City Hall

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
Company at center of alleged money laundering, undocumented worker scheme worked at Rock Chalk Park
12:00 a.m., April 5, 2015 Updated 09:13 p.m.
A company at the center of an alleged multimillion dollar scheme involving money laundering and undocumented workers was hired as part of the construction of the stadium portion of the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, an attorney for Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel has confirmed. By Chad Lawhorn
City Manager David Corliss to leave Lawrence for job in Colorado
04:23 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss has agreed to become the town manager of Castle Rock, Colo. Corliss plans to leave his post as the top executive at Lawrence City Hall on June 1. More details to come.
City hears that police HQ project could delay street projects, reduce parks and rec funding
09:31 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
If Lawrence voters want to build a new police headquarters without raising taxes, they may have to live with less spending for parks and recreation and the delay of several major road projects, according to a new plan put together by City Hall leaders. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidates debate downtown parking issues at forum
03:07 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
Improving the availability of parking in downtown Lawrence is likely on the to-do list of the next City Commission, but candidates on Tuesday weren’t of the same mind on how to get the job done. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidates debate health, wellness issues
09:17 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A Lawrence City Commission candidate forum on health and wellness issues Monday produced a variety of ideas, including a candidate who said he thinks the community could benefit from a lower drinking age. By Chad Lawhorn
Candidates differ on rental licensing program; discuss views on city management, commission changes
March 28, 2015
When the current City Commission passed a new rental registration and licensing program last year, it was one of the more sweeping program changes made by the commission in recent memory. Now the question is whether the program will be swept out with a new commission.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for March 31 meeting
05:15 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:31 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Rasmussen responds to concerns about out-of-town donations
March 27, 2015
Lawrence City Commission candidate Stan Rasmussen is seeking to assure voters that he’s not allowing several thousand dollars of campaign donations from outside of Lawrence and from a politically active conservative activist to influence his campaign. By Chad Lawhorn