City Government

An exit interview with departing City Manager Tom Markus

We are really nice but not that rich. That is one takeaway I had from my final interview with Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus as he ended his tenure at City Hall last week. Markus noticed the Lawrence friendliness in the grocery store and other places where he was out and about around the ...

Lawrence shoppers have mixed emotions on proposed 16-cent fee for single-use bags

Robin Byer brought along several canvas bags to carry home her groceries from Checkers Foods Friday morning. “It’s so hard to remember all the time,” she said about bringing the bags from her car into the store. “There is a learning curve for everything.” Byer was one of several ...

Stream advisory lifted for Brush Creek following sewage release

A stream advisory for Brush Creek in Lawrence has been lifted following a recent release of sewage into the creek. Following heavy rainfall over the weekend, the city released rainwater and sewage into the creek to prevent backup into the sanitary sewer collection system upstream of Pump ...

Closures to begin at Sixth and Tennessee for turn-lane project

Drivers who rely on Tennessee Street to pass south through the downtown area may need to adjust their plans for the next couple of months. Access from Sixth Street onto Tennessee Street will close Thursday as construction begins on a right-turn lane leading up to that intersection, the city ...

City, county and school district leaders resolve to collaborate on equity issues

City, county and school district leaders say they want to work together in their efforts to address equity issues in the community, and they took a first step toward doing so Monday. Elected leaders and officials from the City of Lawrence, Douglas County and the Lawrence school district met ...

Concrete barriers and graffiti pop up in downtown following denial of Hub project

It is not exactly the Berlin Wall, but some chunks of concrete in downtown Lawrence are drawing some scorn — and some graffiti. A trio of downtown parking lots owned by Lawrence-based Allen Press recently had concrete barriers — like the type you see in construction zones — installed ...

Portion of North Street in North Lawrence closed because of flooding

A block of North Street in North Lawrence is closed because of flooding. North Street, between North Third and North Fourth streets, is closed because of water over the road, the city announced in a news release Monday morning. It is anticipated that the road will be closed for about two days ...

Proposed raise for Lawrence city commissioners would make pay among highest in state

If a proposed pay raise for Lawrence city commissioners is approved, it would move commissioners from among the lowest-paid elected city leaders in the state to among the highest, trailing only Wichita, which has about four times the population of Lawrence. An increase in pay for Lawrence's ...