Meeting to discuss proposed new Police Headquarters on McDonald Drive – Sept. 20th

PNA Meeting – Sat. Sept. 20 – 10:00 a.m. – Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Room D-North

PNA’s September 20th meeting will focus on answering any questions you have about the proposed new Police Headquarters to be built north of 2nd Street on McDonald Drive on the western border of Pinckney Neighborhood. The general election in November will include a question on the ballot asking for approval of a bond issuance to pay for the new facility. Police Chief Tarik Khatib and City Commissioners Bob Schumm and Dr. Terry Riordan will be in attendance.

The proposal includes purchase by the City of a large plot of land along McDonald Drive stretching from the toll plaza to the north to the Lawrence School District office complex to the south, and from McDonald Drive on the west to the property line with houses/apartments on the east. This property is currently owned by Hallmark. The City has entered into a letter agreement with Hallmark to purchase the property if the bond issue passes. The City also proposes to use/sell portions of that property that are not needed for the Police HQ. We have been assured by the City that no decisions have been made regarding the use of the property not needed for the Police HQ, but several options are under consideration, including a vehicle maintenance/parking facility for the Lawrence School District, a family fun center proposed by a local entrepreneur, and a baseball field to replace Woody Park so that Woody Park’s current location can be turned into parking for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Karen Shumate, COO for LMH, and Janice Early, Community Relations Director for LMH, will be on hand to take your questions about LMH parking and other issues.

The PNA meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. on Sat. Sept. 20th, with a brief general business meeting, followed at 11:00 a.m. with the question and answer session with City and LMH officials about the proposed Police HQ and related issues.

Please pass this information on to others who live in the neighborhood!

September 7, 2014 · pgmiller · No Comments
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Important PNA Meeting on Sat. Aug. 16th – LMH Meeting Room D-North

Our meeting on Saturday will focus on several very important matters for our neighborhood. The most pressing and important is the City’s letter of intent to purchase a large plot of land on McDonald Drive next to the turnpike entrance for a new Police Headquarters. There will be a ballot measure in November to pay for the facility. In addition, the City would like to sell a significant portion of the property not needed for the police facility to reduce the purchase cost. Requests have been submitted by three entities: for the school board would like to use part of the property for a garage/mechanical shop; someone wants to use part of the property to build a family fun park; and Lawrence Memorial Hospital would like to have a ballpark build in the property so it can take over Woody Park for a parking lot. The City’s report includes information about the police facility and proposed use of the property: https://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2014/07-22-14/LKPD_FACILITY_and_SITE_STUDY.pdf

We will also continue our discussion about a possible Downtown grocery store in the building formerly occupied by Border Books, and more recently by the Library. There is concern by the group supporting this project that something a different commercial venture is interested in the building. PNA has been asked for our position on supporting the grocery store.

We will also discuss the opening for a part-time PNA coordinator – applications are due August 22nd. See the PNA website for all the information and a copy of the application. (www.PinckneyNeighborhood.com)

And finally, we need to decide whether we will hold the Trunk-or-Treat and Food Drive again this year. If so, we need to start getting organized now – the last weekend in October before Halloween is October 25-26.

See you on Saturday!

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Part Time Job Opening – Pinckney Neighborhood Association Coordinator!

pna logoPinckney Neighborhood Association is very excited to be accepting applications for a part-time Coordinator!

Applications are due by August 22, 2014. (A copy of the application is attached below as a pdf file.) Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested.

The successful applicant will gain professional experience in fund-raising, community building, volunteer management and other marketable skills in a friendly cooperative atmosphere.

The hourly wage for the position is grant funded, beginning immediately upon selection until July 31, 2015. (The PNA expects to apply for grant funding for future fiscal years as well, but there can be no guarantees.) The Coordinator’s time commitment is approximately 35 hours per month. Except for scheduled events, the work hours are flexible.

The PNA is an active, nonprofit association of Pinckney neighborhood residents. The Coordinator supports the PNA in all of its organized activities to the extent possible in the hours funded for remuneration.

The primary duties of the Coordinator include attending monthly PNA meetings (3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 am) and assisting with regular PNA activities: scheduling speakers/guests for PNA meetings and other events; the quarterly printed newsletter; the annual spring fundraising effort; maintenance of the PNA website and Facebook group page; and events including an annual picnic and parks clean up.

The PNA is looking for a Coordinator with good written and verbal communication skills; an enjoyment of meeting people and working with them; organizational skills; access to a computer and the Internet; basic familiarity with word processing software, WordPress for the PNA Website, and Facebook; experience in fundraising and/or advertising.

