Archive for Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Former planning director, former commissioner file in city race

January 27, 2009, 10:50 a.m. Updated January 27, 2009, 10:57 p.m.


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.


Orwell 9 years, 1 month ago

Last chance for habitual commenters to file & see whether anyone agrees with their respective certainties.

rusty2 9 years, 1 month ago

i am voting for Gwen Klingenberg #1 a loyal neighborhood interest group advocate.not voting for Amyx who votes yes on everything --voted for the SLT, for the Oread TIF funding, for the School District construction projects - and at one timeto level downtown for the Cornfield mall.that leaves two up for consideration will be an interesting campaign. i would vote for Price over Amyx.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 1 month ago

I'll consider voting for any candidate with a job and who pays bills on time.One of these candidates is not like the others....

truckfan 9 years, 1 month ago

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Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

Constance and Banks.... just what we don't need. One do-gooder, and one know it all. I can see it now.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

Hawk- good work man. Everyone gets smarter (or at least they think so) when the party starts.

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