Lansing City Council members OK'd two agreements Thursday that will affect future projects.

Lansing City Council members OK'd two agreements Thursday that will affect future projects.

The first was a contract for professional services that relates to Lansing High School. John Young, public works director, said the volume and complexity of the design warranted a professional engineer with commercial building experience and expertise. The services were contracted with Design Energy Workshop, which Young said the city had used for numerous other projects.

The contract price is covered by permit fees Young said are estimated at just over $200,000.

The vote was 5-2, with Council members Andi Pawlowski and Kerry Brungardt casting dissenting votes. Pawlowski expressed concern that the work wasn't put out for bid, a sentiment Brungardt echoed. Young said when contracting for professional services, the city uses a consultant selection process rather than bids.

The other contract unanimously OK'd by council members was a professional services agreement for K-7 signal coordination. The agreement allows progress on the design and plan preparation for signal coordination on K-7 from 43rd Street in Shawnee to Eisenhower Road in Lansing and Leavenworth.

Young said the negotiated fee of about $23,600 is actually 10 percent less than the estimated fee proposed in the grant application.
After grant reimbursements, the cost to the city will be about $6,800, and $7,000 was earmarked for this.

In other business Thursday, the council made three proclamation presentations.
The first recognized Nov. 11, 2013, as Veteran's Day, and the proclamation was presented to Felix Sanchez, commander of VFW Post 12003. Sanchez said the support the post gives comes back three-fold from the community to help veterans.

Secondly, the Lansing library director, Michael McDonald, accepted a proclamation declaring Nov. 17-23 as Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week.

The third proclamation recognized November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Billy Blackwell said Dan Miller, who lost his wife to pancreatic cancer, had suggested the proclamation months ago, and it was presented to Miller and his daughter Nichole. Miller called it a "tough disease that is a death sentence sooner rather than later," and Blackwell, who said he'd recently lost his brother-in-law to the disease, said it was an "ugly disease that needs to be publicized."