Please submit a brief letter of interest along with the application form, including two (2) references, by no later than August 22, 2014, to one of the following addresses:

By Email: Pinckney.Neighborhood@gmail.com
By Mail: Pinckney Neighborhood Association, PO Box 125, Lawrence, KS 66044

For additional information, please contact Pat Miller at Pinckney.Neighborhood@gmail.com or 785-550-6958. Those interested in applying for the position as well as all Pinckney residents are encouraged to attend the regular PNA monthly meeting at 10 a.m. August 16 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Interviews will be scheduled in early September 2014, with the successful candidate beginning service immediately.

The Pinckney Neighborhood Association Coordinator is an equal opportunity position available to all persons.

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August 1, 2014 · pgmiller · One Comment
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Moving Out? Donate or Recycle Unwanted Items!

green-recycling-symbolJuly and August are peak months for moving out of apartments and homes in Lawrence. Moving can create a lot of waste. A little planning and preparation goes a long way toward reducing the amount of waste your move produces. By reducing waste, donating anything reusable, and recycling what you can before choosing to throw something away you will provide many benefits to everyone in the neighborhood. Benefits include reducing blight from litter in your neighborhood and proper disposal of household hazardous waste.

Here’s information from the City of Lawrence to help make it easier to choose to recycle/reuse. The attached PDF flier has many links to helpful websites:
http://lawrenceks.org/assets/swm/Move+Out+Flyer.pdf

DONATE:
Clothing & Household Items
Goodwill Store (331-3908),
Penn House (842 – 0440),
Planet Aid
St. John’s Rummage House (331 – 2219),
Salvation Army (856-1115),
Social Service League Store (843 – 5414)

Books
Friends of the Lawrence Public Library (843-3833)

Building Materials, Non-upholstered Furniture, Large Appliances
Habitat for Humanity Restore (856-920)

Electronics
Audio Reader (864-4600),
Best Buy (843-0657),
Doctor Dave (218-9676),
Goodwill (331-3908),
Office Depot (841-6688),
UNI Computers (841-4611)

Paint and Cleaning Supplies
City of Lawrence/DG Co. Household Hazardous Waste Facility (call 832-3030 to schedule an appointment)

Non-perishable Food
homeless shelters, food banks, or soup kitchens

DONATION PICK-UP:
Some larger items may be acceptable for pick-up. Schedule a pick-up by calling Habitat for Humanity Restore (856-6920) or Salvation Army (816-421-5434).

REDUCE the amount of waste generated by using reusable or recyclable padding like towels, cloth napkins, or newspaper to pack your boxes instead of purchasing Styrofoam peanuts or plastic wrap.

BUY/SELL REUSABLE GOODS: Local newspaper listings, thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops, eBay, Amazon, craigslist, freecycle

Find more informatin about the City of Lawrence recycling program here: www.facebook.com/LawrenceRecycles
or by calling: 785.832.3030

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Annual Pinckney Neighborhood Potluck Picnic & Food Drive

IMG_4057 (800x533)Calling all Pinckney Neighbors: it’s time again for the Annual Pinckney Neighborhood Potluck Picnic!
Saturday June 21st in Clinton Park (5th and Maine Streets) from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Please come and bring your neighbors.
Fun things this year include: Popcorn Machine, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Hula Hoops, and other fun activities and games
Music by the John Lomus & Bill Crahan guitar duo

FOOD DRIVE for Just Food Douglas County:
Please bring donations of nonperishable food items and/or cash contributions for Just Food – a Douglas County based food bank.
Just Food will collect the donated items immediately following the picnic. The kids and families who rely on free and reduced lunch programs during the
school year are in greater need of other forms of food assistance over the summer. Kids and families who rely on food assistance are in great need during
this period. The most needed items include:
● Lunch items for kids such as cereal, canned pastas, peanut butter and jelly
● Other basic food items such as canned fruit and tomato products
● Cash! Every dollar you donate helps distribute vital, nutritious food for hungry people in Douglas County

June 8, 2014 · pgmiller · No Comments
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Annual Curbside Brush Pick-up – Monday June 2nd

PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO YOUR NEIGHBORS!!!

It’s time for another Curbside Bulk Brush clean-up opportunity! To help dispose of your trimmed brush and tree limbs, we have again scheduled a special tour through the neighborhood on June 2nd by the Lawrence Parks Department’s wood chipper / shredder. The city crew will pick-up and process brush and oversize yard debris you leave at the curb. Brush does not need to be bundled, and limbs should have their butt-end facing the street.

This is for brush and limbs only – other yard waste is routinely picked up each Monday and trash is picked up on Tuesdays. The brush and limbs will be chipped up to add to the city’s compost and mulch piles. The city is not able to dispose of railroad ties and other wood fencing materials. Also note that city staff is not allowed to go into private yards to clean up or retrieve the debris.

