KU, K-State Joint Letter on Higher Ed Cuts
May 4, 2016
Joint letter to alumni from Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Kansas State University Interim President Gen. Richard Myers regarding proposed funding cuts to higher education.
Discrimination and harassment policy
May 3, 2016
The Lawrence school district's discrimination and harassment policy
Pedestrian-Bicycle Issues Task Force final report
May 3, 2016
A 10-member task force, established by the city to look at challenges in Lawrence's pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, laid out its findings and recommendations in a 41-page report presented to the City Commission on May 3.
Proposed changes to economic development incentives policies
May 2, 2016
This city document includes changes suggested by the City Commission to policies governing tax breaks and other financial incentives for developments and incoming businesses. The Joint Economic Development Council, Public Incentives Review Committee and County Commission will offer feedback on the changes before they're sent back to the City Commission for debate.
Incentives application fees, by city
May 2, 2016
Charts show the fees Lawrence and other, nearby cities charge to companies applying for different incentives, such as Tax Increment Financing, tax abatements and industrial revenue bonds. The Lawrence City Commission is suggesting increasing and implementing fees to recoup staff time spent analyzing potential incentives deals.
Douglas County health rankings
April 29, 2016
This report from the University of Wisconsin shows how Douglas County ranked on various health factors in 2016. Housing was, by far, Douglas County's worst ranking. Dan Partridge, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, presented this information to Lawrence's Affordable Housing Advisory Board on April 11. The health department has tracked the ranking since housing was included in the report six years ago, he said.
KU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group report
April 29, 2016
Kansas University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Group presented its report, including recommendations for change, to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Sara Rosen April 28, 2016. KU's Office of the Provost created the group in fall 2015 to examine instances of discrimination and intolerance on KU’s campus and to recommend actions that can be taken to create an environment where everyone is valued.
2015 housing waiting list
April 29, 2016
This chart shows how many people were on the Housing Authority's wait lists at the end of 2015, and for what type of assistance people were waiting.
Teen center floor plans
April 28, 2016
Floor plans for the Boys & Girls Club new teen center.
Comments on Lawrence mayoral term recommendations
April 27, 2016
The Lawrence City Commission heard comments from City Commissioner Lisa Larsen about recommended changes to the city's mayoral selection process, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Larsen and fellow commissioner Matthew Herbert were directed to review the process in light of recent changes made to city election schedules by the Kansas Legislature.
Consumer Checklist for Purchasing Hearing Aids
April 19, 2016
What to check before and after you purchase a hearing aid
2015 economic development support and compliance report
April 18, 2016
The Economic Development Support and Compliance report is produced every year and details what the city provided in assistance and whether companies met measures necessary to receive their incentives, such as the amount of capital investment and job creation. In 2015, Lawrence paid out a total $981,400 in incentives.
5,000-square-foot lots in Lawrence
April 15, 2016
The designation for lots smaller than a previous minimum of 7,000-square-feet were created in 2006 to rid the city of nonconforming structures and allow for more small-lot residential development. Besides 215 5,00-square-foot properties in North Lawrence, they're also located downtown and in East Lawrence. There is currently a designation available for 3,000-square-foot lots, though there are none in the city.
Lawrence Public Library 2015 annual report
April 12, 2016
The library's latest annual report shows there were approximately 75,000 registered borrowers in 2015 and 8,393 new library cards issued. A total 1.4 million items were checked out, and the library saw 691,755 visits.
KDOT plans for K-10 expansion
April 7, 2016
These mock-ups show the Kansas Department of Transportation's plans for how it will expand the west leg of Kansas Highway 10.