Never let it be said that Lawrence residents were shy about expressing an opinion.
The city of Lawrence currently is collecting public input on two issues that will have a significant impact on local residents: the location of a new police headquarters and an update of the Horizon 2020 Comprehensive Plan.
Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, said the online form seeking comments on the police facility had received 68 replies as of about noon Thursday. She said the form will be taken down Tuesday so she can prepare a report on the responses for city commissioners. That still leaves plenty of time for residents to weigh in on their preferences. The online form can be accessed from the city’s home page under “Police Department Facility Information.” The document includes information about the four locations under consideration, along with a space to write comments.
Go for it.
The Horizon 2020 update has been the focus of a number of public meetings across the county since mid-April. Two more information meetings are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Douglas County Courthouse and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 16 at the Dreher 4-H Building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The sessions are designed to allow people to drop in anytime during the scheduled two hours.
If you can’t attend a meeting, information about the plan, as well as an online survey, can be accessed from the city’s home page under “Horizon 2020 Process.” The survey asks residents to offer input and opinions on residential, commercial, industrial and economic development as well as city services such as parks, transportation and cultural and historical resources.
Gilliland said she had received 164 Horizon 2020 survey entries. That’s good, but more are needed. The updated Horizon 2020 will help determine how Lawrence grows and develops in the years to come. There’s usually no shortage of opinions in Lawrence on the topic of growth.
So, don’t let other Lawrence residents speak for you. The more responses the city receives to these important surveys, the more accurately officials can reflect the wishes of their constituents. Tell them what you think.