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Garden Variety: Check out some seeds at the library
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Gardeners in and around Douglas County have two new resources this spring. The Lawrence Public Library and the Baldwin City Library have opened seed libraries within their facilities to make seeds more accessible to area residents and facilitate the process of seed sharing within the community.
City to choose Corliss’ assistant manager as interim leader for Lawrence
03:39 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
The search for a new top executive at Lawrence City Hall is heating up. Lawrence City commissioners are set to appoint Diane Stoddard, a current assistant city manager for Lawrence, as interim city manager. Commissioners are scheduled to approve her contract at Tuesday evening’s meeting. The appointment will be the first major step in the process of finding a replacement for City Manager David Corliss, who is resigning to take a town manager job in Colorado. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Hall may have to decide whether it wants to regulate Uber
04:15 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Lawrence is now in the Uber debate. Lawrence City Hall officials have begun researching whether the city ought to create local regulations that would require Uber drivers to meet background checks and maintain certain levels of insurance. The $40 billion company has vigorously fought those requirements in other communities. By Chad Lawhorn
New City Commission set for more study of police headquarters, other goals
April 21, 2015
More meetings about the need for a police headquarters are on tap, and perhaps a blue-ribbon commission also may be in store for the multimillion-dollar topic. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission supports hiring firm to conduct residents survey
10:02 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
City commissioners are a step closer to finding out what Lawrence residents think about City Hall and the job it is doing.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 21 meeting
April 19, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
New Lawrence mayor confident commission ready to tackle issues, rebuild trust
04:37 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
New Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer doesn’t spend any time trying to convince people that his first two years in office have been as much fun as he thought they were going to be as a young, energetic candidate in 2013. “It has been a very up and down ride,” Farmer said Friday, as he settled into his one-year term as mayor. At various times, Farmer shared with about anybody who asked that he was sure that his first term on the Lawrence City Commission would be his last. But now, he’s not sure. The ride has been more up than down lately. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence hires KCMO arts leader to serve as director of arts and culture
02:48 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The leader of the public art program in Kansas City, Mo., is set to become Lawrence’s next director of arts and culture. Lawrence City Hall officials announced Wednesday that Porter Arneill will begin serving as Lawrence’s new director of arts and culture in early May. By Chad Lawhorn
Farmer elected to serve as mayor; Boley, Herbert, Soden take seats on City Commission
08:38 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer was unanimously elected by fellow commissioners on Tuesday to serve a one-year term as mayor, and he immediately sent a message that citizen input is going to be a priority during his term. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 14 meeting
April 11, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
City to host public reception for outgoing City Manager David Corliss
04:36 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
City leaders have set a date for a public reception to honor outgoing Lawrence City Manager David Corliss.
Douglas County clerk thinks spring elections for local government may soon move to fall
05:15 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Spring elections of city commissioners and school board members — like the one held Tuesday — soon may fall out of fashion as state legislators prepare to vote on a bill that would move the races to November. “I would be really surprised if we had another spring election,” Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said. By Chad Lawhorn
Soden, Boley, Herbert win seats on Lawrence City Commission; two incumbents voted out
April 7, 2015
Three new faces are coming onto the Lawrence City Commission, and already there are promises of a new attitude on the way as well. Leslie Soden — an owner of a Lawrence pet-sitting business, and a first-time elected official — won the top spot in Tuesday’s general election. Fellow City Hall newcomers Stuart Boley, a retired IRS agent, and Matthew Herbert, a Lawrence High teacher, won the other two spots on the commission. Incumbents Terry Riordan and Bob Schumm lost their re-election bids by more than 1,500 votes. By Chad Lawhorn
Commissioners praise work of city manager as he prepares to take job in Colorado
06:51 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday offered praise for City Manager David Corliss in the first meeting since he announced his pending departure for a town manager job in Colorado. But commissioners said more details about the search process to replace Corliss likely are still another one to two weeks away. By Chad Lawhorn
City Hall expecting to spend about 30 percent less on street maintenance contracts in 2015
05:02 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
As city commissioners continue to have discussions about rearranging budget priorities, there are new numbers about an old subject at Lawrence City Hall: street maintenance. The latest numbers from the city’s public works department show the amount of money budgeted for contracted street maintenance — items like repaving and curb and gutter repair — is expected to decline by about 30 percent in 2015.By Chad Lawhorn