City Government

City to hold public meeting to discuss park next to new police headquarters

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department and the police department will hold a public meeting next week to gather input regarding the new park planned for northwest Lawrence. The park will be next to the future police headquarters building. Earlier this year, the city began discussing ...

Lawrence’s new community police review board to hold first meeting

Two years after the local chapter of the NAACP pushed for a more powerful public board to review complaints against police, the city’s Community Police Review Board will have its first meeting. Board members have been appointed and the board’s first meeting will take place Monday. The ...

Police body camera policy to go to Lawrence City Commission for comment

Lawrence city commissioners will be reviewing the Lawrence Police Department's policy for body cameras, but city officials advised that some aspects would be outside commissioners' authority. At the City Commission's meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Leslie Soden again asked about the review of ...

Lawrence City Commission to review affordable housing study

As part of its meeting Tuesday, city leaders will review the recently completed housing study that details housing issues for different income and demographic groups. The study, completed by BBC Research & Consulting, includes an analysis of the housing and rental market in Lawrence. It ...

East Ninth Street reconstruction unearths hundreds of thousands of historic bricks

As construction crews work to reconstruct several blocks of East Ninth Street, relics of the city’s past are being unearthed. The city began reconstruction of the road, sidewalks and storm sewer lines on East Ninth Street in July, and so far crews have uncovered approximately 400,000 ...

Soden says Lawrence City Commission should have say on police body camera policy

Lawrence city commissioners briefly discussed whether they should have any input on the Lawrence police department policy for body cameras, but whether they will remains unclear. During the Lawrence City Commission meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Leslie Soden questioned why the governing body ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider benefit district boundaries for Queens Road

City leaders will soon take the first step in determining which property owners will be paying for the multimillion-dollar reconstruction of Queens Road. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will review three options for the formation of a benefit district for the ...

What should a cemetery look like? City plans meeting to discuss decoration rules

City officials say grave decorations at the city’s cemeteries are getting out of hand, and the city is looking for public input about what it should do to manage the cemeteries’ appearance. The Parks and Recreation Department oversees three cemeteries — Oak Hill, Maple Grove and ...

Mistake in bidding process causes delay in downtown canopy removal

A mistake made in the bidding process means a one-block canopy in downtown Lawrence will not be removed this summer as planned. Brandon McGuire, assistant to the city manager, said that the contractor selected for the approximately $350,000 project was getting ready to begin when city staff ...

City of Lawrence names a director for new Municipal Services and Operations

The City of Lawrence has named a director for its Municipal Services and Operations Department, which was created earlier this year following the merger of the city’s utilities and public works departments. City Manager Tom Markus announced in a news release Wednesday that Dave Wagner has ...