City Government

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Oct. 16 meeting

Consent agenda 1. Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 10/02/18 and 10/09/18. 2. Receive minutes from various boards and commissions. 3. 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 ...

City of Lawrence working to increase number of women on city advisory boards

The City of Lawrence has begun working with a foundation to get more women involved in the advisory boards that help inform city decision-making. About 40 boards provide the city recommendations or oversight on a broad range of topics, including affordable housing, public transit, fair ...

Lawrence City Commission interested in raising tobacco age, but has more questions

At their work session Tuesday, some Lawrence city commissioners said they were interested in continuing to discuss increasing the age to buy tobacco products, but would like to see how the Kansas Supreme Court rules on the matter. The LiveWell Douglas County Tobacco 21 work group is backing a ...

Lawrence City Commission wants to reduce penalties for marijuana possession

At their work session Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners all said they are interested in reducing the city’s penalties for marijuana possession, which are currently more severe than what state law requires. The city’s ordinance governing penalties for marijuana possession was adopted in ...

Lawrence City Commission to discuss reducing penalties for marijuana possession

Lawrence city commissioners will soon consider whether the city should decrease its penalties for marijuana possession, which can include up to a $1,000 fine and mandatory drug counseling for first-time offenders. As part of its work session Tuesday, the commission will review the city’s ...

Lawrence City Commission to discuss raising age to buy tobacco products

City leaders will soon consider whether Lawrence should join more than a dozen other cities in Kansas that have banned the sale of tobacco products to people under 21. During its work session Tuesday, the City Commission will begin discussion of a Tobacco 21 proposal. The measure would ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Oct. 9 work session

Consent agenda 1. Receive minutes from various boards and commissions. 2. 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 posted as soon as possible the next business day. 3. Approve ...

Lawrence City Commission voices concerns about validity of community survey on police

While some Lawrence city commissioners said the results of a survey gauging the community’s interactions with and perceptions of Lawrence police were important to consider, they also expressed disappointment and frustration with the consultant’s methodology in conducting the survey. The ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider consultant agreement to improve budget process

Lawrence city commissioners will consider moving forward with a consultant-led overhaul of the city’s budget process that aims to better prioritize spending decisions. At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider a $135,000 three-year agreement with a consultant, ...

Get familiar with the Lawrence Loop trail via community walks this month

For those who aren't familiar with the Lawrence Loop trail system or who would just like some company, the city and other partners will be hosting community walks throughout October. The Walk the Loop event is a partnership between the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, LMH Health and ...

Lawrence City Commission to decide who will see tax bill increase for Queens Road

After years of discussion, who will be paying for improvements to ailing Queens Road will soon be settled. At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will hold a public hearing for the two benefit districts that will pay to reconstruct Queens Road, one of which will add thousands of ...

City to hold meeting to discuss proposed changes to cemetery decoration rules

The city of Lawrence will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss proposed changes to decoration rules at public cemeteries. During the meeting, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will take public input on the proposed changes, according to a news release from the city. The meeting ...