Although it may take a couple of days for the crew to work its way through the neighborhood, they only plan to make one pass through each street. Please have your brush ready at the curb early on the morning of Monday June 2nd.

If you have questions, please call Pat Miller (785-550-6958) or send an email to Pinckney.Neighborhood@gmail.com

May 28, 2014 · pgmiller · No Comments
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Street Repairs in Pinckney Neighborhood

City of Lawrence Public Works Project: 2014 Overlay, Patch, and Microsurfacing Program

The City has hired Little Joe’s Asphalt to patch and repairs streets in the Pinckney neighborhood. They will begin milling and patching on Monday, May 5, 2014 on streets generally near 5th/6th & Tennessee St working towards Indiana St. The area generally east of Iowa Street and north of 6th Street encompasses the entire work zone. Traffic impacts include one-lane traffic in most locations with traffic control devices and flaggers. There may be locations that may include partial/full street closures for periods while work is being performed, especially those days that surface treatment work (overlay or microsurfacing) is performed. Streets may be impacted on separate occasions, during the milling and pavement patching and then during the street surface treatment process, for example. The work is anticipated to be completed in August 2014.

You can view the City’s map for additional information:

http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/public-works/projects/2014_comprehensive_street_maintenance_11x17.pdf

Questions and concerns can be directed to the City Streets Department at: (785) 832-3021

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Electronic Recycling Event – Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – KU Park & Ride East parking lot

EwasteThe next City sponsored Electronic Recycling Event will be on Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the KU Park & Ride East parking lot, Clinton Pkwy & Crestline Drive. The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division in partnership with the University of Kansas invite students, residents, and small businesses to recycle unused or obsolete electronic equipment. This is a rain or shine event.

Items accepted for recycling are computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, televisions, video and audio equipment, microwaves and other small appliances, cell phones and other hand held devices. There is a recycling fee for televisions, $15.00 per CRT television under 27 inches and $35.00 per CRT television over 27 inches/all big screen televisions/all console televisions. There are no charges for other electronic equipment. Fees may be paid by cash or check.

Electronic recycling will be provided by MRC.

Items not accepted at Saturday’s electronic recycling event include large appliances and household hazardous materials such as paint, used motor oil, pesticides, and fluorescent bulbs. For information on how to dispose of large appliances and household hazardous waste, call the city’s Waste Reduction and Recycling office at 832-3030.

For more information regarding this event, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.

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14th Annual Earth Day Celebration in South Park – Saturday April 19th from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

EDSmall_SunflowerEarth Day, observed on April 22nd, was created in 1970 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment, and is now observed in over 175 countries thus making it one of the largest secular modern day holidays.

The 14th Annual Earth Day Celebration in South Park, hosted by the City’s Solid Waste Division, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19th.  The day starts with a parade, hosted by KU Environs, at 11:00 a.m. on Massachusetts Street from Seventh Street to South Park. All activities are free and open to the public.

Come to South Park and experience this unique Lawrence environmental tradition.  There will be live music including a special performance by Aysenur Kolivar and lots of children’s activities.  Attendees can climb on board and explore a city bus and also learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, fair trade, composting, energy and water conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.

The Earth Day Celebration will feature:

  • April Showers to Water Towers: A Water Festival for Douglas County hosted by the City’s Stormwater Division.
  • Tree ID tours hosted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Alternative fuel fleet vehicles on display.

The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on the T all day Saturday, April 19th, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes.

For more information about the Earth Day Parade and Celebration, please call 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org

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Lawrence Police Department and Bert Nash representatives join PNA April 19th meeting to discuss safety issues

pna logoApril 19th – 10:00 a.m. – PNA Monthly Meeting – Lawrence Memorial Hospital Meeting Room D-South

Our April 19th PNA meeting will include a visit from Officer Trent McKinley, supervisor for Lawrence Police Department’s Neighborhood Resource Officers, and David Johnson, CEO of Bert Nash, to talk to Pinckney residents about neighborhood safety issues recently highlighted in the news. The discussion with them will start at 11:00 a.m., following a short PNA business meeting that starts at 10:00 a.m. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about safety and/or mental health issues in Pinckney – or questions about how the City deals with such concerns – now is your opportunity to connect with the people who are most likely to have answers. We are so grateful to both Officer McKinley and David Johnson for sharing their Saturday morning with us. Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbors so they can also join the discussion.

Other matters to be discussed at the PNA business meeting include the upcoming annual Summer Potluck Picnic, the curbside bulk brush pick-up, and fundraising efforts to support PNA’s work. Light refreshments will be served.

Hope you can join us!

April 16, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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