Outgoing Lawrence mayor says Lawrence is on a ‘good trajectory’ in State of the City address
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In the annual State of the City address, outgoing Mayor Stuart Boley highlighted three projects — a new wastewater plant, hospital facility and industrial building — that he said showed that the city is on a good trajectory.
“They indicate success and growth,” Boley said. “The projects accommodate thoughtful growth that fits with being a successful community.”
Boley made his remarks on his concluding term as mayor as part of the commission’s meeting Monday, during which the commission elected top vote-winners Lisa Larsen as mayor and Jennifer Ananda as vice mayor.
Boley said that the $74-million Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Plant, which began operating last spring, marked the completion of a long-term city project and allows for future growth of the community. He noted that the plant is more environmentally friendly and significantly increased the capacity of the city sewer system.
Regarding the new hospital facility, he said that as other Kansas cities are threatened by a reduction in medical facilities, that the groundbreaking for Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s new facility in northwest Lawrence is a good reflection of the city’s vitality. Lastly, he said that the completion of the first phase of new speculative industrial buildings at the city’s business park, VenturePark, will open the door to more economic development opportunities.
In addition to those three projects, Boley listed about 20 other accomplishments, which he said were guided in part by the commission’s strategic plan. Those included the completion of a housing study, the creation of a new community police review board, the merger of the public works and utilities department and several major street projects, including Kasold Drive, East Ninth Street and 23rd Street.
Boley thanked the people of Lawrence for giving him the opportunity to serve, and also thanked his fellow commissioners and city staff for their support that past year. He said his time as mayor benefited from the help of many people and that he was proud of what the city accomplished last year.
“The state of the city is sound and I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring,” Boley said.