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City commission candidates differ on pro-business environment in Lawrence
March 7, 2015
The remaining candidates for the Lawrence City Commission differed Saturday on just how pro-business Lawrence is these days. At a forum sponsored by the Lawrence chamber of commerce and the Voter Education Coalition, candidates were asked to rank Lawrence’s pro-business environment on a scale of 1 to 10. City Commissioner Bob Schumm gave it the highest score possible, a 10, saying the city has “gone out of its way” to support businesses that want to grow and expand in the city. Other candidates ranked it as low as a five.
Lawrence City Commission Agenda for March 10 meeting
March 6, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall
Additional forums scheduled for school board, City Commission candidates
05:23 p.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Two more forums for the Lawrence school board and City Commission races have been announced.
Lawrence school board will vote on Eldridge tax abatement
03:48 p.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
The Lawrence school board will vote on whether to give a 15-year, 95 percent tax abatement to the Eldridge Hotel for an expansion project at its Monday meeting.
Soden, Rasmussen, Boley take top three spots in Lawrence City Commission primary
March 3, 2015
A small-business owner who railed against Rock Chalk Park two years ago and is railing this year against tax breaks handed out by Lawrence City Hall cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday’s primary election. By Chad Lawhorn
Auditor praises city for efforts on Rock Chalk Park project
March 2, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners and their private partners on the controversial Rock Chalk Park sports complex received a glowing report from a city-hired auditor on Monday. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas lawmakers to focus on resolving budget, tax issues
04:02 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Kansas legislators have their own form of March Madness, when they focus on building the next state budget after their annual session has cleared its midpoint.
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