City Government

Downtown church to open temporary cold-weather shelter for homeless

As temperatures drop and forecasts call for snow, several individuals and organizations have come together to provide a temporary overnight shelter for the homeless. The Lawrence Community Shelter has been operating at a reduced capacity because of financial issues, and some homeless people ...

Driver shortage requires Lawrence bus drivers to work mandatory overtime

Because of a staff shortage, city bus drivers have spent weeks putting in mandatory overtime behind the wheel. Local union leader Justin Priest, who is president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1754, said drivers have had to work a mandatory extra shift for more than a month, typically ...

Longtime Lawrence public works official Chuck Soules to leave City Hall

Municipal Services and Operations Assistant Director Chuck Soules will be leaving his position with the City of Lawrence. City spokesman Porter Arneill said that Soules started with the city as public works director in February 2002. Following the merger of the public works and utilities ...

Lawrence City Commission interested in discussing changes to city union rules

City leaders are interested in discussing potential changes to the local resolution governing city employee unions. As part of its study session Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission received a report from the area union Teamsters Local 696 regarding Resolution No. 6817, which the commission ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Dec. 10 meeting and work session

CONSENT AGENDA: 1. APPROVE CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES: a) Consider approving City Commission Meeting minutes of 12/3/19. 2. BOARD AND COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES: a) Receive LMH Health Board minutes from 10/16/19 and 11/20/19. 3. CLAIMS: a) Consider approving all claims. The list of ...

City of Lawrence to launch new online payment system for utility bills

The City of Lawrence is preparing to launch a new utility billing system and online platform. Most customers who pay their bills online or have their accounts set up to pay automatically will need to take certain steps in order to continue payments. Customers who pay their bill by mail and ...

Lawrence City Commission to reconsider raising age to buy tobacco products to 21

One of the first actions by the new Lawrence City Commission was to take up a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco and vaping products to people under 21. The previous commission declined to consider a Tobacco 21 ordinance earlier this year, but two newcomers to the commission, Commissioner ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider expanding fast-track incentives program

Lawrence city commissioners will soon decide if they want to expand the city’s fast-track incentives program for industrial projects, allowing a beverage distribution company to apply for incentives under the program. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the commission will consider expanding ...

Incoming mayor Jennifer Ananda excited for ‘a year of change’

When Jennifer Ananda dropped off her forms to become a Lawrence City Commission candidate in 2017, she said she was literally shaking. “It’s scary to put yourself out there,” Ananda said. “You’re saying 'Please tell me that you find me appropriate for this.' It’s very public and ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Queens Road taxing districts because of lack of attorney

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Lawrence man against the City of Lawrence over the Queens Road taxing districts. Earlier this month, a judge gave Lawrence resident Kurt Schaake until noon Tuesday to secure an attorney or the case would be dismissed. No attorney has been retained, ...

City solid waste collection schedule to change for Thanksgiving holiday

City of Lawrence offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the solid waste collection schedule will be altered. There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste collection service on Thursday, according to a city news release. Collection service will be ...