City Government

Lawrence leaders question whether city should continue to postpone policy decisions

The Lawrence City Commission will soon weigh whether it is appropriate to make decisions on contentious policy issues while it is largely operating virtually, with more limited options for public feedback. The City of Lawrence has indefinitely postponed various agenda items with high public ...

Property tax deadline looming, but extension for pandemic unlikely

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed much, but it appears it won’t delay the property tax collector. Home and business owners ought to be prepared to meet the quickly approaching May 10 deadline for property tax payments, as state and local officials told the Journal-World they were not ...

Lawrence City Commission approves reduced plan for 21st Street bike boulevard

After plans to construct the city’s first bike boulevard turned out more expensive than expected, city leaders have voted to construct a scaled-down version of the project that keeps it within budget. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner ...

Lawrence City Commission approves spending another $378K on police headquarters

City leaders have voted to spend more money to furnish three additional areas of the new police headquarters building. During its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously as part of its consent agenda to spend an extra $378,377 to add furniture and equipment to the areas ...

Lawrence to reopen city golf course with new distancing measures

After a monthlong closure, Lawrence's city owned golf course will reopen Wednesday with new social distancing measures in place. Eagle Bend Golf Course and Learning Center has been closed since March 18, when local health orders began restricting gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. The ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider spending another $378K on police headquarters

City leaders will soon decide whether they will spend more money to furnish three additional areas of the new police headquarters building. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider spending an extra $378,377 to add furniture and equipment to the areas for ...

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016.

City to delay new water billing method that charges more for high usage

The City of Lawrence will delay the rollout of a new water billing method because of the coronavirus pandemic. The City Commission voted this week to delay the implementation of its inclining block rate billing, which charges a higher water rate for higher consumption. The delay came at the ...

Restrooms and water fountains at Lawrence parks to remain closed

The City of Lawrence will not open its park restrooms and water fountains in an ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of the Lawrence community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department closes those facilities for the winter, and it announced in a ...

Lawrence City Commission does not support increasing budget for bike boulevard

After plans to construct the city’s first bike boulevard again turned out more expensive than expected, city leaders indicated that they were not comfortable going forward with the project as planned. As part of their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners voted unanimously to defer ...