City Government

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 ...

Local firefighters union to push for more firefighters, new station

Government leaders can expect to be hearing more from the local firefighters union about increasing Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical’s staffing levels. The Lawrence Professional Firefighters, Local 1596 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, announced in a news release ...

Lawrence Police Department to begin testing body cameras soon

Some Lawrence police officers will soon begin testing body cameras in preparation for a department rollout. A memo to the City Commission from earlier this summer stated that the anticipated body camera testing period would be September through November, and police department representatives ...

City closes another part of Ninth Street as construction projects continue

The beginning of the school year often means one thing for the City of Lawrence: road construction projects coming to an end. But some projects in Lawrence will take much longer, said David Cronin, city engineer. On Monday, the city closed Ninth Street from Connecticut Street to New ...

Upcoming city building projects to include $450K of public art

As the city of Lawrence prepares for several large-scale building and renovation projects, there is another element in the pipeline — hundreds of thousands of dollars for public art. Several multimillion-dollar building projects mean that the city’s long-standing resolution allowing it to ...

City leaders repeal decades-old restriction on alcohol sales

City leaders have repealed a decades-old restriction on alcohol sales that, at least in recent years, was rarely enforced but required them to go through a time-consuming review process. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission struck a provision from city code that ...

Lawrence City Commission approves employment contract and pay raises for police

After months of negotiations between city staff and the local police union, city leaders have approved an employment contract for officers and detectives valued at approximately $11 million annually. The city’s employment agreement with the Lawrence Police Officers Association covers wages, ...

Lawrence City Commission approves design contract for police headquarters

City leaders have approved a design contract for the Lawrence Police Department’s new multimillion-dollar headquarters. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously to authorize a $1.35 million architectural services contract with Leawood firm Hoefer Wysocki ...

City of Lawrence finance director to take position in Missouri

City of Lawrence Finance Director Bryan Kidney will be leaving his post. Following a nationwide search, the city of Independence, Mo., decided to hire Kidney as the new director of finance and administration, according to an announcement on its website. The city of Lawrence hired Kidney in ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider design contract for police headquarters project

The design of the Lawrence Police Department’s new multimillion-dollar headquarters could soon be underway. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider authorizing a $1.35 million architectural services contract with Leawood firm Hoefer Wysocki for the new ...

New comprehensive plan gives framework for denser Lawrence neighborhoods

What it could look like when Lawrence residents live closer together is becoming clearer. Along with taller buildings, there might be row houses, accessory dwelling units, cluster housing and smaller single-family homes. The steering committee that has been revising the Lawrence-Douglas ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Aug. 21 meeting

Consent agenda 1. Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 08/14/18. 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 ...