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Archive for Saturday, February 12, 2011

40 years ago: Plans approved for new library

February 12, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 12, 1971:

  • The Lawrence City Commission approved the plans and specifications for a new $1.4 million city library, and they now awaited federal approval. The building had been approved at a special bond election on March 3, 1970. Approximately $122,000 in federal funds had been budgeted for the project through the State Library Board. Work on the plans had been delayed for many months due to legal tangles involving the condemnation of the land at the proposed site at Seventh and Vermont.
  • State Atty. Gen. Vern Miller attended a joint closed-door meeting of the Lawrence city and Douglas County commissioners, at which attendees discussed the possibility of forming an auxiliary police or sheriff’s force to assist local law enforcement in times of “mass violence.” City Manager Buford Watson said that if such a group were formed, they would be “highly disciplined people.”

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