reference she would like that information included.  

Gaughan said it doesn’t have to be in the report, but asked if there was a way to measure the distribution of income across the community or stratification of income; where the growth is and what types of incomes are growing or staying flat. Crum-Cano said she can search to a zip code level for diversity of income. She did an extensive economic profile three years ago. She would be willing to update that information every 5-10 years. The current report is available on the City’s website. Crum-Cano stated she is willing to pull information from that report and take suggestions for future updates.

No action was taken

Glenn Rodden, City Manager of Baldwin City, presented the County Commission with a request to offer a City of Baldwin Neighborhood Revitalization Program. It was passed by ordinance with the City of Baldwin City on March 7 2017. It will still need to be approved by USD348. The offer includes the entire City of Baldwin. Properties eligible for tax rebates under the Neighborhood Revitalization Program would receive a 5-year rebate at 100% for new construction and a 5-year rebate at 100% for building improvements over a 10% increase on appraiser valuation for residential, commercial of industrial use. Residential use with either Affordable Housing or Historic Building designation can receive a 10-year rebate at 95% for building improvements; residential use with affordable housing and Historic Building designation can receive a 15-year rebate at 95% for building improvement.

Rodden said it was determined the entire city of Baldwin would benefit from improvements, so therefore the City Commission voted to open the program to any residential or commercial property that meets the criteria within the city limits, hoping to at least double the number of building permits they have been receiving annually. 

Gaughan stated the County has always focused on targeted neighborhood revitalization programs. It will be interesting to see Baldwin’s results.

It was the consensus of the Board they are in favor of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. A resolution will be brought back for consideration on the Consent Agenda at a later date.

Eileen Horn, Sustainability Coordinator, updated the County Commission on the results of the KDHE funded tire recycling event held in March 2017. Doug Stephens, Operations Division Manager, and Tonya Voigt, Planning and Zoning Coordinator, were instrumental in the success of the event. The program served 87 residents with a total of 6,179 tires collected (114.45 tons). The total cost of the project was $18,884.25 with the KDHE Zika Mitigation Tire Disposal Grant contributing $10,000 of the total. 

Gaughan moved to approve the transfer of property legally described as the former Farmland Property Block C lot 7 (Plat 2013); Property Description NP 1-31-2013 CB/SP FORMER FARMLAND PROPERTY SUB, BLOCK C LOT 7, 9.38 A(C)I, 426 X 1061 to PSP Kansas, LLC; subject to waiver of the special assessments in the amount of $40,648.17 by the City of Lawrence. Motion was seconded by Derusseau and carried 3-0.

AGREEMENT 04-26-17
Sarah Plinsky, Assistant County Administrator, asked the Board to consider approval of an agreement with Springsted Inc. for municipal advisory services.

Plinsky said Municipal Financial Advisory services can assist staff with navigating the bond issues process, as well as a variety of other financing issues including the tax lid requirements. Springsted works with a number of Kansas clients including the City of Lawrence, Johnson County, City of Shawnee, City of Manhattan and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Fee structure and payment for these services is generally included in the bond fee costs, but our ability to call and utilize the services of the Financial Advisory is not limited to the issuance of bonds. A fee schedule with hourly rates was attached to the backup.

David MacGillivray, Chairman, gave background on the role of a financial advisory.

Gaughan opened the item for public comment. No comment was received.

Gaughan moved to waive the purchasing policies and approve an agreement with Springsted Inc. for Municipal Advisory Services. Motion was seconded by  Thellman and carried 3-0.

Gaughan moved to approve accounts payable in the amount of $307,442.11 to be paid on 04/26/17 Motion was seconded by Thellman and carried 3-0.

Gaughan moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion was seconded by Thellman and carried 3-0.

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 Mike Gaughan, Chair                        Nancy Thellman, Vice-Chair
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Jamie Shew, County Clerk                 Michelle Derusseau, Member