The community’s former longtime leader of planning efforts wants to jump back into City Hall as a city commissioner.
Price Banks, the city’s director of planning from 1982 to 1994, filed Tuesday for one of three at-large seats on the Lawrence City Commission.
Banks said he planned to run a campaign that focused on improving efficiency in government and taking better care of the city’s aging infrastructure. He said he’ll tout his experience in working with and at Lawrence City Hall.
“I think I’ve been here for most of the issues that will be coming up,” said Banks, who began as a professional land use planner in 1968 in Michigan.
After leaving the city’s planning department, Banks opened a private law practice in Lawrence. As part of his practice, he has frequently represented both developers and neighborhood groups on a variety of land-use projects that have come before city commissioners.
Banks said he obviously would discontinue that part of his law practice if he were elected to serve on the commission.
Banks said he anticipates the next commission will be forced to deal with significant declines in revenue.
“It is time to be lean and mean,” Banks said. “It may be time to start looking at alternative revenue sources because property taxes are not going to be popular.”
Banks also said he wanted to be on the City Commission during a time when important decisions are being made about rebuilding the city’s streets and other infrastructure.
“Lawrence infrastructure has taken a beating in recent years,” Banks said. “Rough winters and perhaps priorities have created a situation where we have streets in rough shape and underground infrastructure that is in rough shape.”
Banks, 65, is married and has two grown children.