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Carol Bowen

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hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

"But Keck’s comments about some staff members’ work ethic and commitment to the hospital certainly do not help matters. "

I would go a step further. Tim Keck is not earning his pay. Given what logic does an administrator wait for a labor union to solve perceived personnel problems?

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

"Kobach said he intends to work closely with DHS and the White House and expects the bulk of the DHS investigation to be done by midsummer."

Guess who will be paying for Kobach's activities now.

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

Of course, there's no plan for Louisiana Street to handle the extra traffic. Most of the students will have cars., and, statistically, each driver would make ten trips a day. Here's a loose and conservative estimate:

784 beds ->~500 drivers, ~6 trips per day on Louisiana Street, 500x6=3000 trips. All of this traffic would use the Louisiana and 23rd Street traffic light. (A few drivers would use Iowa Street. )

When the first complex was presented to the city commission, they stated that the students would use Iowa Street, not Louisiana Street. Of course, that's not what happened. H2020 discusses street capacity for new development, but no one takes it seriously. The Planning Department should be workng with the Transportation Department.

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

The developer is using 12 stories as a bargaining chip. He will graciously settle for 9 or 10 stories. The building codes do not allow the height, so he will request a variance.

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

There's always a loophole. Chuckle. Taxes should be somewhere in the mix.

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

Communities are beginning to realize that incentives far outweigh the benefits. Voters in Lawrence had clearly slammed on the brakes during the last two city commission elections. The city's infrastructure needs repair and updating. We have realized a new library, a sports facility, and a water treatment plant in a short span of time. A new police department facility and a transit hub are being planned. In general, we are an attractive city, but we should pay attention to our current assets before moving forward.

I do have one concern. It looks like developers are planning Lawrence rather than Lawrencians. I don't recall twelve story structures in the city's building codes. This development plan is very aggressive., invasive even.

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

Agriculture has impacts from weather to politics. We should protect agriculture with a tax structure that is stable and not punitive. However, not all land stay agricultural. If the owner plans to sell for non-agra purposes, the tax should be aligned with the financial gain. That could be accomplished with a sales tax when the land is sold.

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

GOP priorities are showing. It's all about power. Principles be damned. Where are the real conservatives?

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

Regardless of what lights we use, Lawrence is suffering from light polution. We should not be lighting up every corner of the city. Like, couldn't we have school lights on motion detectors instead of illuminating neighborhoods all night? Addressing various types of polution should be in the city's new comprehensive plan.

hear_me (Carol Bowen) says...

Is it possible that Westar offered the city a real deal on 4000k LEDs, because the lights are not being used elsewhere? Are other communities already using 3000k?

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