Renaissance (Matthew Herbert)

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Lawrence school board won't formally interview candidates as part of process to fill vacancy

Thank you for the work you and Patrick do in the community. VEC is an asset that I hope people take advantage of.

March 3, 2017 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New report shows Lawrence consumers were spending freely during holiday shopping season

Brett-
Regarding your first example, before you blame the city, you might ask the Eldridge why their lot sits vacant. They received both the abatement and the IRB they requested from the city.

February 6, 2017 at 6:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students of color in Lawrence school district face uneven odds

Josh- the school board is an unpaid position.

January 29, 2017 at 10:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax collection to begin for Airbnb; Lawrence looks to regulate short-term rentals

RJ -
The decision to collect sales taxes on AirBnB properties throughout the state was a decision made by the Kansas Department of Revenue at the state level, not at the local level.

January 17, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Curtain call: Artistic factotum Ric Averill to retire from Lawrence Arts Center

Ric Averill is a community treasure. The amount of value the presence of just one Ric Averill can add to a community is incalculable. Thank you for all the work you have done to better Lawrence.

December 25, 2016 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACLU urges Kansas school district to stop barring safety pins

Teachers in the Shawnee Mission district should ask their union reps exactly what their dues go towards given that the union has demonstrated no interest in defending the teachers on this matter but would rather just issue them a 'do what you're told' message.

November 23, 2016 at 8:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission voices skepticism on Kasold Drive lane reduction

Bill- the roundabout option for a four lane Kasold Drive is not being considered for Kasold because we lack necessary right of way. Doing such a roundabout would require significant private property acquisition.

August 10, 2016 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners, public criticize staff cuts in Lawrence city manager's budget proposal

I want to apologize for my comments that were offensive to the city of Topeka. The comments were made out of frustration for a series of budget cuts aimed at the arts that I felt sadly mirrored many similar cuts made in Topeka at the state legislative level. My ‘anger’ with Topeka on this topic is with the legislature which convenes in Topeka, not with the private citizens and artists of Topeka. I am hopeful that my overall message isn’t lost in articles that focus only on the one controversial statement; I stand behind the ultimate message which was that many people choose to live in Lawrence because of the artistic and culturally diverse strong environment it offers. Many people have written me since the release of the recommended budget with great concerns for the direction we appear to be taking with the 2017 budget. Many expressed displeasure with many of the choices being suggested that will negatively impact our community. In expressing my desire to see Lawrence stick to their culturally vibrant roots I didn’t need to degrade anyone else’s city. That was a very poor choice and for that I am truly sorry.
-Matthew

July 13, 2016 at 10:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Capital city begs to differ with Commissioner Matthew Herbert's Topeka bashing; Herbert apologizes

I want to apologize for my comments that were offensive to the city of Topeka. The comments were made out of frustration for a series of budget cuts aimed at the arts that I felt sadly mirrored many similar cuts made in Topeka at the state legislative level. My ‘anger’ with Topeka on this topic is with the legislature which convenes in Topeka, not with the private citizens and artists of Topeka. I am hopeful that my overall message isn’t lost in articles that focus only on the one controversial statement; I stand behind the ultimate message which was that many people choose to live in Lawrence because of the artistic and culturally diverse strong environment it offers. Many people have written me since the release of the recommended budget with great concerns for the direction we appear to be taking with the 2017 budget. Many expressed displeasure with many of the choices being suggested that will negatively impact our community. In expressing my desire to see Lawrence stick to their culturally vibrant roots I didn’t need to degrade anyone else’s city. That was a very poor choice and for that I am truly sorry.
-Matthew

July 13, 2016 at 10:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Multimillion-dollar Bob Billings Parkway traffic-control project starts this week

David,
It has always been the policy of the city to pay for the initial installation of sidewalks throughout the community. What Tom Markus has advocated for is requiring homeowners to maintain the sidewalk on their property. This has been the policy of the city for as long as I can recall and corresponds with current state statute.

June 29, 2016 at 6:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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