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Read news and notes about Lawrence in Chad Lawhorn's Town Talk blog.

City Officials
City Commission
  • Mayor Mike Amyx
    (785) 842-9425
  • Vice-Mayor Jeremy Farmer
    (785) 691-9100
  • Commissioner Michael Dever
    (785) 550-4909
  • Commissioner Dr. Terry Riordan
    (785) 842-1900
  • Commissioner Bob Schumm
    (785) 842-7337
  • City Hall and other offices
  • City Manager Dave Corliss
    (785) 832-3400
  • Acting City Clerk Diane Trybom
    (785) 832-3308
  • Assistant City Manager Casey Toomay
    (785) 832-3400
  • Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard
    (785) 832-3400
  • Communications Manager Megan Gilliland
    (785) 832-3406
  • Finance Director Ed Mullins
    (785) 832-3214
  • Planning and Development Services Director Scott McCullough
    (785) 832-3154
  • Public Works Director Charles Soules
    (785) 832-3124

  • Fire and Medical, Lawrence-Douglas County Administrative Offices
    (785) 830-7000
    1911 Stewart Ave., Lawrence, KS 66046
    Mark Bradford, Chief
  • Lawrence Transit System
    (785) 832-3464
    933 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044
    Robert Nugent, Public Transit Administrator
  • Parks and Recreation
    (785) 832-3450
    1141 New Hampshire Street, Suite 200B, Lawrence, KS 66044
    Ernie Shaw, Interim Director
  • Police Law Enforcement Center
    (785) 832-7501
    111 E. 11th, Lawrence, KS 66044
    Tarik Khatib, Chief
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
    (785) 832-3030
    320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence, KS 66044
    Kathy Richardson, Operations Supervisor

City of Lawrence

Editor's note: The links above are to the City of Lawrence Web site.

Lawrence City Commission agenda for March 2 meeting
06:37 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Monday, Lawrence City Hall
Lawrence commissioners pleased with main findings of Rock Chalk audit, but some concerns remain
06:32 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:38 p.m.
The results of a city-ordered audit should make the public feel more comfortable that it got a good deal on controversial, no-bid Rock Chalk Park construction work, several city commissioners said on Friday. City Commissioner Bob Schumm said he was pleased that the audit made strong findings on two points: The infrastructure work at the site either “met or exceeded” the standards set out by the city, and the prices charged to the city compared reasonably to other construction projects that the city had bid in the past. By Chad Lawhorn
Rock Chalk Park audit recommends city make final $1M payment, but finds accounting of project was incomplete
04:07 p.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The private contractor who built nearly $12 million worth of no-bid infrastructure work at Rock Chalk Park “did not provide a complete accounting for the project,” a city-hired auditor has determined. But the audit firm of McDonald & Associates is recommending that the city of Lawrence proceed with an approximately $1 million payment that had been withheld from the contractor as questions had arisen about the public-private sports complex. By Chad Lawhorn
Construction bids for Lawrence sewer plant come in higher than expected
February 24, 2015
Plans to build a new sewage treatment plant south of the Wakarusa River may cost more than city leaders once envisioned. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Gary Williams
February 22, 2015
Gary Williams understands the importance of making a connection. Williams, one of 14 candidates for the Lawrence City Commission, is an owner of Lawrence-based Flo’s Laundry & Janitorial Service, but for years he basically was in the connection business. He and his wife, Teresa, were foster parents who cared for more than 50 children during about an eight-year time period.
Sound check: Liner notes from the library’s Sound + Vision recording studio
February 21, 2015
Things are starting to get loud at the Lawrence Public Library. Since the arrival of sound engineer Ed Rose in early January, the Lawrence Public Library’s recording studio has become a hotbed of creative activity. These days, you’ll probably have to schedule at least a week in advance if you want to book a weekend slot, Rose says.
Lawrence commission gives preliminary approval to Eldridge Hotel tax abatement
February 17, 2015
A majority of city commissioners agreed Tuesday that a 15-year, 95 percent tax abatement for an expansion of the historic Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence is a good deal for the city.By Chad Lawhorn
KDOT says 31st and Louisiana intersection to remain closed through mid-summer
February 17, 2015
The key south Lawrence intersection of 31st and Louisiana streets is likely to be closed into mid-summer as part of the effort to construct the $137 million South Lawrence Trafficway project. By Chad Lawhorn
City set to approve tax rebate for Eldridge Hotel expansion
February 14, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday are poised to grant a 95 percent, 15-year tax rebate to The Eldridge Hotel for a planned expansion of the downtown landmark. If approved, it will be the seventh time the city has used the Neighborhood Revitalization Act to issue a tax rebate in the last four years. All seven projects have something in common: They’ve all been more expensive than commissioners envisioned when they created the program in 2011. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Feb. 17 meeting
February 14, 2015
5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Lawrence commissioners voice support for tax break to expand Eldridge Hotel
February 10, 2015
A majority of city commissioners are supportive of providing a tax break for the historic Eldridge Hotel to undertake a $12.5 million expansion in downtown Lawrence. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting stopped short of voting on the project, but a majority of commissioners made it clear they’re ready to approve a 15-year, 95 percent property tax rebate to facilitate an expansion that will add 54 rooms and additional restaurant space to the hotel at Seventh and Massachusetts streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Agenda for Feb. 10 Lawrence City Commission meeting
February 6, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall.
Eldridge expansion financial incentives get preliminary OK
09:38 p.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
A city committee has given preliminary approval to tax breaks for the proposed Eldridge hotel expansion, which would fill a long-empty gravel lot on Massachusetts Street. Lawrence’s Public Incentives Review Committee considered the Eldridge’s request during its meeting Tuesday. A public hearing on the matter is tentatively set for the Feb. 10 City Commission meeting. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence commission approves funding for police dogs
08:38 p.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
The Lawrence Police Department should have two police dogs on the street this spring, after the City Commission approved creating a K-9 unit Tuesday night. Of Kansas’ 10 largest cities, Lawrence is the only one that doesn’t already have its own K-9 unit. By Sara Shepherd
City of Lawrence announces new finance director
10:59 a.m., February 2, 2015 Updated 10:01 p.m.
The city of Lawrence announced its new finance director on Monday. Bryan Kidney, a former finance director for the city of Shawnee, replaces Ed Mullins, who retired in the fall after 23 years in the position.