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Archive for Monday, December 3, 2012

100 years ago: City to discuss changing to commission form of government

December 3, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 3, 1912:

  • "Is the Lawrence Railway and Light Company violating the terms of its Franchise? Such a charge was made in the city council last night and as a result the city attorney has been instructed to investigate and if such a condition is found the company is to be notified by him. It is alleged that the company is at present giving but 17 minute service in the business section of the city while the franchise calls for a 15 minute service. A change in schedule has recently been made and put into effect by the Street Car Company. If this is found to be illegal under the franchise granted the company by the city of Lawrence it is quite probable that the company will be obliged to go back to its old schedule."
  • "The city council is anticipating an ordinance which will make it compulsory upon teamsters hauling heavy loads over city streets to use wide tire wagons. Councilman Logan last night introduced a resolution against the narrow tread wagons. This has been a bone of contention for some time, but it looks now as if the narrow tread wagon will be banished from the pavements of Lawrence."
  • "While the city fathers all agree that the present city jail is a very unsatisfactory place in which to house offenders against the city they are unable to agree on just what course to pursue in remedying conditions and the jail matter will be up again at the next regular meeting of the council. The matter of finances seem to be the question on which the proposition hinges."
  • "Commission form of government for the city of Lawrence is to be given its first discussion at a mass meeting to be held on next Monday night in the Lawrence High School auditorium.... This gathering will be open to everyone and it is to be made just as public as possible.... This will be the first real discussion of a change in city administration in Lawrence and it may result in the new proposition being submitted to the people at the polls. For years there have been men in Lawrence who favored a change and they are becoming active and hope to see the law put in effect in Lawrence."

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