City Government

City of Lawrence proposes overhaul of police pay structure

Representatives of the local police officers union are pushing back against the city’s proposal for officer and detective pay, which would overhaul the department’s pay structure and would only allow officers who reach a newly created rank to access the highest rates. The city presented ...

City and county sue Australian animal health firm that received local incentives

The city and county are suing an Australia-based animal health company that received startup funding from both local governments to begin operating in Lawrence. The City of Lawrence and Douglas County filed a lawsuit against the company, Integrated Animal Health, in Douglas County District ...

County to consider water district annexation, plan for transitioning service

The request before the Douglas County Commission from Douglas County Water District No. 5 to annex a small area south of the Wakarusa River has prompted Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus to suggest it is time to start planning how the area eventually will transition to city water service. The ...

Following city lawsuit, local restaurant removes patio canopy

After being sued by the city over its patio canopy, a local restaurant has taken the structure down. The wooden canopy was constructed about two years ago on the north side of Dempsey’s building, spanning the width of an open area between Dempsey’s and the adjacent building. Last month, ...

Following denial of downtown permit, Tour of Lawrence plans new cycling event

Even without its signature downtown finale, the Tour of Lawrence will go on, and organizers say the cycling race still offers thrills for cyclists and spectators alike. Local cycling group Women’s Free State Racing is organizing the tour for the first time this year, and attempted to get a ...

City leaders question study results for bus transfer hub location

Some city leaders and neighbors are questioning the results of a consultant-led study that determined the two best locations for the city’s bus transfer hub. One of the recommendations, on Stewart Avenue, is one block north of a site recommended by a 2014 location study. As was the case ...

Lawrence City Commission to review new proposal to regulate massage businesses

As part of an effort to deter human trafficking, the city may soon take on the responsibility of regulating the many massage businesses in Lawrence. At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider a new draft of the ordinance to regulate massage and other bodywork ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for June 19 meeting

Consent agenda • Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 06/12/18. • Receive minutes from various boards and commissions • 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 ...

City arts commission recommends mural for Lawrence library wall

A mural proposed for the exterior wall of the Lawrence Public Library has received a preliminary approval. At its meeting Wednesday evening, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission voted unanimously to recommend the mural, which depicts stories of local women of color. The team leading the ...

New numbers will likely mean reductions to city manager’s recommended budget

Even as City Manager Tom Markus presented his recommended budget to the Lawrence City Commission Tuesday, he advised that some of the numbers will change — potentially calling for reductions to what is proposed if the property tax rate is to remain flat. Markus said updated numbers will be ...

Study recommends 2 locations for future city bus hub

A study has identified two potential sites for the city’s future transit hub, both of which will be familiar to those who have been following the discussion. A location analysis conducted by transportation consultants TranSystems identified the 700 block of Vermont Street and a site at 1941 ...