LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council takes up a number of issues from across the city later this morning. Council will consider a lease agreement at South Plains Plaza located at south Loop 289 and Slide Road where the current Barnes and Noble location is. That could become the new home of Godeke Library.
The city closed Godeke in January after inspectors discovered mold throughout the building. Barnes and Noble is set to open its new location in the South Plains Mall on November 4th, leaving their old location open. Specifics on the lease have not been released. Council's agenda states the agreement will be available prior to the meeting.
Councilman Todd Klein says moving to a retails center allows the city to re-open Godeke quickly. "We can make this both a quick way to get back online, but also, if not a permanent place, a good transitional point for a number of years. We can be there and look at demographics of how we grow and change as a city. All of that gives us a certain malleable quality to be able to better address long term needs while also getting online as quickly as possible," Klein said.
Also on the agenda, more work on 34th Street. Council will consider amending the contract for moving a main water-line from underneath 34th to 33rd Street to add a new fire tap and other some work. That would extend the completion time for the project to March 2010, but substantial completion is expected by December.
While an inconvenience, Klein says it will be worth it. "We've done as much due diligence as possible to try to keep it off of 34th Street, which no doubt creates some hardships for the people on 33rd Street. It allows us to take a main line and take it off a commercial thoroughfare, and that has less disruption to the people who drive 34th and also to the vendors," Klein said.
Speaking of 34th street, Klein tells NewsChannel 11 another major project creating some delays, the reconstruction of the 34th and University intersection, is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving.
In east Lubbock, council will consider two more street projects. The first would re-do the pavement on Martin Luther King Boulevard from East Broadway to East Fourth Street. The second would upgrade East 16th Street from Idalou Highway to Cherry Street from strip paving to a wider road with new asphalt and gutters to better accommodate increased traffic in the area.
Members will also re-visit the issue of a bond oversight committee. They've discussed it before; the measure received a three and three vote, with councilman Jim Gilbreath absent.
Klein feels it's important to create this committee before a possible bond election in November. "There have been concerns in the past that we approved a bond election in 2004, and we haven't seen everything done yet. If some or all of the bond package passes, it assures them that a bond oversight board will oversea and chaperone, if you will, the intent of voters," Klein said.
Also this morning, council will consider another variance request from a north Lubbock store to sell alcohol. La Michoacana Meat Market at 2131 Clovis Highway requested special permission to sell alcohol.
It sits less than 200-feet away from Cavazos Middle School, so it's inside the 300-foot buffer zone. In the past, council has only approved variances around Kindergarten through 12th grade schools for large supermarkets.
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