City Government

Lawrence City Commission approves permit for downtown homeless center

Though some neighbors voiced concerns, city leaders have approved a plan to convert a building near downtown into a drop-in center for the homeless. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for the homeless center, which ...

Army officer and planning commissioner Rob Sands files for City Commission

Kansas Army National Guard officer and planning commissioner Rob Sands has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Sands, a native of Kansas City, Kan., graduated from the University of Kansas and has lived in Lawrence for more than 18 years. Sands, 37, has served on the ...

Lawmakers considering bill to remove transportation spending from tax lid

A joint legislative task force report on transportation has a lot of promising recommendations for the county, the director of Douglas County Public Works says. The report released in January made recommendations to guide development of a new state transportation plan and reflected findings ...

City begins search for new chief of fire and medical department

The search is underway for the next chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical department. The city opened the application for the position late Thursday, and City Manager Tom Markus said the city was conducting a national search for the next chief. Markus said the main qualifications ...

Property owners in northwest Lawrence must soon begin repairing sidewalks

Some property owners in northwest Lawrence will soon be getting notices from the city asking them to repair their sidewalks. City staff estimates that millions of dollars in sidewalk repairs are needed throughout Lawrence, and the city was broken into eight zones to begin enforcing the ...

Lawrence receives $480,000 grant to help complete 2 sections of citywide trail system

The city has received a grant to help complete two sections in the trail system that will someday encircle Lawrence. Once complete, the Lawrence Loop will provide a continuous 22-mile concrete path around Lawrence, with connector trails linking it to neighborhoods. The city recently received ...

Lawrence attorney, nonprofit board member Brad Finkeldei files for City Commission

Attorney and nonprofit board member Brad Finkeldei has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Finkeldei, a native of Wichita, graduated from the University of Kansas law school and has lived in Lawrence permanently since 2000. Finkeldei, 45, has served on the boards of various ...