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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 announces hiring of arts and culture director
12:26 p.m., August 11, 2014 Updated 04:27 p.m.
A woman currently serving as a public art coordinator for Denver has been hired as Lawrence’s first arts and culture director, the city announced today. Christina McClelland is scheduled to begin her new job here on Sept. 29.
Lawrence’s new library opens Saturday
July 26, 2014
After operating out of a cramped temporary location for the past year and a half, the Lawrence Public Library is finally reopening the doors to its Vermont Street locale after completing an $18 million facelift and 20,000 square-foot expansion.
City being asked to approve thousands of dollars to address leakage issues at Rock Chalk Park rec center
July 7, 2014
Plans are still on track for teams of all sorts to be squaring off in the city’s new Rock Chalk Park recreation center by the first week of September. But in the meantime, project leaders are engaged in another type of struggle: keeping water out of the 181,000 square foot building. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Arts Center wins $500,000 grant for Ninth Street corridor project
June 25, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center has succeeded in its quest for a major national grant to enliven Ninth Street east of downtown. The $500,000 grant comes from ArtPlace America, which is expected to formally announce its 2014 awards today. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence commission keeps knife ban, names rec center Sports Pavilion Lawrence
June 24, 2014
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday refused to repeal an ordinance that prohibits carrying concealed knives and approved a name for the new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park: Sports Pavilion Lawrence. The city’s knife ordinance will be unenforceable starting next week when a new state law that specifically allows concealed carry of knives takes effect. Commissioners said they thought the law approved by the Kansas Legislature will make the public less safe and they didn’t want any part of facilitating it. By Scott Rothschild
Teen brothers find market in Lawrence for unusual business
June 22, 2014
Brothers Kyson and Kendrick Gardner were looking for a business opportunity recently when they caught a whiff of their family’s garbage can. It wasn’t a pretty smell. So the teens from rural Douglas County asked their dad if he thought anyone would pay to have their trash containers cleaned. Their dad knew a guy who ran a similar service in Olathe; the guy in turn helped the Gardner boys set up their new business. While the idea may be a bit offbeat, it seems to have found a market in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence Memorial Hospital to have wellness resource center at new public library
June 18, 2014
The new Lawrence Public Library will have numerous features, from a video game area to a recording studio to a coffee bar. Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday that it will have one more: a health-and-wellness resource center. By Giles Bruce
Take a peek inside soon-to-open expanded Lawrence Public Library
June 16, 2014
From the 55-inch flat screen TVs with video game consoles prominently displayed in the front window to the drums and electric guitar in the basement recording studio, Lawrence’s new library is going to have a new feel. Don’t worry, it also will have books. By Chad Lawhorn
Higher property taxes likely in ’15
June 15, 2014
Regardless of whether voters decide to build a new $30 million police headquarters, a property tax increase is going to be hard to avoid in 2015.
Future site of Lawrence police headquarters down to final four
June 3, 2014
There is now a final four when it comes to choosing the home for a potential $30 million headquarters facility for the Lawrence Police Department.
Relocation of Lawrence transit hub rolls ahead
June 3, 2014
Lawrence bus riders, get your maps ready. A majority of city commissioners on Tuesday expressed strong support for removing the city’s public transit hub from downtown and placing it closer to Kansas University’s campus — a move that likely will require a change in every bus route in the city.
Column: Think unique in naming new rec center
May 8, 2014
Earlier this week, Lawrence’s city commissioners settled on three finalists in their quest to name the city’s new recreation center being built adjacent to Rock Chalk Park, where Kansas University soon will house its track, soccer and softball programs. If there’s any justice, being constructed next to KU’s newest sports facilities will be where the similarities end. Column by Matt Tait
City Commission agenda for April 8 meeting
April 5, 2014
City commissioners will consider setting an April 25 deadline for construction work to begin on a house at 1321 Tennessee St. that was badly damaged by fire in July 2013.
Lawrence Public Library slated to move to new location in July
March 29, 2014
Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have bookmarked their calendars for late July. That’s when they are hoping to move into their refurbished library, which involved an $18 million expansion, at Seventh and Vermont streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence library board of trustees wary of ice rink idea for Vermont Street
March 17, 2014
The board of trustees for the Lawrence Public Library expressed uncertainty about placing an ice skating rink in between its permanent location and new parking garage on Vermont Street Monday.

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