City Government

City leaders to consider adding funding for key segment of Lawrence Loop

The years-long effort to complete the city’s trail system could be getting a boost. At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider allocating $100,000 in next year’s budget for design of the downtown segment of the Lawrence Loop, with plans for construction to take ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for July 17 meeting

Consent agenda 1. Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 07/10/18. 2. Receive minutes from various boards and commissions: 3. Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be ...

Survey: Most black and Hispanic residents think local police are biased

Story updated at 7:30 p.m. July 13, 2018. The results of a community survey indicate that most Lawrence residents of color think Lawrence police are biased against their community. The City of Lawrence commissioned Allegro Training & Consulting to conduct the survey and related analysis ...

City leaders weigh in on what to do with $2.25 million budget surplus

City leaders will soon decide what to do with more than $2 million of additional revenue for this year, and early discussions point to the city putting it in a reserve fund or spending it rather than using it to directly provide tax relief. As part of their work session this week, Lawrence ...

City leaders approve library mural; contract to return to commission for review

After more than three hours of public comment, city leaders voted to move forward with a proposal to add a mural to the exterior of the public library, but with a caveat that a contract with the lead artist return to them for review. The commission voted, 4-1, with Mayor Stuart Boley ...

Lawrence City Commission to review adjustments to 2019 proposed budget

As expected, some significant adjustments to the city manager’s recommended budget have materialized, and the largest is related to home values. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will receive revenue and expenditure updates to the 2019 budget and the five-year ...

With half a year on the books, Lawrence’s retail scene showing signs of cool down

I just got back from a foreign vacation, so my dollar sense is a little rusty. (So is my peso sense. Come to find out, 7,500 pesos won’t rent you a yacht but will get you seasick in a kayak.) Regardless, I am able to ascertain that the latest sales tax numbers from the city of Lawrence aren't ...

City leaders to consider proposal to add mural to exterior of public library

City leaders are set to consider a mural proposed for the exterior wall of the Lawrence Public Library, including a request that the mural be painted on panels instead of the library itself. At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will decide whether to approve the mural, which ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider agreement for citywide bike-share service

The bike-share service operating on the University of Kansas campus could soon be expanded citywide. At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider approving an agreement between the city and VeoRide Inc. that would allow the bike-share company to add about 20 off-campus ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for July 10 meeting

Consent agenda 1. Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 06/19/18. 2. Receive minutes from various boards and commissions: 3. Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be ...

City’s costs related to KU’s Final Four game still unknown

The cheers of University of Kansas men’s basketball fans have long since faded, but the book is not closed on one aspect of the team’s recent NCAA Final Four run. The City of Lawrence is still working on tabulating the city’s costs related to the team’s Final Four appearance. City ...

City leaders interested in reducing fines for marijuana possession

City leaders will soon consider whether the city should lower its fines for marijuana possession, which can be up to $1,000 for a first-time offender. Earlier this month, Lawrence resident Laura Green presented a proposal to the City Commission to lower the fine and make other changes to the ...