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Compromise on Lawrence rental licensing, inspection program unveiled
March 3, 2014
A revised proposal to license apartments in Lawrence gives new concessions to landlords, but it may be the compromise needed to win the necessary city commission votes. Mayor Mike Dever, who voted against the previous rental licensing proposal, said he feels much better about a compromise version crafted by Commissioner Jeremy Farmer. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence rental-licensing debate set for March
February 23, 2014
A proposed rental licensing and inspection program has resumed its march toward decision day at Lawrence City Hall. City officials have set March 13 as the date for a public meeting to discuss yet another version of a rental inspection program that would cover every rental unit in the city. City Hall leaders also have indicated that March 25 is when city commissioners likely will vote on the proposal. By Chad Lawhorn
City issues few tickets as part of snow-shoveling ordinance
February 20, 2014
According to the latest numbers from City Hall, only six tickets were issued for unshoveled sidewalks following the snowstorms that hit earlier this month. That’s an improvement from when the snow shoveling ordinance was in its infancy. During the winter of 2009/2010, the city issued more than 200 tickets to property owners who hadn’t cleared their sidewalks within the 48 hours following the end of a snowstorm. By Chad Lawhorn
City hopes new policy will help control bedbugs
February 7, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners are set to approve a new policy that will require more record-keeping, and, at times, mandatory inspections to control the hard-to-kill pest. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence looking at more than $2 million in costs at former Farmland site
January 27, 2014
A pair of million dollar projects have emerged as the city works to convert the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant into a nearly 400-acre business park. By Chad Lawhorn
City to set fees for Vermont Street parking garage, eliminate some free parking at N.H. garage
January 26, 2014
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will consider a proposal that would eliminate the free, 10-hour parking that currently exists on the roof level of the city’s parking garage in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street. But commissioners also will consider at least temporarily allowing free parking on the roof level of the new Vermont Street parking garage that is being built next to the expanded Lawrence Public Library. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Jan. 28 meeting
January 25, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall
Portion of New Hampshire Street to be closed through March for hotel project
January 23, 2014
Plans call for a portion of the 900 block of New Hampshire Street to be closed until March 31 to accommodate construction of an adjacent hotel.
City Hall: Lawrence streets are getting better
January 20, 2014
Lawrence shoppers pay a little bit more, but Lawrence motorists get a little smoother ride. That was the idea behind a three-tenths-of-a-cent infrastructure sales tax approved by voters in 2008, and now a report out of City Hall says motorists are starting to feel the benefit. By Chad Lawhorn
City to consider applying for grant to create new director of arts and culture
January 13, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday will consider taking another step toward creating a new $75,000 per year director of arts and culture position at City Hall.
City to consider nearly $1 million land purchase for solid waste facility
January 12, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday will consider spending nearly $1 million to purchase an approximately 11-acre site along the Kansas Turnpike to house the city’s solid waste division and fleet of trash trucks. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Jan 14 meeting
January 11, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
City’s retail vacancy rate takes another dip as new stores consider Lawrence
January 10, 2014
The city’s retail industry awakened in 2013, with store vacancy rates hitting some of their lower levels in recent memory, according to a new report by the Lawrence commercial real estate firm Colliers International. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence wants to study private development on downtown parking lots
January 8, 2014
City commissioners are reviewing a report that considers how private developers could build on the public parking lots that line sections of Vermont and New Hampshire streets without creating a shortage of public parking downtown. By Chad Lawhorn
City commissioners back away from previous pay raise proposal, but still boost salaries
January 7, 2014
A pay raise for the Lawrence City Commission won’t be as big as once proposed, and none of the current commissioners will receive a raise unless they are re-elected. By Chad Lawhorn