City Government

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for June 12 work session

Consent agenda • Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 06/05/18. • Receive minutes from various boards and commissions. • Approve all claims. • Approve licenses as recommended by the City Clerk’s Office. • Approve appointments as recommended by the Mayor. • Bid and ...

Police union and city representatives disagree on union’s role in shaping policy

City officials and representatives of the local police officers union do not agree on what role the union should have in developing police department policies. At a contract negotiations meeting Wednesday afternoon between representatives for the city and the Lawrence Police Officers ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for June 5 meeting

Consent agenda • Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 05/15/18. • 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 ...

More than 100 city trees sustain damage from Saturday’s storm

The city’s tree-lined parks and streets took a significant hit from this weekend’s storm. Horticulture and Forestry Manager Crystal Miles said in an email to the Journal-World that more than 100 city trees were damaged in the storm, which brought winds as strong as 60 mph to Lawrence and ...

Some businesses opposed to city’s plan to remove downtown Lawrence sidewalk canopy

A one-block covered walkway in downtown Lawrence will soon be no more. The City of Lawrence is planning to remove the canopy structure above the sidewalk that runs behind the buildings that make up the 800 block of Massachusetts Street. Building and Structures Manager Jason Stowe said the ...

Police union and city representatives disagree on ‘reset’ of employment agreement

The amount of authority that city and police officials have is shaping up to be a key issue in the ongoing negotiations between the city and the local police officers union. At a meeting Thursday afternoon between representatives for the city and the Lawrence Police Officers Association, City ...

City treating water for musty taste caused by blue-green algae

The city's Kaw River Water Treatment Plant is currently treating water to improve odor and taste issues caused by blue-green algae. Specifically, the plant is treating water from the Kansas River for elevated levels of 2-methylisoborneol (MIB), a byproduct of blue-green algae, according to a ...

City Commissioner Leslie Soden files to run for Douglas County Commission

Lawrence City Commissioner Leslie Soden has filed for the Douglas County Commission and believes she can be a valuable set of fresh eyes for the county as it struggles with its jail issues. “It is a little tumultuous and people don’t feel like some of their concerns have been taken ...

A look at major summer roadwork projects in Lawrence

Summer is peak season for city road projects, and orange construction cones are on the horizon for motorists. The city has some ongoing road projects and several more that will begin in coming weeks. Below is a schedule of the major summer roadwork projects in Lawrence, provided by City ...

Lawrence fourth-graders start discussion at City Hall about plastic bag ban

Some Lawrence elementary school students have started a conversation at City Hall about banning disposable plastic shopping bags. After learning about the effect of plastic bags on the environment and animals, students from Lauren Mitchell’s fourth-grade class at Kennedy Elementary School ...

City to conduct salary study as part of ongoing negotiations with police union

In the first day of open negotiations between the city and the local police officers union, city representatives indicated they will be proposing changes to simplify the department’s pay plan and bring some compensation provisions in line with other city departments. The city’s employment ...

City leaders approve bike boulevards, other bicycle and pedestrian projects

The Lawrence City Commission approved $600,000 worth of bicycle and pedestrian projects this week, including the creation of what will be the city’s first bike boulevards. The commission approved the spending plan for standalone bicycle and pedestrian projects as part of its consent agenda ...

City to hold electronics recycling event this weekend

The city's solid waste division will host an electronics recycling event on Saturday. The event will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the east parking lot of the University of Kansas Park & Ride lot, according to a city news release. The lot is accessible from Clinton ...